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   Posted 11/5/2008 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Is anyone else tired of swollowing so many pills.  I'm sure that I take a lot less than many of you, my count is 14 per day (not counting OTC pain pills), but it's getting hard to swollow some of them. I don't know if it's the size of the pills (some of them are pretty big) or is it just the number of them.  I know that I need to take all of them but it's just getting old mad .  I keep forgetting to take some of them too, I need one of those pill organizers.  I know that I have it so much better than so many people in the world, so I really shouldn't be complaining but I figured you all would understand.  Thanks for letting me get that off my chest!
Now into the kitchen to take my last four pills of the day sad .
Wishing everyone a pain free and restful evening!!!

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   Posted 11/5/2008 8:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I completely understand and I take the exact same number you do. Five in the morning and 9 at night. I think the same way whenever I get upset about it - but so many people have it worse!! But I still get frustrated. I look at my peers who take no medicine or go out and party without worrying how the alcohol interacts with their medicine - I'm the permanent DD - which isn't a bad thing really - but sometimes I get jealous and want to feel like a normal college kid and just let loose once in a while and join in on the fun. But then I feel bad for complaining - fourteen pills isn't so bad I guess - at least there is medicine to help. I go back and forth all the time - then sometimes I don't even want to take them and then my boyfriend nags the hell out of me until I do take them. I remember how I felt before I had all these pills...I can't imagine where I'd be now without them...
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   Posted 11/5/2008 10:40 PM (GMT -7)   

im on a cocktail of many many pills, and have been for years- im a master of taking them all at once in one huge gulp. the only thing that bothers me is that the Xanax tastes foul as it is not coated.

taking all those pills frustrates me emotionally, but physically i just chuck them down and go! :-)

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   Posted 11/6/2008 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm with you Maz, I take a lot of supplements too to help keep my body from degenerating anymore also, and I just have to toss them down myself :) I can't imagine some of the people that have to take 20 + like my grandmother used to. . . I guess we do what we got to do :)
Much Love, Hugs, Peace & Comfort :)
God Bless Each & Every One Of You :)

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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 11/6/2008 12:03 PM (GMT -7)   

I wish I were able to take them all at once.  I can swollow more than one regular pill, like advil, but the ones I take are so big I need to take them one at a time and I need a break in between or I can't swollow the next one.  I remember someone mentioning that swollowing can become an issue for fibro patients so I wonder if that isn't what is going on.  I also am under instruction to take certain pills in the morning and then different ones before bed.

I know how much the pills help me and I certainly shouldn't be complaining about it because my problem is not life threatening. It sure is annoying though.

For those of you who have had this for years, does the routine ever get easier?  I think that I have accepted that the fibro isn't going away but I'm getting tired of the maintenance.


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