Trouble swallowing pills

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   Posted 4/13/2009 3:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't swallow some of the many pills I take.  I chew up my fish oil capsule. skull   Horrible taste but only way I can get it down-it is soooo big.   Started taking malic and half of the time I can't swallow that capsule either so I chew it too.  I think I'm afraid I'm going to choke on them.  I'm thinking about taking with a tablespoon of applesauce to see if I can swallow whole.  Anyone else have this problem?
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   Posted 4/13/2009 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I also have trouble swallowing my pills and have to take them one at a time, but I can't imagine chewing up my fish oil pill.  Your really tough.
I have had a problem with swallowing for some time.  Two years ago I had to have emergency surgery to remove two pieces of pork chop that got hung in my esophagus.  For some reason it just closes off and won't go on down.  I rarely eat steak anymore, because I'm so afraid of it lodging.
I don't know if this has anything to do with fibro or not.  I would like to hear from some more about this subject.
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   Posted 4/13/2009 6:17 PM (GMT -7)   
People always find it amusing when I take my pills cause I have to shove them way back in my throat, cause I will gag otherwise. If I get the smallest taste of any of my pills, I will vomit, I dont know why that is. I get jealous of people who can just toss like 10 pills at once into their mouths and swallow with no issues.

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   Posted 4/13/2009 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I have trouble swallowing pills also. I have to take them all one at a time and sometimes they get caught, not that I choke, but they get caught and I have to drink and drink and drink water. I watch my husband take a HANDFUL of pills/supplements, just shoves them in his mouth with one swallow of water and they are down!

Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, back problems, hypothyroidism.

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   Posted 4/13/2009 11:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Your pharmacist understands this and can prepare liquid meds for you. Fish oil comes in liquid form. Do not suffer.


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   Posted 4/14/2009 6:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I absolutely can't swallow any pills with water, no matter how small or slick they are. I usually take pills with yogurt and/or milk (luckily they are all compatible). Big pills like my multivitamin I will take with a mouthful of yogurt and then wash down with milk. Applesauce and juice would probably work too if you are lactose affected. I never used to have to worry about this - until a few months ago I was the person who could pop ten pills at once. If I don't use wit food or milk they will get stuck and I'll get heartburn.

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   Posted 4/14/2009 6:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks.  I did not think about yogurt. I've been eating Activia since someone on this forum said it helped with tummy problems.  I'll try that tomorrow.  I use to be able to swallow all my pills but the last few years it has become a problem with the larger ones.
Fibromyalgia, arthritis in spine and hips, IBS, Raynaud's syndrome, hypertension
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   Posted 4/14/2009 7:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I can take handful of pills, but my mother in-law has a problem with it. She breaks up her pills and stirs them in applesauce and then eats it. Works for her.
Fibromyalgia, Hashimoto Thyroid disease, Chronic pain.
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