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Multiple Medications

Posted by Connie on Wednesday, September 17th, 2008 at 12:12 am and is filed under Chronic Illness.
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Medications

Going to the doctor is a necessary evil when you have multiple chronic illnesses. Going to multiple doctors is more like it. Taking multiple prescriptions and medical tests while seeking multiple treatments is a huge part of my life. Thank goodness I didn’t have a multiple birth.

Seriously, I feel like I need drug treatment. I’m taking one of my prescriptions every three hours and it’s increased from one pill to one and a half. That’s for the Myasthenia Gravis.

I’m also taking 2 instead of one pill for Gittleman’s Syndrome and that’s twice a day. Those pills taste nasty. I need to have something close by to eat that’s sweet or salty to get rid of the aftertaste or it sticks with me all day.

If I forget to take the Mestinon, which is for the Myasthenia Gravis, I start to feel very weak. It hits me around my forehead, my eyelids and then the rest of my facial muscles. Then I slowly start to feel weak throughout my body. Today I was only a half an hour late but did I feel it.

It’s sort of like what people feel like when they are addicted to drugs and then stop. They go through withdrawal and don’t feel well. I can relate to people in drug rehab. It must be awful for them.

But for me, I can’t stop taking my meds or I can get seriously, critically ill.

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  1. You sound like me! I have CEBV, Hyperthyroidism, PCOS, and skin cancer. I take 60 pills a day and see 9 diff doctors!
    Good luck to you! I’ll be praying for you!
    -Claire

    Claire’s last blog post..Jessica’s Story

    comment by Claire — September 17, 2008 @ 4:45 pm
  2. Connie, How I can relate, especially as I too take Mestinon for MG–have to set my alarm to remind me to take my afternoon dose (three Mestinon pills and they are big and hard to swallow, kind of funny since a part of MG is difficulty swallowing!) Like you Connie, it’s just one of my conditions. Keeping track of the medications for each and making sure I take the right one’s at the right times is a part-time job! (Throw in some CFS/FMS brain fog and it is hard work.)

    Morning, afternoon and night–the med. routine. Makes me feel about ninety nine! To know that you (and others) share the routine (and the challenges that go along with it) is a comfort. Though I wouldn’t wish it on any of us!

    Thank you Connie for sharing and reminding us we aren’t alone with our arsenals of (unwanted, but needed) meds. Kerry

    Kerry’s last blog post..?Apology to My Hair?-Trudy?s Poem

    comment by Kerry — September 20, 2008 @ 11:50 pm

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