1/26/2019 0 Comments
Having medications to treat several different illnesses can be daunting, which is why I think having them organized in an area of your home to remind you to take them is extremely beneficial.
I take prescriptions, compounds, and supplements every day trying to feel my best. Want to take a guess at how many?
I take up to 20 on any given day depending on what’s going on.
I’m currently on prescriptions for the kidney stone procedure I just had done on the 22nd (Flomax, ciprofloxacin, Pyridium, and hydrocodone). I have 4 compounds I use every day (magnesium capsule, dhea capsule, progesterone cream, and biest cream), 1 compound as needed (phenergan), supplements I try to use every day (optiflora probiotic, vitamin d, osteomatrix, gla complex, adrenal rebuilder, adrenal c formula, l-glutamine, l-theanine), supplements I use when needed (vitamin e, cal mag, fish oil, stomach soothing complex). Below, I have what I use each medication for.
This is how I have my medications organized in case you find it helpful. The two clear trays have morning and night medications separated. I have my supplements in the middle black tray.
I’m 28 years old and often feel trapped in a 60+ year old's body because of chronic illnesses. I have to plan every day around medications to make sure my body is getting what it needs to function. This. Is. A. Lot. Some days maintaining my schedule for medications is overwhelming, aggravating, and time consuming, but I’m thankful to be able to take them. If you feel this way, you are not alone!
I try to avoid prescription medications because of the harsh side effects, but when I'm in pain, I don't have much choice. I’m slowly transitioning into a more natural approach of treatment for endometriosis, hormone imbalance, vitamin d deficiency, osteoporosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (insulin resistance despite having a complete hysterectomy), and irritable bowel syndrome.
Do you take medications and/or supplements every day? Is it overwhelming for you? Does staying organized help decrease how overwhelmed you are? Leave a comment below!
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Samantha Bowick, MPH is the author of "Living with Endometriosis: The Complete Guide to Risk Factors, Symptoms, and Treatment Options" and "Living with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency" as well as a fellow sufferer of multiple chronic illnesses and patient advocate.