Arthritis Causes Enough Pain, You Shouldn’t Have to Worry About the Pain from Swallowing Your Pills
May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, so isn’t it fitting that I’m celebrating by recovering from a double hip replacement due to severe deterioration of my bones from osteoarthritis. My hips were so bad doctors would literally do a double-take looking at the scans and then at me. You see, the x-rays and scans showed the hips of a 70-year-old, not an athlete in her 40s. I would push through the pain, continuing to run half-marathons and other races, but the osteoarthritis in my hips just got worse until I finally had no quality of life and no other options but to replace them both.
Arthritis is one of the most widespread health conditions in the United States, affecting more than 50-million adults and 300,000 children, according to the Arthritis Foundation. With more than 100 different kinds of arthritis, the treatment options vary greatly, but almost all of the treatments include taking some type of pill to help relieve pain and inflammation. What happens when you can’t swallow those pills?
Over the past few months, I was prescribed 15 different types of pills to help deal with the arthritis pain, and subsequently, the hip replacement surgery recovery. That’s a lot of pills to have to swallow twice a day, especially when pills just don’t go down my throat easily. Often times, they get stuck and I end up choking. I began to question whether the pills were worth the pain they were causing by just trying to swallow them. That’s when I found MEDCOAT®. Turns out, it was the answer to my “pill pain!” MEDCOAT® is a pill coating that helps pills slide down your throat. It also covers up the bad taste of pills. Thanks to MEDCOAT®, I was able to continue taking my recovery medications and I’m getting closer to being back on my feet!