I Never Thought I Would Have Trouble Swallowing Food or Pills and Then it Happened

I Never Thought I Would Have Trouble Swallowing Food or Pills and Then it Happened

Trouble swallowing? I don’t have any issues swallowing food, drinks, or pills. I don’t need to worry about this. Or so I thought. Little did a know that soon I would start having issues swallowing food and pills thanks to an enlarged thyroid.

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Arthritis Causes Enough Pain, You Shouldn’t Have to Worry About the Pain from Swallowing Your Pills

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.

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Medicine Leaving a Bad Taste in Your Mouth? You are Not Alone … and a Pill Coating Can Help!

Medicine Leaving a Bad Taste in Your Mouth? You are Not Alone … and a Pill Coating Can Help!

This is terrible … bitter, strong … how am I going to get this taste out of my mouth? Now it’s lingering, making my coffee taste awful. I can’t keep taking these pills if they are going to dissolve in my mouth!

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Springing into Allergy Season … But What if You Can’t Swallow the Pills Needed to Stop the Sneezing and Congestion?

Spring Allergies

Springing into Allergy Season … But What if You Can’t Swallow the Pills Needed to Stop the Sneezing and Congestion?

‘Tis the season … the trees and flowers are budding and starting to bloom, the grass is growing, and the cars are covered in a yellow layer of pollen. It’s allergy season!

Spring is one of the most beautiful seasons, but for many people, it’s one of the worst. They suffer from Spring allergies which bring congestion, coughing, itching, and red and dry eyes, making people feel absolutely miserable. For those with extreme allergies, they can develop allergy-induced asthma.  

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Hospitals Are All About Helping People … We Have to Find a Way to Help Patients Take Their Meds

Hospitals Are All About Helping People … We Have to Find a Way to Help Patients Take Their Meds

By: Anonymous Critical Care Nurse

“Maybe today’s the day I’ll think of a new way to help my patients swallow their pills!”

Many children, adolescents and adults have a difficult time swallowing pills. The pills are either too big or too chalky, and can cause gagging. Sometimes those pills have to be crushed up or hidden in food so that they can be swallowed easily, but doing that means compromising the pill’s effectiveness. 

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Heart Health is Vital for Healthy Living, but so is Being Able to Swallow the Medicines Needed to Maintain that Heart Health

Heart Health is Vital for Healthy Living, but so is Being Able to Swallow the Medicines Needed to Maintain that Heart Health

Life turned upside down a few years ago when my dad had a heart attack. He was out on his daily walk with the dog when he became very tired and short of breath. He went to see the doctor to find out what was wrong, only to find out he had had a heart attack. After having bypass surgery, he was prescribed several medications he will have to take for the rest of his life, such as Eliquis, used to treat and prevent blood clots; Atorvastatin, to reduce the risk of angina, stroke, heart attack, and heart and blood vessel issues; and Metoprolol Tartrate, a beta blocker that treats heart failure and lowers the risk of death after a heart attack.

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New Year, New Me … But I Still Can’t Swallow These Supplements

New Year, New Me … But I Still Can’t Swallow These Supplements

Hello 2021 … and hello pandemic and holiday pounds! How did I gain so much weight?!?

I guess it’s time for another “New Year, New You” push. It’s time to renew those workout regimes, to start eating those healthy meals, and to start taking those supplements, vitamins, appetite suppressants, fat burners, energy enhancers, etc. I have to get healthy!

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