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Pain management - the funcrunch files

Aug. 7th, 2013 07:02 am Pain management

boyziggy made both of us little portable emergency kits containing various pills, bandages, and such. He mentioned recently that he lost his and needs to make a new one, so I figured I should check and restock mine. The painkillers in it had expired in 12/2011. I went to the medicine cabinet and our (generic) Tylenol and aspirin had both expired this February. The ibuprofen was still good till 11/2014 so I restocked that. I won't generally take expired meds unless they're just past the expiration date, say a month.

Painkillers and other OTC meds in our apartment nearly always expire well before they're used up. It's not that neither of us ever experiences pain or gets sick. boyziggy is more prone to stomach problems so those meds get gobbled up faster. For me, if I get a headache, stomach ache, or cold symptoms, unless they're severe, my preferred remedy is sleep. I've had the luxury of having a very open schedule for the last few years, but even when I worked full time, I tried to nip out to take a short nap at lunch or on a break. Even 5-10 minutes was enough to "reset" me so that I could function better. And if I was truly ill, I took advantage of my sick leave and stayed home, rather than going to work sick and risking making everyone else sick too. I'm very aware that many people do not the luxury of generous sick leave (I had eight hours per month, non-cumulative), and that really sucks.

Of course I experienced pain during my marathon training as well. I took no painkillers, just iced my legs and got lots of rest. My really long runs were only once every three weeks, so I could afford to be out of commission for a couple of days each month.

I think the last time that I experienced pain severe enough to take painkillers was in early May. Pain in my hand that was so bad I couldn't sleep, got up in the middle of the night to make a doctor's appointment, and ended up getting X-rays and prescriptions for stronger drugs than I could get over the counter. Fortunately nothing was broken, and the pain went away on its own after a couple of days, and hasn't returned (knock on wood).

I'll be looking for much smaller packages of Tylenol and aspirin, but keeping those expired meds in the cabinet in the meantime. I don't know if zahraa and zyxwvut ever forgave me for throwing out all their expired meds when I helped them pack and move back in 2000 :-)

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Date:August 8th, 2013 12:30 am (UTC)
Do you mean you buy it in jumbo-sized containers?
Date:August 8th, 2013 08:21 pm (UTC)
We recently tossed two bottles of allergy meds which Auros used to eat like candy but now that his allergy shots are in the maintenance phase he rarely needs them. Of course that only took care of dust mite allergies and recently some sort of pollen has been acting up so I had to go buy replacements!
Date:August 9th, 2013 12:07 am (UTC)
I used to have a severe dust mite allergy. I tried to avoid exposure to excessive dust (still do), but didn't take pills or shots. I'm still frequently congested and really should start using a Neti pot again...
Date:August 9th, 2013 11:42 pm (UTC)
Apparently it's just endemic to this house so the only way to avoid it would have been "move". Which is odd given that this place has wood floors and our previous one was mostly carpeted but this one was way worse. I always thought the recommendation for dust mite allergies was to move away from carpeted places. For the first few months here I was convinced it was some pollen from the nearby marshes, but he had the allergy tests and it was most definitely dust mites.
Date:August 9th, 2013 11:45 pm (UTC)
When I was diagnosed with the allergy (the dust mite prick in the test swelled up quite impressively and sent red streaks up my whole arm) I too was told to avoid carpets, and to also zip up our mattress and pillows in special covers, which were pretty awful. I don't use those anymore, and we now have hardwood floors, but I have been really bad about cleaning. boyziggy bought me a special mask to use when dusting, but it makes me look like a mosquito and sound like Darth Vader...