I’ve long been afraid of medication, even over-the-counter meds. Since way before my cancer diagnosis, I was scared of what the side effects could do. I opted for just feeling my pain or taking natural remedies instead. But having cancer changed some of that for me.
I used to not even take Tylenol for a headache. Now I toss back two extra-strength at the first twinge of pain. I want to nip pain in the bud because A) Feeling pain sometimes launches me into a cancer PTSD anxiety spiral and B) Since cancer I feel like I have filled my life time quota of pain. Why have any more than I need?
Without going into huge detail about my bowels, I’ll just say that my doctor wants me to start taking a medication that contains aspertame and might make me feel bloated and crap a lot. (Or it might not.) The sample is sitting on my kitchen counter. I don’t want to take it. And then I laugh at myself. Aspertame is ridiculously benign compaired to the hundreds of milicuries of radioactive iodine I’ve consumed. Can I have made it through cancer treatment and still act like such a wimp about over-the-counter, pink lemonade flavored medication? Indeed, I can.
Has going through a serious medical illness changed your relationship to having to take medication? Are you more or less likely to take over the counter pills now?