Tuesday, November 2, 2010

It's Raining, and my body doesn't like it....

I almost dread the coming snow and ice season. I do bad enough in the rain, when my body reacts to the barometric pressure changes and makes my knees, wrists and neck ache all the time. So what's a Lupie to do?

Well, I could move to a dry climate.

I could take expensive drugs to dull the pain.

Or, I could just grin and bear it. Which I most often do. There's only so many medications I can take that won't interfere with my prescribed meds. So I usually take OTC meds, the cheaper the better. The Wal-Mart Pharmacy aisle is my friend.

I was told once that I should take a natural pain reliever: White willow bark.

Okay, I thought. I'll go see about it. In the olden days, white willow bark was used to treat any kind of inflammation. A "natural" aspirin, as it were.

However, I look at the Health Food Product: White Willow Bark, and it's sky high priced, like a 30 day supply for $30.00.

Then I mosey over to the aisle that has OTC products and look at a large bottle of aspirin. 100 aspirin for $4.00. I'm exaggerating, of course, but I don't really remember the costs involved.

Guess which one I chose?


1 comment:

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