Lyn: How people feel – What multiple medicines signifies

Listen to patients and health professionals speak about their experience with taking multiple medicines.

Age at interview: 67
Number of medicines: 1
Cultural background: British-Australian

Lyn is disappointed in herself for needing so much pain medication but says that she just has to get used to it.

And the other thing is, I look at the boxes sometimes and I think, ‘How have I come to this, that I have to take so much medication to keep me going?’ But what's the alternative? I don't know the reason really why I don't like taking it. I guess it makes me think that maybe I may be a weaker person for having to take so much pain medication, but I always thought my pain threshold was high and I guess I resented the fact that I couldn't cope with this pain, that I needed to go higher up the level of drug that I was taking and that's not an easy thing to do. However, what it's done for my life has made me realise that I do need it and I just have to get used to the fact that, for the rest of my life, I'll be taking multiple medications to keep me mobile.

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The Living with multiple medicines project was developed in collaboration with Healthtalk Australia.