How Walgreens Pharmacy Chat helped me survive the Polar Vortex of 2014 | #WalgreensRX #shop #cbias

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We were trapped in the house during the Polar Vortex of January 2014.  My family were happily playing video games, putting together a new puzzle, and everyone was calm and having fun.  I was curled up on the couch in misery.

My issue? Nothing glamorous like the flu or pneumonia. I had plain old trapped gas. Due to chronic ulcerative colitis and a splenic flexure, if I eat the wrong things for long enough (or sometimes, just once), my abdomen goes into spasms and contractions. It’s not pretty, and it’s not fun. It hurts. Like, really hurts. Like, more discomfort than when I was in labor with my daughter (ok, that’s not fair, she popped out after 15 minutes).

Trust me, I’ve tried everything, even my beloved DigestZen essential oil, but nothing was really impacting the pain I was feeling. Since there was no way to get to the doctor (it was -30° F out!), I opened up the Walgreens app on my phone and clicked on Walgreens Pharmacy Chat. Pharmacy Chat is a free service Walgreens provides for Balance Rewards members (again, free to join!) that connects users with a pharmacist on-call 24/7. It’s perfect for when an unexpected illness emerges and it’s inconvenient to see the doctor.

“Paul O. Pharmacist” answered my message.  Right off the bat he did tell me that ulcerative colitis is best treated by a medical doctor, which I know. I was just looking for something to tide me over.

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He did recommend Gas-X (simethicone) as a temporary measure. I’ve tried that in the past without much success. I was looking for a homeopathic or natural remedy, though. Visiting the Walgreens Pharmacy in person, I found what I needed.

Walgreens Pharmacy  #shop #CbiasIt was easy to find the “digestive’ aisle, and I saw the Gas-X (recommended by pharmacist), but also considered Align and Culturelle, two probiotic supplements. Finally, I decided on Bach Rescue Remedy lozenges.  The rationale? Stomach cramps and pain often make it hard to sleep, and I hoped if I could just relax with a natural supplement, it might help.

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So yeah, not exactly a digestive remedy, but often digestive distress is linked to anxiety – either the cause or the effect. In any case, it was just what I wanted.

This is why it’s important to manage my health. These moments are what I live for:

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Have you tried the Walgreens Pharmacy Chat feature in the Walgreens app? Please leave your thoughts in the comments!

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  1. Wow, I had no idea Walgreens offered this! I see you mentioned DigestZen, have you tried PB Assist? I wonder if this would help you. We treat pretty much everything with doTERRA in our home—LOVE It! :)

  2. I am definitely going to check out that app. It sounds like a great way to talk to someone when you need to save money on an unnecessary doctor’s visit.

  3. I didn’t know this was offered either!

  4. NYC Single Mom says:

    Wow what a great feature of the app, will have to check it out.

  5. How did I not know this existed?!? Walgreens is my pharmacy so I better get on board. I hear you on the 15 min…. both of mine were so fast!

  6. That is awesome, I didn’t know Walgreens had an app for that!! Total time saver for sure!! Now I need to go download that, thank you for sharing Sarah!!

  7. I have that pain too, and it started after I had my son 2 1/2 years ago. It’s really painful but I’ve found with the right nutrition, it goes away on it’s own. I didn’t know Walgreens had an app for that, which is awesome.

  8. I also have weird digestive issues and totally get why you purchased what you did. Sometimes when I get the really intense pain/gas taking a simple painkiller or something that relaxes me helps me not tense up as much and helps relieve (or not add to) the problem. Glad you found relief and I agree, this is a great program.

  9. I love Walgreens but had no idea they offered this service! Awesome!

  10. What a great service! I can’t imagine living in that cold! Hope things get better soon and I’m glad you found such great help.

  11. Wow I totally did not know that they had that feature for balance reward members! I think it is awesome and it semi reminds me of when one of my insurance policies I had access to a nurse at all times via phone. I definitely will keep this in mind!

  12. Digestive issues are the absolute worst – I’m glad you were able to find some relief! #client

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