I'm falling apart.

Quarky

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One of my old friends almost died after food poisoning from scallops in London... not a quick death... but over the next 2 years he had constant diarrhoea and went from a 6ft 2, 95kg athletic guy, to 48kg skeleton... and planning his own funeral. He was only 47 at the time... saw various specialists and was about to go down the route of eating someone else's faeces (can't remember what it's called. No not SCAT!) when suddenly one day... his diarrhoea went... for no reason he started solid pooping again... and started putting on weight again... and he has no idea what made him better...
 

Stillearly

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Further update;
Went for a review at the hospital today.
Shoulder is much better, but not 100%. Rehab want the physio to give me more exercises to do at home.

Medication for the sciatica has almost run out and the MRI scan isn't for another 4 weeks, so seeking more meds.
The doctor couldn't believe it! He gave me completely different medication and has booked me for an MRI scan tomorrow at Thonburi private hospital for the same price the government hospital quoted (8,000 BHT). He also booked me to see, in his words, the best orthoepic surgeon in Roi Et for 5th March to review the scan and what action is required.
I had terrible sciatica about 12 years ago , I could hardly walk and was getting taxis to work , even though I only lived a short distance away ( that seems like such a stupid thing to do when I look back ) ..... had an epidural which worked for a short time , then a root nerve ganglion block ... which totally killed the pain ... I took up Pilates after that to strengthen my core and touch wood I haven't had a reoccurrence since

good luck
 

bacwaan

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.... He was only 47 at the time... saw various specialists and was about to go down the route of eating someone else's faeces (can't remember what it's called. No not SCAT!) ....
eating faeces is called coprophagia iirc...I only remember that from studying art..in particular Salvadore Dali, who was an enthusiastic exponent
 
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Quarky

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eating faeces is called coprophagia iirc...I only remember that from studying art..in particular Salvadore Dali, who was an enthusiastic exponent
Sounds like a delicacy... 55

But yes.. that's it. He was just about to go down that route...

As a medical treatment for CDI and other conditions
In Fecal microbiota transplant (FMT), also known as a stool transplant, fecal bacteria and other microbes from a healthy individual are transferred into a patient as an effective treatment for Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI). This treatment has also been used to try to cure other conditions with various results. See: Fecal microbiota transplant.
 

Dupree

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I had neck surgery for a herniated disk about 25 years ago but always have had issue

Especially sleeping on my left side


I go to a Registered Massage Therapist
They really get in there and it is not a pleasurable massage but it gets everything loose

If I go once per month consistently I can sleep on my left side
What about a chiropractor? My guy has saved me many times.
 

MarcTwoSix

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What about a chiropractor? My guy has saved me many times.
No need
The RMT's really understand what they are doing


I had a big issue about 3 years ago with my neck/back at the tail end of Covid
I went to a chiropractor and he fixed me

But the RMT's really get in there


They hit pressure points where they press on in my shoulder blade and you feel it all the way down to your elbow and loosens up my whole arm
 

Faz

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Medication for the sciatica has almost run out and the MRI scan isn't for another 4 weeks, so seeking more meds.
The doctor couldn't believe it! He gave me completely different medication and has booked me for an MRI scan tomorrow at Thonburi private hospital for the same price the government hospital quoted (8,000 BHT). He also booked me to see, in his words, the best orthopaedic surgeon in Roi Et for 5th March to review the scan and what action is required.
Went for the MRI scan at Thonburi hospital last Friday as arranged, only Thonburi hasn't had an MRI scanner for over 2 years. :oops:
You can't make this stuff up!
Thonburi booked me into a private MRI clinic in Maha Sarakham for Monday next.

................................MRI scan completed, back with the scan results to see the orthopaedic surgeon at Roi Et hospital tomorrow.
Hoping it's simply a herniated disc causing the sciatica.
 

Faz

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It isn't a herniated disc as anticipated.
I have a disc between L3 and L4 (???) of the spine compressed due to degeneration.
It was explained as imagining two tyres of different sizes, one inside the other. As the inner tyre deflates and is then compressed (by sitting) it expands beyond the size it would be if fully inflated. The expansion pushes on the fluid surrounding the sciatic nerve, squeezing the nerve.
When I stand and work, the pain dissipates.

2 remedies, first the surgeon would like to inject the affected disc, akin to inflating the inner tyre.
If that fails, then he can carry out a small non-invasive surgery procedure.

Now the ear is fine, the shoulder is 95% back to normal, the tooth problem appears to have resolved itself, but I'm getting busy with appointments for surgery procedures. March 13th, eye lens measurements for the cataract operation on March 17th.
The orthopaedic surgeon wants to allow a 2-week break before he performs the injection procedure, so scheduled for April 1st (no joke).
Provided all is well, I can go home 6 hours after the injection.
After that we have to schedule another appointment for a further cataract operation on the second eye (yes, I have two).

So it doesn't appear I'll be up to much between the end of next week to the middle of May.
The 6 million bionic man should then be operational again.
 

MarcTwoSix

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It isn't a herniated disc as anticipated.
I have a disc between L3 and L4 (???) of the spine compressed due to degeneration.
It was explained as imagining two tyres of different sizes, one inside the other. As the inner tyre deflates and is then compressed (by sitting) it expands beyond the size it would be if fully inflated. The expansion pushes on the fluid surrounding the sciatic nerve, squeezing the nerve.
When I stand and work, the pain dissipates.

2 remedies, first the surgeon would like to inject the affected disc, akin to inflating the inner tyre.
If that fails, then he can carry out a small non-invasive surgery procedure.

Now the ear is fine, the shoulder is 95% back to normal, the tooth problem appears to have resolved itself, but I'm getting busy with appointments for surgery procedures. March 13th, eye lens measurements for the cataract operation on March 17th.
The orthopaedic surgeon wants to allow a 2-week break before he performs the injection procedure, so scheduled for April 1st (no joke).
Provided all is well, I can go home 6 hours after the injection.
After that we have to schedule another appointment for a further cataract operation on the second eye (yes, I have two).

So it doesn't appear I'll be up to much between the end of next week to the middle of May.
The 6 million bionic man should then be operational again.
Sounds like my 13yr old dog 5555

Everything seems to be going off the rails just a bit
 

Quarky

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It isn't a herniated disc as anticipated.
I have a disc between L3 and L4 (???) of the spine compressed due to degeneration.
It was explained as imagining two tyres of different sizes, one inside the other. As the inner tyre deflates and is then compressed (by sitting) it expands beyond the size it would be if fully inflated. The expansion pushes on the fluid surrounding the sciatic nerve, squeezing the nerve.
When I stand and work, the pain dissipates.

2 remedies, first the surgeon would like to inject the affected disc, akin to inflating the inner tyre.
If that fails, then he can carry out a small non-invasive surgery procedure.

Now the ear is fine, the shoulder is 95% back to normal, the tooth problem appears to have resolved itself, but I'm getting busy with appointments for surgery procedures. March 13th, eye lens measurements for the cataract operation on March 17th.
The orthopaedic surgeon wants to allow a 2-week break before he performs the injection procedure, so scheduled for April 1st (no joke).
Provided all is well, I can go home 6 hours after the injection.
After that we have to schedule another appointment for a further cataract operation on the second eye (yes, I have two).

So it doesn't appear I'll be up to much between the end of next week to the middle of May.
The 6 million bionic man should then be operational again.
So you did all that work on your house with a busted spine and almost blind? o_O
 
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Faz

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So you did all that work on your house with a busted spine and almost blind? o_O
True Grit! :rolleyes:

Yeah, maybe I've been over exerting myself in my ailing years and all the ailments have come within a short period of time.
But fortunately, they have the technology to rebuild now.
Medical procedures and medication has come a long way in the last 100 years.
 

Faz

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Last year, an expat acquaintance unfortunately passed away.

The year before he was diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition, perhaps glaucoma, I don't exactly recall, but he required immediate surgery to correct or at least slow progressive loss of sight. Although he had the funds to cover the costs, he declined, being the ultimate 'cheap charlie'.
At an English bar he would regularly order 1 toast with scrambled egg and a small bottle of water because it was the cheapest menu.
His retirement time was spent watching movies and TV shows on his PC, having no other interests or hobbies.
Within the year from diagnosis, his vision became so bad, he eventually decided to proceed with the operation, only to be informed his condition had deteriorated to such an extent, even with surgery, it was now irreversible.

Such a stubborn man, he went totally blind within months.
He stopped eating, gave up on his life, withered away to a skeleton, and even an intravenous drip could only keep him alive so long.
Having a cataract in one eye and another forming in the other eye, I can now understand how after loosing one's sight, he literally gave up the will to live.

Of all the primary senses, humans have, having sight then going blind must be the hardest to cope with.
 

Faz

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So yesterday, 13th March, I went to the private Thonburi hospital for eye lens measurements in preparation for my cataract operation this coming Sunday (17th).

Just to recap, originally I was quoted 25K + 1,600 for an overnight stay at the Government hospital where equipment is not the latest or the best. The surgeon had informed me he could perform the operation at Thonburi private hospital where they had the latest equipment for 30K all in inclusive of a one night stay, so it was a no-brainer for me. Thonburi hospital confirmed the total cost was 30K whilst having measurements taken.

For those that reside in Thailand, you'll probably be aware that doctors/surgeons tend to work xx hours per contract for the government hospitals, usually operate their own private clinics and contract xx hours to private hospitals.

Now, this is the part I can never get my head around.
Yesterday whilst waiting for my lens measurements, I spoke to another foreigner who'd just had a cataract removed the previous day, by the same surgeon, and was just waiting for the all clear to go home. The difference being he didn't attend the government hospital first, instead going straight to Thonburi private hospital, assuming he'd get the best surgeon and the best treatment.
In fact, I'm having exactly the same operation, by exactly the same surgeon, but he was charged 88,000 BHT, whilst I'll be paying 30,000 BHT, which is literally the government hospital price, but in a private hospital.
Private hospitals are known to be expensive in comparison to any government hospital, but just how a doctor can refer you to a private facility at literally the same cost as at a government facility because it's his preference, is beyond my comprehension.
Is this a case of some arrangement with doctors and the private hospitals where they'd rather earn something, rather than nothing, if you had the operation at the government hospital.

In contrast, I'm having a non-invasive surgical procedure on a bulging disc at the government hospital on April 1st.
They have the latest equipment available in this case, a very experienced Neurosurgeon, and perform endoscopy surgery
This procedure is apparently free for the surgery, I'll only be required to pay for drugs/medication and the standard doctor's fee of 50 BHT + 1,600 for a one night stay in a private room, which is optional, but my preference.
As I'm registered with the government hospital, apparently I'm charged the same as a Thai under the universal 30BHT scheme.
Under this scheme, certain surgical procedures are free, whilst others are chargeable.
From previous experience and treatment, I've always been charged only 50 BHT for the doctor's consultation/diagnosis fee + any prescribed medication (which is cheaper than any pharmacy), the costs being subsidised by the government.
Exactly what is free and what is chargeable, I don't know, somewhere there is a list according to my wife.
 

Faraday

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The pricing really puzzles me.
I had a Spinal injection prior to my disc surgery.
It was 6k baht..

As for the Cataract surgery...that's really good. Mine was 30k at a private clinic & no overnight stay.
 

Faz

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The pricing really puzzles me.
And me, but I'm not complaining.

I had a Spinal injection prior to my disc surgery.
It was 6k baht..
Government or private facility?

As for the Cataract surgery...that's really good. Mine was 30k at a private clinic & no overnight stay.
Includes meals as well. I ordered steak, with sautéed mushrooms and fried onions with French fries for Sunday evening.
I got that puzzled stare as if I was nuts. Probably rice congee as an alternative. :rolleyes:
 

Faraday

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And me, but I'm not complaining.


Government or private facility?


Includes meals as well. I ordered steak, with sautéed mushrooms and fried onions with French fries for Sunday evening.
I got that puzzled stare as if I was nuts. Probably rice congee as an alternative. :rolleyes:
Government, well Army really. My decision I'm choosing the particular Surgeon, was that he would a lot of experience in many surgical situations. He actually did all the Trauma cases, as well as the routine lists. That's a considerable amount of work!


Steak & chips....mmmmm..🥲
 
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