Wednesday, August 10, 2005

My Valve!

Yangshou, China

I have gone and done some damage to myself.

After our night out in Kunming, I took a doxycyclene (sp?) tablet (anti-malarial) just before bed without drinking any water. I woke up several hours later with an intense burning/stabbing pain just under the bottom of my breastbone. Sitting on the toilet was no help. Some relief was found by drinking many glasses of water. After 6, the pain was reduced enough that I could go back to sleep.

Since then, I have had a persistent pain in the same area minus the burning. It feels like I have something sharp stuck at the bottom of my esophagus. The sensation is worst in the morning and when I swallow (especially hot liquids). Hunting around on the internet, it sounds like I have either some kind of acid reflux problem or an ulcer. Both of these can be treated with medicine.

The pain is not getting any better, so I am calling in the professionals. There is a hospital here in Yangshou that reportedly has some English-speaking doctors and Erin L has friends that might be talked into medical translator duty. I hope to go there today and get checked out. Fingers crossed that we can get this fixed up quickly. It is starting to worry/annoy me.

BTW - A Confederacy of Dunces is a very good book indeed.


Blogger Mik3 said...


I went to the hospital with Erin. They gave me some antibiotics and a few herbel remedies. I am not confident that we communicated the symptoms very well.

Research shows that esophageal ulcers are a known side effect of doxy. I am going to try to get my hands on some 'Carafate' and see if that relieves my symptoms. I have also sent an email to our travel doc in Pas to get his advice.

Good news - ulcers are not dangerous unless they bleed, and I do not see any evidence of bleeding.

Bad news - ulcers (if that is what I have) are fucking uncomfortabgle.

8/10/2005 9:46 AM gmt

Blogger Mik3 said...

It was a dumb thing to do, and I am paying the price, indeed.

I have a DVD of the video from the endoscopy. I'll post some stills and the entire video soon. The sores in my esophagus are GROSS.

8/14/2005 6:10 AM gmt

Blogger jason said...

Gross? What are you talking about? They're totally fucking awesome. Cute, even. Easily worth the price of admission.

8/14/2005 6:17 AM gmt

Blogger jason said...

Oh, come on, Nuno. We need help naming all of Mike's ulcers. I call the big one Hurty.

8/15/2005 2:27 AM gmt


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