I don’t feel so good… (Getting Ill in Thailand)

Getting ill in Thailand is a pretty regular thing.
I did great for the first 2 months here but then
it hit me. Sick. Montezuma’s revenge. Dizzy.

I’d get flu-like symptoms but I was getting sick
like that with breaks of 2 weeks in the middle.
How can that be? I think some of it was food
poisoning also – which happens a LOT here. I’m not
all that picky about where I eat – the street
stalls are great for me, but sometimes I pay for

For the past few days I’ve been a little light-
headed. My stomach always feels full and hurts a
little bit.

I’ve not had this kind of sickness in my life –
so I know it’s a Thailand thing. Today I gotta
find some time to Google:

heart attack
stomach acid reflux

stuff like that. Oh, I did start to hurl (throw
up) yesterday morning as I sat at the computer.
Dry heaved for a sec and then it passed. Was
dizzy as hell though.

Any doctors out there?

G/f wants me to head to the doctor today since
this has been on and off for a couple weeks. I

ALREADY KNOW what the doctor will do here.

Look at me – ask me 2 questions. Not understand
either of them. Prescribe paracet for pain –
which there is little pain – but always the
paracet (tylenol) and he’ll prescribe anti-
biotics since they also give that for EVERYTHING
you have.

Back when I first got here I had bags of anti-
biotics laying around the house. I had over 100
pills EASILY. Some I was to take 2 times per day,
some 3, some 4.

For small things – they give all the same drugs.
So, they’re never much help. If you get sick in
Thailand do this.

Look up your symptoms on the internet…

Your Diagnosis

That’s a VERY comprehensive online survey. You must
grab a free login ID – but they give a good review.

I use this instead of the doctor here in Thailand.

I also look up specific drugs that will work with my
problem and self-diagnose.

Now, if that doesn’t work – meaning – I’m still at a
loss for what’s happening. Or, if I have the name of
a drug I need, I’ll go to the local pharmacy.

Find one that has a Chinese pharmacist, or ideally,
two – Chinese-Thai Twin girls that you can go over
with, painfully, every symptom and concern… like I’ve

Pharmacies have everything you’ll likely need. If they
DON’T then they have connections with the hospital and
can ORDER anything. They can probably get morphine!

So – for small problems – the doctors and hospitals here
are maybe not so good. They dont take the time to really
investigate what the problem is – they just shovel out
the anti-biotics and paracet.

For BIG problems… like if you and another motorbike
crashed and you have a sucking chest wound – they are
likely to be EXPERT at fixing you up. There’s quite a
bit of that kind of thing here and they have a lot of
experience AND take it seriously enough to fix you up

I’ve seen a friend get his head operated on, bone chips
pulled out of his brain and an extended hospital stay…
in UBON of all places. Everything turned out fine.
His bill was DIRT cheap too.


Don’t fear the big stuff. Fear the small stuff…

Author: Vern

I'm an American expat living in Thailand. I like to write informative pieces about life in, living in Thailand, including topics like: Thai People, Thai Culture, Nightlife, Technology, and I have published a lot of photographs, videos, and even books on Thailand that you can find at ThailandeBooks.com. There are many photographs of Thailand here - feel free to share with attribution (a link back to the home page). All written content on this site by Vern Lovic. Contact me at Google+.