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  1. Batty

    Prostatitus Advice

    I hope it improves for you soon - thanks for the feedback.
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    Prostatitus Advice

    Sheryl thank you so much for the detailed reply, I appreciate the effort you out into that! I have taken your advice on board and feel relieved actualy that I dont have to venture to Pattaya every week or so. I guess you are right, it makes little sense and if the doctor there is going to prescribe antibiotics just as the local udon doctor is, then realy whats the point. Im not going to lie, this is playing on my mind quite a bit. I seemed to have picked up a sore tonsil on the right side now, which I am sure is related to my body fighting the infection and nothing to worry about but then again, I have a wild imagination. I have been feeling low energy last couple of days, earlier today I googled 'does prostatitus make you tired'. Worse thing I could have done because yes indeed it does make you fatigued. Actually Google is just full of page after page of people worried about being fatigued months into the illness. I am hoping that particular side affect is not as common as it seems on google - a slightly painful bladder and frequent trips to the loo I can handle just about, but if I am going to be run down and tired for months that will drive me crazy. I cant believe such a low-danger, non-serious illness can completley bugger you up like this. I hope to god it doesnt last months. A friend of mine in the UK has had this for a few years and says he often gets fatigued and 'shivers'. Is that what I have to look forward to? Just from a bacteria thing? By the way I remember you from you years ago! You live on Koh Pagnan is that right? We have never met but i lived in Samui from 2003 - 2005 and remember you being pretty6 active in that group. Glad to see you are still around. Thanks so much for the advice I truly appreciate it very much indeed
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    Prostatitus Advice

    Could anyone with experience in this give me a little direction? I have been diagnosed with Prostatitus by local Urologist in Udon Thani. I have had this bladder thing for a few weeks and had a full health screening at Bumrungrad 2 weeks ago, all is great im a very healthy chap apart from the prostatitus. They actualy didnt find it as Bumrungrad because I stupidly didnt have the two finger exam and so they said it might be a UTI. 5 days later local urologist had a poke around and said it is prostatitus. He assured me its not cancer or anything as my report from Bumrungrad showed normal levels of something or other that points to prostate cancer. Something in the blood - could be lippy count or something I dont know to be honest, but he is adamant it is not prostate cancer. I have just finished one week of antibiotics and went back to local urologist last night for appointment. I told him it was no better and he gave me another week of the antibiotics. It seems there are 2 or 3 different types you can have. Chronic, bacterial, or chronic bacterial? The treatment given depends on which one you have. Am I right in saying to truly identify what it is you need urine cultures and digital probes? I asked local urologist guy and he just shook his head and said no need (he also said its difficult?) An ex-pat friend of a friend up here recommended a urologist at Bangkok Pattaya hospital. Im just trying to decide if it is worth seeing this guy for a second opinion? Is there anything he can do differently to the local urologist? If so, does that then mean I will have to stick it out with Pattaya doc and ditch the local doc sort of burning my bridges in the process? Will I then have to visit Pattaya every week or two all the way from Udon? Im not sure what to do here. I know there are far worse things to have and its a common thing for blokes over 40 (i am 45) nothing to panic about, but i am anxious about it a little. I have heard of people who still have this after 2 or 3 years. Even 2 or 3 months of this would freak me out. As I said its not a serious thing but its not a nice thing to have - feeling like you need to pee all the time and going to the toilet 3 times an hour just for a trickle is no fun at all. I guess im a little worried that the local urologist fella isnt maybe doing his level best and possibly the expert down in pattaya might be able to nail this for me? Also my Dad had prostate cancer and whilst the local guy (two local urologists actualy) looked at my health screening report and insist its not prostate cancer there is still that nagging doubt in my mind. Any advice appreciated, thanks so much.
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    Which bike should I buy?

    Lol, tickled me that did thanks. I was quite happy with jogging to be honest. This lake that i visit has a load of serious looking bikers and every time they fly by me I always thought nah, happy with jogging I will stick with this. These shin splints have totally put paid to it though. I would have expected shin splints to be a thing when I first started jogging but for some reason it has only just kicked in now, 2 or 3 months after starting - just when I was getting quite good at it. I googled it and cant find any evidence of shin splints from biking so I guess thats what I will have to do. Just hope I learn to enjoy it as much as the jogging. I hated it at first but realy grew to enjoy it after a few weeks.
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    Which bike should I buy?

    Realy appreciate that buddy thanks so much - great advice. I will take all of that into account when I nip to the shop. By the way when I say 'big bloke' I probably mean bigger than average, but not too big. Im 6 feet, 95 kilos. 45 years old, if that makes any difference. I was 109 kilos 3 months ago but jogging and diet has helped. I did buy a decent bike a few years back. It was a budget bike I guess but at the higher end of budget with a 28,000 price tag. Specialized brand. I cant for the life of me remember what I even did with it. I remember buying it, and riding it a little but at the time I wasn't serious about getting fit (not like now). I guess I must have sold it to a friend or something - blimey that was only 3 years ago and I have absolutely no idea what happened to it how strange. So maybe 10K is just too cheap? A few years ago I would have took no issue with spending 100K on a bike to get started but business has been pretty poor the last year or two and I cant afford to splurge. Maybe I should look at something for 20K? Will that get me something reasonable? I cant realy afford anything over 20K right now. Maybe thats enough to get started and further down the line if business improves and I enjoy this as a hobby I can splurge a bit. One thing - I remember now why I didn't ride it too much a few years ago. I got massive neck aches after riding for hours. Obviously owing to bending forward but looking up. Would you recommend buying raised handle bars? I know there is something you can buy to raise the bars up and give you a more upright neck?
  6. Hello people I want to buy a bike for keep fit purposes but have no clue what to buy. I took up jogging 2 months ago but im a big bloke and shin splints have kicked in so im worried I might cause an injury, so I think its time to get a bike. I was thinking of getting a hybrid, and want to spend just like 10,000 Baht. Its only for 1 hour a day mostly around a lake on a concrete path. It would be great if you could just steer me towards a brand? There are a few bike shops around my area, I guess I want to head into the shops knowing which brand I should ask for. Or at this price point does it realy matter? Many thanks for your help Batty
  7. Guys sorry! I gave up on this post a few hours after creating it, I didnt think for a second anyone would reply. Thanks for the help and sorry for taking a while to reply - its all sorted now anyway. Thanks again
  8. Hello people, this is such a long shot, slim chance, I feel a little silly asking... Im hoping someone could help translate something for me. I have had a classic bike rebuilt by a mechanic here in Thailand and a problem has developed with something specific. Basically I need to order a new part for the bike (a crankshaft), but I dont know if he knows how to fit this part. Actually I KNOW he can fit it, but dont know if he can fit it properly based on some advice I have been given in the UK. Again, this is a massive long shot lol but I need this translating if anyone can help? Please? Im realy stuck here and cant move foreard with building the bike unless I get this info conveyed to him! Here goes: "I recommend a 60 /110 crank shaft as the stroke increase takes the 186cc to to 193cc ... this longer rod (con rod, or connecting rod) has a few advantages. Firstly the longer rod prevents the piston hitting the crankcase at BDC, it may hit because the 60 stroke takes the piston 1mm higher and 1mm lower. The longer rod also means that the rod angle is less which in turn reduces the pressure on the barrel walls. The longer rod also increases crankcase volume. The package will be the piston, crank, required packers etc for it to be a easy to fit. However your engine builder would have to know how to correctly check the squish* so he can correctly work out the exact packing needed below the barrel. Also to do the job correctly he would need the tools to lower the bottom edges of the ports in the barrel to suit the 60 stroke....You could just use a 58/107 crank but I'm presuming the crank you have removed is a 60 stroke and that the mentioned port alterations have already been carried out....You don't want to use a 60 107 crank unless you are prepared to cut 1mm off the bottom of the piston skirts. *Squish This is what squish means - If the cylinder is removed from the engine, the cylinder gasket must be replaced. The new gasket must be of the correct thickness for the squish to have the right value. Squish is the clearance between the piston and the squish band inside the cylinder (see illustration). It is a critical value because high squish velocity shortens combustion duration, staving off detonation (knocking/pre-ignition). If it is not set correctly, the engine can be damaged. The squish is adjusted by changing the thickness of the gasket that is between the base of the cylinder and the engine crankcase. So there you go lol. Im laughing as I write all this as its a big expectation thinking someone is either willing to translate this for me or capable! I could make a donation to a charity of your choice if anyone can help out! Seriously. Thanks Batty ?
  9. I am thinking of taking the wife to NZ for a holiday, camper van tour kinda thing, October. As a Brit I get the visa waiver, but how hard is it to obtain a visa for my wife? IS NZ known for being 'tough' like that? She isn't working, but our house is in her name (they like to see you have a reason to go back I think? House ownership I guess shows security?). She has been successful in obtaining a visa for the UK a few years ago, would that help in any way? Some countries are known to be quite tough in granting holiday visas, especially the UK and sometimes US. I guess I am asking if NZ is considered just as tough? Many thanks Batty
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    Leaving Thailand after 13 Years..

    So your calling me a cock. Thanks. You are analyzing with cliches and sound like an student physiologist and I dont mean to be rude in suggesting that error as many people do the same. But I must be honest and say Its such a boring, well trodden reasoning to suggest "there is another guy, running from his problems, head buried in sand, scared to go home". Christ mate its so dull and predictable and its almost always the first port of call when two chaps on a bar stool (or concrete table outside a maa paa shop) are blasting a fellow ex pat. This guy has issues. Clearly here to escape something. Some of us just stumbled here through, I admit, absolute ignorance at worst and lack of planning at best. I am here after 15 years because... it just happened. Cant that be a reason? Must I be a social misfit who didn't fair well back home with people? Or a fat stinking mess with zero charm, unable to chat up the birds back home and bailed to Thailand heading straight to the go go bars? Make sure to wai the mamasan on your way in you know, respect local culture. Then see how many fingers you can get up number 32. Go on lad. I had a pretty good life back home, quite eventful and dam good fun. I had a mobile phone dealership selling contract phones on-line from 2001 through 2003 and in July of that year the business imploded for reasons out of my control. I walked away with 30 grand, a rented house (no ties) no kids, and a car. I thought sod it, I am 30, lets do a bit of traveling, spend 20 of the 30 grand I have and then come back and start another business. I needed a break. America sounds fun and I had visited a few times as a kid. And with very little planning I decided on flying to Los Angeles and starting there. Only I didn't. During my final customer credit check with Orange on the phone (cell/mobile phone company in UK) I got chatting to the agent about moving to America. He had just come back from Thailand, and told me about the way of life there, the cheap villas on the beach you can rent. Fried rice and chicken with a beer for a pound. Friendly locals. The beautiful women who love westerners. Amazing islands and adventurous mountain destinations. And all around it, you have these mad countries to explore like Vietnam, Loas, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong. I randomly searched 'house for rent in Thailand' and this amazing 3 bed house popped up, surrounded by coconut trees, 5 minutes from a beach. 300 pounds a month. I had spent that much the night before on a bender in London, I remember thinking. 300 pounds! For a villa! On an island! I remember sitting on expedia website with two browser windows open, one for a L.A flight and one for flight to Koh Samui, undecided. Eventually I chose koh Samui, booked a flight, put my furniture, car and electrical stuff in a lock up on a 6 month contract and buggered off to Thailand, telling my pals and family I would see them at the end of the year. Everyone was surprised I was doing it, but pleased for me. It was In hindsight looking back, totally random, deciding to travel. I suspect if I had put more thought into it I would have stayed back home. They call it chaos theory, dont they? How a single small event can change the course of humanity? I ponder that from time to time. The Orange call center had 500 agents. If I hadn't spoke to that one particular guy, at that very time, i would have never traveled to Thailand. I wasn't even sure where it was to be honest. I had so much fun in koh Samui, 6 months turned into 2 years but I burnt out. I had spent a lot of time on the beer and partying I needed to move on. So I went to Bangkok for a year and did even more partying. How does that make sense? Burn out in Koh Samui, so move to Bangkok? I have no idea what I was thinking in that decision. So, even more burnt out after a year living just off Soi 4 and now at 33, I decided to move to kanchanaburi where it is green, lush, laid back, and cute. A perfect place to slow down a bit. I stayed there for 5 years and played golf in the day, and set up an on line business that I worked on at night, which did very well. During no point in this first 8 years did I ever think 'ok, what am I doing?' Is this my life now?'. Family and friends always pestered me about coming home. What are you doing out there? Why are you still there? But I never had an answer. Its honestly something I never thought about. I took everything day by day and just figured one day I will go home, when I feel like it. More years went past and eventually I met a great girl, moved North and got married, brought a house and settled down. My dad died 3 years ago and during that time I went home 3 or 4 times a year while he was sick and it was at this point that I woke up a little a realized that I had pretty much abandoned my country and suddenly missed it. I would land at Heathrow and there would always be 2 or 3 friends waiting for me, before we headed off to the pub to meet more friends and have a great night. I would spend the days visiting my Dad and family and aimlessly driving around the countryside, remembering how nice it is back there, wondering why I abandoned it, and the nights in the pub with mates having a great laugh. It just suddenly happened over those 2 or 3 years of visiting the UK - I became uber home sick - and every time I returned to Thailand I felt bummed out to be back. I guess I just stumbled here through blind chance, failed to plan, and woke up 15 years later thinking bugger, I am still here? I own a house and stuff? I built an amazing on-line business through my time here and now it is over, I regret squandering the money I made from it. I could have saved easily enough to buy a bloody huge house back home but I didn't. I was an idiot. Business class flights everywhere, hotels always had to be Hiltons, Sheratons, Mariots. Wardrobe after wardrobe of expensive clothes. Bikes, cars. All the trappings. I had friends in Miami and over a 4 year period I would fly there, business class, three times a year for 3 weeks each visit, blowing money. I look back on all that now and think I guess I wasn't truly happy here and filled a void with crap that I didn't need. I got jaded with the bar scene years ago, got fed up with golf and for a good few years didn't do very much here: just a quiet life with lavish holidays back home, Miami, Caribbean, and all over S.E.Asia mixed in. I should have been honest with myself at the time and admitted I wasn't truly happy in Thailand, time to go home. But for some reason I just figured everything would work itself out and plodded on, with no plan, spending money. And when you have money, it is easy to use it to fudge over problems. And for that reason, I wouldn't blame you for calling me a cock. It was foolish and short sighted and now the business is over and I am making a modest living, I feel stupid. For a bright guy, I made a dumb mistake of winging it in life with zero plan. So fair enough - call me a cock for that, because I am. But I am most definitely not a cock in the way you might imply. I am not a social misfit, I can easily sit in a bar full of strangers and tell a few stories, get everyone laughing. I do have some measure of charm, unlike some of the morons you meet sometimes here whose soul level of concern lies with the cost of Chang going up at Dream Girl bar, baked beans in Macro being too saucy, and how Davids wife is cheating on him with a Thai guy. I just made the mistake of taking everything for granted, failing to plan: and now i miss home, dont realy want to live here anymore, but cant just 'go back' and sofa surf with my wife who I adore, watching her suffer with the same feelings I have now in being home sick for her country and family/friends. If I had a good few hundred grand in the bank I would buy a house back there and spend the summers there with her. Or leave her here and get my fix of England for 3 months a year. Either of those scenarios would be fine for me and I would enjoy the other 9 months in Thailand quite happily. Maybe one day it will happen, I do have a track record of getting back on top financially when chips are down so maybe I will make something else work and get the money together in a few years. Or maybe crypto currency will go up ten fold and I can cash in and do it that way. But for the time being, here I am. Just a bloke who didn't plan and stumbled here, for a long time. Its not a bad life, dont get me wrong - I own a house, a couple of nice cars and bikes, owe no money to anyone and have potential to make a living. I just feel a bit bored and lost here these days. It suddenly feels arbitrary, my living here. I feel silly for not predicting this years ago, and stupid for not being wiser with my money. Feel free anyone to analyze all this but let me be clear - you can jazz this up however you like but I am telling you now, there is no underlying reason for 'bailing' on the UK. It just happened.
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    Leaving Thailand after 13 Years..

    I have lived here full time for 15 years, and I would love to go back home to the UK. I have had enough and have felt that way for the last few years. I ache to go home, actually. In that sense, its funny how my outlook has gone full circle: The first few years here between 2003 and maybe 2010 I always looked at my expatriation as an adventure, something I achieved and to be proud of making a life over here. Now, I see going back home the same way. The problem is that my business of 12 years failed last year, its an old technology that I cant market anymore. I used to earn good money, but now I just tick over. I own a nice house here but its only worth 4 million and if I sold it, what would that get me in England? Nothing! I could raise another couple of million selling my car, bikes and bits but even 6 million wouldn't afford me a property back home. At 45 years old I dont want to get a mortgage in the UK. And also now I am just ticking over, what sort of life would that give me back home? Especially given that I would have to rent. I cant imagine getting a job. I have worked for myself for 17 years in one form or another and my skill set is better served working for myself really. Then there is the wife. She loves England but I know she would miss her parents too much to leave and I wouldn't want to force that on her. I used to love this country. Im not saying I hate it now, but it does feel different. Literately, almost - I mean sometimes it feels like a totally different country to the one I moved to all those years ago. It just does not feel fun anymore and I feel far less wanted here than I did before, as a ferang. I feel like a square peg in a round hole. But the main thing is just a longing for my home country and everything it has to offer. Its first world, and this is third world (kinda). I miss having a pint in a proper pub with English banter. I miss little interactions with people: buying a newspaper, nipping to the bookies and having a fiver on a horse, random chats with strangers in random situations. I feel like I miss my own people. Quite often 'my own people' here in Thailand seem odd, sometimes bitter, you meet a new friend here and somewhere not too far down the line he turns out to be a complete cock. That seems to be a trait of ex-pat life as far as I can muster. I haven't been back for a couple of years but on my last visit, driving through the Cotswolds on a sunny Saturday afternoon, I couldn't believe I had abandoned this place in favor of a country so completely alien to me full of people who dont realy want me around. At that moment it made no sense to me why I was going back. But I have no choice realy. Unless I can find a few hundred grand (GBP) to buy a house and give myself a cushion, Thailand is going to be home for the foreseeable future. If something changes work wise and I start earning well again, I will buy a flat back home and at the very least spend the summers there. I dont let anyone know this as no one likes a moaner, but I am actually pretty miserable here now lol. I have just totally had enough of the place. Good luck mate, Im sure you wont regret making the move. Thailand has had its day - in my opinion - and life is better back there. Again, in my opinion.
  12. Batty

    Asthmatic inhaler for sleep apnea?

    I appreciate your trying to help, and thank you for that, but it is not asthma and im surprised you sound so sure to be honest! I play golf and never get wheezy walking around, never out of breath when climbing stairs or anything like that (maybe a little but not in a asthmatic way) rarely cough unless I am sick. I honestly dont have asthma. This thing almost feels like my respiratory system just decides to give in suddenly. When it gets going again (after I wake in terror) after a minute my breathing is fine. Its absolutely terrifying to be honest I dread going to sleep some nights.
  13. Batty

    Asthmatic inhaler for sleep apnea?

    I thought I was posting in health forum to be honest, must have posted here in error.
  14. Batty

    Asthmatic inhaler for sleep apnea?

    True, within reason. If reasoning applies at my local hospital where the doctor is. I went there with a stomach problem recently and after prodding around he said 'maybe bad food, dont worry'. As I was leaving I mentioned I had diverticulisis 10 years ago and he quickly changed his mind and said thats exactly what I have now. My point being the advice on here might not be too far behind the local doc. I did find out today since posting this that they do sleep studies at another hospital here so thats a start.
  15. Batty

    Asthmatic inhaler for sleep apnea?

    Thanks, I guess thats why there is nothing on Google about it! There is a 'sleep center' here in Udon Thani, where I live (christ knows how I posted this in Hua Hin forum it was supposed to be health forum). I nipped there today and despite there being signs everywhere saying they cure sleep apnea, all they wanted to do was farm me off with a machine. I thought I might at least get one of those gum shield things there but when I asked for one, they looked like I just asked them the square root of nine. The local hospital does a one night sleep study for 10K apparently. I guess I will give that a whirl.
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