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  1. I believe the same, I remember visiting a UK dentist when I was about 11 years old, he said I needed 7 fillings (which he did), I think it was only a year since my last appointment, difficult to believe he was telling the truth looking back.
  2. Does anyone know the typical percent discount one can expect from the Benz Thailand price list shown on their website? https://www.mercedes-benz.co.th/content/media_library/thailand/mpc_thailand/BBDO_Thailand/Price_List/pricelist_july_2016.object-Single-MEDIA.tmp/PriceList08_08_201622Aug.pdf
  3. Just read it, interesting stuff.
  4. Thanks for your input. To clarify, the NHS website in the UK (below) is the kind of thing I am referring to, recommending 3 weeks before seeing a doctor. If I followed this advice I'd be quite sick for 6 to 9 weeks a year. My elderly mother is similar to me and she almost has to beg the GP for antibiotics after suffering with chest infections for weeks, the UK GP's standard response is take paracetamol and come back in 2 weeks if no improvement. I think many Brits reading this will know what I mean (especially those prone to secondary bacterial infections). In contrast Thai doctors are critized for giving antibiotics too quickly. Who is right, I don't know medically, but from my experience I benefit from early dosing of antibiotics in Thailand which would be quite difficult to obtain in the UK. When to see your GP If you or your child has a cold, there's usually no need to see your GP as it should clear within a week or two. You only really need to contact your GP if: your symptoms persist for more than three weeks your symptoms get suddenly worse you have breathing difficulties you develop complications of a cold, such as chest pain or coughing up bloodstained mucus
  5. And you have my sympathy, almost the same situation. The main reason I posted this topic is to find out if it was only me that always seems to get a bacterial infection after a heavy cold. I have many friends who get colds and they seem to carry on as normal and recover in a few days, but I get a week of the typical cold symptoms and then it migrates to my chest and I feel worse and worse until I start on the antibiotics. I've tested this by waiting and waiting, but the infection doesn't clear for weeks, then I take the antibiotics and feel much better in 2-4 days. After many doctor's antibiotic prescriptions for bronchitis over the 25+ years I have lived here I know which antibiotics work best for me with minimal side effects, and so I normally have a box at home which I buy from boots. I know it goes against the self-prescribing rule, but some of the antibiotics I've been given by doctors here make me feel sicker and I know my body. I can't see the point in visiting a doctor today as they don't test for bacteria, they will normally just sound my chest and prescribe antibiotics of their choice, sometimes of a type which makes me feel sicker. A few minutes ago I started on the usual antibiotics which work for me bought from boots, I've had enough of waiting 'for nature to take its course'. But all of this begs the question, are we being mislead a little bit in the West that antibiotics are almost useless for normal respiratory infections, all we here is that colds are a virus and that antibiotics are useless, but my own experience and yours indicates that for some of us antibiotics are often necessary because secondary bacterial infections are quite common for some people. I understand doctors in the west are under orders to limit antibiotics due to resistance which is a big problem for humanity in the future, but for me personally (and selfishly) if they clear my infection in 3-4 days vs feeling terrible for weeks then I'll take 'em.
  6. My phlegm at the moment is yellow/green, coughing up in lumps, does that indicate a bacterial infection? This definately started as a cold a couple of weeks ago. Actually, like I said in the original post, almost every cold I get ends up with a chest infection and yellow/green phlegm so I'm wondering if I simply get a secondary bacterial infection most times that I get a cold (perhaps my asthma combined with the cold virus somehow opens me up to bacterial infection more than others).
  7. I have seasonal asthma. Whenever I get a cold it nearly always goes on my chest and I have a heavy cough, green thick mucus, wheezing and generally feel deprived of oxygen and exhausted. When I visit the docs in Thailand they'll normally prescribe antibiotics saying I've probably got bronchitis. For me the antibiotics normally work and I start to feel better after 2-3 days. Considering all the stuff on the internet about colds being caused by viruses and that antibiotics are useless I've tried to last out this particular heavy cold to see if it clears up by itself. . .nope, after 2 weeks I can still feel my airways are sore and inflamed and I feel awful. Should I continue to follow the mainstream view and wait and wait, or get to the doctors for the usual dose of antibiotics. Any thoughts? I'm not going to argue with scientists that say antibiotics don't kill viruses, I'm convinced that is true, but I'm wondering if people like me are very susceptible to secondary bacterial infections whenever we get cold viruses. Most of the websites telling us not to take antibiotics for colds have a disclaimer along the lines of, "You may only need antibiotics if complications such as bronchitis develop or if underlying health problems, such as diabetes or asthma, require them." But actually none of those "underlying health problems" such as asthma are normally caused by bacteria, even bronchitis, as WebMD says, "Most often, the same viruses that give you a cold or the flu also cause bronchitis." In summary, the mainsteam view that antibiotics don't work for colds, particularly cold related respiratory infections, does not match my own experience. Wonder if others have the same experience, or not. There must be a reason why doctors here continue to prescribe antibiotics for stubborn coughs, it can't all be brushed off by saying they are over prescribing, they must be witnessing some benefit in their long careers. I remember one time I waited a long time before seeing the doctor with a particularly bad respiratory infection (following the mainstream advice in the West to wait 3 weeks), the doctor at Samitivej admonished me saying I should have visited earlier as I had a respiratory infection! She prescribed antibiotics and it cleared up in a few days. What's going on.
  8. Taken from Emporium 2 with iPhone 6.
  9. Inside Rama 9 Park in Bangkok....today.
  10. Agreed, the aviary at Khao Keow is very impressive.
  11. Khao Keaw Open Zoo
  12. Dr Wicharn explained there would be around 5% loss of mobility but it wouldn't be noticeable (true). He also said it depends on which disc, the one my wife had done doesn't move as much as some of the others so fusion is fine. She seems slightly taller now with better posture, the previous x-ray showed a curved profile but now it's straight.
  13. Here's the result. She is totally pain free now.
  14. Dr Wicharn performed this same surgery on my wife 2 weeks ago (one herniated disc in the neck). It was only one disc and he explained the cheaper option (fusion) is probably best in her case, so there was no hard sell of the more expensive flexible disc. She is delighted with the result.