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So I'm more than a little frustrated with the arrogant young twerp of a GP I saw yesterday. Common sense says I should take the antibiotics now, as I'm just going to suffer for 3 days, then take them anyway. Last time I took them it required 7 days - the complete course - before the infection was completely gone. I told the GP this. Logic says that it's going to take the same time again, so a 3 day offset is just going to leave me in pain and misery for 3 days. I can't actually see any delayed date on the prescription, just the cryptic text "DELAYED SCRIPT" next to the dosage times, so I'll see if Lu can cash it in tomorrow. That way it's just 2 days (and nights) of needless agony.

There has to be a middle ground between the useless and inconsistent NHS and the complete overreaction of the Brazilian private health system.

In other news...

Another awful night. I got to bed around 11pm. I woke up at 2:30am feeling nauseous, and then had to dash for the toilet, albeit just for dry heaves. I was feeling particularly unwell, and my temperature was over 39C, so I decided to take a risk and down more tablets. After an hour or two I could lay down on the sofa without feeling nauseous - TV and podcasts continue to be lifesavers as they distract my brain enough that I don't go mad. I don't think there's anything actually wrong with my stomach. I think it's my sensitive gag reflex combined with the infected phlegm coming out of my sinuses at the back of my throat (which I've just discovered is called post-nasal drip). The problem is that it's enough to make me throw up repeatedly, rather than just being irritating.

I woke up around 6am drenched in sweat, probably due to the effect of the pills. It had soaked all the way through my T-shirt, through my (very fluffy) dressing gown, and into the blanket beneath. I went back upstairs to bed after stripping off.

Today so far is just muscular pain and sinus agony. I do feel ever so slightly better than yesterday though (so far...). Clearly my sinuses and chest are still infected, although thankfully not as bad as 2 weeks ago (no blood and the nightmarish nostril/sinus damage).

I expect it's really tedious to read these detailed symptoms, but they're more for my benefit than anything.

In positive news, I'm down to 105.8kg. Although chances are I'll put some of this back on.

According to the latest Medical Matters podcast, a headache (and other pain) is best resolved with 500mg of paracetamol, 200mg of Ibuprofen, and a 100mg caffeine hit (a strong coffee). That is there's an 80-85% success rate, versus around 50% for either paracetamol or ibuprofen in isolation. Curious.

I really should have gone into science as a job. It seems a far more contributory profession than IT, and perhaps would have just suited me better. Hard to say for sure of course.

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I'm going to try that painkilling combo, I love playing with over the counter drugs!

The guy recommending it didn't explain why the quantities of the drug were reduced, but I seem to have more joy with paracetamol and ibuprofen combined. I think a really strong cup of tea can supply around 100mg of caffeine.

the caffeine is the problem ingredient for me as I don't drink tea or coffee

Ah. Coke? Not sure how much that has.

I'll try and find out how much there is...
ah, not as much as coffee
There is 96mg of caffeine in one litre of Coke Zero or Coca‑Cola and 128mg in a litre of Diet Coke. This equates to about 32mg in a 330ml can of Coca‑Cola and 42mg in a 330ml can of Diet Coke. To help put this in context, a mug of tea contains about 75mg of caffeine and a mug of coffee provides about 100mg of caffeine.

Not much help, unless you like a lot of coke :-D

well turns out that two tablets of pro plus contain 100mg of caffeine and as far as I can find out they don't have milk in them :0)

Let me know how your experiments go :-)

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