Back Pain Relief in Thailand

Back Pain Relief in Thailand
I am in Thailand hoping to solve my back pain problem; my sciatic nerve has been hurting now for at least six months. A doctor told me in Lima, Peru I have a nodule.

Thammasat University
Rangsit Campus,
Thailand, Southeast Asia
Monday, June 29, 2009


This is the location of the lump or nodule, although the pain has decreased over the last six months. If I walk too long, carry too much weight or even just lie in bed wrong it hurts. It is continuous with various degrees of pain.

There are two reasons to go to a doctor overseas.

1. You have no choice.
2. Cheaper

I am using the cheaper option however Thailand is in many ways horrible expensive for medical work. A person has to truly know what the price should be or you can easily pay the same as the USA.

How much does is cost to remove a Nodule in the USA, this is a good question. I am hoping to pay 200-300 Baht today to talk with an orthopedic doctor. If this were critical or scary type of medical work, I would return to the USA, at the end of the day, Thailand people do not speak English and are not intuitive to the Western Mind.

I took a 450 Baht 8-11 hour overnight bus from Chiang Mai and luckily they dropped me off directly in front of Thammasat University just north of Rangsit, Thailand.

This is roughly, where I am located; trust me you do not want to depend on maps in Thailand. When I go to a place, I have a trusted person write the location in the Thailand language. If possible, I show the paper to a normal car Taxi and hope he reads. I almost never use a Tuk Tuk because they cost more than normal Taxis.

I expect the doctors here in Thailand to do the same as the USA, they will experiment around and after many trial and error methods, and they will stumble on the solution. The stumbling action I hope is radically cheaper. It is the cost of talking to the doctor that should be cheaper.

It is incredible how bad the Thailand people are in English, in a way I think I should have done this in Lima, Peru when talked with a Doctor there on the problem.

I do not have health insurance; therefore, I am screwed for USA medical services. I am hoping Obama helps give me free medical in the USA… hehehe, maybe I can nationalize in England or Canada and get them to pay… hehehe

Can you empathize or imagine how much fine print there is in a health insurance policy that would say they not need to pay for places like Africa or Asia?

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Back Pain Relief in Thailand


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Hmmm....herniated disk = sciatic nerve pain, but there are other conditions that could be putting pressure on your sciatic nerve. Im not sure what the nodule has to do with it however, I know that sciatica is painful.

Perhaps if you could make it to France, then you would get free and excellent medical services, plus I hear they have some very pretty nurses over there.........just hope you dont run into Nurse Ratched

If Mr. McMurphy doesnt want to take his medication orally, Im sure we can arrange that he can have it some other way. But I dont think that he would like it.

Hmmmm...50 + years old and 10 + years sleeping on Third World mattresses in cheap hotels ? I see no correlation.

I bet a week sleeping at the Peninsular Hotel would cure your aches for awhile

Tell em Chuck W0W set ya

I dunno, you seem to be harping on stuff lately, harp harp, maybe the chronic pain is actually making u a bit more irritable than your good life would lead us to expect. So I can only say- get well soon!

Do not let them cut on you unless it is a cyst or a boil. Try Ibuprofen 600 -800 mg four times daily (You can buy over the counter Ibuprofen in the 200 mg size-take three or four) or Naproxen 500 mg twice daily. Be patient, might take up to a month to get over it.

I am in the very large Thammast University Hospital. My Thai girlfriend who works here has got me registered. I needed passport.

No signs are in English inside.

I will see an Orthopedic doctor. I do not know the cost and in typical Thai style my friend acts as if not important and dismisses the question.

I take ibuprofen and many other types now daily for 6 months. The pain has decreased over time, and does continually lessen.

The nodule at the start point of the pain has not got smaller. It stays the same size.

This BlackBerry Storm from Verizon is a great way to pass time. I used in Chiang Mai bus stop the other day.

Thanks for help and advice.
Andy inside Thammasat Hospital on BB.


Where you are. Its a good hospital (Thammast University Hospital) many of the doctors moonlight at Bumrungrand Hospital (The best in The Big Mango) All of Asia really. Also many of the Doctors are USA or Aussie taught or took a few terms and the nurses are truly saintly as they are in most of Thailand. Cant stress that enough.

You want a great girlfriend ? Get hurt in Thailand and you will meet your soul mate. Dont complain to much,but let them know they are appreciated and you could wind up happy for life.

Hobos may want to ask about Insurance when your done. To late now, but worth it to buy since your there every year for a month or two at a time.

I have a policy at the Bangkok hospital in Pattaya and collect on it almost every year. (Motorcycle,punched in the face related but otherwise good health) so not to expensive.

Google this amigo Hobo gt

By Molly M. Ginty
WeNews correspondent

With 46 million U.S. citizens living without health insurance--and millions of others underinsured or unable to get adequate care--a growing number of U.S. women are flocking to a Thai hospital for treatments they cant afford at home.

June Flowers

(WOMENSENEWS)--June Flowers would have done anything to stop the pain.

Suffering from a severely herniated spinal disk, with little savings and no health insurance and earning less than $10 an hour as a part-time cafeteria cashier, she couldnt afford the $30,000 operation her doctors said she needed.

On good days, I could barely stand or walk, says Flowers, 46, a resident of Huron, S.D. On bad days, I couldnt even get out of bed.

It didnt make sense to buy private health insurance, because her back problem would be considered a pre-existing condition and exempted from treatment for two years. Flowers feared having to file for bankruptcy. Then came the quirk of fate that sent her halfway around the globe and solved her health and financial troubles in one go.

One night I caught a TV show about Bumrungrad hospital in Thailand, where Americans without insurance go for affordable care, says Flowers. I e-mailed them, and within weeks, I was on a plane to Bangkok. I paid $3,500 for back surgery and three days later, I was home with my pain gone and my problem cured.

Andy.....that is one story of thousands. Just spend a few hours watching the coming and going at the BUM Bumrungrand Hospital and watch the filthy rich come and go and you can actually afford the treatment also or go to a Hospital that has BUM Staff they frequently rotate to save a few Baht. Just ask what OTHER HOSPITALS they have privileges at (work)

Tell Em Chuck W0W sent ya

I was all set to slam you for calling for free health care, until I re-read your statement:

I am hoping Obama helps give me free medical in the USA… hehehe, maybe I can nationalize in England or Canada and get them to pay…

And realized you did not beleive it to be free, just free to you. Having re-read the statement, I see that you understand that I am being forced at gunpoint to pay for it. Nothing wrong with you taking advantage of something that we, as voters, allow.

Bob L

Free Health Care

Nothing is free, somebody has to pay and if there is free health service in the USA, I know somebody else is going to pay for me. I pay almost zero taxes in the USA. I never have understood how there is baby insurance, people who do not have babies pay for the people who do.

Insurance is always a redistribution of money.

If the USA offers free health services to it citizens, I am not going to noble and say no, I will stand in line like the rest of the sheep.

I am not going to say I am against free health care for the citizens, there is some good reasons for it. I think there needs to be more restrictions on doctors. I should be able to say, give me a price list of all the services and that would allow me to shop around here in Thailand.


# Andy said: Insurance is always a redistribution of money.

Yep, kinda a voluntary form of socialism. My biggest single gripe about health insurance is the fact that pre-existing conditions can make it impossible to get (or afford) insurance, or they will just not pay for the condition. But, I hate government intervention almost as much. Quite a dilemma.

# Andy said: If the USA offers free health services to it citizens, I am not going to noble and say no, I will stand in line like the rest of the sheep.

As will I. Baaaaaaa

Bob L

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