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The ballad of adverse reactions

Author: joe

Wednesday, 29 October, 2008 - 11:21

It has - I'm sure you'll agree - a cathartic, trance-like beauty.

Unexplained wheezing, shortness of breath, skin rash, itching, bruising, facial swelling. Headache, dizziness, vertigo, tinnitus, fluid retention, visual disturbances, sensitivity to light, blistering or flaking of the skin. Abdominal pain, nausea, constipation, diarrhoea, peptic ulcers, bleeding in the stomach. Blood in the urine, kidney damage, liver damage, thrombocytopenia.

Upset stomach, diarrhoea. Rash. Itch. Swollen face, breathing problems. Thrush. Staining of the teeth. Inflammation of the kidney. Hyperactivity, dizziness, headache, convulsions. Crystals in the urine, cloudy urine. Diarrhoea with bleeding. Dark or pale urine or faeces. Jaundice.

Constipation, confusion, drowsiness. Skin rash, nausea, sweating, facial flushing, dry mouth, blurred or double vision, dizziness, malaise, tiredness, headache, anorexia, vertigo, slow or rapid heartbeat, breathing difficulties, problems passing urine, convulsions, hallucinations, nightmares, uncontrolled muscle movement or rigidity, mental depression, stomach cramps. Swelling, itching, difficulty in breathing.

Dryness or irritation of nose or throat. Nose bleed. Rash, swelling of face lips or tongue. Difficulty breathing. Pain in eyes or blurred vision. Nasal damage, septal perforation. Feeling unwell.

Abdominal discomfort or pain, nausea, stomach ulcer, vomit containing blood or brown grit, black tarry stools, worsening of existing bowel disease. Unusual bruising or bleeding, fever, sore throat, mouth ulcers, extreme pallor or weakness. Worsening of asthma, unexplained wheezing, shortness of breath, swelling of the face or tongue, collapse. Hives, itching, blistering, peeling of the skin. Heart attack or stroke. Jaundice. Pale stools or dark urine. Less or more urine than normal, cloudy urine, bloody urine, back pain, swelling of the legs. Severe headache, neck stiffness, disorientation, sensitivity to light.

Drowsiness, nausea, breathing difficulties, low blood pressure, dizziness, fainting, vomiting, a sensation that your surroundings are spinning either up or down or from side to side, headache, dry mouth, sweating, reddening or flushing of the face, fast or slow heartbeat, palpitations. Low body temperature, hallucination, general feeling of restlessness, uneasiness or of being unwell, mood changes, pinpoint pupils, rashes, itching, nettle rash, reduced sex drive, impotence, abdominal and back pain, problems passing urine and constipation. Impaction of the faeces, incontinence, unexplained diarrhoea, abdominal pain, obstruction of the intestine.

Swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, face, lips or throat, difficulty breathing or swallowing, itching of the skin, nettle rash. Blisters or bleeding of the lips, eyes, nose, mouth or genitals. Severe blistering rash, skin peeling off to reveal large areas of raw, exposed skin over the body. Inflammation of the liver, jaundice, tiredness, fever. Kidney problems, difficulty in urinating. Reddening or blistering of skin. Abnormal bruising or bleeding. Persistent diarrhoea or vomiting. Breast swelling or impotence. Headaches, dizziness, tiredness, a general feeling of being unwell, diarrhoea, constipation, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, dry or sore mouth or throat, rash, itching, hair thinning, sensitivity to light, muscle or joint pain, depression, swelling of the hands or feet, pins and needles, blurred vision, changes in the way things taste, vertigo, confusion, hallucinations.

Nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhoea, pins and needles, headache, joint pain, muscle pain, loss of muscle tissue, raised liver enzymes, jaundice, severe or fatal liver disorder, kidney problems, kidney failure, rashes, difficulty in breathing, fainting, swelling of the face and throat, itching, skin eruptions, ulceration of the mouth, lips and skin, toxic epidermal necrolysis, sloughing of the skin. Impaired taste and smell, discoloured teeth, swelling or darkening of the tongue, sore mouth, oral thrush. Dizziness, loss of bearings, tinnitus, insomnia, hallucinations, nightmares, confusion, change in sense of reality and panicking. Low blood sugar, mood and behavioural disorder, unexpected bruising, blood thinning. Eye inflammation, changes in heart rhythm, inflammation of the pancreas, convulsions, hearing loss.

Categories: medicine, ailment, sickness, side-effect, health,
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Bogeys - or bodily betrayal

Author: joe

Thursday, 31 July, 2008 - 21:13

Featherstone and Hepworth note how a loss of bodily control can be associated with a loss of social acceptibility - they describe this as 'bodily betrayal'. On ageing, they say:

"Degrees of loss impair the capacity to be counted as a competent adult. Indeed the failure of bodily controls can point to a more general loss of self image; to be ascribed the status of a competent adult person depends upon the capacity to control urine and faeces."
[Featherstone & Hepworth, 'The mask of ageing and the postmodern lifecourse' in Featherstone, Hepworth & Turner, 1991. The Body: social processes and cultural theory, London: Sage, cited in Nettleton & Watson (eds.), 1998. 'An Introduction' in The Body in Everyday Life, London: Routledge, p1-20 (and by the way, isn't that gobful a nice exemplar of the constructedness of knowledge?)]
I wonder if their analysis extends to what Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctors tend to call 'muck'? Last year as my sinusitis entered its, oh, 3rd or 4th month, my doctor asked if my mucus was discoloured. I said I wasn't sure. Is a green bogey normal or discoloured? Here's something worth meditating on: your snot.

Do you notice when your snot is clear? Before my doctor asked this question, I had never considered that snot was any colour than green. I mean, snot is normally green isn't it? Aren't bogeys green? Actually, snot is only green when you have some kind of infection (it is a sign of bacterial colonies growing in your nose. Nice). But the rest of the time (like if you have hay fever) your snot is clear. And because it is clear, you don't notice. And by 'you don't notice it' I mean 'I don't notice it'. The clear stuff that came out of my nose when I had a bit of hay fever or early stages of a cold, wasn't 'snot', or mucus. It was invisible, irrelevant. How had I managed to think of snot as only green? What did I think the clear stuff was? I don't even remember. I wasn't even in control of my body to start with.

So when my doctor asked if my 'mucus' was 'discoloured', I thought, 'What - other than green? You mean, terracotta? Puce? Fuscia? Magnolia? Purple? Shit-brown? Or just normal, everyday green?"

I think I'm going to lump this with the rest of my parents' failings, alongside neglecting to tell me about smegma and ejaculation. I don't need to tell you how freaked I was in the bath THAT day.

Categories: body, snot, mucus, betrayal, embodiment, health, self, identity, competence, urine, faeces,
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