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Wednesday 28 December 2022

Penang Day 3 (Suspected Slipped Disc!?)

Penang Day 3!

We had meant to wake up early but alas we overslept again, and with good reason. The pain at my lower back got progressively worse overnight, and we had to seriously consider visiting a chiropractor as soon as possible.

I called a few chiropractors but only The One Chiropractic Centre was able to see me today. We fixed an appointment for 12:30pm later today.

By the time we got ready it was already a quarter past ten in the morning, so we left the hotel and strolled along Jalan Transfer. Roti Canai Transfer Road was filled to the rafters, so we strolled on along until we got to Toon Leong Coffee Shop.

We ordered two sets of toasted bread with a round of drinks for RM9.60 (approximately USD/EUR2). Breakfast out of the way we checked the mobile app Moovit and found that the Rapid Penang 206 bus could take us directly to the chiropractor in Taman Free School.

We then strolled along Jalan Argyll then onto Jalan Penang and eventually caught the Rapid Penang 206 bus for a fare of RM1.40 each (approximately USD/EUR0.30) in front of the 7-Eleven. Twenty-five minutes we got off at the Taman Free School bus stop along Jalan Terengganu and walked a short distance along Jalan Free School to The One Chiropractic Centre.

We were about an hour early and it being my first time filled up the registration form and waited. Dr Chuah eventually saw me at the appointed time and after about a ten-minute interview to isolate the offending area he administered the 'twist' that produced the pain-relieving 'pop'.

Hallelujah, I could stand up and sit down unimpeded by excruciating pain again!

The treatment cost RM180.00 (approximately USD41/EUR38), and subsequent treatments will cost RM110.00 (approximately USD25/EUR23). We thanked Dr Chuah and the front desk personnel Cheng, and I walked out feeling much better. While the pain was still there I had at least regained mobility.

We walked across Jalan Free School and had lunch at the Medan Selera Taman Free School (food court). We ordered the:

  • Curry Mee Stadium for RM5.50
  • Koay Teow Th'ng for RM5.00
  • a plate of assorted Lor Bak for RM9.70
  • 2 glasses of Iced Pat Poh Herbal Tea for RM3.60

that came to only RM23.80 (approximately USD/EUR5). We hoped to again ride the Rapid Penang 206 bus back to town but since it would be till another hour till the next one came we decided to hail a Grab car for a fare of RM15.00 (approximately USD/EUR3) to KOMTAR.

At KOMTAR we walked into Maybank to replenish our Federal Reserves. We then walked up and into ICT Mall in search of an external hard drive to back up our volumes of footage. We eventually found a Western Digital with a 1TB storage for RM186 (approximately USD40/EUR42).

Since Dr Chuah had advised me to get an ice pack to relieve the pain in my lower back we walked across to 1st Avenue Mall, but the pharmacy was out of stock. We were told to try another outlet at Prangin Mall. No such luck there either.

The pain in my lower back began to worsen so we hailed a Grab car for a fare of RM7.00 (approximately USD/EUR1.50) back to the hotel where I spent most of the time lying down.
Evening came, and paid heed to Dr Chuah's advice to stay home and rest. We stayed in and ordered take-outs from Grab Food:

  • the Char Kueh Teow with Duck Egg for Cat
  • Som Tum Thai Original for Cat
  • the Kai Jiao Minced Chicken Omelette with Rice for me

that came to RM36.30 (approximately USD/EUR8).

Although I have regained mobility and can stand up from a sitting position and vice versa without any problem the pain in the lower back remains constant. We hope that tomorrow will bring me a speedy recovery!

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📍 Location:
Hutton Central Hotel by PHC -
Toon Leong Coffee Shop -
The One Chiropractic Centre -
7-Eleven Jalan Penang -
Medan Selera Taman Free School -
ICT Digital Mall @ KOMTAR -
1st Avenue Mall -
Prangin Mall -

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