Malaria Symptoms & Treatment – Day 2


I’d like to say feeling better from the malaria treatment and no real symptoms but I feel about 100X worse. This is arguably the worst I’ve felt on this trip besides the 1 year anniversary which is April 6th where I fractured my forehead on the street in Vietnam. I’m on day 2 of the treatment. Let’s say I spoke way too soon on my previous post.

Malaria Symptoms?:

  • Cold Sweats
  • Shivering
  • Fever
  • Stomach Pains
  • Super Sore Throat (Ridonkulous actually)
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Sore Joints (mainly fingers and knees)
  • Fatigue
  • Sleeping Issues
  • Really sore mouth

Supposedly some friends who had it said they didn’t feel better after day 2, not sure. I went to a charity hospital as only one I know and the pills I got are generic? This place came recommended from a lady from Amsterdam who lives here and treats family there. Maybe they aren’t working? I have no clue, will let it run course 1 more day or so then get tested again, if not go buy some super good ones. I didn’t even think of that.

Friends car was mangled so yesterday went on a long cab ride to drop off key, probably not a good idea, also sleeping has been really erratic like always tired physically but wide awake mentally.Sleeping for no more than 3-5 hours then being wide awake with problems sleeping.

Spoke with a lady who had a 12 reading and she was feeling better after day 3, her husband who had a lower reading was still ill on day 3. Day 4 went to get tested and both clean. We shall see… I’m back in bed, it’s that annoying and tiring, very vanilla, might I add.

You don’t want malaria, you really don’t want it. It’s really not cool, at all.

What annoys me is I took the pills and still got it.

In fact most I know who took pills still got it.

It’s luck of the draw one believes.

Suffice to say, getting out of Africa soon.

I’m done here, like really done.

Author: SHABL

Rob has been traveling the world and living abroad for over a decade. The goal was to stop having a boring life and it turned into something far greater. He's worked with national tourism boards and been mentioned in National Geographic. These days he lives abroad and loves business, technology, the tropical lifestyle, good food and travel.

12 thoughts on “Malaria Symptoms & Treatment – Day 2

  1. Just found your blog – super yay!
    You have malaria – super awful 🙁

    I hope someone is there to take care of you 🙁

  2. Dude.. i agree; don’t fk around with malaria. If i were you i’d get to a reliable hospital STAT and get a proper diagnosis. All these prevention/cure drugs are most certainly not good for the body.

    1. I know dude, the doxy for 90+ days was a horrible idea. Going to another clinic tomorrow. Nothing around and stomach too bad to move.

  3. First up, is there anyone looking after you right now? Are you in phone contact with family/friends in case shit hits fan and you need to get flown out? Do you have travel insurance? Is there someone who can bring you food and water (for a fee if need be)?

    A few pointers. 1) There are lots of false positives in malaria tests. I was falsely diagnosed in Mali and pumped full of shit that is way more toxic than doxy. You may or may not have it. Your friends may or may not have had it.

    2) Your best option for a decent doctor is either a 5* hotel or a trip to the capital to an international clinic. Yr insurance shd cover you for decent treatment. Is there a posh hotel?

    3) Malarone is highly effective for treating malaria. I am surprised they have not put you on that but they may not have the money to buy it or stock it where you are.

    And, err, that’s about it. Hope you get well. Most people come through malaria fine, sure you will too.


    1. Thanks Theodora, I do have contact and am somewhere safe. Couldn’t travel if I wanted to right now. Thanks for well wishes.

  4. Well, on the bright side, it’s really impressive that you can blog through all of this. Dedication! Hoping you’re better soon.

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