Black Mine Misery
Black Mine Misery is the common name of a medical condition that most miners will face in their lifetime. While not contagious, the condition is severe enough to leave many disabled for the rest of their lives, provided that they live beyond the initial diagnosis. Black Mine Misery is caused by repeated exposure to black diamond dust. The dust settles within the miner's lungs, damaging and scarring them as it does. In the beginning stages, the damage is mild enough that most won't notice their symptoms and thus, they'll continue to expose themselves and let the disease progress. Common symptoms include:
- Dry coughing, usually accompanied by blood
- A metallic taste on the tongue that never fades
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Excessive swallowing, with or without dry mouth
- Nasal congestion
- Painful rashes that form on the throat or chest
- A burning sensation when inhaling
Transmission & Vectors
Dry coughing, coughing up blood, phantom metallic taste, shortness of breath, chest pain, excessive swallowing with or without dry mouth, nasal congestion, painful rashes on throat or chest, and a burning sensation when inhaling.
In the beginning stages, it can be treated with a restoration spell from a divine cleric. Advanced stages of it have no known cure as there's no safe way to remove the crystallized shards from the sufferer's lungs. The suffering can be minimized with the use of opium to dull the pain.
In the first stage, prognosis is good and chances of survival are high. That chance drops significantly if not treated right away and the sufferer continues to expose themselves to black diamond dust.