At the present time there is great diversity of opinion concerning the physiological action of gold and its salts. It is, however safe to say that connective tissue generally is affected. Its action on the mind is decided and peculiar.
General over-sensitiveness to pain and cold. Need fresh air. General orgasm of blood, with violent palpitations. Bruised pain in the head and limbs. Paralytic, tearing pains in the joints, especially in the morning on waking, or if the parts become cold. Pain (<) by lying,(>) by rising.
General disgust at life; suicidal tendency. Anguish, increasing to attempts at self-destruction. Becomes violent on the least contradiction. Quarrel some; irritable; melancholy. Longs for death. Imagines he cannot succeed in anything; wishes to be alone. Weeping mood; thinks his friends have forsaken him. Apprehensive, caused by a noise, fear of persons intruding. Alternations of laughing and weeping. Religious melancholy.
Violent rush of blood to the head, with heat. General bruised pain (<)by mental effort. Vertigo on stooping as of whirling around or as if one would fall to the left; must lie down, (<) on the slightest motion. Pain in the bones of the skull. (Bony tumor on the vertex, with boring pain.).
Tensive pain in the eyes, so that vision is difficult, (>) by closing the eyes. Eyes feel weak, with pressure; feeling of sand. Lachrymation. Pain pressing from above downward in the right eye. Burning heat in the inner canthi, with sticking and drawing. Double vision. Half vision. The upper half seems covered with a dark cloud. Only sees the lower half of objects.
Clinical Most violent inflammation (ulcerated cornea); extreme photophobia, with violent pain in the bones, extending down into the face.
Roaring. (Offensive discharge from the ears.) Caries of the mastoid process.
Nostrils ulcerated, agglutinated, painful. The nose internally is sore, the nasal bones and adjoining parts painful to touch. Foul odor from the nose. Discharge of offensive matter. Smell very acute.
Toothache from drawing air into the mouth. Ulceration of the gum, with toothache and heat in the head. Foul odor from the mouth. Taste putrid or bitter. (Caries of the hard palate.).
Stitches on swallowing. Submaxillary glands swollen, painful as if bruised.
Immoderate hunger or thirst. Heavy pressure in the stomach at noon.
Rumbling. Flatulent colic. Burning in the right hypochondrium, with cutting. Incarcerated flatulence in the left ribs, with lancinating pain.
Constipation, evacuations hard, nodular. (Nightly diarrhoea.).
Urine increased, pale. Urine sometimes turbid, like buttermilk. (Painful retention, with dragging pressure on the bladder.).
Sexual Organs, Male
Swelling of the right testicle, with tensive pain, as if bruised. Increased sexual desire. Nocturnal erections and emissions.
Sexual Organs, Female
Symptoms of inflammation of internal organs. Chronic inflammation of the uterus, which is enlarged and prolapsed. Sensitiveness of the vagina. Sterility, with depression of spirits. Vaginismus, with hysterical symptoms.
Dyspnoea at night. Attacks of suffocation, with constrictive oppression of the chest. Need to take deep breaths.
Attacks of anguish in the region of the heart. Drives one from place to place. Anxious; palpitation, with a rush of blood to the chest.
Back and Limbs
Violent backache. Tearing in the different joints. Paralytic weakness in the knees.
Sleepiness at night, but restless sleep and anxious dreams. Sleepiness after midday meal.
Sensitiveness to cold. General febrile shiverings in the evening in bed, without thirst and without subsequent heat. Coldness of the whole body, with qualmishness. Orgasm of blood as if it were boiling in the veins. Morning sweat.