Backache



Platina [Plat]

Pressing from small of back upon the pelvic organs; numbness in sacrum and coccyx; pain in back, (<) from pressure or bending back ward nape of neck weak, head inclines forward; cramplike pains; numbness in limbs and joints.

Plumbum [Plb]

PARESIS AND PARALYSIS OF CERVICAL MUSCLES: pressure about last cervical and first dorsal vertebra causes pain; dorsal region of spine tender to pressure; sticking in small of back, which is sensitive, or leaning against a chair, disappearing by rubbing it; painfulness of loins, nates, posterior portion of thigh, knee, sole of foot and toes; heaviness of head; obstinate constipation; skin dry, yellow; violent neuralgic pains in extremities, (>) at night; paralysis with atrophy.

Pulsatilla [Puls]

Rheumatic pain in nape with weariness of feet; drawing, tensive pain or fine sticking in nape, between scapulae and in back; neck, back and whole body feel stiff as a board, and small of back as if tightly bandaged; pain in sacral region as if he lay in an uncomfortable position, (<) on sitting and bending back, (>) by rest and sleep; joints weak as if they would become easily dislocated; stitches in back while coughing; feeling as of cold water being poured down the back; pressive tired pain in sacrum in the evening; spinal irritation due to sexual excesses or masturbation, with weariness and stiffness of back; violent trembling of body;l drawing, tearing pains in extremities, (<) evening and night in bed, (>) in fresh air, when lying upon back or slowly moving about.

Rhododendron [Rhod]

Rheumatic pain between scapulae, extending to small of back on

motion; shooting from back to pit of stomach; pains in bones or skin only in small spots and radiating from one place to another; great weakness after slight exertion; (<) at approach of thunderstorm, during rough weather, at night and from rest.

Rhus-tox [Rhus-t]

Rheumatic stiffness of nape, with pain as if a heavy weight were upon it; pain in cervical muscles as if asleep; constrictive pain in dorsal muscles while sitting, (>) by bending backward, (<) forward; violent rheumatic pain between scapulae, only relieved by heat, (<) from cold; stiffness and aching in lumbar region, (>) from motion and from lying on something hard (Natr. m.) burning feeling in loins; spinal irritation from ovarian and uterine troubles, especially if caused by straining, lifting or becoming wet; often resulting from sexual excesses, when there are tearing, contusive pains in back, (<) during rest, with increased sexual desire and nightly pollutions.

Ruta [Ruta]

Very acute pressive, drawing pain in right side of spine, opposite to liver, especially on inspiration; painful jerking in spine, (<) from pressure of hand, which causes aching beneath last short ribs, impeding respiration; pain in dorsal vertebrae as from a fall; injuries to bones, periosteum and fibrous tissues; lumbago (<) in morning before rising, (>) after rising.

Sabadilla [Sabad]

Spinal irritation from pollutions, with excessive weakness in legs; bruised feeling in small of back and sacral region; feet swell, are painful on walking, feels every pebble; nervous diseases from worms or other seated abdominal irritations.

Sabina [Sabin]

Pain in small of back, especially on left side, with inclination to stretch and bend it backward; constant pain in back, obliging to draw it inward, which causes voluptuous sensation.

Santonine [Sant]

(Cina).-Spinal irritation from worms; nervous; irritable cough; general and frequent twitching of body, etc.

Sepia [Sep]

Depressed, anxious and fearful state of mind, with a sense of helplessness; pain in back and small of back with stiffness, (>) by pressing back against something hard or by walking and by belching; pulsations in back; backache causes nausea and faint feeling while standing; icy coldness of feet; excessive to pain; twitching of limbs during sleep; frequent micturition at night; hysterical spasms.

Silicea [Sil]

Spinal weakness, legs tremble with great nervousness; feeling of loss of power; spasmodic pain in small of back, can hardly rise; on first leaving bed in the morning, cannot walk from weakness; draught on back causes pain and uneasiness; (<) in dry, stormy, windy weather, or when electric variations are marked; great desire to be magnetized.

Spigelia [Spig]

Cold sensation extending from back to umbilical region; stitches in back, also when breathing, numb, painful sensation in neck, (<) lying on back.

Staphisagria [Staph]

Lumbago compels patient to get up early and feels better after rising; pain in back as if broken, early in bed, not allowing to stoop; after rising hunger, followed by diarrhoea; pain in back, with weakness of legs, especially in knee-joints, compelling to drag foot, with stitching, tearing in the calf of the leg.

Stannum [Stann]

NEURASTHENIA, (<) in going down stairs; fairly drops into a chair after walking; stitches through spine with excessive restlessness in limbs.

Stramonium [Stram]

Constant pain in cervical and upper dorsal vertebrae, worse from touch and motion; great inclination to lie down; frequent twitchings and sudden jerks through the body.

Sulphur [Sulph]

Spinal congestion from suppression of menses or haemorrhoidal flow; every sudden jarring causes sharp pain along the spine; dry heat in small of back, with cold feet, stiffness and loss of power in lumbar region; sensation as if vertebrae were gliding one over another, when turning in bed; stitches in scapulae; pain in small of back after heavy lifting and taking cold at the same time; curvature of spine from softening of vertebrae; limbs go to sleep; tearing in limbs, muscles and joints from above downward; stooping shoulders, cannot walk erect.

Tarentula [Tarent]

EXCESSIVE HYPERAESTHESIA; slight touch along spine causes spasmodic pain in chest and great distress in cardiac region, at times heart feels as if twisted over, intense headache, (>) by rubbing head against pillow; whole body feels hot; rigidity of neck so painful that he cannot move without screaming from pain; pain in neck and neck and back, followed by general paralysis; sharp shooting pains in dorsal and lumbar spine; repeated lancinating, shooting pains in coccyx.

Tellurium [Tell]

Spine from last cervical to about fifth dorsal vertebra very sensitive to touch, though parts are really not very tender, (<) by fatigue, but only partially (>) by rest; restlessness in spite of lassitude and weakness; pain in sacrum when stooping or when lying on back (>) when walking.

Theridion [Ther]

GREAT SENSITIVENESS BETWEEN VERTEBRAE; patient sits sideways on a chair to avoid pressure of back against the spine; pains in bones as if every part would fall asunder, followed by violent coldness, not relieved by heat; weakness, trembling, anxiety.

Thuja [Thuj]

Drawing pain in small of back, os coccygis and thighs, preventing erect position, after prolonged sitting; pressive, bruised sensation in back and loins early on rising, (>) on turning trunk or while standing, (>) when walking; cramplike pain in lumbar region after long standing, when attempting to walk feels as if he would fall.

Zincum [Zinc]

Constant pain in back and loins so severe as to render life miserable; pain in back when walking relieved by continuing to walk; stiffness and tension of neck; tearing pains, burning in shoulder-blades; burning along whole spine, (<) sitting; tearing, trembling and lameness in limbs; twisting in affected limbs and frequent jerking of whole body during sleep; great weakness of limbs; weakness of lumbar region and bend of knees; TENDENCY TO CONVULSIONS FROM INJURY TO SPINE; transfer of pains from one side to another; wine increases the pain and nervous weakness.

Samuel Lilienthal
Dr. Samuel Lilienthal (1815-1891) was from Germany, and became a pioneer homeopath in America. He received his Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Munich in 1838. After he moved to the United States, he was hired as Professor of Clinical Medicine at New York College for Women, and also as Professor of Mental and Nervous Diseases at the New York Homeopathic College.
Dr. Samuel Lilienthal was the author of many great books including “Homeopathic Therapeutics”. For many years, with the support of Dr. Constantine Hering, he was the editor of the North American Journal of Homeopathy. Dr. Lilienthal passed away on February 2nd 1891 in San Francisco.