M. A. W., aet. 30, asks treatment for abdominal tumor, which is large enough to give her the appearance of being about eight months pregnant. She is a house maid, and her friends will not go out with her fearing that people will think they are associating with an unmarried pregnant woman. She had consulted two surgeons who refused to operate because of the rigidity and extensive adhesions, would also because of the sickly aspect of the girl. The face was indeed waxy and sickly looking. These surgeons told her she would die from the tumor.
The tumor was first noticed five years ago. It became prominent on the right side of the uterus and extend up to the pelvis; was said to be movable until two years ago. The uterus is now immovable and the tumor which hangs over the right side of the pelvis is very hard, as large as a child’s head, and cannot be made to move in any direction.
June 1st, 1888. Pain in the pelvis now and then. Swelling in the pit of the stomach not due to the tumor. Swelling of the feet, indenting on pressure. Constant congestive headaches which she could give no description of, only “it aches all over.” Eats but little, and what she eats causes nausea. Constipation; no desire for stool; takes physic, hence no modalities of value. Goes two or three weeks without a stool. Always feels a constriction about the waist, which most likely is due to pressure of tumor, hence it is not a valuable symptom. Sensation of great fullness after eating, and she mentions above that she eats but little. Menses fairly regular “with cramps.” She has not drank water for eight years, as it makes her sick. Feet burn so that she must take off her slippers to cool them. Starts in sleep, and when awake starts at the slightest noise. Restless sleep. Pain in left side of abdomen. Teeth decayed when young. They are dark and bad looking. Wants hot things; cannot take cold things into the stomach. Pain in the stomach after cold things. Pain and nausea after water, cold or warm. Pain in left groin. She had this pain before the tumor was felt. Lycopodium cm; one dose, and Sac-Lac. morning and night, dry on the tongue.
July 23rd. The remedy increased the symptoms so much that she was alarmed and would not return for many weeks, but now is so much better in a general way that she returns to report and ask for more medicine. Upon close questioning it was found that for a week or more her symptoms were on the increase. Her stomach symptoms at first grew worse, then improved and now are worse again. Lycopodiummm. She got one dose and S. L.
Aug.2d-Reports that all the symptoms are better, and she is feeling greatly improved.
Aug.31st.-Pain in pit of stomach. Pain in forehead, vertex and temples. Bowels no better. If she drinks water she feels so full and gets cramps. Sleepless; starts suddenly. S. L. No change in tumor.
Sept.15th.-Feet do not swell now. She vomits and has a pain in stomach after eating or drinking. Lycopodiummm.
Oct.28th.-Symptoms all passed away, except that she has a pain in right side, in the tumor.
Nov. 27th.-No symptoms. Calls at intervals but gets only S. L.
Jan.23d, 1889.-Symptoms returning, especially the stomach symptoms. Lycopodium mm
June 3d.-She has been improving steadily and was free from symptoms. Bowels move every three or four days. Stool normal. Feels more swollen than for some time. Uncomfortable. Bad feelings return. Pain in right groin. Feet swollen. Headache in forehead and eyes. Pain in lumbar region. Lycopodium mm. Feet burn.
August 15th.-Symptoms have been gone since here last, but now all are coming back. Lycopodium 2mm.
December 31st.–She has reported several times, but there were no symptoms. Bowels regular. She can eat and drink anything. She looks well. She says the last powders have made her well.
The tumor is what most readers will ask about, but has not been mentioned, as the tumor was not treated. The patient was cured and the tumor at last report was small; the uterus was movable and with it the small tumor also moved. She did not mind the tumor as she was so well and shapely.