These take a little cold in the larynx, and sometimes it is purely from a nervous attack. Sometimes spinal irritation, spinal cough in those that have curvature of the spine.
“During cough, spasms in the larynx.
Cough worse after midnight; wakes the patient from sleep.
Cough in cold air, and from eating and drinking.
Cough after measles.
Violent spasmodic cough.”
The cough is most exhausting. A cough will sometimes last until the patient is covered with sweat and is exhausted, and leans forward to get a little relief; and he coughs until he is exhausted.
“Spasms of the muscles of the chest.
Contraction of the muscles of one side of the neck.
Spinal meningitis with convulsions.”
Paralytic weakness of the limbs. Convulsions of the muscles. Twitching. Frequent twitchings of the muscles of the hands and feet.
Sleep: Many complaints come on during sleep.
The sleep is a great tribulation to this nervous patient. There are times of sleeplessness. Again, profound sleep.
“Sleepless, or constant sleep.”
Either awake or asleep, there may be muttering,
“Long continued sleeplessness.
Lying on the back he suddenly sits up and then lies down again.”
That means that the patient wakes out of sleep, looks all around, wonders what terrible thing he has been dreaming about; his dreams seen real. He looks all about and sees nothing of the objects of his dream, he lies down and goes to sleep again.
He keeps doing that all night. Starts up in a fright. jerks in sleep, and cries out. Grates the teeth. Laughing during sleep. With so much brain trouble as belongs to this medicine, we would expect the dreams and the fright, the disturbances, the twitching and trembling in sleep. Its fevers are low forms of fever, the continued fever, the typhoid.