Case I April 4, 1931, J.W., a thick necked book-keeper, age 79, on the way home, had to be taken from the street car because of violent vertigo. On my arrival at the residence the following symptoms were present: 1.Violent vertigo, (<) bending head back; staggering and very weak legs.
2.The right-hand trembled and the left pulse was intermittent.
3.Redness of left sclerotic with puffs under eyes; diplopia; wart on right upper eyelid.
5.Bad taste in a.m.
` 6.Bluish, suffused, expressionless face.
The prescription was Thuja DMM, one dose. Reaction occurred in twenty-four hours and on May 2 he was back to work again.
December 29. Not feeling quite so well; left eye red again. Prescription Thuja DMM, one dose. He returned to work the next day and has so continued until now.
This was very evidently a case of impending apoplexy.
Case II R.E.B., age 40.
1. Because of large and numerous black stools, the patient became weak and pale, with faintness. Formerly he was large and robust. Several prescribers had failed but no x-ray had been taken. This I demanded and it showed quite a large ulcer at the pyloric end of the stomach. The other symptoms are as follows :
2. Attacks of vertigo with shortness of breath followed by nausea and fainting; during attack the head throbs,(<) on exertion, and face is pale.
3. Throbbing in right ear.
4. Dry mouth and throat, drinks little and often.
5. Aching in calves on walking or exertion.
6. Slow pulse.
8. Sensitive to cold.
9. History of typhoid twice.
This unusual combination of symptoms was met only by Ptelea trifol., of which he received a single dose of the MM potency on April 12, 1921. The diet was regulated and he quickly recovered. Although he is accustomed to the strenuous work of a lumber camp he remains well until now.
Mrs. R. R. G., of tubercular history had gripped where-upon the following symptoms ensued;
1.Spasm of incessant, exhausting cough, with soreness of the chest on deep breathing, (<) if heated or lies on right side; there was sour vomitus on waking in morning and spurting urine on coughing; expectorates in morning only.
2.Dyspnoea,(<) on coughing in evening or during fogs.
3.Sense of choking under upper sternum and a lump grinding in stomach at night.
4.Left ear aches.
5.Listless, lies down, is thirsty and has no appetite.
6.Crampy soreness in lower bowels on coughing.
7.Sleep with frequent waking and many dreams if lies on back.
8.Stiff, burning tarsi.
9.Left tonsillar abscess with needle like pains and foul pus.
10.Lumbar ache, (<) cough and touch, chilly up and down back when tired; sore between scapulae
11.Liver pains on deep breathing and sharp pain at heart.
12.Sad and anxious.
On April 10 she received a single dose of Lachesis, DMM. The cough cleared up quickly but was followed by a profuse, sour, acrid, pussy leucorrhoea, itching, burning in vagina and swelled vulva along with a falling out sensation in genitals. All of this steadily increased until May 28 when I thought it best to repeat the remedy, after which everything quickly subsided.
This case contains considerable food for thought.
Sciatica-Mrs.J.K., age 42. For six weeks has had stiffness ad aching in lumbar region on rising or sitting down. Now confined to bed by throbbing, quivering, soreness, numbness and shooting pains down right sciatic nerve to foot, which feels as if she were stepping on a????????? and the thigh as if lying on rocks; pains agg. on outside of thigh. Aching in right calf on standing and right sole burns.
Menses profuse, with backache and hydroae or aphthae. Leucorrhoea causes itching. Sleeps in catnaps.
Easy fatigue in hot weather.
Thirsty. No appetite.
Nervous, weepy and restless.
Aggravation: Morning and evening. Pressure of clothes. Before storms. Trifles.
Amelioration: Rubbing. Motion. Heat, locally.
1929-12-26. R. Lachesis 200 one dose. Better in five days and in ten days entirely well.
Headache: May 8th, 1891, W. S., aged 42, slight build, space, wrinkled, looks old; wants relief for a myalgin of chest. Arnica 6 relieved.
May 15th.Soreness all gone from chest, but has some stiffness in dorsal spine and calves of legs; now he asks treatment for a chronic which he did not mention before because the myalgia troubled him more then; he now gives his history: Had sunstroke in 1889, since which he suffers from a pain in left temple, beginning with obscuration of sight and followed by a dull, heavy throbbing with thirst and sleepiness; he is very weak and much prostrated by the heat of this season and by being in the sun. On pressure there is a tender spot in the affected temple;’ better by sleep and slight perspiration if it be in the shade. Hot days distress him greatly causing weakness, oppression of breathing and nervousness.
During the attack of pain, eye becomes bloodshot and sore, any movement of the ball aggravating the temporal pain. Lies on right side during sleep. Natrum Mur 30, 3 powders, one every other night, them report.
May 22nd. Greatly improved, but this being a hot day, he feels the effect of working in the sun, which he was not done for years, it seems as if the pain might return, Sac. lac., 4 powders, as before.
May 29th. Better until today, and now has a return from exposure to the sun. Natrum mur. 30, 1 Power dry on tongue, the Sac. lac. for one week.
June 6th. Has had no return and works in the sun without any trouble; has gained fifteen pounds since May 8th. Sac.lac. June 20th. Reports himself well.
Rheumatism. September 5th, was called to see Mrs. M., aged 28, who had contracted a cold, and presented general symptoms calling for Rhus, of which she received the 200. The symptoms yielded rapidly, but in their stead appeared a large, soft swelling, about the second and third metatarso-phalangeal joints of the left foot. It was pale, red, hot and very tender to the touch. She gave this symptom and complained greatly about it: “With my slippers on I am in agony, but if I put on tight shoes the foot feels pretty comfortable.” Not knowing just what to give, I gave Sac.lac., and looked up the Materia Medica. In perkins on Rheumatism I found these symptoms: “Very sift swelling of soles of feet,” “aggravation from touching parts softly,” “amelioration from hard pressure.” Therefore she received China 200, and in a few days I had the pleasure of seeing the trouble entirely disappear, verifying the above symptom and its conditions.
From my case book I take the following. April 4, was called to see Mrs. L., age 39. Several weeks ago she looked at the bright snow, which gave her a violent headache, from which she now suffers every time she looks at a bright or glistening object. There is a violent throbbing and splitting sensation, obliging her to close her eyes and lie down. Glonoine 2x, in half glass of water, relieved her in a few hours, and there has been no return.