TOXAEMIAS OF PREGNANCY-A STUDY


The remedies which most prominently cause aggravation before the menses and which are also worse from warmth in general are: Lach.covered the case. Improvement began with the first dose of the 10m. and all symptoms vanished after the second dose,which was given six weeks later. The sad part of this case is that a keynote of Lyc. is that during the labor-pains the woman must “keep constantly in motion.”


(Read at the June, 1922, Meeting of the International Hahnemannian Association.).

Mrs. W., aet. 36,a frail-looking, medium-complexioned, sallow woman,who had one child was desired.

Her own history was that of a robust though croup childhood during which, before reaching the age of eight, she had had measles, whooping-cough, chickenpox, diphtheria and German measles. At nine years of age, she had malaria which recurred for several summers. After diphtheria,which occurred at the age of seven,she had one or two attacks of tonsillitis every year,m followed each time by a catarrhal cold that lasted for several weeks. for these attacks, much quinine was given her.

Throughout her girlhood she had constantly thick,grew catarrhal nasal discharge. ?At twelve she had a series of boils and the next year menstruated with pain before each period during the first year.

At nineteen one tonsil was clipped and a “growth” removed from the base of the tongue. In childhood, her teeth decayed badly and she had many amalgam fillings and crowns.

At twenty-five she had a second attack of diphtheria,which was treated with antitoxin and this was fallowed by scarlet fever, after which much quinine was given her; this caused her ears to ring and also left her with a deafness which has persisted.

At twenty-five this patient married and,after a year, became pregnant. During the latter part of this pregnancy her feet swelled, she had a trace of albumin and a low elimination of urea.

During her nursing period she had an abscessed tooth.

Four years late a lump came in the left breast, which disappeared in eight months under Sulphur followed by Conium. Directly after this Mrs. W. had an attack of fulminating appendicitis,m the appendix rupturing within a few yours of the first onset of symptoms.

At the age of thirty-six she conceived again and was normal up to the last two months of pregnancy. All dietetic and hygienic precautions we instituted early.

during the ten years previous to this pregnancy, she had been under careful homoeopathic prescribing and her deafness and catarrhal condition,together with her general health, a had gradually improved. One significant condition, a facial neuralgia, persistently returned, although at times controlled for a few months. X-Ray examination of the teeth revolted root abscesses and treatment of them somewhat relieved the neuralgia.

At the beginning of the last two months of her pregnancy albumin and cases appeared in the urine, the output of urea diminished, blood-pressure began to increase, feet and hands became puffed, she had dizziness and flickering before the eyes. In addition, she had a constant feeling of being filled up,sour eructations after going to bed, dry mouth with desire to sip water to moisten it; green, thick nasal catarrh,smarting haemorrhoids and a craving for the air. All these symptoms improved under Pulsatilla 10 m, but only for seventeen days, at the end of which time her blood-pressure went to 200,she had a slight uterine haemorrhage, occipital pain extending to the left eye, pain from incarcerated ages in the left lower abdomen.

She could not lie down because of gas pressure, but has relieved by passing gas up or down. Carbo veg, repeated every two hours, relieved all symptoms and the blood pressure gradually dropped to 140. Two weeks later the blood pressure gradually dropped do 140. Two weeks late the blood pressure gradually crept up again to 195, with these symptoms; Fullness in the occiput extending to the head and ears with pain over the left eye upon waking in the morning,lasting until noon; pain in the lower abdomen like false labor pains, during two nights, which left the abdomen sore; pains like incarcerated Flatus in left lower abdomen; frequent eructation which gave some relief. Milk disagreed because it caused formation of gas; sleeplessness because of abdominal discomfort.

Guy Beckley Stearns