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sensitivity to noise, acne, anxiety, grief, introversion

I am looking for some guidance on what remedy to choose for my symptoms. One sight seemed to point to natrum mur. Lately, I have become increasingly introverted; although I have always liked being alone (I am a scorpio), but now I feel like I want to socialize but I can't think of anything to talk about, almost like I am trapped inside my mind. Sometimes, when I am alone and watching a movie and a sad part comes on I weep and shake uncontrollably. When I am at work I am cheery, friendly, and talkative, but outside of that I get very quiet, contemplative, and reserved. My father passed away suddenly two years ago and whenever I am stressed or sad I think of him and cry. Soon after his passing, I started having terrible break-outs on my face that turned into blood and pus-filled painful cysts and developed allergies to a number of foods.

Also, I was recently diagnosed with PCOS and am struggling to balance my hormones. I have become overly sensitive to noise - car horns, people coughing, and many noises in general are seriously aggravating to me and painful to listen to. Sometimes, I feel like I might burst into tears or scream if the noises do not stop quickly. I have a lot of pain in my jaw and lower back and sitting for long periods is agonizing. I have very restless legs and have been developing painful varicose veins.

I am a very strong, independent, intelligent person, but I am incredibly sensitive to how others view me and what they say. I feel shame, guilt, and embarrassment quite easily as well. I get bored very easily and like to try new things and enjoy challenges.

I would really appreciate anyone's input on this matter.
  PDXgirl3 on 2008-10-27
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.

Tell me more about your food cravings/aversions, temperature preferences, and your fears.

Also, mention about any other odd physical/mental symptoms that you have noticed.

sameervermani last decade

Please speak about your nature of work and your educational qualifications.What ailment your father suddenly passed away wiyh? ow his passing away has affected you as a person?what is the family set up and at what heiarchical number are you placed in the family as a group?Pl. explain what do you mean when you say that you are better at work and and in other situations. Please explain those situations.What is that which makes you feel ashamed ,guilty or embarrassed and how do you compensate in that situation.Do you consider your self a sure and successful person? Pl.speak about your general nature with special emphasis to anger.If you get angry do you repent.If yes how much time after anger comes upon you.
sarup last decade
Please stop taking Nat-mur,if you are taking,as this is not your remedy at all.
sarup last decade
Apart from the questions above, please also answer these as well:

Are you able to wear tight clothing or high neck clothes?

Are you suspicious ?

Do you ever have exceptional loquacity marked by a rapid change of subject; i.e. jumping abruptly from one idea to another ?

Do you use your tongue in a very refined but cynical and critical way ? As if you have an intuition about the weakness of others and hence an ability to hurt them with precise sarcastic words ?

Do you ever get jealous ?

Are you intense and passionate ?

sameervermani last decade
Hello all. Thank you so much for responding to my post. :) I am going to reply to all of your questions at once, hope that's ok.

Food cravings - I have developed an intense craving for sweets. I also crave and enjoy salty foods and fatty foods, but I try to avoid these to remain healthy. I often am on detoxes or cleansing diets to relieve these cravings and try to clear my skin. I strongly dislike sour foods and anything similar to vinegar (like pickles, yuck!). I sometimes crave red meat, but don't like the way it makes me feel, so I avoid it. I crave dairy products, as well, but also try to avoid them.

I do well in mild and warm temperatures. I grew up in Arizona and crave the blinding sun and warmth, but now I reside in Portland where it is rainy. I thoroughly dislike winter, extremely cold temperatures, and snow; mostly because my feet are constantly cold and it just makes them worse. I enjoy when it rains, but dislike having my feet get wet. I do not do well in very humid weather.

Physical symptoms - I am in a lot of pain when I sit for long periods of time. My hips, back, and shoulders hurt constantly, but the worst pain is in my jaw. I have seen a chiropractor, which helps, but only for a couple of days. My jaw and neck constantly hurt and sometimes the pain is unbearable. The pain starts at my ears and moves down my jaw into my neck. I try to crack my neck and massage my shoulders, but it only helps temporarily. Pressure and scolding hot showers help relieve the pain. One of the most bothersome pain is when I try to cross my legs when I sit. I get intense, radiating pains on the outside of my thighs and have to uncross, but then I am in pain sitting with my knees bent and try to cross the opposite way. It is a vicious cycle. I have noticed an increase in spider veins on the outside of my thighs and around my ankles. I am most comfortable sitting 'indian-style' Similar to this pain is my inability to lay/sleep on my back. For as long as I can remember, I have not been able to do this. I have tried to teach myself to sleep on my back to try to relieve the neck/jaw pain, but it is uncomfortable in an unexplainable way. By far the most debilitating physical thing I am dealing with now is my acne. I have always had some acne problems, but nothing like what I am experiencing since my dad died. I seem to have a reaction to almost anything I eat. My face gets itchy and there is a horrid pinching feeling when the bumps form. It started with blood-filled cysts that covered my face, but after much cleansing and avoiding many, many foods, I still get bumps, although not blood filled. They are itchy and I am very embarrassed by my skin. I am recovering still from a lot of the scars. I am depressed because I feel like my food choices are so limited. I am constantly worrying about my skin and checking it in a mirror. Sometimes it gets so bad at work, that I just think about running away - FIGHTING AN INTENSE FEELING OF RUNNING AWAY IS A COMMON THEME THROUGHOUT ALL OF THESE ISSUES.

Mental - I have become incredibly fearful of offending others (ex: when I wrote indian-style above I felt bad and fearful, erased it, then wrote it for lack of a better way to describe the position). This fear relates to the habit of reciting everything in my head first before saying it to monitor what comes out. However, the fear of offending others has become so increased that I do not know what to say and remain quiet. I feel bad when others tell stereotypical jokes. I am always worried about what others think and if they like me. I desire reinforcement when I do tasks to feel ok about myself. I get disappointed with myself very easily and get upset if I mess something up at work. Whereas others could care less/barely notice, I get upset, my face gets flushed, my heart races, and I have to fight an urge not to run away. I am extremely uncomfortable in front of an audience and feel lost in large groups of people. On the contrary, I am very talkative (sometimes too much so) when I am one-on-one with someone.

What I meant by 'I am better at work, than other situations' is that I can put a front on much easier then. Everyone thinks I am cheerful, happy, positive, and upbeat constantly. However, on the inside I am often feeling the opposite. I just want to be a great worker. At home - I tend to be brooding, smile very little, more negative, lazy, and tired. I feel bad for my boyfried because he gets the raw end of the deal. I am very introspective and constantly searching for meaning in my life. I crave knowledge and am bored with superficial conversation and activities. In social situations, I feel awkward, uncomfortable, nervous, and anxious. I feel like conversation does not come easily to me and try hard to think of things to say and talk about. Oddly enough, no one would describe me this way and if I confess these feelings they are always surprised. People often say I am outgoing, but I am actually incredibly introverted. I enjoy being by myself, but sometimes crave being social and 'the life of the party'. I usually avoid going to social events. Even when I have plans with the girl I have been friends with almost my whole life, I think obsessively about it beforehand, trying to think up topics of conversation ahead of time. When I together with her, I get hyper and anxious and feel like I come across as flighty. I am not very confident and am incredibly critical of myself. I am always striving to be better,never satisfied with where I am at. I get embarassed easily if someone is teasing me or if I mess up and I feel as if I just want to rip out of my skin and escape. My skin gets incredibly red and I sweat and shake. It takes me someone a long time to get to know me and at this point I would say the only person who truly knows me and sees the real me is my boyfriend of 8 years. Although I do not feel confident, I do feel successful. I have accomplished some great things for my age and explored a lot of life paths.

Anger - RSSAINI asked that I speak about anger and I think this is an important topic that deserves a separate discussion. I have dealt with a lot of anger issues over the years. Just five years back, I had horrible anger issues with my boyfriend. I would scream and get physical. I would cry and shake and have an intense urge to run away. Since then, my reactions have completely changed. Now, when I become angry or hurt I retreat to somewhere I can be alone. Sometimes I will leave and go for a walk for long hours. I no longer have the capacity to yell and instead become very hurt and cry somewhere alone. I do not like to cry (show vulnerability) in front of others. I feel like I carry a secret because I cry when I am alone quite often and no one has a clue. Since my dad died, if I see an emotional movie I break down into uncontrollable weeping and shaking. I sob so hard that I cough and choke and get a horrible migraine afterwards. But, this only happens when I am alone. If I watch an emotional movie with someone else, I will fight off the tears and pretend to go to the bathroom, cry in silence, put visine in my eyes, fix my face and come back as if nothing happened. I am incredibly sensitive -always have been, especially as a child. When I was younger, I was afraid to participate in group activities and would end up crying. I can not stand seeing people being hurt on tv, especially animals. Sometimes, I think about all the pain in the world and all the evil and feel so much hurt, I do not know how to process it all.

Family - parents were divorced (dad 3x, mom 2x). I have one little sister who has similar issues, but is very manic (I am seen as the dependable, good-natured child). I was 'the good child' and my mom is obvious about her preference for me, which causes me guilt and has been a pressure at times. Whereas my dad had unconditional love for my sister and I, my mom's is much more conditional.

Work/Education - I have a BA Psychology with honors and completed one year of my MA Social Work. I did not continue because I realized how stressful it was and I do not handle stress well at all. I feel like my system is hypersensitive to it. I am dreaming of going into a doctorate program for naturopathy. I am incredibly interested in the bodies natural ability to heal and that symptoms are a reflection of imbalance. However, I do not feel I can help anyone else until I have resolved my own issues. Currently, I work as an admin at a consulting firm and am struggling with having to sit all day and work under flourescent lights without fresh air and sunlight. Open air, the sun, and movement all make me feel much better.

My father's passing - My dad suffered from Hepatitis C, fibromyalgia, and diabetes for years. He was found by my uncle 2 years ago and had passed due to a diabetic stroke. No one in our family new how bad his diabetes was, so it was a shock to us all. I have not felt the same since he died. Even when I am happy and having fun, it comes no where near these feelings as I felt them before his death. I feel like part of me died with him and I can not get it back. I am a much more serious person now and no longer carefree. I felt intense guilt with his passing because he died alone in a state across the country from me. I hadn't seen him in four years and hadn't talked to him for a month. I feel a lot of should-ofs. My dad was incrediby humorous, always living life to the fullest, and has a smile in every single picture ever taken of him. I wish that I could be more like him in this way. He had a wonderful spirit and overcame incredible adversity.

Sameer - your questions were very shocking because it was almost like you had me pegged. The answer to all your questions is yes, and interestingly enough describe a scorpio well. I feel like I exemplify the typical scorpio attributes. The only question I wouldnj't answer yes to is the high neck clothes. I often wear tight clothing, but I can not stand to have anything around my neck. It feels as if I am choking/drowning. Sometimes I even have a hard time wearing necklaces unless they are long and dangly.

Well, I would imagine that is enough information. I hope I have not exhausted any of you with it all. I really appreciate you taking the time to review this. It is a very nice thing that you do!
PDXgirl3 last decade
Okay, I have picked the remedy as LACHESIS MUTUS, as it covers your temperament and your miasmatic state the best.

Let us wait for Dr. Saini though, if he agrees I will tell you the dosage.

sameervermani last decade
I don't think lachesis is the right remedy.Though she said that tight clothing around neck is uncomfortyable.Phosphorus may be the right choice.
Zahid)2 last decade
Good morning all. Thank you for your quick responses. This morning I received an email at work with a cute story and pics of dogs. The story talked about cherishing and enjoying the life that we have. I started crying profusely when I read it and had to hurry to regain my composure at my desk before anyone noticed. I am having a really hard time resolving this grief and am looking forward to finding a remedy to help balance these emotions I'm feeling, as well as, their physical manifestations. Thank you :)
PDXgirl3 last decade
Dear PDXgirl,

With the correct homeopathic remedy, the first change will be on the mental plane, as you will feel a sense of inner well being and calmness.

So, be hopeful, everything will be fine. As, I said, I will tell you the dosage soon :)

sameervermani last decade
Just one final confirmation, please confirm, whether we can describe you as :

-extremely talkative at times
-person who has a very strong inutition particularly about other's weakness, (and hence has the ability to hurt them with precise sarcastic words)
- very conscious about the way you look
-put up a very lively and cheerful front when with colleagues
-sad stories affect you profoundly
-ailments from grief
-intolerant of even necklaces around neck
- history of getting physical when angry
-incredibly interested in the bodies natural ability to heal because you can feel the imbalances of energy

sameervermani last decade
Hello Sameer. I would say all those descriptions basically sum up the most prominent characteristics of my personality!
PDXgirl3 last decade
P.S. Your second to last post was very sweet and reassuring. Thank you for helping me feel settled and bringing a smile to my face. :)
PDXgirl3 last decade
With all the due respect to the people who are already helping you, please try:

A daily dose of Causticum 30C for only TWO consecutive days.

- A dose is 5 pellets dissolved in little water (about 2 teaspoons)
- Do not eat or drink for at least 1 hour before or after taking the remedy
- Do not brush your teeth at least 3 hours before or after
- Avoid coffee and camphor.

Please, report back on the 3rd day to tell if you feel any difference.
raphaeloliveira last decade
There are no indications for Causticum here at all. Causticum is not a remedy for someone who has an 'aversion to company'. Please check any repertory.

Your remedy is without a doubt Lachesis.

My waiting before making a prescription is attracting all manner of interference, hence, in your best interest, I will make the prescription.

Dr. Saini, please pardon me for going ahead, but I am doing this in the interest of the patient.

Here is your prescription, please follow this exactly:

3 doses of Lachesis Mutus 30c equally spaced for a single day only, to be taken as described below.

Dissolve 2 pellets of Lachesis 30c in a 250 ml spring water bottle. You can turn the bottle upside down a few times for the pellets to spread after dissolving.

1 teaspoon from here using a disposable spoon is 1 dose.

Let me know in 5 days after the 3 doses. I look forward to your response.


1/. Nothing should enter the mouth for 40 minutes prior to, or after taking the remedy.
2/. Do not touch the tablets (in your case the liquid) with your hands, tip them into the cap of the container they came in and then into the water .
3/. Avoid coffee, tea (including green), and other sources of caffeine such as some fizzy drinks and large amounts of chocolate, except where this would cause a drastic change in consumption
4/. Avoid wearing perfume/aftershave, or exposure to anything with a strong smell while under treatment. This includes any and all essential oils, and incense.
5/. Avoid the consumption of excessively spicey foods
6/. The use of medicinal herbs, either as 'teas' or supplements should be AVOIDED during Homoeopathic treatment, as should the use of over the counter medication, unless this has been recommended by an MD.
7/. Nothing of a medicinal nature should be applied to the skin

sameervermani last decade
Thank you for the directions Sameer and for the swift post. I was in the process of ordering Causticum! I will post after 5 days as to my affect.
PDXgirl3 last decade

Let us wait for the feedback after Lachesis.I did not yet find time to analyse the case.But on the face of it Lachesis seems as a good pick.
sarup last decade
Dear PDXgirl,

I want to stress the fact that, the remedy is to be taken for one day only.

sameervermani last decade
'There are no indications for Causticum here at all.'

Dear Sameer, those are very strong words.

I think you should be more careful when putting words like this, because there's a chance you could be misleading this woman of taking her simillimum. At any moment I ruled out your indication because even though I disagree with it I know that we can only know the verdict after the patient has tried a remedy. It seems that you already have given her the verdict:

'Your remedy is without a doubt Lachesis.'

Better be now. Because she's going to take it.

My point is, I think is too risky to put words like this because you're dealing with someone's health, it's not worth doing it for the sake of ego. Patient should always come first, ego is good but it needs to come after.

Here's my approach on selecting Causticum:

Ailments from: Death: Parents, of: +++
Restlessness:Leg: ++
Sensitive, oversensitive:Noise, to: ++
Pain: General, aching, prosopalgia: Jaw: +++
Anxiety: +++
Eruptions: Acne: +++
Back: Pain: General: While sitting:Aggravates: ++
Varicose veins: ++

Totality score:

1st Causticum - 20
2nd Zinc - 17
3rd Calc - 16
4th Carb-v - 16
5th Sep - 16
6th Lyc - 15

and so on...

I spent some time trying to decide between Causticum and Calcarea Carbonica and after considering every peculiarity in the case I selected Causticum.

Just for the record, by using the rubrics above Lachesis would score in 13th position.

I hope it works.

If it doesn't and you still want my advice I'll be always up to try to help you. Although you didn't thank for the indication in your previous message, I don't take things personally when doing this. You're doing the right thing: following directions.
raphaeloliveira last decade
Raphael, I appreciate your last message and I am regretful that I did not thank you for taking the time to review my case and offer advice. At this point, I am getting very antsy to balance the affects I have been experiencing prominently over the last year and I may have jumped on Sameer's prescription because we had already been conversing.

To both Sameer and Raphael and others who have responded - I can not thank you enough for hearing me out. I am feeling much more hopeful than I have in a long time. I have seen numerous conventional doctors to identify the cause of these symptoms, each with a different diagnosis and program of relief that have all failed. I feel this lengthy time of discomfort has come about at least to guide me towards homeopathy and further fortify my faith in natural modes of healing. I understand that I may have to try a number of remedies to truly find the answer and am prepared if this one or the next bring about no change. In the meantime, if it brings any help to Sameer's choice of Lachesis, I have researched it and found so many other symptoms that I did not even share with you guys that I think it definitely warrants giving it a try.

Thanks again to all! This is a wonderful service that you provide!
PDXgirl3 last decade
It's all fine.

The good and most important thing is that you're on the right track: Homeopathy. That's the best way to go and you won't regret.

I was in really bad shape too while ago and homeopathic treatment was the only thing capable to stimulate a response on me from a chronic condition of almost 3 years.

As I said before you're doing the right thing when you're following directions you're more likely to achieve results. I hope you do good with Lachesis.
raphaeloliveira last decade
I did not use repertorization to arrive to the remedy , and never will I do so, because repertorization can at best be used to confirm a remedy, and not to find one, as it is the totality and most importantly the mental essence of the person and the miasmatic diagnosis which should decide a remedy (which is not the same as feeding in a disjoint set of symptoms in a software, and throwing a remedy).

I am welcome for any suggestions, but then you should be able to back them up.

The mental state of the person is not that of Causticum, and hence it can not be the remedy.
sameervermani last decade
And, just FYI, Causticum is never jealous, never sarcastic in a precise way nor does it ever have an aversion to company.
sameervermani last decade
Sir, I didn't want this to go this way but unfortunately you keep making statements that are way too extreme so I feel obliged to reply once you may be misleading the patient and other people.

'The mental state of the person is not that of Causticum, and hence it can not be the remedy.'

A patient reading this would never ever consider Causticum coming from someone who has thousands of post and somehow a well known name in this forum.

I hope the patient can get benefit and knowledge from all of this, otherwise this all would have been pointless once it seems that you'll keep putting your ego before the patient.

Second part of the breakdown over Causticum selection:

Miasmatic Weightage

Causticum - Chilly medicine (++)
Lachesis - Hot medicine (++)

'I thoroughly dislike winter, extremely cold temperatures, and snow; mostly because my feet are constantly cold'

The following are selected quotes from the book 'Homeopathic Psychology' by Philip M. Bailey 1995. North Atlantic Books

Chapter page 57

'Causticum: The idealist'

'In fact the depth of Causticum's grief proves that Causticum is a more profound type than Phosphorus,... and more sensitive than Sulphur,...'

'Causticum's grieving is agonising, since the image and memory of the departed keeps recurring in the mind, and sensitive heart weeps with every memory.'

'Obsession, Introversion, and Anxiety'

'Not all Causticums are extroverted and passionate. Most are idealistic, but some express their idealism quietly through writing, and are rather shy and withdrawn socially.'

'Female Causticums are more likely to be introverted and anxious, (but a good half of the men are too).'

'The more introverted a Causticum individual, the more liable he is to become obsessive.'

'In the introverted Causticum there may be a problem with repetitive negative thoughts.'

'This brings one to a contradiction in the mentals of the introverted Causticum. Such a person may appear open and easy to interact with in the consulting room, being able to talk about himself without inhibition or emotion, and yet he describes himself as introverted and quiet.'

'They are very sensitive to the slightest adverse influence, such as excessive noise, or the slightest bad news, and little things can set their nerves off, resulting in trembling'

'Causticum is so dedicated to truth in many cases that he seems a bore to other people... Consequently, he is liable to be a bit of a loner, since he is too intense intellectually and morally for most people.'

'The female Causticum is generally of the introverted type, and is generally less idealistic and less analytical than the introverted male.'

'She appears as a sensible, independent and anxious person, who is easily moved to tears, but is not intense emotionally.'

'They come across as serious, intelligent, objective and humane, and this impression leads one to expect such an individual to have little trouble with anxiety. Yet they do suffer from anxiety.'


All that was written more than a decade ago by Philip Bailey, It seems that he knows PDXgirl3 from back then.

This is a great book by the way, I'd like to recommend to anyone who is reading this.
raphaeloliveira last decade
Dear Mr raphaeloliveira,

I am again and again pointing out to you that

1)Causticum is never jealous

2) Causticum is never sarcastic in a precise way

3) There is difference between introversion and patient saying 'I have always liked being alone', and the patient here has an aversion to company, period.

And, if miasmatic diagnosis means chilly vs warm to you, then I rest my case as I might as well keep talking to a wall.

If the mental symptoms of a case point to the remedy, it does not really matter about the common symptoms like 'feet being cold' as if you pick up your loved repertories or any of those softwares you use and put in a common symptom like 'feet cold' , every damn medicine will be present in that rubric and oh it surprises me that Lachesis is a 3 here !

So, let me point this out to you:

1) There is a difference between repertories and living persons

2) Chilly vs warm is not miasmatic diagnosis :)

3) We do not even consider common symptoms like backache, pain in jaws, acne, and 'feet being cold' while picking medicines.

Finally, there is no bigger ego at play here than your own as you were the one to interfere when two people were taking a proper case, and you told the patient to take your 'prescription' without even trying to confirm your remedy, or allowing the patient to take the prescribed remedy. So, don't talk ego with me, as till today I never have tried to undermine your prescriptions on this forum, or interfere in any of your cases, and once I start doing that, you will know what ego is :)

And, I hope that was of education to some people here.

sameervermani last decade
Dear raphaeloliveira,
That is a very good post.
Members would like to see more of such posts which help in analysing a case.

Pankaj Varma
PANKAJ VARMA last decade

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