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DESPARATE for sleep! Terrible Cough / Cold nothing is working

Any thoughts as to what to do:

Came down with a sore throat (red and inflamed at back of throat) and intense head ache (pain was all the way around head from the ears up) on Sunday (day 1). I started gargling with Colloidal Silver, drink it as well (about 2 table spoons every hour), took one does of Arnica 30. That night I was awoken frequently due to the pain both head and throat. Day 2, could not bare throat pain - took one dose of Bryonia 30. Sore throat was gone almost immediately! No change to head ache, sore throat came back about 6 hrs later. I took a second dose of the Bryonia 30 and then sore throat was gone. (it did not come back). That night I developed a constant cough. A hacking dry cough, with a feeling of a lump stuck in my throat. Cough is slightly better when sitting straight up or standing, and when sipping drinks. Prefer hot, but cold water is good as well. Day 3 took a dose of Bryonia 200 (suggested by homeopathic), no change in cough or head ache - developed chills and fever. Chills and Fever lasted 12 hrs (over night). Day 4, advised to take 1 more does of Bryonia 200, no changes. NOW it is Day 6, can not sleep as I can not take more then 2 breaths without coughing. Head ache is not as intense but is still present.

Oh - starting on Day 4 to current - about every 6 or so hours cough will result in a coughing fit and will cough up green mucus. However the rest of the time the cough is not productive.

Any suggestions as to how I can get some relief from this cough.
[message edited by Bicknell on Fri, 25 Mar 2011 19:13:39 GMT]
 
  Bicknell on 2011-03-25
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
Hi,

The following additional information is required to help you. Please do the best you can in providing a detailed and accurate data.

1. ID
2. Age
3. Sex
4. Single/Married
5. weight
6. Height ….
7. country
8. climate
9. List of your complaints

10. Since how long are you suffering from each complaint

11. Diabetic or non-Diabetic
12. Desire sweets/sour/salt
13. Thirst
14. Tongue and Taste
15. Current BP (without medicine and with medicine)

16. What exactly is happening?

17. How do you feel?
18. How does this affect you?

19. How does it feel like?
20. What comes to your mind?
21. One situation that had a
big effect on you?

22. How did that feel like?
23. What sensation do you experience in that situation?

24. What are you showing by that gesture of your hand (Habits or Actions)?

25. Current and previous remedies/medicines you are taking or took in the past?

26. Family Background
27. Educational Qualifications of the patient

28. Nature of work, what do you do for living?

29. Desires, likes and dislikes for food

30. Name of foods which increase your problem

31. Mind-behavior, anger, irritability, hurry, impatient…and so on.. How are you different from other persons, public speaking or not , you can describe all of the details about your behavior, love and affections.

32. Aggravation (increases-time, season,)& Amelioration (Decreases)

33. Attached here your photographs of the affected area. (if required/optional)

34. Location of the disease
35. Side of the problem (Right or Left), (Upper or Lower part of body)

36. Color of the secretions/discharges e.g urine, stool, sputum, Saliva etc.

Regards
Nawaz
 
nawazkhan 9 years ago
Hi Nawaz

Answers to your questions:


1. ID - ??
2. Age -35
3. Sex -F
4. Single/Married - Married
5. weight - 150 lbs
6. Height - 5'6'
7. country - Canada
8. climate - dry, cold, snowy
9. List of your complaints (see original post)

10. Since how long are you suffering from each complaint (see original post)

11. Diabetic or non-Diabetic - Non
12. Desire sweets/sour/salt - no
13. Thirst - normal
14. Tongue and Taste - tongue is normal, light metal taste
15. Current BP (without medicine and with medicine)

16. What exactly is happening? (see original post)

17. How do you feel? sick and exhausted
18. How does this affect you? (see original post)

19. How does it feel like? (see original post)
20. What comes to your mind? - ???
21. One situation that had a
big effect on you? - ???

22. How did that feel like?
23. What sensation do you experience in that situation?

24. What are you showing by that gesture of your hand (Habits or Actions)?

25. Current and previous remedies/medicines you are taking or took in the past? (see original post for current)- past have used many remedies for varying reasons

26. Family Background
27. Educational Qualifications of the patient - B.Sc.

28. Nature of work, what do you do for living? - Stay at Home Mom

29. Desires, likes and dislikes for food - normal

30. Name of foods which increase your problem - none

31. Mind-behavior, anger, irritability, hurry, impatient…and so on.. How are you different from other persons, public speaking or not , you can describe all of the details about your behavior, love and affections. - due to lack of sleep with this cough I am a little less patient, and slightly irritable.

32. Aggravation (increases-time, season,)& Amelioration (Decreases)

33. Attached here your photographs of the affected area. (if required/optional)

34. Location of the disease
35. Side of the problem (Right or Left), (Upper or Lower part of body) - (see original post)

36. Color of the secretions/discharges e.g urine, stool, sputum, Saliva etc. (see original post)
[message edited by Bicknell on Fri, 25 Mar 2011 23:04:08 GMT]
 
Bicknell 9 years ago
It appears you have suppressed the sore throat into a cough - this can happen when remedies are used only for a local symptom without regard for the general state.

For an acute like this it is usually only necessary to understand the new state that has appeared since becoming sick (unless the complaint is a constantly reoccurring one).

So we have:

Cough dry hacking
Sensation of lump in throat or of something stuck in throat
Cough > standing or straightening up
Desires hot drinks
Cough < breathing in
Cough paroxysmal
Expectoration green
Cough disturbing sleep
Colds descend to chest
Metallic taste in mouth

Although this brings up many remedy choices, the one I might suggest would be Spongia. Do you have this remedy?
 
brisbanehomoeopath 9 years ago
Thanks David for helping here.
 
nawazkhan 9 years ago
Thanks for the suggestion, I do have Spongia, however when I read it does not seem like it would be a good fit.

Not sure if I fully understand the use of the < & > symbol, but to be clear cough is better when standing or straightening up (is that what 'Cough > standing or straightening up' means?) and my cough is fine when breathing in, it is every second exhale that brings it on.

New symptoms today:

Extreme pain in my neck and shoulders, came on suddenly.Very tense tight pain with never pinching feeling. Worse with movement and raising arms, better sitting still, and with hot compress.

Left nostril completely congested, right is stuffed. Neti pot is not helping.

Sore throat is back, only on right side. Worse when coughing.

Thanks so much for all you time, any further suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
 
Bicknell 9 years ago
I did repertorize those symptoms, Spongia was high up in the analysis. It is of course your choice to take a remedy. Perhaps someone else can make another suggestion.
[message edited by brisbanehomoeopath on Sat, 26 Mar 2011 12:00:39 GMT]
 
brisbanehomoeopath 9 years ago
Thank you so much for looking into this ... I think I will give it a try.
 
Bicknell 9 years ago
You should know within 24 hours if the remedy is going to help.

If not, I am happy to keep looking at the case to make further suggestions.
 
brisbanehomoeopath 9 years ago
I took 1 dose of Spongia 30 yesterday morning, and with in a few hours the cough started to improve - went from having non-productive coughing fits every second breath to every 10 min.

Was able to sleep on my back, for a few hours at time in between coughing fits.

Woke up with major congestion in my sinuses. No pain. Difficult to blow nose (even the neti pot is not clearing much) - when 'snot' does come out it is green to yellow. Ears feel 'plugged' & hearing is a bit weak. Eyes burn slightly (as if swimming in chlorinated water), everything tastes bland and back of tongue and back teeth feel slightly numb.

Should I take a second does?

Thanks again
 
Bicknell 9 years ago
I think the direction is correct - symptoms are moving from the lungs back up into the upper respiratory tract. This is a good sign.

It is appropriate to take a second dose - make sure you succuss the bottle (hit it) twice very firmly, place 1 drop in a 1/2 cup of water, stir and take 1 teaspoon.

If you are using pillules, it is important NOT to repeat them as a dry dose. Those pillules must be made into a liquid dose. Let me know if you need to do that and don't know how.
 
brisbanehomoeopath 9 years ago
I am using pillules ... and have no idea how to properly make it into a liquid dose.

Please advise
 
Bicknell 9 years ago
Do you have a small bottle there - preferably quite small but in a pinch you can use something like a bottle that spring or mineral water came in.

Dissolve 2 pillules into the water, hit the bottom of the bottle firmly and take a very tiny sip. If there is aggravation we can look at diluting what is in the bottle into more water as per my previous instructions.
[message edited by brisbanehomoeopath on Mon, 28 Mar 2011 02:43:57 BST]
 
brisbanehomoeopath 9 years ago
We have many bottles ... some glass & some plastic the smallest we have is 2 oz. We also have droppers. How much water should I dissolve the 2 pillules in? (still use 1/2 cup?)

Also how hot should the water be to dissolve the pillules in?
 
Bicknell 9 years ago
Don't use hot water, use only tepid (room temperature).

The smallest bottle you have is good.

Once the pillules are dissolved into the water in the bottle, hit it twice then put 1 drop into 1/2 cup (125ml) of (tepid) water. Stir very thoroughly and take 1 teaspoon of that into the mouth.
 
brisbanehomoeopath 9 years ago
Thank you
 
Bicknell 9 years ago
Hi again

I followed your instructions and took the second dose last night before bed.

Almost immediately my mouth and tongue felt numbish, and shortly after I went to sleep.

This morning I woke up congested with terrible coughing fits, but after a hot shower all the symptoms have improved a bit and stayed at this slightly improved place all day.

Should I wait another day? Take a 3rd dose before bed this evening?

Should I discard the left overs from last evenings dissolved dose?
 
Bicknell 9 years ago
How much improved are you would you say, if you were to give a percentage?
 
brisbanehomoeopath 9 years ago
15% to 20% tops
 
Bicknell 9 years ago
I suspect the 30c is not quite powerful enough.

Hit the bottle 4 times, repeat the remedy right away.

Is it possible to get hold of 200c without too much trouble?
 
brisbanehomoeopath 9 years ago
Thanks so much

I will hit it 4 times and then re-dose. I can get a 200 tomorrow (it is 20 after 10 pm here).

After this dose I will be heading to bed - hopefully for another good night of sleep.

Thanks for everything ... I will post an update once I am up and moving in the morning.
 
Bicknell 9 years ago
We can move to 200c tomorrow if the results are still not good enough.

Sleep well and see you tomorrow :)
 
brisbanehomoeopath 9 years ago
Hi

Had a really good nights sleep - did not need to get up at all. Woke up feeling congested and still coughing but after a HOT shower and finally moving a lot of mucus out (all green), I would say I am feeling 50% better over all.

Going to head out today and get some fresh air - it is finally not snowing.

I will post how I am doing after getting out.
 
Bicknell 9 years ago
Ok that is good progress. Keep up the daily doses of 30c I think for the moment.
 
brisbanehomoeopath 9 years ago
Still feeling the same - fresh air was great though.

When you say the daily doses of 30c - should I continue with the dissolved pillules? - hit it 4 times?

Or just take the pillules?
 
Bicknell 9 years ago
Repeat doses must always be in liquid form and must always be succussed. However for that bottle to remain fresh it needs to have some alcohol in it - do you have something like brandy or vodka you can put in it? Any spirit is usually ok - just a small amount usually 5 parts water to 1 part alcohol is fine.
 
brisbanehomoeopath 9 years ago

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