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ATT: Brisbanehomeopath/David, partner with pterygium

Hi David,

As previously discussed, here is the requested information for my partner who has a pterygium and a couple of other problems.



pterygium in the inner corner of the right eye:

1. What exactly happens? The right eye feels uncomfortable as though there is dust or hair in the eyes. Only a little bit uncomfortable. Tears also come out of the eye every 10-15 minutes. The eye is also quite red. The pterygium covers the inner corner of the right eye up to the iris.

2. Describe all sensations and pains. Each pain or sensation should be described in such a way that allows us to imagine having the same pain. The eye is not in any condition of pain, nor is it sore. The sensation is of discomfort more than anything and the the level of discomfort is 3 out of 10 every day (10 being the most uncomfortable).

3. What causes the problem to get worse after it has started occurring? Sitting in front of a screen (computer) for long periods of time makes it feel a bit itchy and uncomfortable. The eye gets teary more so when sitting in front of a computer screen and the wind makes the tears flow more. Hot weather also irritates it.

4. What creates some relief for the problem? An ice pack or a wet flannel pressed up against the closed eyelid will give some relief but not to a great extent.

5. What triggers the problem into occurring? Hot weather makes it worse.

6. What time of the day or night does the problem occur? The morning is the worst time of day as the eye feels very red and uncomfortable when I first wake up.

7. When did the problem start? What was happening in your life at that time? Did some specific event or treatment take place just before the problem started? About 6 years ago the problem started. I was working in retail and there was a lot of dust on the shelves and in the whole area where I was working. I also started a new relationship then. which I am still currenly in (my partner is posting this on my behalf). Also, after I started working in the retail place 6 years ago, I started getting hayfever. I left the place of work there about 5 years ago but the problem has persisted. I sit in front of a computer screen for about 10 hours each day currently.

Pain in feet:

1. What exactly happens? I have pain in the middle of my feet. The right foot is worse than the left (the section of the foot before it starts to arch, as well as in the arch itself).

2. Describe all sensations and pains. Each pain or sensation should be described in such a way that allows us to imagine having the same pain. Intense, sharp pain happens the more I stand and walk for extended periods of time. It starts to happen after about 10 minutes of standing or walking, especially in flat shoes. The pain is about a 7 out of 10, but the longer I stand or walk, the higher the pain goes. I can describe it as though I am standing on pebbles. The heel of the foot isn't the actual problem.

3. What causes the problem to get worse after it has started occurring? Standing or walking for lengthy periods of time.

4. What creates some relief for the problem? Massaging my feet or sitting down and not using my feet eases the pain.

5. What triggers the problem into occurring? Standing or walking causes the pain.

6. What time of the day or night does the problem occur? When I wake up in the morning, I feel pain in the morning in my feet.

7. When did the problem start? What was happening in your life at that time? Did some specific event or treatment take place just before the problem started? It started about 10 years ago when I was doing a lot of standing as part of my job back then. I was standing for around 8 hours non stop and that's when it started to occur (a customer service job standing behind a counter).

1. What exactly happens? I have lipomas (benign tumors, lumps) in various parts of my torso. There are at least 10. Two in my biceps, and the rest are dispersed over my stomach or back.

2. Describe all sensations and pains. Each pain or sensation should be described in such a way that allows us to imagine having the same pain. There is only pain when I squeeze them (the doctor said that this is good because if there wasn't pain, it would most likely start to become malign. Other than that, if i don't touch them, its fine.

3. What causes the problem to get worse after it has started occurring? Nothing makes it worse.

4. What creates some relief for the problem? I was given a remedy by my partner's previous homeopath (Thuja 6x) and that decreased them in size. They didn't completely go away and the homeopath never followed it up. They rose a little bit in size but nothing major.

5. What triggers the problem into occurring? I don't know what triggered this problem.

6. What time of the day or night does the problem occur? This is not a factor.

7. When did the problem start? What was happening in your life at that time? Did some specific event or treatment take place just before the problem started? Around 8 years ago they started coming in my body. I was seeing women over a course of time and breaking up with them (especially one which I felt particularly bad about) and, thinking back on this, I think that it caused me a bit of stress at the time.

Discuss the way that you manage or deal with your problems, or any problems that occur in your life. I am a very patient, relaxed and easy-going person. I think logically and rationally before discussing problems. I really think twice because I don't want to hurt people's feelings or make the situation worse.

Discuss any patterns you have noticed in your behavior especially concerning your health problems. I feel that these days I can't sleep properly. I wake up at around 3am or 4am. I never used to do this.

Discuss any part of your life where you feel stuck or unable to change and grow, especially where this occurred around the beginning of your disease, or as the disease evolved. I feel that I am stuck in my career, that it's not really going anywhere (I have an office job in the business sector). I have been in the same role for almost 5 years. I also feel that sometimes my partner stresses me out with her family dramas and she worries me.

Describe your childhood and the kind of environment you grew up in, with reference to your relationships with your family, your school experiences, and any serious childhood diseases. I had tonsilitis as a child before I moved to Australia. I grew up in Nepal and moved here when I was 17. It was quite dusty in Nepal and where I grew up. I had a pleasant upbringing and never had any problems with my family. I have great relationships with my siblings and parents.

1. The specific foods that you crave (not just like) or hate. I do not crave any food at all. I hate very sweet food and very strong, concentrated flavours. I cannot eat spicy food (like Indian food) because my digestive system goes insane.

2. The specific drinks that you crave or hate. I don't crave any drinks. I hate beer and white wine, and hate concentrated sweet drinks like cordial or juice. I always have to water these down. I love red wine. I don't drink often.

3. What your sleep is like. I generally go to bed at around 10pm but feel sleepy after 8pm. I sometimes toss and turn but usually wake up at around 3 or 4am for no reason (as mentioned above). I find it difficult to go back to sleep. I don't remember my dreams. When I wake up, I feel drained and don't have much energy. In the summer, I always sleep with my feet uncovered.

4. How the weather and the temperature affects you. I hate hot weather, hate humidity. I love cold weather. I don't mind rainy or stormy weather.

5. What kinds of things in the environment you are particularly sensitive to. I am sensitive to the wind and to heat.
  pheazoid on 2011-07-03
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Remedies that my partner has taken previously:

Thuja 6x: for the lipomas. It worked well but they didn't go away completely.

Gelsemium: for when I had a head cold

Lycopodium 30c: a previous homeopath said it would help with committment phobia as well as certain ailments (I was not sure which ones). I think it possibly helped with that. my partner said that after i took lycopodium, she noticed that i changed a bit. i used to not express myself as much but these days she thinks i have changed in a better way.

Kali Iodatum 30C: This made my eye become sore, a little swollen and more red. It was a slight burning sensation but it was more of an irritated burning pain than an actual throbbing or intrusive pain. The pterygium in my right eye became swollen and red. Its caused my eye to become more teary. It was only a little bit more itchy than usual. I also had headaches come and go, an ulcer in my mouth, throat pain, and a tight chest. All of that came and went. I remember feeling irritated during the first few days of taking the remedy. I was also very thirsty.

Euphrasia Officinalis 30C: The eye felt a bit better compared to taking the Kali Iodine. It didn't feel as itchy but it was still teary in the wind.

Euphrasia Officinalis 200C: I did not notice any difference in the pterygium. My eye didn't feel any burning sensation as with the previous remedy. It felt a bit better than it normally did when I didn't take any remedies.

Staphysagria 200C: There was not much to report from this remedy other than it felt that my eye was less irritated than before.
pheazoid last decade
Hmmm this isn't alot to go on.

Can you talk more about your issues and problems in your life, the things you have struggled with, the way you have managed problems (or not managed them as the case may be).

Describe more about yourself, your character, the things about yourself that cause problems for you or for the other people in your life?

What fears do you have?

What kind of things upset you?

Where are you at your least rational, logical, sensible?

What do you dream about? Do you have an reoccurring dreams? If so describe them.

What is the feeling of being stuck?

Describe the hayfever.
brisbanehomoeopath last decade
Problems and issues in life, things I struggle with, the way I manage problems: the problem that I had most of my life and maybe even now is commitment. I suppose I struggle with the idea of commitment and have mostly avoided committing to relationships. I usually manage problems in a logical manner, but I internalise a lot of my feelings and can be very snappy and angry over small things now and then.

My character: I am a very patient person and always try to be practical, logical and reasonable. I don't get angry very easily but if people keep telling me things and repeating themselves, it makes me really angry. I also hate it when people try to control me. I'm a free spirit.

Fears: I am afraid of what others think about me, that they are judging me. This especially happens when I do a presentation at work. When I speak in front of others (presenting) I can't always articulate my words and I stop and forget what I want to say...and all the while I have thoughts racing through my head that others are judging me. I feel incompetent at speaking because of this, as though I am not good enough in my education, and I worry about what others think of me. I am usually very nervous before I start a presentation (butterflies in stomach) but once I start, I'm generally okay until I trip over my words. I'm not the sort of person who raises my hand and starts talking freely. I am afraid of speaking. I judge myself a lot and hold back regarding this.

Things that upset me: injustice. I feel very strongly about it. I'm very sensitive regarding respect and am very upset if someone disrespects me or my friends/family. I am also upset by poverty.

Where I am at my least rational, etc: I do tend to turn small things into big things regarding the people I love if I feel very strongly about something. Also, if a situation that I feel very strongly about presents two paths, I feel like I shouldn't go down either of them. I feel sick to my stomach and want to walk away rather than make a decision about it. Its when it is about the people that I love and when problems arise regarding them that I feel at my least rational self. Also, when I am at work and a problem arises (department problems, etc) I internalise my anger and start to over analyse the situation very illogically in my mind to the point where I realise that I shouldn't have done that because the problem would have been very easy to fix in 5 minutes had I just started doing it rather than over analyse it.

Dreams: I don't really remember my dreams but the dreams that I happen to remember are of me
being with a particular woman, sexually, intimately, and getting scared because I'm in a relationship and shouldn't be doing anything with them and then I wake up. Maybe there is something coming from my unconscious mind. A few times in my dreams I was with the same woman, but lately its different women. I don't remember how often I have these sort of dreams. I also have dreams of getting married with people who I don't know that are strange in character or with an ex girlfriend. I then wake up suddenly because in my dreams I think what on earth am I doing. I have weird dreams, falling, flying, running, fighting. But I generally don't remember them in detail.

The feeling of being stuck: I think that other people at work or who are my age may have already reached some sort of goal, and I am still here without a house, without my own business. I'm not really comparing myself to others but I feel inadequate and not good enough, as though I should have done better than that. I actually made a bad judgement in my life previously; I bought some shares and it didn't go well. I lost a lot of money (big money). I feel very harsh on myself and feel like I should have listened to others.

Hayfever: my eyes are very teary and red, also quite itchy. My nose is very itchy, the itchiest of them all. The nose is also runny and blocked and different times but mostly runny. If I so much as go outside during the spring time, I have all of these symptoms. I started getting hayfever about 6 years ago. I generally take the hayfever drugs over the counter but I don't like them.

I also forgot to say that in mid last year, my hair started dropping out and my hair is thinning. I don't think that it is diffused hair loss and I'm not sure why it suddenly started dropping. I can only think that it might have been either stress related or it might be hereditary but I'm unsure of anyone in my family having gone bald. I am only 32 and it is causing me to be very concerned.
pheazoid last decade
Much better! That is nicely done - I can use a lot of that information.

Can you just talk a bit more on committment and being a free spirit?

Talk more about control.

Describe what respect is (or should be).

So you are presented with a decision, and what happens? You get angry - then what is the process?

What upsets you about poverty?

No images or memories of the dreams where there is flying, falling, fighting, running?
brisbanehomoeopath last decade
I just grew up that way. I was brought up to be free because I didn't live with my parents (I lived in a boarding school).

Control: I don't like people telling me what to do and don't like people micro-managing me. I like to work on my own because I already know what to do and don't like people to overlook what I'm doing.

Respect: it should go both ways, it's give and take, not only give give or take take.

Say for instance if I am presented with a certain situation, depending on what it is, I need to know more details. If someone tells me that this is how it is, I need to know more details and ask why. I just can't take things that 'that's the way it is'. At times when I do get angry, I don't feel like talking. I just want to be left alone for a while so I can think it over or, depending on the situation, withdraw myself until I feel better to talk about it later when I'm not angry.

Everything about poverty upsets me. That people live on the streets, or beg for food or money. That they don't have enough food for themselves and family, shelter, the things that we take forgranted.

Images of dreams: I think it's like normal kind of dreams that everyone has. I sometimes remember the image of what the dream was like but I don't commit them to memory, I just ignore it because I think 'oh, it's just a dream, who cares, oh well, it's not real anyway' and start my day.
pheazoid last decade
Oh I meant describe the experience of being a free spirit, not so much why you were that way. In homoeopathy the 'why' is not very important, it is the 'what' or the 'how' that matters.

So what is the relationship with committment and being free?

With the decision making, I was wondering what happens to make you unable to make the decision?
brisbanehomoeopath last decade
Oh ok. Well because I over analyse a lot, I think what if I get married and we have kids if the marriage goes bad and we end up getting divorced. I never want to get a divorce and I always used to worry that something bad might happen in the marriage. So that's why I always thought that it's better to be free. These days I'm getting better with the idea of commitment because time is ticking and I'm getting older, and I've found someone who has stuck by me regardless of whatever has happened so these days I'm coming around to the idea of commitment but in my past I was never really for it.

If I'm unable to make a decision it's because I'm scared of making the wrong decision, scared of the outcome if it's a bad decision. Because I've previously made bad choices and had to live with the consequences, these days I tend to think as much as I can about an important decision, so I think twice about it rather than make the wrong choice.
pheazoid last decade
So just define free spirit, just the term.

What would committing to a relationship mean to someone? What were you avoiding for so long?

So your need to overanalyze is because of a fear of doing something wrong?

Does that stop you making decisions?

What is the worst that can happen from making the wrong decision?

What wakes you at 3-4am? What is happening then to you?

When someone tries to tell you how to do something, why do you not do it?

What has been your reaction or strategy in your life to the loss of that money?

How has it made you feel to be behind others your age who have their own house and business?

What is your personal feeling about poverty (how it affects you not others)?

I am narrowing the choice now :)
brisbanehomoeopath last decade
So just define free spirit, just the term. -Free spirit to me means unattached maritally. Not that marriage equals incarceration.

What would committing to a relationship mean to someone? What were you avoiding for so long? -Committing to a relationship for me means to marry them. I was avoiding committment to previous girlfriends because I wasn't completely sure that they would be a good choice for marriage, plus I couldn’t say no to girls who ask me out. I went with them and got bored very quickly so moved on to the next one :)

So your need to overanalyze is because of a fear of doing something wrong? -Yes, it's a fear of making the wrong decision and back of my head thinking might not the correct decision, the wrong choice, which may result in bad repercussions. Over-analysing is a way to ensure that this hopefully doesn't happen or so as to try and avoid it from happening as much as possible.

Does that stop you making decisions? – yes it does stop sometimes. Most of the time it will delay the process, just makes me a little bit slower and wary when making my decision. When someone makes the same decision what I have been thinking, it makes me think that I should have made this decision because it turned out to be the correct one.

What is the worst that can happen from making the wrong decision? -The worst thing that can happen is that I may have to pick up pieces that I might not had to have picked up in the first place had I made the right decision. Also, I'm scared that people might think I'm not confident enough or don’t know what I am talking about in my decision.

What wakes you at 3am? What is happening then to you? – I just wake up like that. Nothing in particular wakes me, I just feel very tired and exhausted when I wake up and can't get back to sleep for a while.

When someone tries to tell you how to do something, why do you not do it? – all depends on how people talk to me...if someone tells me nicely, I don’t mind at all but if someone demands or their tone of the voice is cocky or smart-alec then my mind switches off and it goes into a defensive mode where I don’t even want to listen to that person because I don't like it when others try to control me. I get bored very quickly when someone starts telling a long story, I start thinking about other stuff. So most of the time I try to cut them short and start talking about different topics.

What has been your reaction or strategy in your life to the loss of that money? - I had to face it, pick up the pieces and try to move on. I had no other choice but to start from scratch, i.e. work really hard, so it does frustrate me thinking about the mistakes I made. I think about it often.

How has it made you feel to be behind others your age who have their own house and business? -It makes me feel inadequate to be behind others who have houses and businesses my age. I feel like I am not quite good enough and I am hard on myself for having not listened to people who told me not to do the stockmarket thing years ago.

What is your personal feeling about poverty (how it affects you not others)? - I used to be careless with my money when I was younger and just spent it on whatever I pleased. But these days I have to be very careful and frugal with my money for the future. So in a way, I am not living a lavish life because I'm not spending on things that I want - I'm not comparing myself to the people who live their lives on the street - but its a certain kind of struggle to live frugally. So all in all, my definition of poverty is struggle. I think if I win the lottery I will give money to those people who are really in need. Give the money to charity who provide food to homeless. etc.
pheazoid last decade
Ok I want you to get Nux-vomica 200c. Let me know when you have it and we can discuss dosage.
brisbanehomoeopath last decade
Hi David, Tara here. I can't help but laugh right now. It is very amusing that you are prescribing Bijay (my partner) with nux. Smiles all around here. A homeopath friend of mine in Brisbane (Myriam Fraticelli) actually said that she thinks my constitutional remedy is Nux. She once told me that partners tend to need the same remedy at some point in their lives because they take on each other's problems, etc. I actually have a Nux 1M bottle here but I will go and get him a 200C later today. What kind of dosage would you like him to have?
pheazoid last decade
I'd like to start with 200c we can see how it goes and it is good to have 1M available for later.

Just one dose to begin with, make it the same way you have been making your remedies, as that is my standard starting point.

Nux-vom feels they have lost their position of safety, their position in society, their security (mostly financial). They feel the overwhemling need to make up this loss, by working hard. They fear poverty, are irritable and angry and impatient, find it difficult to take direction from others, resist getting married because they don't want the restriction.

The eyes symptoms seem to be found in Nux-vom as well:

Sensations: Smarting, dry sensation in inner canthi; [5] in early morning. [11] As if eyes would be pressed out, during frontal headache. Eye feels pressed out whenever she combs her hair. Of hot water in eye.
Pains: [7] Burning and smarting, as from salt, with lachrymation; worse outer canthi. [11] Sharp darting, in eye and over it, c vertex; worse morning. Severe, in eyes during night, with conjunctival injection, brought on by overuse, esp. by artificial light. Violent pressure in eyes after using them ever so little. Burning, when looking at a light, darting upward above eyes.
Observed: Photophobia; much worse in morning; [11] on opening eyes in morning can't tolerate light. Orbital twitching c occiput. Optic neuritis. [2] Bloodshot eyes; [11] often following debauchery or sitting up late at night to study. Lachrymation from affected side. Lower eyeballs yellow. Exudation of blood from eyes. Conjunctivitis in spring. [5] Margins of lids as if rubbed sore; [7worse] morning. [7] Inflammation, with swelling, red streaks in whites of eyes, and pressive, tensive pain. Movement of lids difficult on account of stiffness of muscles. [11] Trachoma and follicular conjunctivitis occurring only in summer and worse mornings. Painless injection of whites of eyes. Lachrymation from stopped coryza. Lachrymation while yawning, in morning. Heaviness and frequent closing of eyelids. Twitching and blinking. Itching in eyes better rubbing. Lids itch and burn, esp. their margins, worse morning. Strabismus, periodic in character, esp. Worse mental excitement or when caused by an injury. Eye affections with liver disease. Indolent redness of ball of eye remaining after primary disease has been cured.
brisbanehomoeopath last decade
Hi David,

I have been a little bit irritable, impatient, easily annoyed. I have been remembering dreams. I had a dream about being married to my partner as well as a stranger, and I woke up because I didn't want to marry the stranger. I also dreamed this morning about trying to get onto level 7 but the elevator kept going up to level 17. Just strange dreams in general.

Yesterday, I suddenly had a migraine headache with the pain going over the left part of my crown and the front part of the head. It was a throbbing type of pain, about a 9 out of 10. I felt pain behind my eyes as though there were pressure to the eye lids. I took some pain killers last night and this morning it was gone. Also, this morning when I woke up, my right eye felt like it was burning a little and also felt as though someone were poking it. To me, it looked less red though but it was difficult to tell with the light in the bathroom. Could this be a reaction to the remedy?
pheazoid last decade
Yes it sounds like an aggravtion so promising start.
brisbanehomoeopath last decade
Hi David,

I have come down with bronchitis and am taking a course of antibiotics. In terms of the aggravation (irritable, etc and the headaches and burning of the eye) has subsided.

I suppose we should wait until the bronchitis clears and we'll go from there?
pheazoid last decade
Is bronchitis an old symptom for you?

It is better to use homoeopathy for anything that happens. If this is part of the process created by the remedy, using antibiotics will negate any progress.

This is not to say that in emergencies orthodox medicine cannot be used, but as long as no-one's life is in danger, homoeopathic intervention is preferable.
brisbanehomoeopath last decade
I have never had bronchitis before so this is new. My partner was sick recently and I used public transport last week (first time in a long time). Apparently bronchitis is going around the area. The wind has been howling and freezing in Sydney and I think it might have just been a case of bad luck. There have been a few cases of a strain of bronchitis quickly turning into pneumonia and people dying in the inner west area of Sydney where I live. I suppose all of these factors led me to start taking the course of antibiotics just to be safe. Are you suggesting that this might negate any progress made so far? Is it possible to resume the homeopathy after the bronchitis is cleared with the antibiotics?
pheazoid last decade
Antibiotics don't cure they suppress (a fact orthodox medicine refuses to acknowledge). So there are usually consequences to using them. Suppression tends to drive the energy of the disease back into the body, so new symptoms can appear.

If this was an old symptom reappearing, that would have been a much worse scenario. As a genuine acute, it may not have too big an impact on progress.

Depending on the symptoms we have some good remedies for those sorts of things - Aconite, Rhus-tox amongst others. Even Nux-v itself can be useful in some situations.

I didn't realise you were in Sydney - that is where I was trained. All my lecturers practice down there if you ever get into a situation where you need face-to-face treatment.
brisbanehomoeopath last decade
Cool thanks.

If it is okay with you, can I finish the course of antibiotics as it is just an acute symptom? If after the antibiotics are finished there is still something there, I will go over to homeopathy. It happened over the weekend and I simply didn't know that homeopathy would help with it. I just don't want to start the antibiotics and stop without taking the full course.

Which college do your colleagues teach at? Is that the one in Surry Hills? My partner is considering studying homeopathy there.
pheazoid last decade
I studied at the Sydney College of Homoeopathic Medicine - they were in Glebe when I started with them. I am not sure where they are situated now. It's a good college, has good solid classical prescribers teaching there.

If you have started the antibiotics you will need to finish them.
brisbanehomoeopath last decade
I will let her know to look out for it.

Thanks, will do! I'll be in touch when I finish them.
pheazoid last decade
Hi David,

Bijay has finished his course of antibiotics. He doesn't want to take a second course. He is still coughing. It has gotten better but his cough is pretty bad. His throat is only sore if he coughs hard. What shall he do?
pheazoid last decade
Well first step would be to take the Nux-v again. Second step would be to take the symptoms of the cough and prescribe an acute.
brisbanehomoeopath last decade
Would you like me to take just one dose of nux vomica? The cough is chesty, it sounds like there is a lot of mucus in the chest whenever I cough and I sometimes cough up mucus.
pheazoid last decade
Actually take two doses, one in the morning or evening, then one in that evening or in the next morning (depending on when the first dose is taken). Stop if that first dose creates any worsening.
brisbanehomoeopath last decade

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