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FAO: Brisbane Homeopath - please advise on chronic health conditions

Dear David,

I'm posting details of my Mother's health problems to see if you could give some support and advice around a suitable remedy. She is only 63 years old but suffers from some chronic medical conditions which are deteriorating and causing a real concern for the whole family. She suffers from nocturnal epilepsy (tonic clonic seizures)which developed in February 2010; sleep apnea, high blood pressure and chronic fatigue syndrome. Worryingly she is starting to lose her memory, is becoming increasingly forgetful and muddle headed which could be a side effect of her epilepsy meds or the seizures themselves.

She had a cerebral haemorrhage in 2004 and nearly died but made a remarkable recovery as she is a woman of strong faith. She has a Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) on the wall of her brain which made her more susceptible to having a stroke (cerebral haemorrhage and heart problems also run in the family).

She is highly anxious about everything and finds it very difficult to relax. She has a hoarding problem and has accumulated many items over the year but won't downsize and when anyone challenges her over this she flies in to a rage. She can be quite controlling and manipulative but is also very loquacious and lively.

Recently her nocturnal seizures have become more frequent and last week she had 3 on 3 consecutive nights which left her totally wiped out. She practically said goodbye to me last weekend and asked me to look after my father and siblings which was very upsetting (a bit of a death wish).

Any advice you can offer on a remedy would be a real help.

Many thanks,

Zoe
 
  Zogra on 2011-12-03
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
Sorry I missed this post earlier.

I would need a lot more information I think to make a prescription, although many of the things you have said would suggest Lachesis. However the problem is that your observation and her feelings may not be anything alike.

Would she give her case here?
 
brisbanehomoeopath 8 years ago
She would give her case but she is a real technophobe and not adept at using computers.

I also thought Lachesis fit the picture well from the bit of hom research I've done.

I'll try to gain as much information from her as she sees her condition, the physicals are fairly concrete though.

Thanks,

Zoe
 
Zogra 8 years ago
Well you can type, she can answer. That is quite acceptable. As long as the information comes directly from her then we are good.
 
brisbanehomoeopath 8 years ago
Dear David,

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I managed to sit down with her and gather as much info as possible:

1. ID: Sally
2. Age: 64
3. Sex: Female
4. Married
5. weight – 52kg
6. Height 5ft
7. country: UK
8. climate: cold
9. List of your complaints: high blood pressure, sleep apnea, nocturnal epilepsy (tonic clonic seizures), stroke (that occurred in 2004 – I have an AVM on my brain)

10. Since how long are you suffering from each complaint –

high blood pressure developed when I was around 45 years old.
Sleep apnea – I have always had trouble with my airways as they are very narrow, it has got worse since I have got older. It almost as if I stop breathing when I fall in to deep sleep.

Nocturnal epilepsy developed in Feb 2010, before this I was having mini seizures/ absences during the day following the stroke I had in 2004.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – developed when I was 40 years old following a series of viruses. Symptoms include excessive tiredness – worse in the mornings, candida albicans, shooting pains in my body, feel chilly and cant get warm, itch on my back. My health deteriorated when these symptoms developed.

11. Non-Diabetic
12. Desire sweets and savoury – particularly cake and bread products
13. Thirst - normal
14. Tongue and Taste – sour taste in mouth
15. Current BP (with medicine) - 140/90

16. What exactly is happening? I feel under extreme pressure as my husband works as a vicar for a busy parish and everything (all the demands) come to the house.

I have a fear of going to sleep due to the possibility of me having seizures. When they occur I have no warning signs that I’m about to have a seizure as I’m asleep. I think its related to my sleep apnea and not getting enough oxygen (I think this might be a trigger for the seizures).

17. How do you feel? – I feel under extreme pressure all the time and feel very hurried. I find it difficult to switch off and just relax. I feel I have to respond to the demands in the parish and will only get to relax when my husband retires.

After having seizures I feel extremely tired, forgetful and muddled. I also feel very depressed.

18. How does this affect you? – I find I get more stressed the longer I stay in a parish situation.

19. How does it feel like? – repeat of question 17.

20. What comes to your mind? – I feel resentful and burdened.

21. One situation that had a big effect on you? – I nearly died as a result of the stroke I experienced in 2004. The doctors and paramedics didn’t diagnose that I had had a stroke until a couple of days after I started to bleed. I had a terrible headache, it felt like a shot gun had gone off in my head and I kept vomiting and couldn’t keep my balance. Eventually an MRI scan revealed that I had had a huge bleed on my brain as a result of an AVM. I lost all feeling/ sensation down the left side of my body, I wasn’t able to raise my left leg or arm and went temporarily blind in my left eye.

As I am a woman of great faith I prayed to Jesus to help me as I thought I was going to die. My family wanted me to have a angiogram to see the extent of the bleed and if I had signed the paper, this would have also mean that I would consent to brain surgery if needed. I had a strong word from God that I should trust him and not have the angiogram. I made a miraculous recovery through prayer and received the full use back of the left side of my body and eye.

22. How did that feel like? – I was very fearful I was going to die.

23. What sensation do you experience in that situation? – I saw feathers above the head of my two children and my husband when they prayed and anointed me with oil. These feathers were confirmed to be the presence of the Holy Spirit. As they were praying with me I had the sensation of water running through the left side of my body.

24. What are you showing by that gesture of your hand (Habits or Actions)? I’m very expressive with my hands.

25. Current and previous remedies/medicines you are taking or took in the past? – I saw an alternative therapist in Tasmania when I lived there, she gave me some colloidal minerals to treat my chronic fatigue but I saw no improvement.

26. Family Background: mother died of a cerebral haemorrhage aged 70; father died of heart attack aged 50. Blood suffered from high blood pressure.

27. Educational Qualifications of the patient: None, I trained as a hairdresser.

28. Nature of work, what do you do for living? – serving others in the parish.

29. Desires, likes and dislikes for food – enjoy most foods, I eat small portions.

30. Name of foods which increase your problem - Wheat aggravates my symptoms in terms of chronic fatigue. Alcohol, caffeine and dairy products (particularly cheese) aggravates my nocturnal epilepsy and high blood pressure.

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. – I feel very irritable and angry, feel that my husband puts me down and doesn’t listen to me. Feel also that others don’t let me have my say. I feel extremely pressurised, hurried and my anxiety levels are very high. I feel I need space to be able to sort my life out (wish my husband would go out to work instead of being in the house all the time and wish we could move out of a vicarage situation).

32. Aggravation (increases-time, season,)& Amelioration (Decreases) – symptoms worse in the morning and at night. I feel fairly flat and depressed in the morning and extremely tired. Better afternoon/ early evening. Worse in winter/ for cold. Better spring/ summer and for warmth.

Thanks,

Zoe
 
Zogra 8 years ago
I should have posted my intake form - the one you have used isn't very good. Still there are some points here that may lead us further towards the right remedy.

Could you please ask her to expand on the following statements:

Please describe the seizures during sleep, whatever you do feel or remember of them

What are you fearful of happening during sleep exactly - why does it cause fear?

Extreme pressure (sensation of this, not the reason for it)

Depressed

Resentful

Burdened

Feeling put down

Need space
 
brisbanehomoeopath 8 years ago
Dear David,

Happy new year to you. I hope you had a good break.

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I've managed to sit my Mum down after the festivities and asked her to describe further. I don't know whether this is enough detail....

Please describe the seizures during sleep, whatever you do feel or remember of them - I don't remember anything of them because I'm in deep sleep when they occur. All I remember is waking up several times with members of my family around me and some times paramedics shining a torch in my face.

What are you fearful of happening during sleep exactly. Why does it cause you fear? - I have a fear of death. I'm also fearful or going in to hospital; I have a great fear of medical procedures and anything to do with being medically treated in hospital.

Extreme pressure - I feel under demand by my husband and other people, to have to meet their needs at the expense of my own. Its a feeling of having no space to myself and feeling very hurried and restless. Can't seem to just be, i have to be on the go the whole time.

Depressed - a feeling of melancholy and sadness, particularly when I'm alone or feel neglected by my family. Worse in the mornings.

Resentful - that my husband doesn't treat me with respect. I feel people in general don't value or respect me, they don't appear interested in what I have to say.

Burdened - too much happening, too much going on. feeling of being overwhelmed by demands in the parish. Find it difficult to say no to people. Their needs have to come before my own.

Feeling put down - belittled, small.

Need space - desire for total rest and release from demands, pressures of the parish. I can't get myself sorted out, i have lots of items and papers in the house to sort through and I'm in a muddle but can't find space and time to sort it out.

I'll just add to this that my Mum has a tendency to hoard items that might one day come in useful (second hand furniture, pots and pans) for members of the family or people in the parish but she has found it very difficult since she had the stroke to sort through things and gets very worked up and defiant when help is offered. This last paragraph is my own words.

Thanks,

Zoe
 
Zogra 8 years ago

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