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Hi, my sister-in-law experiences exam anxiety which greatly affects her and I would like to try and find a remedy for her. Could anyone help me?
 
  pheazoid on 2012-02-13
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
There are loads of remedies for this problem. The entire 4th row of the periodic table (all the elements, and all the salts) are known for it.

Is she willing to give her case here and answer questsions?
 
brisbanehomoeopath 9 years ago
Yes sure. Ask away and I will have her answer the questions :)
 
pheazoid 9 years ago
Did you want me to do it? You know how long and thorough my case-taking is.
 
brisbanehomoeopath 9 years ago
Of course that's no problem. I'm taking it that we should go through all the problems that she experiences on all levels, not just the exam anxiety?
 
pheazoid 9 years ago
Yeah we have to understand that fear in the context of her other problems, and of her life.

I just ask because people can find it daunting talking about themselves so openly and honestly in a public forum (understandably!).

GUIDELINES FOR GIVING HOMOEOPATHIC CASE INFORMATION

It is important to describe all your problems in as much detail as you are able. One word answers and short sentences are not particularly helpful. Discuss each problem one at a time, providing (as a minimum level of detail) the following information.

Please do not answer each of the following questions by placing all your problems in each one. Each of these questions needs to be answered for each problem eg. For you headaches answer 1-7, then for your reflux answer 1-7 and so on.

1. What exactly happens?
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.
3. What causes the problem to get worse after it has started occurring?
4. What creates some relief for the problem?
5. What triggers the problem into occurring?
6. What time of the day or night does the problem occur?
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?

Move from one problem to the next, doing the same thing. IT IS VITAL THAT YOU GIVE A COMPLETE PICTURE OF YOUR HEALTH BY PROVIDING ALL PROBLEMS YOU HAVE, EVEN IF NOT CONNECTED TO THE MAIN ONE, AND EVEN IF YOU CONSIDER IT OF LESS IMPORTANCE. You should address each problem separately using the above 7 questions as a guide.

As well as this, please describe any traumatic incidents that have taken place in your life. Discuss anything that has had a lasting impact on you mentally, emotionally or physically.

Discuss the way that you manage or deal with your problems, or any problems that occur in your life.

Discuss any patterns you have noticed in your behavior especially concerning your disease.

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.

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. Your parents may need to help you answer these questions.

I am looking for imaginative and colourful descriptions of your life, your experiences, your issues, your problems, your disease symptoms. This should appear more like a counselling session than a doctor’s report.

If your earlier discussions have not mentioned these already, please describe:

1. The specific foods that you crave (not just like) or hate
2. The specific drinks that you crave or hate
3. What your sleep is like
4. How the weather and the temperature affects you
5. What kinds of things in the environment you are particularly sensitive to
6. What your general level of energy is like
7. What your level of sexual energy or desire is like
8. Describe your menstrual cycle

I will probably have more questions for you after that.

I also need to know what homoeopathic remedies you have taken in the past, and what the results were.
 
brisbanehomoeopath 9 years ago
Hi David, my sister-in-law has finally provided me with answers to your questions:



1) PAIN IN MY LEGS: I used to have problems with my legs during which I experienced a great deal of pain for no apparent reason. The doctors could not figure it out. They gave me calcium tablets and it helped to ease the pain but really did nothing for me. I was prescribed Calc Carb 200c on this forum and took doses of it when required. It helped me immensely but I find that the pain does return to my legs when I have been walking around a lot or standing on my feet for lengthy periods of time.

1. What exactly happens?
I feel immense pain from thighs to the feet. The pain alternates from one leg to another or sometimes it was in both. But generally, the right leg is more painful.

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 pain feels like it would be better to cut off both of my legs rather than tolerate the pain. I would sometimes hit myself with a rod on the legs when it was paining and I would not feel the pain from the rod. The pain was both aching and throbbing. I couldn’t pinpoint which part of the leg was paining more.
3. What causes the problem to get worse after it has started occurring?
Stress causes it to get worse but a lot of the time it comes and goes.

4. What creates some relief for the problem?
Nothing, it goes away by itself. Only calc carb 200c helped get rid of the pain.

5. What triggers the problem into occurring?
Stressing about exams or results for school/college.

6. What time of the day or night does the problem occur?
It occurred both day and night. It was neither more painful during the day than it was at night. But I find that winter or cold makes it worse compared with summer and warmth.

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 three years ago it started. I believe it started when I was doing my dentistry internship and I was waiting for the results of an exam.

2) SLEEP PROBLEMS:
1. What exactly happens?
I have problems with sleep. I don’t often have problem falling asleep but I often wake up in the middle of the night between 12.30-3.30am. During that time I stay awake for hours and stare at the ceiling but mostly stay awake for one hour. Sometimes I stay awake and can’t fall back asleep. Then when I wake up I feel extremely exhausted as though I cannot possibly get up out of bed.

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 exhaustion that I feel is about a 9 out of 10 each day.

3. What causes the problem to get worse after it has started occurring?
Lack of sleep. I find that any noise distracts me a lot when I’m trying to fall back asleep.

4. What creates some relief for the problem?
Sleeping. But even then when I wake up on weekends or holidays I still feel exhausted after a decent 8 hours sleep.

5. What triggers the problem into occurring?
I think perhaps stressing about school/college.

6. What time of the day or night does the problem occur?
At night around 12.30-3.30am.

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?
Since I was in Nepal around 3 years ago.

3) EXAM ANXIETY:
1. What exactly happens?
I feel like vomiting. I get a fever. I want to cry. I want to die. I want to run away. All of this happens before the exam. But after the exam I feel very cooled down as if nothing has happened. Later on I feel very scared and nervous about the results. I have a mental blank and I cannot think of what I want to say/write.

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.
I have knots in my stomach as though something is running around in my tummy. The feverishness is throughout my entire body and it lasts until I finish my exam. I feel very ill throughout the exam. I can’t speak properly either because I feel too nervous. I feel like I can’t possibly live up to people’s expectations of me (the results of the exam). If someone were to talk not nicely with me at that time I would want to cry right then and there.

3. What causes the problem to get worse after it has started occurring?
Being in the exam causes it to be worse.

4. What creates some relief for the problem?
Finishing the exam.

5. What triggers the problem into occurring?
Thoughts of the impending exam, the day of the exam, and the exam.

6. What time of the day or night does the problem occur?
Both day and night.

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 happening when I was in school and I was doing very well but then I started failing my subjects I guess because I was a but lazy and I wasn’t remembering things. My family became very angry with me. Ever since then I have been anxious about failing anything. I felt suicidal at that time of my life because nothing that I did was right.




As well as this, please describe any traumatic incidents that have taken place in your life. Discuss anything that has had a lasting impact on you mentally, emotionally or physically.
Failing my school subjects and my family being upset with me because of that (I was 11 years old).
Discuss the way that you manage or deal with your problems, or any problems that occur in your life.
I panic. If it hurts me emotionally then I will cry. It’s rare that I cry though but I am a very emotional person. I will also get angry very easily when there is a problem in my life. But I will try my best to deal with the problem straight away.
Discuss any patterns you have noticed in your behavior especially concerning your disease.
I find that the three things above generally happen when I am stressed about my college and about failing. I have come to realise that I have a fear of failure.
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 like I hate myself for failing when I was younger and I wish I could go back and study properly.
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. Your parents may need to help you answer these questions.
I was a very sickly child. I’m not sure what happened but my mother told me that I always became sick very easily. I would always lie to her and say that I was going to the bathroom but would run out of the house and play with other children (she wouldn’t let me go outside to play with them because I would become sick very easily). My school experiences were not enjoyable. I loved going to school to study but I felt like my friends didn’t like me because my dad was a teacher there and everyone teased me for being his daughter so I always used to fight with everyone (they all thought that I was a very rude and angry type of person)g incidents. My family relationships were fine in general but they were very upset with me for failing. They never yelled at me but I was always compared with my brothers, family and other people who were successful in their studies. They always rubbed it in my face that this aunty or that cousin or that person whom they know studied very well, what can I do, I can’t study very well, I’m not good, I’m a loser, etc.

1. The specific foods that you crave (not just like) or hate: I love mango and always crave it.
2. The specific drinks that you crave or hate: I crave mango juice. I love coffee. I don’t like drinking alcohol. I hate the taste and smell.
3. What your sleep is like: refer to aforementioned
4. How the weather and the temperature affects you: the cold affects me most. It feels like it goes right through my bones. I cannot possibly warm my feet at all.
5. What kinds of things in the environment you are particularly sensitive to: I hate loud noises like motorbikes and screeching brakes on a train. I am also very sensitive to smell.
6. What your general level of energy is like: I am usually very exhausted. My energy level is about a 5 or 6 out of 10.
7. What your level of sexual energy or desire is like: I have never had sex and am not interested.
8. Describe your menstrual cycle
My cycle is very irregular and I have menstrual pains before and during the menstruation.

I also need to know what homoeopathic remedies you have taken in the past, and what the results were.
I have only taken Calc. Carb 200C and it has gotten rid of the pain in my legs. I take it whenever I feel pain but the pain eventually comes back.
 
pheazoid 9 years ago
Ok at this stage try to avoid using the Calc carb again. Unless it is curing the underlying cause of your problem, it may just be suppressing it which can make it harder to cure.

I will look over this information and see what comes up.

David
 
brisbanehomoeopath 9 years ago
Hi David, have you managed to find anything yet?
 
pheazoid 9 years ago
Hi David could you please respond?
 
pheazoid 9 years ago
I lost track of this thread. Just bump it up a few times for me to see it. Lot goes on in this forum.
 
brisbanehomoeopath 9 years ago
That's okay I understand. Should I tell my sister-in-law to wait much longer for the response? She became impatient and took the calc carb against your advice for the pain in her legs since she just had an exam recently and was suffering terribly with the pain.
 
pheazoid 9 years ago
Bump
 
pheazoid 9 years ago
another bump
 
pheazoid 9 years ago
What exactly was the experience of waiting for the results of that exam during your internship?

What wakes you at night? What keeps you awake?

What kind or level of noise would distract you from sleep?

What is the stress about college or school?

What happened in Nepal that may have triggered the sleep issue?

What kind fear is it you feel before an exam? It seems like it is out of proportion to the actual event. What event would this kind of fear be appropriate for (what situation)?

What is it about exams that worries you so much?

Describe more on feeling suicidal.

What does failure mean to you? What does it mean to anyone?

Does failure become an issue around anything apart from exams?

How exactly would you describe your confidence and self-esteem? Where does it seem at its worst?
 
brisbanehomoeopath 9 years ago
Here are the answers:


What exactly was the experience of waiting for the results of that exam during your internship?

scared of
wanting to vomit
feeling light headed
lack of concentration

What wakes you at night? What keeps you awake?

don't know. nothing in particular. noise keeps me awake. anticipating noise. thoughts keep me awake.

What kind or level of noise would distract you from sleep?
low level of noise. i would say that i am a light sleeper.

What is the stress about college or school?
that i'll fail.

What happened in Nepal that may have triggered the sleep issue?
the fact that i failed my studies in nepal made me feel inadequate might have impacted in my sleep because i would stay awake thinking about the problems in my life, creating some sort of an anxiety about that.


What kind fear is it you feel before an exam? It seems like it is out of proportion to the actual event. What event would this kind of fear be appropriate for (what situation)? it would be appropriate for having a gun pointed to my head. because i feel like i would rather die than fail.

What is it about exams that worries you so much?
i am anticipating failure because no matter how much i study, there is always the possibility of failure.

Describe more on feeling suicidal.
i felt worthless, like i was very tense and i isolated myself from everyone. i didn't even talk with my family.


What does failure mean to you? What does it mean to anyone? that i'm a loser, i am good for nothing, i am worthless, useless. this would apply to others who are failures, too.

Does failure become an issue around anything apart from exams? no, i wouldn't feel like i was a failure at anything else apart from my studies. for instance, if my cooking was bad and someone didn't like it, i wouldn't consider myself a failure; only at my studies.

How exactly would you describe your confidence and self-esteem? Where does it seem at its worst? i am not very confident and i feel like i don't love myself. i feel at my worst when i am failing or not doing well with my studies. none of this has anything to do with things that other people might consider such as looks, talents, etc.
 
pheazoid 9 years ago
bump for your attention
 
pheazoid 9 years ago
another bump for your attention David.
 
pheazoid 9 years ago
another bump for you
 
pheazoid 9 years ago
bump bump bump
 
pheazoid 9 years ago
another another bump
 
pheazoid 9 years ago
Hi David another bump
 
pheazoid 9 years ago
b u m p
 
pheazoid 9 years ago
It takes time for me to analyze new cases.
 
brisbanehomoeopath 9 years ago
Sorry I thought that you had forgotten :) I shall wait for your response.
 
pheazoid 9 years ago
Some cases don't leap out at you, they take more time to go through bit by bit.

It is fine for you to remind me though so don't worry.
 
brisbanehomoeopath 9 years ago

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