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Chronic Fatigue and Depression

I have been suffering from reoccuring Chronic Fatigue and Depression for 30 years. I also have bouts of painless brown diarrhea, either in the morning, or on going to bed at night. Sometimes I get little pinching pains in the tummy before diarrhea. It can gush like my anus is wide open. I have to go back to the toilet many times. The CFS occurs usually after over-doing it with work or too much stress and worry. I vary from insomnia to sleeping 12 hours at night and having naps during the day. I like salt, and often my depression and fatigue are helped by Nat Mur 200C, but the problems keep re-occuring. I get chilled when suffering from CFS and find it difficult to get warm again - sometimes I have to have a hot bath or shower as that's the only way to get warm. I don't want to see anyone, answer the phone or door. Every task is an effort and seems too hard. I had a malignant rectal tumour 5 years ago and the radiation left me with severely weakened muscles in that area so the diarrhea causes incontinence. My life is a roller coaster of a few days or weeks of feeling motivated, energetic and good, and then I'm back in deep fatigue and depression again. Please help.
 
  Lovelee on 2013-10-15
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my case history:
patient id or name lovelee
sex: female
age: 58 years
height : 5'10'
weight : 85 kg
country : australia
1. describe your main suffering? (describe symptoms) chornic fatigue, diarrhea - both of 30+ years
2. what other physical/mental sufferings in past, you had ? duodenal ulcer, malignant tumour of anus treated with chemo and radiation 5 years ago, hepatitis c
3. what mental sufferings / feelings do you have associated with your physical
sufferings? depression, antisocial, fatigue, easily overwhelmed by daily tasks, anxiety about my kids
4. what exactly do you feel when you are at your worst? unable to do anything, unmotivated, terribly fatigued, either sleep to much or unable to sleep at all, anxiety
5. when did it all start? can you connect it to any past event or disease? diarrhea on and off since early 20's, fatigue started after doing event work with incredibly long hours and hard work. believe adrenal exhaustion a componenet of the problem as it occurs after i do too much or get too stressed.
6. which time of the day you are worst? maybe morning for fatigue but not noticeably. diarrhea usually < after eating in morning, or on going to bed at night in past year or so
7. what are the things which aggravate your suffering and which are those which
ameliorate the same? rest, rest, rest until one day i'm better, nat mur 200c helps fatigue and depression.
8. do your think your sufferings have relation to any external stimuli (like, change of
place) or any internal biological changes in the body, like, menses (in females)? no
9. when do you feel better, during hot weather or cold weather, humid or dry weather? not sure, maybe worse cold
10. describe your general mental set up? are you moody, arrogant, mild, agreeable. maybe arrogant, intellectual, worrier, can be very social or very withdrawn, hard worker, leader, arguementative
changeable, nervous, suspicious, easily offended, quiet, arguing, irritating, lazy etc.
- how do you feel before or during a thunderstorm? no issues there
- do you like being consoled during your tough times?
i avoid people
- are you sensitive to external stimuli like smell, noise, light etc? no
- do you have any typical habit or gesture like nail biting, causeless
weeping, talking to one self etc? i chew and pick at the cuticle around my nails till they bleed- how do you feel about your friends, family, your children and especially your
husband / wife? i miss and worry too much about my children and grandchildren. i like my friends but i pull away and don't communicate often when i'm down.
11. what are your fears and do you dream of any situation repeatedly? no
12. what do you crave for in food items and what are your aversions? i like salt, like rich foods, sometimes crave sweets, usually not very thirsty, but a big cold drink will cause diarrhea
13. how is your thirst: less, normal or excessive? less
14. how if your hunger: less, normal or excessive?normal to eat bit too much
15. is there any kind of food which your body can’t stand? no
16. is your sweat normal or less or more? where does it sweat more: head, trunk or
limbs? normal except wake up about 3am hot and sweaty
17. how is your bowel movement and stool type? varies from formed to diarrhea. even if formed many stools a day, sometimes with mucous. diarrhea brown, sometimes gushing, urgent, worse in morning, after breakfast, and more recently on going to bed at night
18. how well do you sleep? can easily have insomnia from stress and worry, waking up about 2-3am and not getting back to sleep until dawn, unless in deep cfs when sleep all night and nap all day. do you have a particular posture of sleeping? on my side
19. do you think you are able to satisfy your sexual desires in general? no real desires, no sex in my life
20. how do you think you are different from others, if at all? highly intelligent, capable of very hard work, applicaiton and self-sacrifice,
21. what medications have been taken earlier by you to treat the diseases and do you
have any particular symptom surfacing after the medication? nat mur 200c helps cfs to a point.
22. nature of work, what do you do for living? semi-retired. was in business for myself in natural medicine and events.
23. what major diseases are running in your family? none
24. describe, how do you look like? describe your overall appearance tall, slim build but bit overweight atm, dark blond hair (now almost white!),stiff lower back, some swollen joints in fingers
25. attached here your photographs of the affected area. (if required/optional)
26. (only for females)
please answer the following questions:
(please give details of your past menstruation if you have attained menopause.)
- are the periods early, regular or late in general? were usually regular or late
how long do they last?
4-6 days
- do you suffer from any kind of physical or mental discomfort before, during or after
the periods?
mooodiness and crankiness- is the flow scanty, normal or excessive?
normal- is the blood thick bright red or pale watery?
thick, red- do you notice any clots in the flow? no
27. any special points you feel necessary to mention
 
Lovelee 7 years ago
Please have a look at below questions and answer those which have been left in above questionnaire. Thanks

1. Describe your appearance & age (example answer: I am a 30 yr old male, stick thin or I am big for my size and overweight I have not always been like this I grew fat after……)

2. What are the symptoms of your health problem (Constipation, Swollen & painful joints of elbow, knees and wrists…)

3. How & when did this problem begin (it began 3 years back when I was very tense due to a divorce….)

4. What makes the problem better or worse (Constipation gets worse when I eat rice, it gets better when I sleep a lot……. the swelling gets less when I sleep or eat meat, it gets more when I walk.)

5. How do you feel emotionally (I feel sad & depressed, thinking about suicide. Think about all bad things happened in the past. I like to be alone all the time. I hate being with people…..)

6. Describe your personality (I am a headstrong person, very suspicious of others, very strict about discipline…. OR I am a messy person, not interested in cleaning. Don’t bathe for many days…..)

7. What occupies your mind mostly (I do a lot of daydreaming, I think about romantic getaways all the time, I keep making plans for things and never do them ….)

8. How do you respond to consolation (I hate consolation…)

9. Do you want to stay alone or in company (I love company of people and never want to be alone….)

10. How is your sleep (I have great sleep, always wake up fresh…..)

11. Do you have any recurring dreams (I always dreams of big black snakes very regularly….)

12. What type of weather do you like and how it affects your complaints (I like dry & warm weather and hate winter. My complaints are better in damp weather…..)

13. Do you fight or flight (I never pick any fights, rather I stay silent and then think over it and get angry…..)

14. What are your fears (I am terrified of spiders, dogs, cats, closed spaces, heights……)

15. Do you normally feel hot or cold (I am usually hot and like winter more. I keep wearing light clothes in winter even……..)

16. What types of clothes you wear (tight, loose, around the neck.…)

17. What foods & taste you love & hate (I like fried foods and hate slimy foods. I like sweets more than anything else. I hate meat, love chicken. I like to eat chalk….)

18. How is your thirst (I am thirsty all the time and even after drinking ice cold water remain thirsty…)

19. Any coating on tongue (some white coating on edges only…)

20. Any skin problems (not now but all my life I had eczema on my arms for which I used allopathic creams….)

21. Any problems with respiration (nose, chest, throat) ( I snore a lot when sleeping and sleep with open mouth….)

22. Any problems with stool/urine (I have severe constipation and the stool is always like balls…)

23. Any sexual problems (I have no interest in it. I have pain in testicles. I have late periods always and are painful, a lot of clotting, with a lot of backache….)
 
fitness 7 years ago
I'm sorry I missed these:

1. Describe your appearance & age (example answer: I am a 30 yr old male, stick thin or I am big for my size and overweight I have not always been like this I grew fat after……) I'm a 58 yr old tall white woman, Dutch background so strong build, mostly been normal weight but carry 15-20 extra pounds now and then. I do now.

2. What are the symptoms of your health problem (Constipation, Swollen & painful joints of elbow, knees and wrists…) I have bouts of fatigue and depression (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - CFS), when bad they come with deep chills. I don't want to see or speak to anyone, I don't have energy or motivation to do anything, I feel overwhelmed by the tasks in front of me, I feel I simply have to wait for the bout to end to begin my life again. I used to sleep long hours, and also nap frequently during the day, when this was very bad. In recent years I would often not being able to sleep after my first sleep of the night, waking up at 1am, or 2am or 3am and not getting back to sleep until dawn, often waking at same time every night. In this latest bout I have reverted to sleeping long nights and still napping during day. I am also plagued with periods of diarrhea which I've had on and off for most of my adult life. It is mostly painless altho lately I can get some slight pinchy crampy pain in abdomen before a stool. Brown, watery, sometimes slimy, sometimes huge gushes like anus completely open,sometimes undigested food eaten an hour or less ago, icey drinks can brng it on, usually first stool loose after first eating in morning, and then 3 or 4 more loose stools in morning, but sometimes diarrhea as soon as lie down at night and then up and down up to 6 or 7 times which is horrible as I get very chilled, have accidents in bed, etc.

3. How & when did this problem begin (it began 3 years back when I was very tense due to a divorce….) The fatigue and depression began about 25 years ago when I was working in major events and running my own organisation and working for up to 12 weeks, 20 hours a day, 7 days a week. At the end of this very hard work I would crash like this for weeks and even months at a time, putting off preparing for the next event to the last minute. Once I started on a new challenge, I would get a new flow of energy to keep me going, most of the time, but as the years went on I sometimes fell apart in uncontrollable tears and inability to do anything before the event was over. I prayed to stop this work but I had created a very good organisation that helped people and didn't know how to stop helping people. I remember praying that I'd get sick so I could stop, and then I got a malignant tumour in anus caused by wart virus which I had as teenager, which is gone now (treated with chemo and radiation). I took Thuya 200 and Carcinosin 200 during malignant tumour in anus caused by wart virus treatment and I wonder if Carcinosin might be particulary helpful in my case now, as I recently took a course of Carc and didn’t have these bouts of CFS for many months, even with some big stresses and efforts that would normally cause me to crash. I am afraid to keep taking the wrong homeopathy and make things worse. In recent years bouts brought on by wearing myself out eg long drives and stresses of seeing my children and their problems (daughter sexually assaulted, son an addict, etc).

4. What makes the problem better or worse (Constipation gets worse when I eat rice, it gets better when I sleep a lot……. the swelling gets less when I sleep or eat meat, it gets more when I walk.) Diarrhea worse stress, cold icey drinks. Diarrhea most of the time, but occiasionaly formed stools but still freqent and sometimes passing blobs of mucous. As I have muscles in rectum damaged by bad tear in childbirth and repeated unsuccessful operations to fix it, and more recently, radiation, I have very poor bowel control so this diarrhea is very hard for me. Sometimes I just pass brownish mucous blobs. I can go for periods with formed small stools but i still usually go a few times a day. My CFS bouts come after too much stress with my family and work, and/or feeling overwhelmed by the tasks I in front of me, which are sometimes understandably overwhelming as I live alone on a small property and try to maintain it myself without much money or support. Often Nat Mur helps CFS, and taking St Johns Wort, but other than that I just rest and wait until bout goes, which can take from a few days to many weeks. My stress used to be work but now it is my children and their problems and maybe my guilt and helplessness as I live quite far away as the only house I could finally afford to buy for myself was far from where they live. Sometimes just the strain of the drive there will drop me into CFS. Or feeling behind in maintaining my property, or working under pressure in my little job here. But usually it’s a period of prolonged stress that brings it on, most recently having my son and his problems here for many weeks and I become frantic and work too hard trying to do everything and fix everything for everyone. When very bad I have difficulty in getting warm, even with plenty of clothes and blankets, and must have hot showers or baths, or use electric blanket.

5. How do you feel emotionally (I feel sad & depressed, thinking about suicide. Think about all bad things happened in the past. I like to be alone all the time. I hate being with people…..) I feel depressed, hopeless, overwhelmed, I want to be alone, I don't want to see anyone or talk to anyone, I am ashamed to let anyone see my house which I let get into a mess, I struggle to do the tiniest tasks, I berate myself, I feel lazy, I dont' bathe or get out of my pyjamas. I cry at sad movies. I want to be alone to cry but can cry so my kids hear me - maybe craving their understanding. In recent years we’ve had some major family crises (death of my daughterinlaw, daughter’s assault and illness, son’s addiction, etc) and I’ve worked incredibly hard to help the family, bringing them all together and cleaning and cooking etc, not sleeping, giving ,giving, giving, almost frantic in my efforts, but then I crash.

6. Describe your personality (I am a headstrong person, very suspicious of others, very strict about discipline…. OR I am a messy person, not interested in cleaning. Don’t bathe for many days…..)
I am an intelligent, thinking person, always wanted to save the world, I can be fun and the life of the party or very withdrawn, I am highly capable or able to do nothing, I am a leader but can also lose myself in trying to fit in, I love ideas and philosophy, I like to be the boss. I enjoy most of all rising to a challenge and I will say about myself that if I see a small hill of challenge in front of me and it sparks my imagination, I will grow it into a mountain and then climb it - I love to acheive something great.
7. What occupies your mind mostly (I do a lot of daydreaming, I think about romantic getaways all the time, I keep making plans for things and never do them ….)
I read a lot and enjoy good fiction but I avoid anything too negative, violent, dark or disturbing as it really bothers me. I do make lots of plans for my property, research on the net, but often don't have the energy to carry through, I have always had difficulty in sustained disciplined application to a task once the big challenge is gone, I enjoy my garden but look after it in fits and starts.
8. How do you respond to consolation (I hate consolation…) Sometimes I try to explain to my daughter how i feel and she is my main support but mostly I feel guilty and like I should try harder to snap out of it. I mostly don't want to talk to anyone and act like I don't want any consolation, but I wish my sons would understand that I am in serious difficulty with this as I think they hear self-pity in my voice sometimes and don't understand why. I am very hard on myself.
9. Do you want to stay alone or in company (I love company of people and never want to be alone….) When I'm happy I love people and enjoy socialising and can be the life of the party. When I'm down in CFS I avoid people completely. I want to be alone to cry.

10. How is your sleep (I have great sleep, always wake up fresh…..) Variable. In the last 5 or 6 years, since malignant tumour in anus caused by wart virus, moving here alone and some big worries about my children and my health, I have woken up at 2-3 am and not been able to sleep anymore or sometimes falling asleep again near dawn. When CFS at worst over last 25 years, I would sleep almost round the clock, all through night and napping through day. This latest bout I am in now has been like that.
11. Do you have any recurring dreams (I always dreams of big black snakes very regularly….)
Not really. I rarely remember my dreams.
12. What type of weather do you like and how it affects your complaints (I like dry & warm weather and hate winter. My complaints are better in damp weather…..) I like all weather. Love storms.
13. Do you fight or flight (I never pick any fights, rather I stay silent and then think over it and get angry…..) I like a good verbal fight or discussion and can be outspoken. I tend to argue in writing rather than confront people but can confront them too. I avoid confronting my sons which has been a problem in my life.

14. What are your fears (I am terrified of spiders, dogs, cats, closed spaces, heights……) Not a fearful person generally, but have a fear of heights in the last 20 years, which is controllable when I'm well, but if i'm too stressed and my nervous system is worn out I find it very difficult to drive over bridges.

15. Do you normally feel hot or cold (I am usually hot and like winter more. I keep wearing light clothes in winter even……..) I feel the cold and always try to dress warmly, especially get cold feet, can find it very difficult to get warm if I get chilled.

16. What types of clothes you wear (tight, loose, around the neck.…)
Looser clothes but ok to wear turtlenecks around neck. I dont' take much care of my appearance. Have a sore bunion on left foot so shoes must be comfortable. (also have arthritis and stiffness and swollen joints in fingers)
17. What foods & taste you love & hate (I like fried foods and hate slimy foods. I like sweets more than anything else. I hate meat, love chicken. I like to eat chalk….) I like most foods. I enjoy savoury and salty foods (cheese and crackers, spicy foods, cooked foods) the most but get sweet cravings after a meal. I prefer warm foods mostly but can enjoy a salad too. I don't mind fatty foods. I like salt.

18. How is your thirst (I am thirsty all the time and even after drinking ice cold water remain thirsty…) I dont' drink enough, and am rarely thirsty, except in evening when I crave a wine or two but often try to replace it with a fizzy non-alcoholic drink.

19. Any coating on tongue (some white coating on edges only…) My tongue varies from thick white coating at back to now it is slight whitish coating all over, with small furrow in centre, and slight indentations of teeth around edges.

20. Any skin problems (not now but all my life I had eczema on my arms for which I used allopathic creams….) In last 10-15 years I've developed flat, dry, round flaky spots on skin, some are brown, mostly on arms, hands, chest. They are usually the size of a pea or less, but I have had one bigger one, and I had one that grew like a wart into quite a lump on my chest which I got rid of by covering with Thuja cream and bandaid. Some small brownish discoloured patches (not flakey or circumscribed like others) on face as well. None of these itch.

21. Any problems with respiration (nose, chest, throat) ( I snore a lot when sleeping and sleep with open mouth….) I usually wake up with a blocked nose and some mucous to get rid of in nose. Mucous is usually clear like egg white to white. I blow my nose often during the day. I have boxes of tissues around the house and in the car. I have had bouts of very bad sinus with thick yellow/green mucous and polyps in the past.


22. Any problems with stool/urine (I have severe constipation and the stool is always like balls…) Bowels already explained. I can loose some urine on arising if need to go urgently. Very occaisionally have needed to go and had uncontrollable flood of urine before getting to toilet.

23. Any sexual problems (I have no interest in it. I have pain in testicles. I have late periods always and are painful, a lot of clotting, with a lot of backache….) Little interest in sex most of life except my 40's when I had some wild times. Did crave physical closeness however. Haven't had partner for many years. Periods stopped about 10 years ago. Were never a big problem except when teenager when heavy.
 
Lovelee 7 years ago

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Zady101 7 years ago
Please have a single dose of Arsenicum Album 200c. Just one dose, not daily.

One dose is one pill.

Report back with any changes observed.
 
fitness 7 years ago

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