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Help - preteen growth spurt with increased anxiety

Hello, I have a 11 year old daughter who is also a gymnast. She has gone through a very big growth spurt the past year (4+ inches) and her confidence has suffered. She began having issues with tumbling backwards stating she was afraid and just couldn't go. She's had a few panic attacks during or after practices. Her confidence has taken a nosedive and she has been weepy and depressed. Skills that were so easy now create fear. She's afraid of falling, she's afraid to use her power, she's embarrassed that she cannot attempt skills that rationally she knows are easy for her. Her lack of confidence is so disheartening. I have purchased Argentum nitricum 30c but realized I have no idea if that's the correct treatment. I tried the remedy software but get a different result every time I do it. Any help or guidance is appreciated!
  vincavine on 2014-08-24
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Patient ID: Sex: Age: Nature of work: Habits:

Please answer the following questions in a descriptive manner after careful analysis and recollection of previous experience and happenings.

1. Describe your main suffering? State the correct location.

2. What other physical sufferings do you have in your body?

3. What mental sufferings / feelings do you have associated with your physical sufferings?

4. What exactly do you feel when you are at your worst? Describe the sensation in your own words.

5. When did it all start? Can you connect it to any past event or disease?

6. Which time of the day you are worst?

7. What are the things that aggravate your suffering and those that ameliorate the same? Example: time, temperature, pressure, rubbing, washing, eating, tight clothing etc.

8. Do you 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)?

9. When do you feel better, during hot weather or cold weather, humid or dry weather?

10. Describe your general mental set up? Are you Moody, Arrogant, Mild, Agreeable Changeable, Nervous, Suspicious, Easily offended, Quiet, Arguing, Irritating, Lazy etc.

- How do you feel before or during a thunderstorm?
- Do you like being consoled during your tough times?
- Are you sensitive to external stimuli like smell, noise, light etc?
- Do you have any typical habit or gesture like nail biting, causeless
Weeping, talking to one self etc?
- How do you feel about your friends, family, your children and especially your husband / wife?

11. What are your fears and do you dream of any situation repeatedly?

12. What do you crave in food items and what are your aversions?

13. How is your thirst: Less, Normal or Excessive?

14. How is your hunger: Less, Normal or Excessive?

15. Is there any kind of food which your body can’t stand?

16. Is your sweat normal or less or more? Where does it sweat more: Head, Trunk or Limbs?

17. How is your bowel movement and stool type?

18. How well do you sleep? Do you have a particular posture of sleeping?

19. Do you think you are able to satisfy your sexual desires in general?

20. Do you have any strange, peculiar or unusual symptom or feelings? How are you different from others?

21. What medications have been taken earlier by you to treat the diseases and do you have any particular symptom surfacing after the medication?

22. What major diseases are running in your family?

23. Describe, how do you look like? Describe your overall appearance.

(For Females)
24. If your menstrual cycles are not normal, please describe the irregularities, like pains, moods, flow type, clots etc.

25. What major diseases have you had in your life and when. Please write them in a chronological manner.
rishimba 8 years ago
Thank you so much for your response!

1. Main suffering: Emotional; anxiety, fearful, lacking confidence, depressed about not being 'her old self' Physical; does not feel comfortable tumbling backwards anymore, stomach gets upset when anxious, hands get clammy, body becomes hyper aware and nervous of people around her

2. Other physical sufferings are pretty much not existent except as stated above only while at practice

3. Mental sufferings - see #1

4. Exact feelings when at worst - panicked she can get hurt, feels everyone is looking at her, tries to say 'just go for it' but when goes for the pass she will balk then be ashamed and embarrased. Fearful of getting hurt in the skill or if she balks in the middle of the skill and she ends up stopping. Hands get sweaty, stomach starts hurting and the panic begins to build because she hates feeling like a failure.

5. It started one day at practice a week after she didn't throw her skill at a meet. She got to the practice and just could not go backwards in her tumbling. She began to cry and ended up vomiting with a full blown panic attack on the gym floor in front of everyone.

6. Only at practices

7. Aggravated suffering under the watchful eyes of others, If feeling any pressure her inability to throw backwards skills get worse

8. As her mother I believe the suffering may have started from a growth spurt. She grew 4+ inches in 6 months

9. She feels better when she is relaxed. When she is outside just playing around she can tumble a bit. Not like her old self but can do some backwards skills.

10. She can definitely be moody like most preteen girls. She is a very hard worker and physically very strong. But she is very stubborn and independent, she is more selfish and less empathetic than I would like. She hates to be corrected. When she's happy though, she can be sweet and like to cuddle.
Thunderstorm - she's fine, turns up radio and lets it pass

Consoled - when she's upset she panics then lets you 'talk her down' and calm her

Not very sensitive to smell, noise, etc.

Habits - can cross hands across her stomach when nervous, upset. She is very easy to cry if embarrassed

Friends - loves her friends but is definitely the 'leader' and unfortunately a more selfish friend then I would like

11. Fears - she has always been afraid if scary movies, commercials etc and would have bad dreams if she them. Not fearful of other everyday things but when it comes to the tumbling her fears have become irrational and she knows it. She will look behind herself 5-10 times before she attempts a backward skill, as if something or someone will appear through the mat. She fears getting hurt if she balks on a skill in mid air so she ends up not doing anything. If she dreams about tumbling she is always successful in her dreams.

12. Food - usually cold foods like water melon, cucumbers, ice cream or cereal and cold milk. She has aversions to tomatoes and peppers but will try most other things

13. I feel her thirst is less then normal. I am always telling her to drink more water but she doesn't like the taste of water so she'll drink flavored water or lemonade

14. Her hunger is normal but can be excessive depending on how much she is working out and in the gym

15. Food her body can't stand - not that I can think of except raw tomatoes but likes ketchup and sauce

16. She sweats WAY more then her peers and it's all out of head. Her entire head and hair can be soaked.

17. Bowel movement is a normal but can be have episodic bouts of constipation. Stool is usually harder and more 'pebble-like'

18. She sleeps very well that I know of and falls asleep quickly. I usually find her on her stomach covered in blankets sweating her head off

19. N/A

20. She has told me she feels weird because she recognizes with her rational brain that she can do all these skills. She still feels she's 'better' than some of her peers but then remembers that they tumble and she 'can't' anymore and gets upset. She said she feels like her old self is still there but then she remembers she's not acting like her old self and gets sad and weepy.

21. I had started giving her Fish Oil and L-Theanine along with Phosphatidylserine but have stopped. I thought I saw improvement but it was short-lived so I stopped all supplements till I bought Argentum nitricum 30c and Gelsemium sempervirens 6c 3 days ago.

22. No diseases currently but her maternal grandma and paternal great grandma both had breast cncr

23. She looks very pretty, strong but thin and muscular, brunette with hazel eyes and olive skin.

24. No menses yet but has started 'budding' breast tissue

25. She was bottle fed and had kidney reflux as a child. She took sulphur drugs for over a year for the kidney reflux then she grew out of it and we stopped around her 3rd birthday. She has had horrible sinus issues and allergies but has been treated with bioset and Naet and is much better. We use holistic sinus spray or natural enzymes to combat any allergens now.

Again, this is so much information and I truly thank you for any input or help! So kind and generous of you.
[message edited by vincavine on Sun, 24 Aug 2014 23:41:41 BST]
vincavine 8 years ago
Anyone? Please...
vincavine 8 years ago
Please wait...I will respond to you.
rishimba 8 years ago
What is the smell of her sweat like...especially sweat on her head?

Did you ever observe her chewing on indigestible items like wood, soil or chalk when she was young?

When does she feel better? In warm or cool weather?

How is her energy level in general? Is she quite active apart from the time she has to do the gymnastics?
[message edited by rishimba on Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:20:10 BST]
rishimba 8 years ago
That's funny that you ask, I always tell her that her sweat smells sweet from her head!

She never chewed on anything out of the ordinary as a child, but she does have a habit of chewing on ice now. Sometimes she fills a cup of ice before bed and just eats it before she falls asleep.

When does she feel better, and warm or cool weather?? That's a bit difficult to answer...she loves summer but can sweat easily and likes to stay cool. In winter she bundles up to get warm but ends up sweating so much she takes layers off as she sleeps.

She has a good level of energy most always. She spends a lot of time in the gym, 10 to 15 hours a week, plus works on her skills at home... I always assumed that's why she can fall asleep so fast! Her body has to be tired.

I hope my answers helps, thank you again so much.
vincavine 8 years ago
Give her one dose of PULSATILLA 1M and observe changes for the next 10 days.

This remedy is to be taken on one day only.

One dose would be 3 drops of remedy mixed with some 5 ml of water sipped up in clean mouth and empty stomach.

Give her the dose first thing in the morning and ask her to go back to sleep for another one or two hours.

Once a response is seen on the mental and physical level, you need to take notes and share with me after 10 days here. Based on your response we will decide when to repeat the dose.
rishimba 8 years ago
I thank you kindly for your help and response. I can only purchase Pulsatilla in 30c or 200ck locally. Or I can order the 1M and wait for delivery? Please advise if the 30c or 200ck can be taken somehow or if I must purchase the 1M.

Again, I thank you for your help.
[message edited by vincavine on Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:53:39 BST]
vincavine 8 years ago
Just wanted to let you know I did order the pulsatilla 1m and it will arrive in 3 days or so. Is it ok if I give her bachs's Larch or gelsemium 6c before she goes to her gym practice?
vincavine 8 years ago
You can also start with 200C potency but I don't feel this potency will create long lasting change in the mental level.

She may have to take 1M or even higher in the long run.

If you want to try out other low potency remedies, you can. However, when you start pulsatilla, you should not give any further dose of any other remedy for 10 days.
[message edited by rishimba on Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:42:00 BST]
rishimba 8 years ago
Rishimba- the remedy arrived but it is not in liquid form...they are pellets made by boiron. How do you advise I give her the dose?

Thank you again for your continued and cherished guidance.
[message edited by vincavine on Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:19:47 BST]
vincavine 8 years ago
One dose would be 3 pellets chewed under the tongue. Let the pellets dissolve and get absorbed by themselves. She should not bite or swallow the pellets.

Give her the dose first thing in the morning and let her sleep for another hour.
rishimba 8 years ago
I gave her the dose exactly as instructed. It has only been 7 days since she had her dose but wanted to touch base with you. I didn't really see too much change in her except the night after she received her dose she had a bout of insomnia. She was a little more emotional and dramatic then usual for a few days but that's kind of expected from preteen girls. She was doing well with her tumbling in the yard and hasn't complained much about her growing aches and pains until last night. It appears she can tumble better at home in a relaxed atmosphere but tenses up in the gym and lacks confidence. She complains about her joints hurting her but I'm thinking that maybe more of an excuse because she's embarrassed. Just wondering if we could or should dose again? Her allergies have started acting up a bit the past two days as well.

Thank you again for your time!
[message edited by vincavine on Fri, 05 Sep 2014 16:08:04 BST]
vincavine 8 years ago
It seems Pulsatilla did create a response in her. Initial aggravation probably caused insomnia and some bouts of emotions and then things started improving.

How is her thirst now? Has it improved?

If not, you can give another dose and wait for a week.
rishimba 8 years ago

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