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Severe Anxiety and spikes in blood pressure

Hello, I need help with my husband's condition. He is 52 years old, had post traumatic stress disorder that became a bad case of anxiety about 3 years ago. I don't want him to take OTC medication and use homeopathy instead. His symptoms begin randomly, he becomes red in face, racing mind, dizziness, sometimes severe, then his blood pressure goes from 116/70 to 165/105 and is hard to bring down, he starts shaking and his fingers get super cold . He thinks something happened to his brain but we did all sorts of tests and he is healthy.He says that it feels like he sees world through a thin smoke. Can you please recommend a good homeopathic remedy for him? Let me know if you have any questions. Thank you in advance.
 
  maryasha on 2015-01-12
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
This sounds like the kind of case I deal with in clinic.

Is he willing to fill out a detailed questionnaire so that I can try and find a deep-acting medicine for him?
 
Evocationer 4 years ago
of course! Can you forward me the questionnaire? Thank you so much for quick response. We can use all the help we can get.
 
maryasha 4 years ago
CASE PRESENTATION FOR CLASSICAL HOMOEOPATHIC PRESCRIBING

General Guidelines:

1. Try to be as descriptive as possible. When describing pains or sensations use descriptions along the lines of ‘feels as if someone is squeezing it with their hand’ or ‘it is like an insect crawling around inside’ or ‘it is as if someone is standing over me threatening to kill me’. Long descriptions are always better than short ones. One word answers are difficult to use successfully.

2. Another important part of symptom description for homoeopathy are the ‘modalities’. These are situations, events, activities or conditions which modify the symptom in some way. We usually refer to this as what makes them ‘better’ or ‘worse’ (amelioration/aggravation). The situation may actually provoke the symptom into appearing, make it vanish altogether, or just increase or decrease it in some way. Modalities are vital information for prescribing.

Modalities are typically related to (but not exclusively) the following situations:

A. Temperature, weather
B. Time (day, night, specific times, frequency, periodicity, season)
C. Position, activity
D. Emotions, thoughts
E. Food and drink
F. Drugs, medication

3. How the symptom is perceived is important too – odour, appearance, sound, touch. What colour is it, what is its texture? For gestures, describe what it looks like the patient is doing, or what you feel you are doing while making the movement eg. ‘they look like they are swatting flies’ or ‘I feel like something is pushing my hand upwards’ or ‘it is like I stick a fork in an electrical outlet which throws my body backwards’. Description – it is key to accurate prescriptions.

4. When did the symptom or set of symptoms start? The apparent cause can be useful in determining the remedy, although it is not of the same importance as the previous factors. It may have been a specific event, a disease, an accident or even an emotional experience.

5. Use your own words. Do not copy phrases or descriptions found in our various remedy pictures. Try not to use other people’s ideas or thoughts or words. If you are reporting on behalf of someone else, report their exact words, however you can also report your own observations of them (not opinions).

6. Does the symptom occur alongside another specific symptom? Do particular symptoms only occur together? Does a particular symptom occur with a particular thought or emotion? For example, a headache that always comes with visual disturbances, or stomach pain that appears alongside anger, or anxiety that makes you feel like running down the street screaming.

7. Each complaint should be described fully before going on to describe another complaint. Try not to mix different symptoms or complaints together. Each modifying feature must be clearly attached to a particular symptom/set of symptoms. Any mistake you make here is a mistake the homoeopath will also then make.



BEFORE MOVING ON TO THE NEXT SET OF QUESTIONS, DO THIS NOW FOR EACH PHYSICAL PROBLEM YOU HAV
 
Evocationer 4 years ago
MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL DESCRIPTION



(Please spend the most time on this section and give DETAILED answers - the homoeopathic remedy is very often decided on the basis of the mental and emotional state of the patient !)


1. What are the issues in your life that bother you the most. Not physical issues but mental or emotional ones. List each one separately and describe why each one bothers you so much.

2. What emotions are the most troublesome for you? What situations provoke these emotions. How do these emotions make you act? Do you feel any ill effects from expressing or not expressing these emotions.

3. What incidents in your life have had a deep impact on you? Describe each incident in detail and how they made you feel? What did you do in those situations? What effect have they had on your life?

4. What are you afraid of? Especially important are phobias, but it might be objects, situations or events that just produce a high level of anxiety. How do you manage your fears? How do you react when confronted with these fears? What would be the worst situation for you to be put in that would provoke these fears? You may need to talk about each fear/anxiety separately.

5. What hobbies do you have? Why do you like each of these activities?

6. Do you have any persistent thoughts, ideas or beliefs that are difficult to stop or cope with? What are they?

7. Do you have any unusual gestures or movements of the body? Do you feel any unusual sensation or pain throughout your body? What exactly does it feel like is happening in your body?

8. When you experience your fears, persistent thoughts, or difficult emotions, what kind of sensation or reactions do you get in your body?

9. When did you feel at your best in your life? What was that like for you? If you imagine the complete opposite of this feeling or moment, what would that be like?

10. Do you feel like you are stuck in a pattern of behavior, especially when trying to deal with your problems? What is this pattern? THIS IS AN IMPORTANT QUESTION PLEASE CONSIDER CAREFULLY AND GIVE DETAILS.

11. What difficulties or problems do you have in relationships? Talk about your family, your romantic relationships, your spouse or partner, your friends, and your work colleagues. You may need to talk about all of these separately.

12. List 5 positive things about yourself. Are there any situations where this positive attribute becomes negative (is a problem)?

13. List 5 negative things about yourself. Are there any situations where this negative attribute becomes positive (is useful)?

14. Do you have any reoccurring dreams? Describe them in detail, including any feelings that come while dreaming. Dreams are very important in unlocking the deepest truth of a patient’s case, but it is not enough to simply describe them in a sentence. Give as much information as you feel comfortable doing.

15. Did you have any reoccurring dreams as a child, or earlier in your life? Describe those in detail including any feelings that came with them.

16. What were you like as a child, your character, your personality, your fears, your dreams, your problems?

17. What kind of environment did you grow up in? What problems where there at home, with your family, with your parents, with your siblings, with school?
 
Evocationer 4 years ago
GENERAL SYMPTOMS

(Symptoms that don’t fit anywhere else, but are things that tend to affect all of you as a person, but are not emotions or thoughts)

1. Sleep - what position do you tend to sleep in?
- what position can you not sleep in?
- do you do anything unusual in your sleep?
- any problems with going to sleep, staying asleep, or waking up?

2. Appetite - What foods do you crave/desire strongly?
- What foods do you hate eating (have an aversion to)?
- What foods have a negative effect on you or cause symptoms?
- What foods have a positive effect on you or seem to improve your health or symptoms in some way?

- What is the effect of hunger or fasting on you?

3. Thirst - What drinks do you crave/desire strongly?
- What drinks do you hate to take (are averse to)?
- When are you most thirsty?
- When are you least thirsty?

4. Stool - Do you have any problems with your bowels or passing stool?
- What is the shape, color, odor of the stool?

5. Urine - Do you have any trouble passing or retaining urine?
- What is the color, odor of the urine?
- Do you have any sediment or debris in the urine?

6. Sweat - How do you feel about the amount of perspiration you have?
- Where do you have the most sweat?
- What is the odor?
- What color does it stain clothing?
- Does anything in particular cause you to sweat abnormally?

7. Sexuality - Any problems with your sexual desire?
- Any problems with your sexual ability or function?
- Any history of sexually transmitted diseases?

8. Menses (Women)
- How many days is your cycle?
- How many days does the flow go for?
- What is the appearance of the flow?
- What is the odor of the flow?
- What kind of stain does the flow leave?
- Any discharge before, during or after?
- Any pain before, during or after the flow?
- What symptoms come before the flow?
- What symptoms come after the flow?

9. Environment – How does the weather affect you?
- How does the temperature affect you?
- How does the season affect you?
- What physical activities affect you?
- Is there anything else in the environment you are sensitive to?

10. Anything else you feel is important that hasn’t been covered by previous questions?
 
Evocationer 4 years ago
thank you - my husband will fill it out and send it to your email - not sure how to post answers to a questionnaire on this website. Hope it's OK. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
 
maryasha 4 years ago
Copy the questions into a new post, and write the answers in-between each question. That is probably the simplest way.
 
Evocationer 4 years ago
Thank you, i filled out the form the best I could. i also sent you an email just in case you can't read this post. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!


General Guidelines:

1. Try to be as descriptive as possible. When describing pains or sensations use descriptions along the lines of ‘feels as if someone is squeezing it with their hand’ or ‘it is like an insect crawling around inside’ or ‘it is as if someone is standing over me threatening to kill me’. Long descriptions are always better than short ones. One word answers are difficult to use successfully.

It all started with stress at the job mixed with anger and desperation. Even wrong turn when driving my car would make me excessively irritated with myself and and/or traffic light etc. I have noticed occasional, but persistent pin-point pain sensation in particular par of my head. 1-2 inches to the left from the top of the head. I have also started developing occasional "brain zaps", as if my brain was "checking out", or in "free fall". This condition was coming out of know-where, and lasted for split seconds. One day while at work, I felt as if my mind was uncontrollably "racing away", like me going crazy. I was overwhelmed with major panic, and assumed that I was about to pass out, or have a heart-attack. Heart was jumping out of my chest, and I was fighting an urge to drop my head down to my knees and hide from myself. Paramedics were called in, and I was rushed to Emergency room. After all blood work and Cat-Scans were done, my doctor diagnosed me with Panic Attacks and Anxiety problems. Ever since that day, roughly 5 years ago, I had been having these similar symptoms on and off.
I have been prescribed Clonozepam 0.5 ml, and I am taking it as needed.
Last two years, I seemed to be having my condition under control, and had no major attacks, other than occasional stress conditions that I have easily controlled by taking Clonozepam, Mother warp, or even Valerian Root. However, 3-4 months ago my condition reversed back to when it started: Mind racing, brain zaps accompanied by tension head aches and blood pressure going up to 160/110.
My doctor prescribed me Lisinopril 10mg to control blood pressure, but it does not seem to be helping much.



2. Another important part of symptom description for homoeopathy are the ‘modalities’. These are situations, events, activities or conditions which modify the symptom in some way. We usually refer to this as what makes them ‘better’ or ‘worse’ (amelioration/aggravation). The situation may actually provoke the symptom into appearing, make it vanish altogether, or just increase or decrease it in some way. Modalities are vital information for prescribing.

Modalities are typically related to (but not exclusively) the following situations:

A. Temperature, weather
Condition does not appear to be related to weather

B. Time (day, night, specific times, frequency, periodicity, season)
Could be any time of the day. Nights are worst.

C. Position, activity
Position is irrelevant. However, when active, or busy - symptoms are less severe

D. Emotions, thoughts
I seem to be developed dependence on my condition, and mentally always check, and try to follow my state of mind in fear to start having another attack

E. Food and drink
I can't complain about my appetite. Like meat, such as Persian food, spices...However, when having major anxiety attack, may lose appetite completely. But it always comes back afterwards. I do not consume much alcohol. I am a social drinker. But when having a party, may easily have 3-4 shots of tequila, or Scotch. From my observation, alcohol did not provoke more episodes than any stressful situation in general.
F. Drugs, medication
Do not do drugs. Do not smoke. The only prescription drugs that I use as needed are: Clonozepam 0.5 and Lisinopril 10ml.

3. How the symptom is perceived is important too – odour, appearance, sound, touch. What colour is it, what is its texture? For gestures, describe what it looks like the patient is doing, or what you feel you are doing while making the movement eg. ‘they look like they are swatting flies’ or ‘I feel like something is pushing my hand upwards’ or ‘it is like I stick a fork in an electrical outlet which throws my body backwards’. Description – it is key to accurate prescriptions.
Most severe episodes are always a combination of mind race, brain zaps and brain "fee fall". Scary sensation of losing my mind. Blood pressure goes up to 160/100. May develop uncontrollable shiver, as if standing naked in the cold. Fighting urge to pace around the house. Face hot flushes are common too. Tension headache.
World around me looks "dull" and like thru the fish bowl. I am losing focus, and may use extra concentration, for instance, to find right drawer for a fork, or knife.
Streets that I had been driving for years, all of sudden may become hard to remember, or rather may require extra effort to recognize. Dizziness is common too, mostly in upright position, or when walking. I am getting "sloppy" in my actions. Say, may have hard time to think about basic daily routine. More I am trying to focus, more anxious I get.
Very often I can feel "tingly", goose-bump sensation in different parts of my head skin (scull area). Even rubbing my hair may feel like hair roots are
effected too.

4. When did the symptom or set of symptoms start? The apparent cause can be useful in determining the remedy, although it is not of the same importance as the previous factors. It may have been a specific event, a disease, an accident or even an emotional experience.
Please read first paragraph that has most answers to this question. Self analysis tells me that it all has started with inability to control stress and anger.

5. Use your own words. Do not copy phrases or descriptions found in our various remedy pictures. Try not to use other people’s ideas or thoughts or words. If you are reporting on behalf of someone else, report their exact words, however you can also report your own observations of them (not opinions).
Even though my Anxiety/Panic condition has been diagnosed by several doctors, I still tend to be looking for some "hidden illness" that doctors "may have missed". After each episode, I need re-inconveniencing that what I am having is a form of anxiety, and say, not a terminal disease, or madness....


6. Does the symptom occur alongside another specific symptom? Do particular symptoms only occur together? Does a particular symptom occur with a particular thought or emotion? For example, a headache that always comes with visual disturbances, or stomach pain that appears alongside anger, or anxiety that makes you feel like running down the street screaming.

All symptoms described above, are typically coming together. Lately, most persistent conditions are "fish bowl" picture of the World around me, dizziness, heavy head, and "dull reception" of reality, "heavy thoughts".


7. Each complaint should be described fully before going on to describe another complaint. Try not to mix different symptoms or complaints together. Each modifying feature must be clearly attached to a particular symptom/set of symptoms. Any mistake you make here is a mistake the homoeopath will also then make.

Headache - always means high blood pressure
May have no obvious anxiety feeling, but brain zaps may occur
When panicky, or anxious may have fear to stay in bed, or fall asleep.
Occasional "mind turning" could be felt in my sleep. This wakes me up, and may develop into full scale anxiety attack.
Usually fall asleep well, but may wake up at 3am with mind racing, chasing thousand thoughts at one time.
Normally, anxiety dawns on me when alone, or driving a car.
Can be easily irritated by innocent question, or say, about dirty dish in the sink.







BEFORE MOVING ON TO THE NEXT SET OF QUESTIONS, DO THIS NOW FOR EACH PHYSICAL PROBLEM YOU HAV
MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL DESCRIPTION



(Please spend the most time on this section and give DETAILED answers - the homoeopathic remedy is very often decided on the basis of the mental and emotional state of the patient !)


1. What are the issues in your life that bother you the most. Not physical issues but mental or emotional ones. List each one separately and describe why each one bothers you so much.

Perfectionist. Being in Sales, always nervous about goals, and deadliness.
Things thrown around the house e.i. shoes, clothes.
Like things organized, and get easily anxious when things are not in place.
Tend to "over-think" things. Worry too much
May get emotional over lyrics in a song...borderline with crying.

2. What emotions are the most troublesome for you? What situations provoke these emotions. How do these emotions make you act? Do you feel any ill effects from expressing or not expressing these emotions.

Have a teenage son. I get very upset when he is talking back, or is not following my, or my wife's instructions . May scream, get angry. May feel guilty after that As result, later develop one of the symptoms described above, that ultimately would lead to anxiety condition at some point.
Sometimes worry about my health and my loved ones becomes overwhelming and persistent.
May for instance, feel discomfort in my stomach, and call to set up an appointment with gastroenterology doctor to ask to be tested for stomach exam.
More I am trying to conceal those worries and frustrations, worse it impacts me in the form of anxiety later.

3. What incidents in your life have had a deep impact on you? Describe each incident in detail and how they made you feel? What did you do in those situations? What
effect have they had on your life?

Military service in Ethiopia in war zone, when still living back in Russia. Immigration to US, and long road to stability and decent income.
Past regrets of immigration to US, feeling homesick.
Nearly separated with my wife 5-6 years ago. Took it real hard
In all situations above, except for military service, above said incidents resulted in emotional distress, break-down, sometimes tears.


4. What are you afraid of? Especially important are phobias, but it might be objects, situations or events that just produce a high level of anxiety. How do you manage your fears? How do you react when confronted with these fears? What would be the worst situation for you to be put in that would provoke these fears? You may need to talk about each fear/anxiety separately.

Staying alone for a long time may cause anxiety ( I am very social by nature).
Any domestic argument, or disobedience from kids, may later trigger anxiety.
Deadlines, and "pressure" at work may grow into major anxiety.
Scared of terminal illness most. At times, this fear becomes intense.

I have learnt to stop, or at least, minimize risk of panic attacks, simply understanding that anxiety is not a risk to my health, and it is not a "death situation"
Any life situation from being pulled over by police to car fender-bender may trigger excessive stress and anxiety later during the day.


5. What hobbies do you have? Why do you like each of these activities?

When feeling well, like picnics in the woods with family and friends. Goind to the ocean side.
Target shooting - is a hobby that clears my mind.

6. Do you have any persistent thoughts, ideas or beliefs that are difficult to stop or cope with? What are they?

As mentioned above, fear of terminal disease, and similar worries about loved ones.
Subconscious fear of me having some other condition other than anxiety that may have been overlooked by doctors.

7. Do you have any unusual gestures or movements of the body? Do you feel any unusual sensation or pain throughout your body? What exactly does it feel like is happening in your body?

Not very often, but may have an urge to stretch arm, or leg, neck from side to side.

8. When you experience your fears, persistent thoughts, or difficult emotions, what kind of sensation or reactions do you get in your body?
Face hot flushes, heavy head with tension headache, objects are seen on "subconscious level", or like thru thick glass, dizziness. May develop heart "butterflies", palpitations, with blood pressure going up to 160/110. In worst case along with above symptoms, may develop shiver, even if in bed under warm blanket, and panic attack with urge to move around the room just to stay in motion.

9. When did you feel at your best in your life? What was that like for you? If you imagine the complete opposite of this feeling or moment, what would that be like?

Time with friends and family on the beach, or hike trail. Camping and BBQing. Vacation trips to Mexico, or elsewhere, horseback riding, ATV tours thru deep forest, sightseeing. Love Mother nature!

10. Do you feel like you are stuck in a pattern of behavior, especially when trying to deal with your problems? What is this pattern? THIS IS AN IMPORTANT QUESTION PLEASE CONSIDER CAREFULLY AND GIVE DETAILS.

Yes... I AM ONLY 52. VERY DEPRESSING FEELING OF ME BEING STUCK WITH THIS CONDITION POSSIBLY FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE, SOMETIMES TAKES TOLL ON ME. FEELING HOPELESS TO SHAKE THIS MENTAL STRESS OFF MY SHOULDERS ON MY OWN AT TIMES GETS OVERWHELMING. CAN'T HELP THINKING OF MY CONDITION, ESPECIALLY, LIVING NOT KNOWING WHEN ANXIETY IS GOING TO STRIKE NEXT, AND HOW BAD IT WILL BE THIS TIME AROUND.

11. What difficulties or problems do you have in relationships? Talk about your family, your romantic relationships, your spouse or partner, your friends, and your work colleagues. You may need to talk about all of these separately.

Most people do not know my conditions, and the "demons" that I fight almost every day. In my business, as business development manager, I have no choice but hide my condition. When going through my episode at home, I am usually get very gloomy, and "shut myself down". My wife is trying not to bother me with anything that could potentially spike irritation and anger on my end. I am trying to control myself best I can, not to take it out on anybody, mostly my kids.
My work does not require me staying in the office much, except for Company meetings. Most of my interaction is with clients, that literately, pay my bills. Therefore, I have developed "defense mechanism" that shields my customers from my condition, and everybody knows me as a good, and sociable guy. None of my customers have even remote suspicion that I suffer from anxiety condition. However, longer I wear this "mask" on, more severe anxiety could be when nobody is watching.


12. List 5 positive things about yourself. Are there any situations where this positive attribute becomes negative (is a problem)?

I like to socialize, discuss things, politics etc. Enjoy good company. Often during heated discussions, I may start talking over others, or speak louder than usual.
Love family around me. Especially, kids. This is not always works well considering my anxiety condition. May tick off over my son's silly comment, or dog jumping on clean sheets.
Very hospitable. Like to invite friends over. May lay table all by myself, but get easily upset if my wife does not get equally involved.
Economical with money. Try to use money wisely. May "stretch" $100 pocket money for 2-3 weeks. My wife opposite - spender. Could be buying groceries every day without even checking what is left in refrigerator. This frequently causes heated arguments about the budget, and priorities. I may let her win, but rarely convinced.
Never hid money, or any sort of income from my family. My wife and I have joint accounts, except for my business expense account that I keep separate.


13. List 5 negative things about yourself. Are there any situations where this negative attribute becomes positive (is useful)?

Opinionated, but Intelligent debater. Usually, this helps me to make a point and educate my counterpart without hurting his/her feelings.
Way too much perfectionist. My wife is - opposite...more disorganized. This creates a good balance when things need to get cleaned, or placed where they belong.
Lousy handyman. Sounds silly, but this strengthens our marriage when it comes to deal with who to hire to do the job around the house. It is always a collective decision, but I usually, I let my wife win.
Have very little patience for arrogant, and/or disrespectful people. However, large circle of friends, makes those people "blend in" and become part of one group where all are having fun. This helps not to cross the line and ruin everybody's good time.



14. Do you have any reoccurring dreams? Describe them in detail, including any feelings that come while dreaming. Dreams are very important in unlocking the deepest truth of a patient’s case, but it is not enough to simply describe them in a sentence. Give as much information as you feel comfortable doing.

No particular reoccurring dreams. However, when going through an episode, may have "action dreams" that usually do not make sense, or when having trouble sleeping, sometimes it is hard to separate real dream from train of endless thoughts running through my head.

15. Did you have any reoccurring dreams as a child, or earlier in your life? Describe those in detail including any feelings that came with them.

Do not recall dreams as a child. However, occasionally reminisce of my childhood, and happy trouble-free past living with parents.

16. What were you like as a child, your character, your personality, your fears, your dreams, your problems?

Overall, happy and loved child, especially by mom. I was very well taken care of. No particular fears..not until my young and adult years when moving away from home. Military...College etc.

17. What kind of environment did you grow up in? What problems where there at home, with your family, with your parents, with your siblings, with school?

My mom, by nature, was much more social and giving than my dad. She read a lot, and had more common wisdom, and practical mind set than my dad. My dad on the other hand, was a hard worker, and had always been in love and faithful to my mom.
They were mostly fighting over my dad's occasionally being a "social misfit", more of a commoner as oppose to my mom who, like a magnet attracted people, and would make friends very easily.
I was born in ex-Soviet Republic of Georgia ( now independent state). Russians along with other ethnicities were a minority. I never spoke good Georgian, and often was picked on. After graduating high school at 17, I moved to Russia where my grown up life started, and I never moved back to parents' home after that. I have a sister, but she is 9 years younger than I am, and at the time when I lived in parents' home, we did not have very close relationship because of the age difference.
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Re: Severe Anxiety and spikes in blood pressure From Evocationer
on 2015-01-13
GENERAL SYMPTOMS

(Symptoms that don’t fit anywhere else, but are things that tend to affect all of you as a person, but are not emotions or thoughts)

1. Sleep - what position do you tend to sleep in?
- what position can you not sleep in?
- do you do anything unusual in your sleep?
- any problems with going to sleep, staying asleep, or waking up?

Usually I fall asleep on my right side.
It is harder for me to fall asleep on the left side
When having sleepless nigh due to my condition, I tend to turn and toss a lot.
Usually, I fall asleep well, but when episode occurs, or if I did not take Clonozapam, I may wake up in the middle of the night, and have hard time to fall back asleep after that.

2. Appetite - What foods do you crave/desire strongly?
- What foods do you hate eating (have an aversion to)?
- What foods have a negative effect on you or cause symptoms?
- What foods have a positive effect on you or seem to improve your health or symptoms in some way?

- What is the effect of hunger or fasting on you?

I love meats. Lamb especially. Enjoy Persian, Mediterranean, and Indian food.
Hate Vietnamese, Chinese dim sum. Not a big fan of Italian
Never analyzed what food has negative effect on me, or causes symptoms. My doctor said that spicy and salty meals may contribute to high blood pressure, but I ma not sure if it necessarily correlates to my symptoms and condition.
Fish and salads seem to be giving me "lighter" feeling, than heavier meals like lula-kabobs, or steak dinners.
I can't fast long. Tried in the past, and would not last more than 2-3 days.

3. Thirst - What drinks do you crave/desire strongly?
- What drinks do you hate to take (are averse to)?
- When are you most thirsty?
- When are you least thirsty?

I do not particularly crave any specific drink. Occasionally may desire coke, or strong black tea, but try to stay away from it as both contain caffeine that may contribute to my anxiety.
I hate Root beer, or any artificially flavored sodas from fast food fountain machines.
I am most thirsty after eating spicy food, or dehydrated next day after drinking alcohol
I am least thirsty during regular day. 1 bottle of water may easily get me trough the day without feeling thirsty.

4. Stool - Do you have any problems with your bowels or passing stool?
- What is the shape, color, odor of the stool?
It may vary from moderate constipation to normal bowl movement. However, I have noticed that during my anxiety episodes, I may develop diarrhea, or more loose stool oppose to when feeling well.
Nothing unusual. shape and color usually are consistent with what I ate and how much.

5. Urine - Do you have any trouble passing or retaining urine?
- What is the color, odor of the urine?
- Do you have any sediment or debris in the urine?

I do not have any trouble urinating or retaining urine. When I do not consume much liquids during the day, urine seems to be a little more darker compare to when I drank more water, or any other liquid.
I did not observe, or was ever told my my doctor that I have any excessive sediments, or debris in my urine.

6. Sweat - How do you feel about the amount of perspiration you have?
- Where do you have the most sweat?
- What is the odor?
- What color does it stain clothing?
- Does anything in particular cause you to sweat abnormally?

Nothing unusual about my perspiration. Winter time, my feet seem to be sweating a little more that usual and may have some smell too.
However, when I develop severe anxiety, or panic attack, my hands and feet sweat excessively to the point where they are become wet. This normally goes away when anxiety subsides.
Occasional odor and sweating in armpits, but nothing grossly abnormal.

7. Sexuality - Any problems with your sexual desire?
- Any problems with your sexual ability or function?
- Any history of sexually transmitted diseases?

My sexual desire has somewhat decreased ever since I had developed my condition. However, I can perform as sexual partner, and stay aroused without a problem during fore-play, or sexual intercourse.
Libido substantially declines during my anxiety episodes.
My urologist did not find abnormality with my testosterone levels either.
Have been diagnosed with herpes, but have very rare flare ups.

8. Menses (Women)
- How many days is your cycle?
- How many days does the flow go for?
- What is the appearance of the flow?
- What is the odor of the flow?
- What kind of stain does the flow leave?
- Any discharge before, during or after?
- Any pain before, during or after the flow?
- What symptoms come before the flow?
- What symptoms come after the flow?

Not applicable

9. Environment – How does the weather affect you?
- How does the temperature affect you?
- How does the season affect you?
- What physical activities affect you?
- Is there anything else in the environment you are sensitive to?

I am not sure if I ever analyzed that at this level.
However, during recent trip to the mountains to a ski resort I had a few anxiety episodes of anxiety with "blurry perception of surroundings", dizziness and headaches. Not sure if elevation directly relates to my condition, or it was just a coincidence.
Overall, I do not believe that seasons, physical activities or any particular environment directly contributes to my episodes, or make them better or worse.


10. Anything else you feel is important that hasn’t been covered by previous questions?

I believe I have described my condition best I could.
 
maryasha 4 years ago
Ok great. I will get to work on this as soon as possible.
 
Evocationer 4 years ago
Alright, I am putting this at the top of my list of cases. I should have a suggestion for you by tomorrow.
 
Evocationer 4 years ago
Thank you, looking forward to your reply
 
maryasha 4 years ago
Alright the remedy I would like to begin with here is Arsenicum album 200c. Can you obtain a liquid dose of this remedy (oral dosing liquid).

The picture of Arsenicum as it suits you:

Severe anxiety attacks, especially when associated with fears of disease or death
Anxiety worse when alone
Fear of disease, of fatal disease, asking to be constantly tested but suspicious of doctor's findings
Fastidious for order, tidiness, for things to be in their proper place
Anxiety that causes them to pace around, restlessly moving from room to room
Anxiety after midnight, waking at 3am
Fear they are losing their mind, going insane
Thoughts crowd and intrude
Thoughts are rapid and anxious
Hopeless despair about their condition
Fear of poverty, careful with money


If you instead have pillules or pellets, you will need a small bottle and a dropper to make your own liquid dose. Mix water and alcohol into this small bottle to the ratio of 5:1. Dissolve 3 pillules/pellets into this bottle. All doses will be made from this bottle.

If you already have a liquid dose just start from step 1.

1. Hit the bottle 5 times firmly against the palm of the hand

2. Place 3 drops into 100mls of clean fresh water

3. Stir very thoroughly

4. Take 2 teaspoons out into the mouth and hold for 20 seconds, then swallow.

This is one dose and the same steps should be taken for any further doses, unless I ask you to change them in some way.

If any old symptoms reappear, or any current symptoms worsen, this is a GOOD sign in most cases. DO NOT SUPPRESS them with other kinds of medication unless you are in real danger (which is a highly unlikely reaction to a remedy).

However, if you are on regular medication it is also important that you do NOT stop taking this. Once it is determined the medicine has acted beneficially, we can look at reducing such medication if safe to do so. Regular medication in this instance is NOT defined as other homoeopathic medicines which MUST be stopped.

You will only take a single dose to begin with, and let me know after 7 days what has happened (or earlier if anything interesting occurs).
[message edited by Evocationer on Wed, 21 Jan 2015 03:41:24 GMT]
 
Evocationer 4 years ago
Thank you so much! I will order the remedy and contact you 7 days after the 1st doze. I really appreciate your help!
 
maryasha 4 years ago
Hello, here is a follow up after a week - condition worsened a bit - cloudiness of mind, dizziness, typical anxiety symptoms. Trouble sleeping. This has been happening for an entire week. What should by next step be?
Thank you
 
maryasha 4 years ago
Long aggravation is often normal in cases of physical pathology (tissue changes). Whenever this happens on a remedy, we tend to suspect the presences of changes, even when orthodox tests cannot detect them. In this way, our medicines are actually more sensitive than current technology is.

Longer aggravations also happen when the patient's vitality is low, and the remedy has been a little strong for them.

Lastly, we have the oversensitive patients who always overreact.

Generally we need to alter dosage and possibly potency for future doses in all these cases. For the moment the best strategy is to wait and see what happens at the end of the aggravation.

Have any of these mental characteristics changed?

Severe anxiety attacks, especially when associated with fears of disease or death
Anxiety worse when alone
Fear of disease, of fatal disease, asking to be constantly tested but suspicious of doctor's findings
Fastidious for order, tidiness, for things to be in their proper place
Anxiety that causes them to pace around, restlessly moving from room to room
Anxiety after midnight, waking at 3am
Fear they are losing their mind, going insane
Thoughts crowd and intrude
Thoughts are rapid and anxious
Hopeless despair about their condition
Fear of poverty, careful with money
 
Evocationer 4 years ago
Thank you - I think that the aggravation period is over, now it's pretty much the same condition every day. When do you I need to take another dose and what amount do i need to take? I agree with you, your choice is excellent, remedy describes me well, i guess we just need to find the right doze? Thank you
 
maryasha 4 years ago
Hi Maryasha,

To get a clear idea of where you are at now--

Put a percentage next to each item-
Better by %
Worse by%
The same
 
simone717 4 years ago
Aggravation with no improvement at all in anything, not even the mental state?

Odd. Yes, try the percentage assessment first as Simone has suggested.
 
Evocationer 4 years ago
Put a percentage next to each item-
Better by 0%
Worse by 0%
The same 100%

It has gotten worse for a week and now back to the same condition as before the remedy
 
maryasha 4 years ago
Normally I would get you to do all the symptoms individually, just in case there is some slight difference somewhere, or I need to assess how valuable or important a specific change is.

I think it is important to continue waiting - if the remedy had a week long aggravation, we may see a short period of apparent inactivity then improvement. I don't want to upset that process if that is what has happened. We can reassess at the end of 2 weeks from the dose.
 
Evocationer 4 years ago

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