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Physostigma - Back And Neck symptoms - T.F. Allen

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HPUS indication of Physostigma: Stiff neck

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Below are the main rubriks (i.e strongest indications or symptoms) of Physostigma in traditional homeopathic usage, not approved by the FDA.




Inclination to stretch out the neck, "to run the head out," from uneasy sensations in the back of the neck (ninth day),

Stiffness of right side of neck; not able to move the head, with a feeling of drawing and tension, which lasted several days (sixth day),

Stiffness of neck on left side,

Pain in back of neck, reaching to first dorsal vertebra (after two hours and a half, second day),

Soreness and pains, as from rheumatism, in left side of neck (after four hours and a half),

Seemingly rheumatic pains in left side of neck and shoulder of same side (second day),


Back very weak; am unable to stand erect (continued two days), (after three days),

Pain in the back came on again, at 2 P.M. (sixteenth day),

Dull pain in the back, with almost constant desire to urinate (third day),

Dull pain and downward pressure in the back, accompanied by the appearance of the menses (after two weeks),

Chilly, creepy sensations passing up the back, at 7 P.M. (first day),

A creeping numbness over the back of the head, and all down the spine, especially in the part between the hips; between 8 and 9 P.M. (fifth day),

Stiffness and pain going all down the spine; with these pains in the back there is an inclination to bend forward, as if hard to sit up straight (at 1 P.M., nineteenth day),

Cramplike stitches up and down the spine,


After dinner there came on a heavy pain in the back, under the left shoulder, which, after continuing severe for an hour, slowly passed away,

Pain under right shoulder-blade, felt while sitting, transient (deep), in the afternoon,

(Pain under right shoulder-blade), (old ailment), (sixth day),

Aching in region of and below right scapula,

Stitches under interior angles of scapulae during expiration,


Backache, which kept me restless all night; pain seemed to be in region of the kidney; no position favored the pain in my back (second day),

An unusual feeling, a drawing pain low in the back and abdomen, with bearing down, as if the menses were coming, although it was a week before the time; but, after four hours, it all passed off (after third powder, on the second morning). The menses came at the right time, and without the usual unpleasant premonitory symptoms,

The rest of the night, after 3 A.M., I felt a dragging pain over the left hip, towards the back; I slept, but was conscious of dull pain (first night),

Dull heavy pain over the left hip, and extending to the back; this continued through the afternoon and evening, with bearing down, strongly indicative of the return of the courses; the pain diminished gradually in the night, and I slept soundly (after three hours, second day),

Pain in the lumbar region of the back (after second day),

Pain in back, between the hips, and a slight feeling of numbness in the region of the womb, at 6.30 P.M. (eighth day),

Soreness in lumbar region (after four hours and a half); with dull, heavy pains (after fourteen hours and a half); the severe heavy pain has followed me all day (second day),

Pain on motion, in the sacral region, to the left of the spine, as if strained by lifting, with a feeling that a violent motion would produce lumbago (ninth day),

Pain in left of sacrum, in the afternoon (fourth day); in the morning (fifth day),

Contractive pain of the anterior surface of os coccygis, as if dysentery were coming on; since verified (second day),

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