It finally went away, after he took the right homeopathic remedy.
Finding the remedy took a bit of work though.
Because the usual physical trauma remedies failed.
The excruciating left-sided upper shoulder pain seemed related to injury and overuse.
The pain started after stretching exercises.
This was preceded by a weekend of raking leaves and hauling them away.
At first it looked like a perfect Bryonia case.
It was likely caused by an injury. The pain was worse with movement. He was thirsty. He was very irritable.
Bryonia did nothing.
Kali Carb can look like Bryonia and can be used as a backup.
This failed too.
But what about Arnica?
Isn’t that the first remedy we reach for after an injury?
No luck with that either.
There was also a lot of shooting pain. So that should point to Hypericum.
But it didn’t work.
Neither did Rhus Tox.
Ruta didn’t bring relief either. (However, we used it as an intercurrent when the remedy that eventually helped appeared to stall. I think Ruta might have helped move the case forward.)
Excruciating Back Pain Helped With Homeopathy
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The great thing about homeopathy is that if you give the wrong remedy the symptom picture of the right remedy will start to emerge.
After a series of wrong remedies something had changed.
The poor guy with the back pain now had trouble turning in bed. It was too painful to roll over.
This is a keynote of Conium Maculatum, which, by the way, is also listed in my homeopathic Repertory as a remedy for back pain following injury.
It’s not the first remedy we think of.
It’s listed in small bold letters instead of big bold letters.
But Conium was just what was needed, when the top contenders failed.
Excruciating Back Pain Healed With Homeopathy
Back pain is a big rubric. There are so many choices. (Back pain from causes other than injury responds very well to homeopathy too.)
I also tried one remedy based upon symptoms, not the etiology of injury.
This was Colocynth. It was a strong match according to my software and it did help a little. There was also the possible etiology of anger.
But the Colocynth only palliated the pain. It didn’t heal. Even though it covered the symptoms really well.
That’s because I wasn’t hitting the true etiology of injury.
Then, suddenly, everything pointed to Conium. In addition to the pain and mental frustration this poor guy now had trouble turning in bed.
One dose of Conium 30C helped a lot.
However, the second dose aggravated. Maybe he took it too soon. Oftentimes the second dose doesn’t work because you take it while the first dose is still working.
Or, maybe he needed another remedy.
Or perhaps one dose of 200C would have worked better. But I like to start with 30C, especially when someone has had a lot of remedies and they’re not feeling well.
We tried Ruta 30C and he felt worse.
So we returned to the Conium and it worked again. Really well this time.
A total of two more doses of Conium 30C and the excruciating back pain was no longer an issue.
This man kept his chiropractor appointment. But decided not to have an adjustment. Because he was healing so well.
Can Homeopathy Help With Excruciating Back Pain?
Yes, homeopathy can help with excruciating back pain (and many other conditions too). As long as you find the remedy.
But sometimes symptoms aren’t enough. Because you need to consider the etiology.
In this case it was an injury. We needed a remedy known for its ability to cure back pain after trauma.
If you’re a home prescriber, always consider the cause of the complaint.
Or else you may not find the right remedy.
Here are some other tips for home prescribers:
- Don’t Rely Totally Upon Software – Good homeopathic software is very useful. But homeopathic Repertories are invaluable. Conium came up in a digital repertorization. But it was way down on the list. There were a lot of other choices. Meanwhile, my hard copy Repertory narrowed down my selection to just 11 remedies. If you don’t own a good homeopathic Repertory and Materia Medica I highly recommend the ones written by the late Dr. Robin Murphy, ND. There are four editions but, really, any version is good. If you can afford it get the Fourth and latest edition. If you’re on a budget consider an earlier edition. With an offline Repertory and Materia Medica you can more easily search for conditions by etiology.
- Invest In A Remedy Kit – This is one of the best purchases you’ll ever make. You’ll have this kit for many years. Homeopathic remedies don’t go bad. As you can see, having just Arnica in the house isn’t enough to cover all injuries. It’s the first remedy to think of but sometimes you have to go deeper. A 36-remedy family kit contains a number of other remedies often used for colds and flu. During flu season you’ll be happy you have them.
- Look Beyond Arnica – This is the number one remedy for traumatic injury. But it doesn’t always work. Or it may stop working. Which means you’ll need another remedy. Consider some others, such as Hypericum, Bellis Perennis, Bryonia, Rhus Tox, Ruta and Ledum. All of them are included in the Helios family remedy kit. Sometimes with injury you have to alternate remedies and then return to the original remedy.
- If One Remedy Doesn’t Work Try Another – Or better yet, work with a professional. Especially when you’re dealing with a viral illness. As a young Mom my rule of thumb was to try two remedies. If neither worked it was time to call the homeopath. Here is some guidance on when to stop self prescribing.
- Don’t Repeat A Remedy That’s Not Working – With an acute condition if a remedy isn’t working after one or two doses it’s unlikely the third or fourth dose will move the case forward. It’s time to try a new remedy. If you see an initial improvement that doesn’t “hold” then you’re justified in trying a higher potency.
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