"I can't stop coughing Doctor!"
Mrs M, 72 years, had been a patient of mine for some months now. Initially she had come with severe osteoarthritis and synovitis of the left knee. She was much better on the homeopathic treatment, but a subsequent trip to Europe with all the walking required, she aggravated the knee very badly.
She was compelled to see an Orthopaedic's treatment for 'quick relief'. Unfortunately, she began to develop sudden fever with chills after she started treatment and was being treated with antibiotics for an apparent urine infection over 3 weeks. But she kept deteriorating and feeling weak and sick,
She returned to homeopathy (Ars Alb later Bryonia), and almost overnight began to feel very much better overall - no fever, and weakness much better.
Suddenly one day she called me - "I took one of the supplement tablets given by the Orthopedic [Univestin/Macugstin 500] - and I got this sudden high fever with chills last night and from this morning, I cant stop coughing.. (cough.. cough..) every time I say one word.. (cough.. cough..) or take a deep breath .. (cough, Cough..)". I gave her a remedy (Sepia) and asked her to come see me next day.
She was only slightly better, coughing and breathless. I examined her chest and it was full of crepts! Penumonia, I thought - hoping it wasn't worse - I sent her for a Chest Xray which confirmed the diagnosis.
cough; INSPIRATION, on (74)
chest; INFLAMMATION; lungs, pneumonia; left (26)
chest; PAIN; cough; during (275)
mind; MOANING, groaning; amel. (157)
cough; TALKING agg. (118)
The options were Phos, Calc Carb, Aconite, Bryonia, Lachesis, Sulphur, Cuprum.
She had been on Bryonia earlier, but this stat still developed. She was not chilly with profuse perspiration so Calc Carb ruled out. She was not in severe anxiety and this was not a sudden development so Aconite ruled out.
Lachesis and Sulphur did not fit the mental state and general modalities either.
Phos was chosen as it is a known antidote to bad effect of allopathic remedies. Also Phos is indicated in Pneumonia and had a good action on the lung pathology. Other generals matched as well.
She began on an aggressive homeopathic protocol
- Phosphorous 1m three times a day, with Lauroceraceous 200 every four hours with strict instructions to get back if she was not better. But she didn't call me, as she began to feel better almost immediately!
No fever, she could breathe better and the cough was less frequent after 24 hours. In a few days, her chest was much better on auscultation! Crepts were much less.
We then added her Constitutional remedy Mag Carb 1m to the prescription (along with Phos and Lauroceraceous) and she continued to recover completely over the next week! She continued to be monitored for 6 weeks and the repetition of doses was reduced to once a day later. Lungs completely clear, and she is well.
Yes Homeopathy works for serious pathology and in emergencies. In the case of this 72 year old lady, there was a progressive allergic response developing to Univestin 500 which resulted in an allergic pneumonia (Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis) in both lung bases!