I’m Fine, Leave Me Alone!

Written by Elaine Lewis

Painful swollen gland. What’s the remedy?


Wake up, Mom, it’s time for the Quiz!

Not now Shana, I’m hibernating for the winter.

Mom, you’re not a squirrel!

Are you sure?  Look at this picture of me!

You’re the one on the left!

I thought I was the one on the right!

I have important anniversaries to announce.  It may interest you to know that 40 years ago this month, Andy Gibb released his last album, “After Dark”.

Apparently it performed poorly and Andy ended up getting dropped from RSO records by label founder Robert Stigwood. (Bee Gees’ manager.)

You’ve got to be kidding!  Andy Gibb was dropped because of one supposedly bad album? 

I’m sure his drug use had something to do with it too.

Oh.  Drug use.  Well, that’s different.  Never mind!  And by the way, “After Dark” was a great song!

Here it is now. I don’t know how many people know about it but they should!


The other album celebrating an anniversary is none other than “Sweet Baby James” by James Taylor.  It turned 50.

Gee, it’s almost as old as I am!

Nice try, Mom!  We both know you bought this album in 1970!

We do?  I did?

This is the album that pretty much jump-started James Taylor’s career.  The title track was one of the singles but apparently it didn’t chart.

You’re kidding!

Can you believe that?!

I am learning so much!

Probably it didn’t chart because “Fire And Rain” was on it.

Oh!  “Fire and Rain” …!  Well, that’s different.  Never mind!  Are you going to play “Sweet Baby James”?  It’s a song he wrote for his brother Alex’s new-born son.


And now, for the moment you’ve all been waiting for….

The Hpathy Quiz!!!!!  

Who’s in it this time?

Caralyn’s son, “J”.  You remember Caralyn, don’t you?  Her family members have been in so many of our quizzes, remember her father had gout?  Plus, she was in “Give My Regards To Arsenicum”–if you haven’t read it, please do so right away; it’s hilarious!


So she came to me because her son J appeared to have some sort of virus.  I said, “He has to fill out the Acute Case Questionnaire!”  Which is on my website, because what the acute case questionnaire gives you is:


Name: “J” 

Age: 22

Male or Female: Male

Weight: 175 lbs

Height: 6’2″


Email Address: J…[email protected]

  1. Describe the complaint:

Right neck gland is swollen. Hurts when I move my tongue to the left or right (more so the right).

I wake up worse in the morning, nose is a little stuffy, eyes are crusty. 

  1. Etiology–

Could be because I bite my nails.

  1. Sensation–describe the pain:

Sharp pain in my upper mouth when I try to pop my ears and a sharp pain when I move my tongue to the right or left side of my mouth on the right gland.

  1. Appearance– anything remarkable about how you look?

no nothing abnormal

  1. Location–where on the body is your complaint located?

right gland, throat

  1. Modalities–

I feel as if the more I am “active” it stops hurting as much. For example if I am chewing, I will not notice the pain as much because I am constantly swallowing and my glands are moving. Whereas in the morning when waking up from sleep, everything is dormant so moving it hurts a bit more.

  1. Concomitants

I have been tired lately. Stuffy nose on the right nostril. A tad achy?

  1. Discharges–color, odor, consistency and sensation.

Maybe because my nose is dry the mucus comes out a bit red, but its slightly light green or clear

  1. Generals–these are all the symptoms that begin with the word “I”:

(no answer)

  1. The mentals: Is the complaint changing you mentally and emotionally?

Both, with fatigue comes a lack of willingness to want to do things so it gets in the way of both

  1. What have you been saying?

Literally “I’m fine leave me alone”.  Parents are always asking me how I am and that is my go-to response.I don’t really know what else to say.

  1. What are you doing?

sleeping a lot, not really doing much lately. I would like to be more active its just a lack of wanting to do it.

  1. Describe your thirst and appetite–

My appetite has been very good. I have been more hungry than anything. Lately I have been craving a cold drink.I have been drinking cartons of orange juice the past two days.

  1. Fever?


  1. Sweating?


  1. Odors?


  1. What is most striking, peculiar or identifying about your condition?

How tired I am. My eyes feel very heavy.

  1. Is there a diagnosis?

not that I know of

  1. Describe your energy–


  1. What does your tongue look like? (color/coating/pattern, crack/s, shape, etc.)

Healthy. Not white, not dehydrated. Just pink.

  1. If you have a cough, please tell what it sounds like.

nothing more than just clearing my throat.

  1. If you haven’t already said if you’re hotter or colder than usual?

Nothing out of the usual


Caralyn, I’m going to recommend _______________200C, one dose.


Elaine, sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner.  Yes, everything resolved in one day, right after the ____________.  He took 200c dry (not in water).  So far still so good ?

Caralyn, what about the orange juice craving?

That went away too.


So, OK everybody, that’s it!  If you know the remedy, write to me at [email protected], the answer will be in next month’s ezine.  Bye for now!


Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.

Elaine takes online cases and animal cases too!

Write to her at [email protected]

Visit her website: https://ElaineLewis.hpathy.com

About the author

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
Elaine is a passionate homeopath, helping people offline as well as online. Contact her at [email protected]
Elaine is a graduate of Robin Murphy's Hahnemann Academy of North America and author of many articles on homeopathy including her monthly feature in the Hpathy ezine, "The Quiz". Visit her website at:
https://elainelewis.hpathy.com/ and TheSilhouettes.org

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