Our friend Gabi came to me with this case. It seems her friend, “Mitzi” had a terrible mishap at the dentist (who hasn’t?). A nerve was damaged while working on Mitzi’s tooth! Oy! I told Gabi to shoot the “Acute Case Questionnaire” over to her. (Click on my website at the bottom of the page for a copy of the Acute Case Questionnaire (“Presenting Your Acute Case”), without which, a homeopath cannot help you.)
So, the case came back as follows:
“Onset–sudden or gradual” and “What was going on in your life at the time?” are irrelevant questions when the cause is an injury; so, we move on to our questions about “Sensation, Location and Modalities”. The pain is on the right side of the face. The sensation is like knives, like needles, the pain is shooting; it comes and goes and makes Mitzi so sick, she has to lie down. (That would be a modality–better lying down or resting.) She can’t talk; her jaw is “blocked”, she says. Hot compresses make her better, another modality.
We come now to “appearance”. The patient looks very sick. The right side of the face can be swollen when in pain for a while.
Her general state–She wants to be alone and is irritable. She cries from the pain and feels desperate and hopeless. She says her thirst hasn’t changed.
Concomitants– She salivates more and her eyes run.
She says the most striking thing about her case is the desperation.