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Cold Gone Bad!

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Shana, guess whose case we’re doing this month?

Is it Mickey Moose again?

Wrong! It’s Mini Moose!

Mini Moose?

Yes, Mini Moose, Mickey Moose’s daughter!

Oh! Mini Moose! Mom, I think “mini” is spelled with 2 n’s and an “ie”.

Shana, who’s the homeopath here?

Uh……………you are?

Now, pull up a chair and get ready for another Hpathy prize-winning adventure as we present to you:

“Cold Gone Bad!” starring, Minnie Moose. (There, are you happy?)

Acute Case Questionnaire

1. Describe the complaint or complaints in your own words in as much detail as you can. Don’t forget to include the onset–did the complaint come on suddenly or gradually?

My oldest daughter (12) has a sore throat with earache. It began with a cold Tuesday, then has gone into a cough the last couple of days and now she seems to be worsening with none of my interventions helping much. So at this point her biggest complaint she says is the throat. It is her entire throat. She says it is worse swallowing empty- so swallowing food or drink is a little better. It is not red or swollen and I see no pus in there. She says it hurts a little while talking, but mostly while swallowing. She says it feels like she is swallowing a log over and over and then while she swallows someone pokes her ear drum really hard with a Q-tip.

The ears started hurting today. It is both of them. No discharge and they are not red. The right ear is worse.  She is still coughing.It is productive- yellow, beige. She coughs a lot though like hacking and has fits of coughing where she can’t stop. She says lying down and sitting make the cough worse.

She is also still blowing out a lot of snot- it is yellow too. Her nose is red and raw from all the blowing. She says in the night she is woke up by crusts in her nose- they are yellow too.  Her ears are watery looking and red- she looks like she has been crying. Both cheeks are red. No fever.

2. Etiology–this means the cause, if you know it.

Maybe she got exposed to something new in the mountains last weekend. It was a change in weather there to VERY COLD, especially where we were.

3. Sensation–describe the pain or other feeling you have. Does it extend anywhere, does it shoot anywhere? For instance, “It feels like there’s a crumb in my throat, I’m constantly trying to swallow. The pain shoots to my left ear.”

Her description for the throat is like swallowing a log. She says the ear pain when she swallows is throbbing.

4. Appearance– anything remarkable? Red skin, droopy eyes, etc.?

Cheeks are red. Eyes are red and watery like she has been crying.

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

Everywhere! Ears, throat, chest, sinuses!

6. Modalities–this refers to the things that make your complaint better or worse.

Throat some better from swallowing food or drink. She said that in the shower all of it feels better. Also she said she feels better outside.

7. Concomitants (additional symptoms associated with the complaint)

She is chilly also she says tonight. She acts like she feels bad tonight, so I am concerned. She usually takes a cold in stride pretty well at her age.

8. Discharges–color, odor, consistency.

Yellow discharges from nose and chest.

9. Generals–these are all the symptoms that begin with the word “I”: I’m hot, I’m cold, I’m thirsty, I’m tired, I’m sad, I’m irritable, I’m hungry, I want pickles, etc.

I’m irritable- she says. I’m cold also.

10. The mentals: Is the complaint changing you mentally or emotionally?

She is irritable. She seems somewhat indifferent to me. I also think she seems weepy and has almost cried a few times. I think she is tired of feeling so bad.

11. What have you been saying? For instance: “I’m fine, leave me alone.” “Don’t leave!” “I wanna go home!” “I want ice”, etc.

Can’t think of anything.

12. What are you doing? For example, tossing and turning, pacing, fidgeting, moaning and groaning, calling people on the phone for support, etc.

Moaning and groaning yesterday, now she is more lethargic and just pitiful to me.

13. Describe your thirst and appetite–

She doesn’t want to eat. Not too thirsty at this point.

14. Fever?


15. Sweating? Describe.

This morning she was sweating on her lip she said, but not since.

16. Odors?


17. What is most striking or peculiar about your condition?

To me, that SO MUCH is wrong. Also, that I can’t seem to fix it. For her, I don’t know. Early on in the sickness she was thirsty and usually isn’t much. Now that has passed. She has not been sleeping as much or well- getting up early since she has had it. She is at that age where she could sleep all day, so that is new.

18. Is there a diagnosis? For instance, flu, teething, etc.

??? Cold gone bad.


OK, people, what’s Minnie’s remedy? You have 30 days to come up with it!  Send me the answer at  [email protected] See you in October. Oh rats!  Why didn’t I say that last month?  I could have said, “See You in September” and then played the song, but I blew it!  Oh heck, I’m going to play it anyway. Sue me!


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: and

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