Case Quizes

I Crave Water!!!!!!

lewis jan image
Written by Elaine Lewis

Another great Hpathy Quiz! See if you can solve this case.

Shana, time to get off the phone, you’ve been on the phone an hour, and we have to start the quiz!

Can’t you do it without me Mom? We’re trying to decide which was the first Rock ‘n’ Roll record!

Oh. That does sound important. OK, I’ll try to do it myself. Let’s see, which button do I push? Testing -Testing! Is this thing on?

Just start talking, Mom!

OK, I’ll try, but if you hear an explosion….

You’ll be fine!

Here goes nothing.

Today Today Today Today Today ………

Turn off the reverb!

The What? What? What? What?

The echo!

Oh! This is too complicated.. complicated.. complicated.. complicated..

Mom, you’re hopeless!  There. Now start talking.

Hopefully it’s safe to talk now?  OK. So, today we have with us our good friend Maria, one of our most loyal quiz readers, and she is here to present her own case. Take it away, Maria!


Elaine, in a word, HELP! I’ve answered the questionnaire:


1. Describe the complaint or complaints in your own words.

Suddenly, I got my period today took a Colocynthis in the morning (did not work very well) and I ate 2 pieces of toast with cheese and tomato and a donut.

A donut? Mama mia! What kind of toast? Even if the toast was whole wheat, the donut would have completely canceled out whatever good it might have done. Here is a good breakfast for you to try:

This is a spinach, tomato, onion and cheese omelet and fried potatoes; which, needless to say, I made myself.

Thanks, it does look wonderful.  But as I was saying, I went to take a nap after my so-called “breakfast”.
I woke up in the evening and started feeling suffocated and nauseous.

My left arm started to feel numb and I was ready to faint.

I went and laid down on the couch and after some minutes I threw up.

I started to feel really thirsty and drank a whole bottle of water in the course of an hour.

I felt so bloated from drinking so much water, but I could not satisfy my thirst. I wanted to
drink so much water, but my stomach didn’t have enough room! I drank a glass of water and in some minutes I threw it up.

Then a diarrhea showed up. I can hear the roar sound of my intestines. My main problem is that I am so thirsty, I can’t describe how much.

Before today I was thirstless almost all my life. And today I cannot get enough water; I cant drink because I will throw it up, or it will make me feel nauseous. If I drink sour orange juice, it makes the thirst more bearable.

I also have chills since the diarrhea, but no fever. And I am sitting in an electric blanket because heat makes the period better and my chills better.

All I ask is to be able to drink oceans of water!

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

Maybe the donut was bad, because it was the only thing I was belching.

3. Sensation–describe the pain or other feeling you have.

[no answer]

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


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


6. Modalities–What makes your complaint better or worse?

Empty stomach makes me feel better. Vomiting makes me feel better.

7. Concomitants (other symptoms that are “along for the ride”).

Thirsty!! I am so thirsty I could die, because I want so much to drink water but makes me feel nauseous because I drink a lot. This thirst appeared after vomiting the first time. Also I am with empty stomach but I feel no hunger!!! only thirst.

It appeared on my first day of menses!

8. Discharges–

Offensive diarrhea.

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

I am weak, cold, thirsty!

10. The mentals:

I thought I was gonna die from suffocation, but vomiting made it better.
I told my mom to leave the phone open in case I need her in the night.

11. What have you been saying?

I am thirsty!!!!

12. What are you doing?

Lying on the couch, and watching TV and trying to sleep.

13. Describe your thirst and appetite–

I am thirsty like the Sahara desert. I drink from bottle in room temperature. I think I am attracted to sour juices. I don’t feel hunger, if I think of eating food I become nauseous.

14. Fever?


15. Sweating?


16. Odors?


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

The thirst.

18. Is there a diagnosis?

No, it is like a gastroenteritis, or food poisoning or something like that.

19. Describe your energy–

I am quiet, and want to be alone.


I recommended that Maria take ___________________________. Here’s her post-remedy report:

Élaine, I am sorry for the late response. The remedy, ______________________200C, worked; it made me sleep very deeply, and when I woke up I had no thirst nor nausea. I have to admit that I was amazed.

Great news! I guess most of you know that if a remedy puts you to sleep, that’s a very good sign. It also shows that the potency chosen was perfect! Please note what these high potencies were meant for: acutes of significant intensity. We’re trying to match power with power. Potency has nothing to do with how “deep” a case is. Ignore statements like, “If the case is on the physical plane, you need a low potency because physical means superficial.” Potency selection correlates with intensity and time. A recent occurrence deserves a higher potency. Something both recent and intense would be ultra-suitable for high potency. The longer you’ve had a complaint, and the less intense it is, the more the lower potencies taken regularly apply. Remember, the remedy must be in water with five succussions before each dose.

If you know what remedy our thirsty friend needed, write to me at [email protected]. The answer will be in next month’s ezine. And P.S., if you have an opinion about which was the first Rock ‘n’ Roll record, we want to hear your view on that too! We’ll see you back here in February! Bye-bye!


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


    • Ars couldn’t be, as he is thirsty but only sips small amounts of water. verat alb is my second choice, it is a possibility with the loss of fluid and faintness, but I vote for am. c because all her troubles came with the menses

  • One more vote for Veratrum Album. Arsenicum is a restless remedy and the patient says she’s quiet and lying on the coach.

    • Also this one “I told my mom to leave the phone open in case I need her in the night”= Delusion of impending misfortune.

      • Drofart, I don’t think it’s a delusion; there WAS misfortune! And a lot of it! Imagine how sick she was, and all alone. I can understand her saying that to her mother.

        • Ya kind of, But as you had mentioned i looked at it positively.
          Delusion = a mistaken or unfounded opinion or idea.
          I see many patients are very head-strong tho they are very sick.Even they don’t want to bother any one.

          • The patient’s request to her mother that she keep her line open in case she (patient) gets worse and has to call her isn’t a bit unreasonable under the circumstances.

          • What is the difference between “She thinks that she may get worse” & “Idea of impending misfortune”

          • Drofart, the exact rubric is, “Delusions, misfortune, inconsolable over fancied” In other words: patient is inconsolable over an imagined misfortune. Now, does that sound anything like this patient? Is she inconsolable? No. Has she imagined a misfortune? No. So, can we use this rubric? No.

          • Extreme !
            Is there stupor ?
            Coprophagia ?(eating faeces)
            Melancholia, hangs his head and wants to be alone ?

            It is in it’s early stage .

          • Requests her mother to keep line open in case she gets worse” She haven’t imagine any further problem . Lol

          • Clearly, this rubric refers to a mental condition where there is no misfortune, but the patient imagines that there is and is inconsolable over it. It bears no relation to this case.

          • I don’t care enough for rubrics, all i know is drug picture & the whole picture of patient. & i don’t even really pity on them who lives upon repertory exclusively & contraindicate their own words & turn things round round then still thinks every thing is correct.Coollll

            You might have wasted 2-3 days on analysis & repertory. The case is as clear as water. LOL

            It bears a close relation for those who knows what means what.(again the patient requests her mother to available in night & she hasn’t imagine that things may go wrong. \o/)

            P.S= Refer to 1st 4 words of first sentence in pg 1 of the book “chronic diseases” by hahnemann.

        • Drofart, why do you keep on insisting that this rubric is part of the case? She is not imagining that she is sick, she IS sick. She knows she might need help, so she tells her mother to keep her line free. And you think this is a symptom???? It’s not a symptom if it’s normal/reasonable/appropriate.

          • That is the problem you thought that i am saying this as a rubric. No i have not included that in whole picture when confirming the remedy. After confirming the remedy i saw a similar mental activity. & if i or any one else is not thinking that the problem may get worse, ll never tell any one to make sure that he/she ready to be available for any coming problem, rather we say “o it ll clear up don’t worry about me” or some thing like that. That is difference between two person one says plz be ready for me & one says it is nothing mannnnnn!

            By the way it does not matter now i have given my reason.
            Philosophy is an exhaustive part of our study which was included for 1st time in our syllabus in 03-04

  • Listen, everybody, the February ezine is out and so is the answer to this quiz. Look for “Revisiting: I Crave Water!!!” The icon for the new ezine is on the homepage, scroll down.

Leave a Comment