Case Quizes

Kelly Tells The Tooth!

Elaine Lewis


Well, Kelly, what do you have for us today?

A toothache!

Wait a minute, didn’t you have a toothache last month?

Yes!!!! And I got bumped for Caralyn’s father!

Kelly, there’s something you have to understand about homeopathy: everyone likes Caralyn’s father!


Caralyn’s father is very popular; he generates a lot of mail. For instance, here’s a letter now: “Dear Elaine, brilliant case!–Caralyn”


And another thing you have to understand about homeopathy, Kelly, and that is: I have to be able to come up with a song that has something to do with the topic in my capacity as’s designated DJ, and as far as I know, no one has ever written a song about a toothache!

Didn’t Ray Charles do a song called “Tell The Tooth”?

That was “Tell The Truth”, Kelly!

Didn’t Marvin and Tammy do “It Takes Tooth”?

That was “It Takes Two!”

Well, I can’t help you!

Just give your case Kelly…..OK?

Right. So, I’ve got a great case for you this month Elaine!


I’m so excited because, as you know, my teeth have been bothering me for a long while now.


And as you also know, I’m a wimp when it comes to seeing the dentist – which I managed to avoid thanks to you!!

Yes, you’ve done a lot in the cause of proper dental care.

It all started, or should I say re-started, a few weeks ago.  I had several teeth that were painful.  One area was the gum around a broken off tooth.  (A decayed tooth that broke awhile ago — Carbo veg helped it back then.)

The other two were the upper left (behind a failed implant area) and the lower molars.  I had tried rhus tox but it hadn’t helped at all.

My, this is interesting….zzzzzzzzzzzz……….

Here’s the thing: the teeth are sensitive during the day (when eating/chewing) but they really came alive after dinner!  It would start as a dull ache and by the time I went to bed, throbbing pain that was unbearable! The whole left side of my face ached horribly!  I felt the pain in the roots and thought that I had an infection.  By morning, the pain would be diminished, my cheek would feel swollen (though it wasn’t) and the whole thing would repeat itself that night.  So anyway, that was when I got in touch with you, Elaine!

Really?  I must have been asleep, what did I say?

You repertorized my symptom list!



sensitive teeth and gums worse chewing
pain worse evening/night
painful left cheek
swollen sensation of cheek
tension in face/jaw/bones
possible teeth grinding in sleep
poison ivy
teeth felt hot

Was that it?

No, there’s more:

  • Toothache after eating
  • Toothache evening
  • Toothache, left
  • Teeth, pulsating pain
  • Teeth, sensitive
  • Toothache, eating, during
  • Toothache, increasing gradually
  • Toothache, molars

This case just goes on and on!  When does it stop?

Now, it stops now! And the winners were…..

  • Sulphur
  • Mercury
  • Chamomilla
  • Causticum
  • Sepia
  • Kali carb.

And then you said, “One of these better work cuz we have an ezine to get out!”

I’m such a romantic!

So, I tried Chamomilla 30C and here’s what happened:

No pain that night, hurray!!  However, I didn’t sleep all that well.  I suspected that I was grinding my teeth or at the very least, clenching while asleep.

Kelly continues (I can’t get the ink to turn blue!)—The following day I felt a few twinges from the lower left group of molars so I redosed. The teeth were still sensitive when chewing but at least they weren’t pounding!

I redosed again later that same day and went to bed early because I had been feeling groggy all day.

Then you suggested I move on to sulphur as I continued to have some pain and Chamomilla didn’t seem to get rid of it entirely.

So, here’s what happened with sulphur – it was a bust!

Elaine—Well ex-cuuuuuuse me!

I did notice a very small improvement, though…


– less tension in my jaw.  But after the second dose, I developed a sore on the inside, back left of my tongue.  The teeth felt okay (not great but not bad either).  I took a 3rd dose later that day and the tension in my jaw returned, the sore was irritating and painful and my tongue felt swollen.

Picky, picky, picky!

My back, which had also been bothering me a little, was not so great (tension there too) and I didn’t sleep well that night.  I decided to zap the sulphur and take a look at your list of remedies again.

Symptom list:
tension in jaw/teeth/face bones
sore on tongue
tongue felt swollen
not sleeping well
lower back pain

Kelly—Mercury looked like the next remedy to try but unfortunately it didn’t help.

Elaine—And I suppose that’s my fault too!

Kelly—I’m just sayin’!!!!  Well, the nightly teeth pain did return … Not sayin’ anything …. Not pointing any fingers….

Elaine—But you do seem to be pointing something at me!

I took Chamomilla and finally fell asleep.  My jaws felt achy and tired in the morning and I still had “pangs” of pain shooting through my gums/teeth.  I also had another painful sore inside my lower lip, just above the tooth line.

My symptom list:
achy jaws
tension in jaw/face/bones
prickling/sticking pain in teeth and gums
painful sore on inside lower lip and on tongue

Kelly—Kali carb was next but again I struck out!

Elaine—Yeesh!  Practicing dentistry isn’t easy!

I was very worried at this point as the pain was really bad and I worried about an abscess. I actually resorted to an extra strength tylenol before going to bed!

Kelly—Causticum was next but as luck would have it, it wasn’t the right remedy either.

Elaine—When is this story going to take a turn for the better?

Right now!  You told me to take _____________.

I told you to take _______________?

Yes, you told me to take ____________!

And what happened?

I got better!



If anybody knows the remedy, write to Elaine at [email protected], the answer will be in next month’s ezine.

OK, hold on, the answer is here right now!

Elaine Lewis, DHom, CHom takes online cases. Visit her website at:

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