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A case of Claudication, Radiculopathy and Spondyolisthesis

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An interesting case of claudication and severe pain in the right gluteal region. The patient has turned to homeopathy because even after undergoing endoscopic surgery on her spine the pain has not yet reduced.

The pain is so severe that she cannot do anything and is bedridden most of the time. She is taking pain killers and calcium sprays which are of little help.

There is severe pain in the right gluteal region with numbness. There is pain and uneasiness over the area of L1-L2. Burning sensation in the right leg.

Aggravated by

Walking +2
Cold weather +3
Air Conditioner +2
Winters +2
Marble floor +2

Ameliorated by

Lying down
Cold fomentation
Hot fomentation

There is also dryness in the throat at night +3

The patient says that she has lost the confidence of lifting anything. She also has hyperacidity and lots of flatulence.

After the initial details the patient told us that she was a premature baby.

As a child she suffered from febrile convulsions. And once she had fallen from a height of 10 feet and she had developed a hematoma. These didn’t had any major effect on her.

She told us that she came from a big and poor family with three elder brothers and a younger sister. She was an unwanted child and her mother had refused to accept her. She was even deprived of breast feeding. Now the question that arose in our mind was – why the mother refused to accept her own child? She told us that in their tradition if after the birth of 3 male children if the 4th child is a female it is considered to be a great misfortune for the family.

Her mother didn’t allow her to go to school till the age of 9 years. But she had a very strong desire to study. As she was her father’s pet she managed to get into school. She was a very bright student she even completed her 8th and 9th grade in one year. She topped in her school throughout.

She has a younger sister who is very much pampered by her mother and she was not very good at her studies. So when she used to top the school her mother used to be very angry and she used to beat her and force her to leave her studies.

She used to work for the whole day after coming from the school and then study at nights in the temple. After her 10th grade she got into the science stream and after her Higher Secondary studies she got admission in a medical college to which her mother was totally opposed but her elder brother supported her.

She completed all her education on scholarships and she went on to do her masters in gynecology and obstetrics. After completion of her studies she worked very hard and as she was all alone, she had to face lot of difficulties. She then opened a big hospital and then it was inaugurated by her mother. But her mother was interested only in the money part and she used to give her whatever she wanted without any hesitation. She served her mother for 20 years and after so many years the mother one day felt very bad and told her that whatever she has done to her is unforgivable.

Then I was curious about her family, her marriage. We asked her about her marriage.

She said that when she was in her first year MBBS, her father expired due to cancer. Their family was not well off and she took the responsibility of settling down her brothers. She has seen to it that now all of them are well settled. She also said that her mother was never interested in looking out for a boy for her to get married. She felt bad about it.

She married at the age of 50 years, a man who is already married, and who fell in love with her after looking at the way in which she handled the work on her own. After her marriage she has adopted a child against the wishes of everyone in the family.

If she takes up some work she will see to it that it is completed and will not leave any work incomplete. She is very ambitious and takes her decisions on her own and has been quite successful in her field.

She suffered from an emotional shock when she lost her sister-in-law in a road accident.

She is also emotional by nature and can not see anybody suffering and gives charity and money to the needy.

She has fear of darkness and of ghosts. As a child she mixed easily with people. She weeps when she is alone when she feels bad about something but this is not very frequent.

When she is angry she expresses herself immediately but afterwards feels guilty about why she has scolded someone.

Personal history

Diet: Vegetarian
Appetite: good
Cravings: Sweets +4 can have them everyday
Aversion: –
Sun: leads to headache
Fan: Likes
AC: Likes but mild.
Coverings: 1 cover
Bath: Warm water
Season: Monsoon
Stools: Constipation sometimes
Thirst: +2
Sleep and dreams: Disturbed in the morning 2am-3 am. Dreams of dead people.


Febrile convulsions
Malaria 6 times relapsed


Father expired due to Cancer.


Pigmentation on the face.
Swelling of the fingers
Movement difficult painful.

25/3/04 Rx: Lycopodium 30 3 powders night for 3 nights. +4 Powders of Sac lac
30/4/04 Pain bearable. Pain in the legs and hands is not there. Sleep is good
Taking calcium spray

Ct all 7 days

9/4/04 Has stopped the analgesics
Pain in the fingers better
Numbness and pain in the gluteal region better

Ct all 14 days

15/4/04 Pain in the back +3
<walking +2
< movement +2
>Rest +3Throat : dryness +2
Thirst ++

Bryonia.a 30 2 pills 4 hourly
Stop when better

5/5/04 Pain better
Numbness on sitting
Accident of nephew, who is very serious. So lot of tension. Disturbed sleep

Lycopodium 30 14 powders night, 14 days

3/6/04 Skin eruptions on the right arm
Pain is much better

Sl 14 days.

30/8/04 The patient is free of pain. She is back to her work and feels good.

At this point the patient asked if I had given steroids. The most common question these days. The patient was explained the fact that we don’t use any such things and was also given a choice to test the medicine in a laboratory.

The patient was put on Sac. lac and is under observation.

Arrival at the remedy

The selection of Lycopodium was based on the facts that the patient had a very difficult childhood. Inspite of the hardships she faced she didn’t give up and studied well. After the father’s death, she took all the responsibility to see that all her family members are well settled. This is one of the important aspects of Lycopodium personality. We find this in repertory under the rubric “Responsibility strong“.

This was reflected also in the fact that despite her mother hated her so much she didn’t hold any grudge against her and she looked after her very well till the time she died.

Also the fact that she was very ambitious and intelligent and she did what ever work she took in her hand and completed it.

The other symptoms that were considered were the marked craving for sweets and the flatulence that were so marked in the case.
Dr.Santosh Joshi.
Homeopathic consultant.
Refinery view, C/4, RC Marg,
Chembur. Mumbai. India Pin: 400074
Tel: 022- 25548197 Cell: +9819155780.
E-mail: [email protected], [email protected]

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Santosh Joshi

Dr. Santosh Joshi practices classical homeopathy at the Happy Livin Clinic - Refinery view, C/4, RC Marg, Chembur. Mumbai. India Pin: 400074 Tel: 022- 25548197, Cell: +9819155780. E-mail: [email protected], [email protected] Web-site: ,

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