On 18th August, 2015 my 22 year old niece came to me with violent abdominal pain. At the same time she was on the 4th day of her menstrual cycle. She usually had a history of heavy flow on the 1st, 6th, and7th days of her cycle with dysmenorrhoea and acidity.
She started panicking, pleading “Please do something, please help, I can’t tolerate this.” She was rolling on the floor, constantly tapping on her umbilical region which however gave no relief. She complained it was burning severely around her umbilicus. She was anxious that it might be an indication of some serious disease. She was restless and not getting relief by any means. She was nauseous and she had the feeling that if she could vomit, she would feel better.
Sitting beside her, I was watched her for a few minutes. She said that the pain started at 12 pm. It was mild when it began but gradually became severe. When she came to me it was 2.30 pm. She had had no meal since morning. I thought it could be due to acidity as she had a habit of irregular diet and constant night watching. When I attempted to leave to bring her medicine, she was scared, begging me not to leave her alone.
Regarding thirst and appetite there was nothing prominent. I asked somebody to stay with her and gave her light biscuits, with a little cold water to take, a little at a time (as I thought her stomach was empty and there was severe burning). She felt a little better by taking cold water.
Though the pain felt a little better from cold water rather than hot applications, I gave her Arsenicum album 0/2, at 15 minute intervals, considering her restlessness, anxiety, nausea and burning sensations. It worked! Within 40 minutes her burning and pain became much less and she became calm and fell asleep. After one hour she woke up and said there was no pain or burning at all, just a feeling of exhaustion. She only needed 3 or 4 doses.
The severity of this acute colic made me panic and I didn’t have time to go do a repertorization.