Date: May 5, 2009 Session: 1
Birthdate: 14 February 1967 Age: 42 B#: 3 Female
Lack of energy after childbirth, headaches and asthma. Headaches: periodically
CC gave birth at age 40 to her third child and has been breastfeeding for 2 ½ years. She is fatigued, struggles to keep her weight up and desires to cut back the breastfeeding. She wants to eat better, but has inability to make the effort: “You know you can do it but too nervous to try.” Avoiding the sense of satisfaction, the sense of feeling good about myself. Excitement, giggles, feeling of butterflies, if I let it go, it is just going to … makes me want to move, laugh and jump”. Has sugar cravings and eating sugar makes her sleepy. Imagines the worst at night (imagines that her headache is meningitis.) Dream: parent’s bedroom is full of shit and she has to clean it up. Headache: swelling of the head and numbness down the left arm, pulling across the chest into the neck, worse upon waking. They have been diagnosed as atopic migraines. Asthma and allergies since about five years (when her older boys became adolescents)
Sensations (MICH Method)
Local – General
Asthma: you cannot breathe. As if the lungs are closed, small and shriveled up. I feel a band around my heart and it pinches… constricting, but not suffocating, like a strong hand that is constricting. I have too little space.
General – Global
I hold back. I’m resisting being pushed. Tight, knot. Noise, crowds around me: tightness. Tight around me, no space, squished down, arms squeezed around me.
As in a ball that is too small for me;
As if in a womb that is too tight;
I just want to get out: all that fight;
It deflates, makes me smaller;
The more it happens, the harder it is to fill back up again.
As if a ball that is too small for me, as if in the womb that is too tight. I deflate, makes me smaller. As if my mother is holding me in while I want to be born and get on with my life.
Need or desire to expand. Something holds me back in again and brings me down. Like a balloon that inflates and deflates. Holding back so that it doesn’t inflate too much. It can’t go beyond a certain size: might pop or float away.
Holding back: I hold myself back from who I can be.
- Generalities; Noise; agg. (387)
- Mind; EXCITEMENT, excitable (461)
- Respiration; TIGHTNESS of chest, with (141)
- Generalities; NUMBESS, left (136)
- Generalities; PERIODICAL (312)
Kingdom differentiation and family.
Plant language: sensations and their opposites are her core experience. Sensations of tightness, inflation and deflation.
Possible Families, Remedy differentiation:
Cactaceae: sensations of tightness, constriction, alternation of contracting and expanding.
Anacardiaceae: caught, stiff, tight pressing. However: needs to move and > motion
Euphorbiaceae: tied and untied, bound and unbound with desire to break free.
Malaria: Stuck and intermittently attacked with sense of denial: if you don’t think of it, it doesn’t already exist and you don’t need to deal with it. Keeping blinders on: not looking at things as they are. Feels unfortunate, lamenting (mother) and periodicity of complaints.
- Cactus: fits the core and the rubrics.
- Aconite: acute distress, vexed, raw nerves. Morbidly sensitive, with emotional outbursts and reaction of numbness. Does not have sensation of being held back.
- Rhus tox. As all anacardiaceae, in Rhus-t we see the sensation of feeling caught locally, tight and pressing. It is as if caught from outside and desire is to move. The deflation/expansion is not seen in Rhus-t.
We don’t see the Aconite or Rhus-t core in this case.
Cactus grandiflorus 200K
better this summer. Able to relax, less worrying, when
Ã Repeat Cactus grandiflorus 200K
problems decreased (<cleaning the house), but now getting frontal
HA (sinus.) Some trouble sleeping.
Dull, tight, squeezing,
Ã <Cactus MK
and tightness occasionally appear. No asthma and no headaches.
Ã Cactus MK: split dose in water
better than last year. Breathing mostly good. Feelings of not being
able to keep up, lack energy, as if a mountain on my path.
Ã Cactus XMK
and ongoing sinus infection. Breathing good. Had a situation where I
felt completely powerless, as if I had no mind of my own. A door was
closed, a wall stopped me from moving forward.
Ã Cactus XMK Within a week, sinus
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