Clinical Cases

Dysphagia & Odynophagia in a Man of 46

Homeopath Deborah Licurse presents a case of dysphagia and odynophagia in a man of 46. Lachesis, Medorrhinum and Syphilinum were all used to treat the disorders.

A 46 year old male presented on 5/19/2011 with dysphagia & odynophagia. His weight was 117 lbs, 20 lbs below normal weight.  His profession is fashion designer. For l year he had been experiencing pain when swallowing saliva.

First consultation May 19, 2011

* Ailments from disappointed love
* Jealousy
* Loquacious
* Desire for mental exertion at night
* Mania alternating with depression
* Homosexuality
* Witty
* Spiritual
* Intuitive
* Feels full of poison
*  Pain after attempting to eat

  • Pain after swallowing liquids
  • Food stays in throat
  • Feeling cold
  • Feeling weak
  • Legs shaking
  • Crawling sensation from hips down legs
  • Stomach pain under ribs
  • Extreme nervousness
  • Waking up into an aggravation at 4:00 am with throat pain

After several visits to medical practitioners and having a feeding tube put in to provide nutrition and prevent malnutrition and dehydration he saw no improvement in his overall health and continued to decline.

5/19/2011 The first prescription, based on the symptoms above was LM1 Lachesis 1 tsp. ½ cup water 1 tsp after 2 succussions every 3 days.  n May 29, he reported pain in throat softening, sweating more (exteriorization). Dreams of eating food.

Second consult 7/21/2011 Progress stopped on Lachesis LM1 I and I decided to prescribe Medorrhinum 30. 1 tsp diluted in ½ cup water, 2 succussions, every 3 days.

Based on:

  • Sleeplessness throughout night
  • Numbness in extremities
  • Crawling sensation through spine and rectum
  • Restless and Fidgety
  • Passionate
  • Highly sexual
  • Throat pai

8/20/2011   Improvement in numbness, improvement in crawling, Throat improving, eating improving. Eating eggs, yams, occasional cake

3rd Consult 9/20/2011

  • Severe insomnia
  • Emaciation
  • Severe phobias about health
  • Restlessness
  • Nerve pain
  • Depression

I decided to prescribe 30c Syphilinum based on the above symptoms 1 tsp in ½ cup water, 2 succussions, every 3 days.

10/18 Sleeping much improved – sleeping from 2:00 am to 8:00 am, improvement in pain, numbness is gone, eating solids, including meat and sandwiches.  Depression somewhat better, prophetic dreams, crying in sleep, heart palpitations.

10/25 Based on those remaining symptoms I prescribed LM2 Lachesis, 1 tsp. in ½ cup water, 2 succussions, every 3 days

 2/26/2012 Patient has gained 20 lbs since 5/19/2011. He is eating steak, turkey, ham, bologna. Still some crawling in skin, sleeping 12 hours a day. Throat is sore.

Based on symptoms I went back to LM3 Lachesis

5/31/2012  One year after initial consult patient is continuing to sleep well and eat all foods.  He is feeling happy and continuing to pursue his passions and work.

I prescribed LM4 Lachesis to continue the healing.

About the author

Deborah Licurse

Deborah Licurse

Deborah Licurse, FsHom practices classical homoepathy and has been in private practice since 2006. She completed five years of study, July 2008 in advanced 5th/6th edition prescribing at the Renaissance Institute of Classical Homeopathy, under the directorship of Dr. Luc DeSchepper. Deborah received her Fellowship Degree, June 2009. She is particularly interested in treating children with special needs, children’s health issues and women’s health issues.

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