Ms. R, 48, was a patient whom I had been treating for irritable bowel syndrome. She had done extremely well on Nux Vomica for a couple of years. While her digestive issues had been resolved, she had started getting urinary tract infections. I asked her to repeat Nux Vomica, but it didn’t help, so I started considering complementary or intercurrent remedies. Her urinalysis showed the presence of E. coli, so I considered the remedy Colibacillinum which is a nosode, and used in cases of chronic cystitis.
Around the same time as the UTIs, she started having episodes of right-sided pelvic pain. On two occasions, the pain was so intense that she had to go to the ER. An ultrasound in January 2018 showed a right-sided hydrosalpinx, 6.9 cm in size. A hydrosalpinx is a distension of the fallopian tubes with watery fluid. Some patients are asymptomatic, while others experience pelvic pain. Ms. R’s doctor told her that if the pain continued, the only solution was surgery.
When I looked up Colibacillinum, it was indicated for:
“Cystitis: frequent urging for urination. Passes small portion,
painful, with burning at the end of urination.
In addition, O.A. Julian’s Materia Medica of Nosodes with Repertory lists Cystitis and Salpingitis as indications for Colibacillinum.
In the Synthesis repertory, I found Coli as one of 25 remedies listed under the rubric: Female Genitalia/Sex, Inflammation Oviduct, linked to Female Genitalia/ Sex – Hydrosalpingitis.
I also found that “The following organisms have been identified as causing salpingitis – gonococcus, streptococcus, staphylococcus and escherichia coli.”
I therefore asked her to take a single dose of Colibacillinum 30 in January 2018. The remedy worked like a charm. At a follow-up two weeks later, she reported that the UTI was gone. It no longer bothered her, and on subsequent follow-ups, there was no recurrence. Even better, she had no more episodes of the severe pelvic pain.
She went for another ultrasound in May 2018 that showed that the hydrosalpinx had shrunk to 2.4 cm. A final ultrasound in February 2019 showed that the hydrosalpinx was no longer visible! (See relevant text from ultrasound report below.)
Us Pelvis Transabdominal Transvaginal completed on February 13, 2019
“The previously noted right hydrosalpinx is no longer identified and
previously measured 2.4 x 1.8 x 2.1 cm on the study of May 2018,
6.9 x 4.5 x 5.5 cm in January 2018, 5.0 x 3.0 x 4.2 cm in May 2017, and
2.1 x 1.1 x 1.5 cm in October 2016.”
IMPRESSION: Interval resolution of the previously noted right hydrosalpinx.
The patient could not believe that a single homeopathic remedy had resolved both her UTIs and the hydrosalpinx which had caused her intense pain and forced her to make trips to the ER. She was also relieved that she had avoided the surgery that her doctor said she might need. Thanks to the power of homeopathy!