I haven’t used this remedy too often. I don’t think most people know when to prescribe it; so, here’s a case for you. If you’ve observed similar symptoms with this remedy, please let me know and maybe we can discern a picture of it.
They say you should give this remedy at the first sign of a flu or even as a preventative if you know the flu is in your area. This may be why we don’t get to know a lot about it.
I found this case quite by accident while looking for a picture of Shana’s dad. I still haven’t found it, but I did find this old case. It’s a flu Shana had 10 years ago. She was 12. It started at 7 pm. She wasn’t feeling well but she didn’t tell me! She said her legs hurt. She wanted ice packs on them. (Is this remedy better for cold applications? Or is it an idiosyncracy of Shana’s? We don’t know.) By the time she went to bed she was burning hot with fever but didn’t complain! So what do we have so far?
Sudden onset of fever
The apathy makes us think of Gelsemium but Gelsemium doesn’t have sudden onset and there are no chills.
The next morning she called out “Mommy….” and then went back to sleep. Again, looks like Gelsemium with the tendency to fall asleep in the middle of a sentence.
When she finally woke up, she came into the living room crying! Now we’re not in Gelsemium territory anymore, it’s looking more like Pulsatilla. Her lips were chapped, she said her legs hurt. We went back to bed. She wanted me with her. Looking more like Pulsatilla and Arsenicum; but, she had no thirst; so, not likely Arsenicum. There was bad breath. You’d be thinking of Baptisia now but there’s no thirst to support it. Because she said her legs were burning, Arsenicum was tried but it didn’t work. Also, Arsenicum would not have liked cold compresses.
Remedies we tried were Gelsemium, Belladonna, Pulsatilla, Pyrogen and Arsenicum.
Belladonna and Pulsatilla helped slightly. With the failure of all the remedies that seemed close, we tried Oscillococcinum. In less than an hour she was completely well and back at the computer–posting on facebook, as usual!
P.S. She had tried to sit at the computer earlier while I was out. When I got home, the computer was on the start-up page and she was in bed; so, obviously, she wasn’t able to manage it.
So, what is the likely remedy picture of Oscillococcinum? Consider the following:
Pains in legs, better cold applications
Burning pains in legs
Thirstlessness (Shana is normally very thirsty)
Dry, chapped lips
Apathy and stuporousness with fever
High fever with apathy and inclination to sleep
Crying like Pulsatilla (possibly due to pains in the legs)
Desires company (earlier was apathetic; so, this aspect wasn’t consistent)
Sudden onset of fever
If you’ve had an Oscillococcinum flu, let me know if you can confirm this picture. I’m really anxious to see what other people’s experiences have been. Talk to you soon….
Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
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