Case Quizes Clinical Cases

Revisiting: From Really Weird to Shockingly Great!

Revisiting: From Really Weird to Shockingly Great! 1

What’s wrong with this patient? Did you figure it out?

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Did this quiz scare people away for some reason?  Only a few courageous people voted.  OK, who’s up first?  Oh look, it’s our friend Linda!

Hi Elaine!

Hi Linda!

Here’s my take on Eleanor:  I think the most important part of the case is the “mentals.”

I agree!

Mainly, she feels so much anxiety over her son’s drug use that it’s making her feel sick in various ways.  Arsenicum is a commonly used remedy for anxiety and it is the first remedy I think of when my friends and family members feel anxious.  I know too, though, that bird remedies can also have this anxiety over their children’s well-being because that’s what my homeopath prescribed for me many years ago.  So maybe what Eleanor needs is a bird remedy but for now, I’m going to stick with Arsenicum.

Good idea cuz that’s what I gave her!  BUT, you missed the OBVIOUS clues!  She said she was scared over and over again; and what was she scared of?  Being alone while sick!!!!!  That’s how we know it’s Arsenicum!  Arsenicum has a terrible fear of being alone when they’re sick–a desperate need for company! 

Now, what was wrong with her?  She was having an allergic reaction to shellfish!  All her references to “welts” (that means hives) and her lip swelling?  And when a person uses words like, “These symptoms are really weird!” you have to think of allergic reactions right away.  And when you see they’ve eaten shrimp?  Shrimp is famous for causing allergic reactions!  So, what I often say in cases like this?  “Make a remedy out of the shrimp!”  But I didn’t.  You know why?  This case has mentals!  And when a case has mentals, you have to match them.  And in this case, the mentals were crystal clear — Arsenicum!

Is anybody else here today?

Hello, Elaine and Shana….

Hello Miroslav and Jitka!

Here are our solutions for the September quiz:

Miroslav says: Arsenicum alb.

Anxiety, fear, restlessness goes through the whole case ….

From rubrics  I choose: Mind, anxiety, family, for his own.

But also other symptoms: nausea, goes from bed to bathroom and back (restlesness?),

Hives/urticaria, alternating fever with chills, she were hospitalized in the past

for asthma … I opted for Ars. album.

Jitka says: Phosphorus

Since in the case there was an etiology –  anxiety about her son’s fate, I tried to name this symptom and find the appropriate rubrics.

I chose these three rubrics and only remedies that were in all three rubrics.

Mind, anxiety,  ailments from anxiety:  ars carc phosp

Mind, anxiety, due others, to:  ars  CARC PHOSP

Mind, fear, solitude from: ARS, carc PHOSP

Due to chest problems, hoarseness, and indigestion problems, Phosphorus  seems to be most similar to the Eleanor case.  So my solution for this case is Phosphorus.

Miroslav is right–it’s Arsenicum!  She kept saying over and over again, “I’m scared.  I hate to be alone when I’m sick.”  This is the essence of Arsenicum.  You made the mistake of thinking the etiology was anxiety over her son’s drug addiction.  The etiology and the diagnosis is Ailments from shellfish!  She was having an allergic reaction to shrimp!  Shrimp is a notorious allergen!  The hives she mentioned and the swelling of her lip and the fact that she kept saying her symptoms were “weird”, all reflect an allergy.  If she didn’t have such clear “mentals”, I would have said, “Make a remedy out of the shrimp!”

But when a case has such clear mentals, you have to go with that.  I think she also had diarrhea, didn’t she?  Yes, she did; and she also said she wanted to throw up numerous times, all of which leads us away from Phosphorus.  The first thing she said was, “I feel really sick.”  That’s actually in the Repertory: Murphy’s 3rd ed., “Clinical: sick, feeling”.  Arsenicum is a 3.  Phosphorus isn’t there.

So there you have it!  Is anybody else here today?


Hi Elaine and Shana!  For this month’s quiz a little help would be appreciated.  I thought about Arsenicum, the anxiety is there, with the desire for company and cold water but I don’t see the typical Arsenicum restlessness and chilliness.  For now I will stick with Arsenicum.

Hi, Maria!  She did mention chills, though she mentioned being hot also.  And regarding “restlessness”,  just because you don’t see the words, “I’m restless” in a case, doesn’t mean the patient isn’t restless.

Unless I pin her down and say, “Are you lying still or tossing and turning?” or, “Are you pacing around the house or keeping to one spot?” she may not mention that she’s doing those things! 
She may not think it’s note-worthy compared to all the other things that are wrong with her. 

Also, if she’s a restless person in general?  It may seem normal to her that she’s going from one place to the other.  We just don’t know these things cuz I didn’t ask her.  And the reason I didn’t bother asking was because the mentals were so obvious, I didn’t need to know anything else! 

Remember “Repertory Round-Up Part 4”?  When I talked about the Hierarchy Of Symptoms?  Remember that whatever is at the top of the hierarchy over-shadows everything that falls underneath it?  So, if we know the mentals, and if the mentals are CHARACTERISTIC and not common, then we don’t have to bother with the symptoms that fall underneath.  So…thanks for voting as always! 


Hey everybody, Vamsi’s in the house!!!!!


I guess I am the last one to write for this quiz.

As long as you got here, that’s the important thing!

No matter I would answer this quiz. 

This quiz seems to be Really Weird.

Eleanor thought so too.

Too many symptoms.  But I would go for the Etiology which is prominent here.

1.  Swelling of lips  Detoxing parasites   – Arsenicum

Let’s talk about that.  Swelling of lip should make you immediately suspect an allergy, the question is an allergy to what?  Something she ate?  We find out at the end of the questionnaire.  Her remark about parasites?  That should make us think about Arsenicum right away.  Why?  Arsenicum’s obsession with their health and their never-ending theories about what could be wrong with them and their never-ending visits to doctors and healers too.


2. Indigestion for a month. ( She is very anxious about her sons’s addiction – may be the main cause of her indigestion )  – Anxiety – 
3. Losing voice  and chest problem- Respiratory problem – Arsenicum
4. Nausea, Indigestion , Fear of being alone ,white coating on tongue– Arsenicum

Elaine, I would vote for Arsenicum.  Please let me know your thoughts.

You’re right, it is Arsenicum!  But how do we know?  The mentals!  Remember “Repertory Round-Up, part 4”?  The Hierarchy of Symptoms?

If we know the mentals, the rest of the case doesn’t matter!  (Unless the mentals are uncharacteristic/common.)  She must have said a dozen times that she’s scared and hates to be alone when she’s sick.  That’s all we needed to know!  We know she has an allergy because of the swelling of the lip and her description of her symptoms as “weird”.  When we get to the bottom of the page, we see that she has eaten shrimp–a notorious allergen!  Normally when a food has caused a problem, I say, “Make a remedy out of the food!” but because the case had MENTALS, we prefer then to go with that and give the remedy that matches them.  Luckily, there are a lot of Arsenicum symptoms in this case–the anxiety over her son, indigestion, diarrhea, a history of asthma…there are so many ways you can arrive at Arsenicum here, but the easiest are the notorious Arsenicum mentals.  Thanks for voting!


Looks like our 4 big winners this month are Maria, Linda, Vamsi and Miroslav!  Congratulations, you guys!  Don’t forget to try again with this month’s quiz!

See you in November!

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Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
Elaine is a passionate homeopath, helping people offline as well as online. Contact her at [email protected]
Elaine is a graduate of Robin Murphy's Hahnemann Academy of North America and author of many articles on homeopathy including her monthly feature in the Hpathy ezine, "The Quiz". Visit her website at: and

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Shana Lewis

Shana Lewis

Shana spices up the Hpathy Quiz with her timely announcements and reviews on the latest in pop culture. Her vast knowledge of music before her time has inspired the nickname: "Shanapedia"!

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