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First, I want to thank everybody for voting! Let’s see if there’s anyone on the line. Is the caller there?
Great to see another quiz !!!
The symptoms are as follows:
1. Acute sore throat on the Right side
2. Spells of chills
3. Clean tongue
4. Coughing spells with no phlegm
5. Pain in chest and throat ( 6am shortness on breath )
6. Pain in both knees
7. Headache more on right side
8. Pain in right ear
9. Right cheek hotter than left cheek
10 . Causation factor – Mosquito bites.
Symptoms predominantly on the right side and “insect bites” suggest it for “APIS MELLIFICA“. Please let me know your opinion.
I know it must be very confusing, as the last time (“Pain Fest”) I said it was essential to repertorize; but, now I’m saying, in this case, only one symptom matters:
Ailments from mosquito bites!
How can that be? As I’ve said many times:
ETIOLOGY OVER-RULES SYMPTOMATOLOGY!
Not every etiology (cause) is going to be helpful; but, some etiologies are famous for pointing to one, two or three remedies. For example, “Ailments from cold dry winds”–Aconite! “Ailments from blunt trauma”–Arnica! “Ailments from electric shock”–Phosphorus! “Ailments from injuries to areas rich in nerves”–Hypericum!
Does anyone ever actually take an Arnica case? When someone’s fallen and hit his head, do we sit down with a pad and pencil and say, “OK, tell me about yourself. Describe your nature. Are you thirsty? Do you like ice cream?” No! We just give Arnica, we don’t even think about it! Well, here again we have such a case–“Ailments from Mosquito Bites”. In Murphy’s Repertory, this is an actual rubric! There are only three remedies in it–Caladium, Ledum and Staphysagria. Since Ledum is our main remedy for puncture wounds and bites of all kinds, I went with Ledum, and apparently, I picked the right one. Does Ledum have to match that whole list of symptoms you made? Does Ledum have to have chills, pain in both knees, right-sided sore throat, etc.? No, none of that matters!
I know this is hard to believe. “I thought we had to find the totality of symptoms!” Yes, sometimes you do! We sure had to do that the last time for “Pain Fest”, and again for “Coughing Up Pennies” from August. But when the etiology is clear and recent and the rubric is small, we celebrate because it means we’re practically home free!
Do we have another caller?
Well, it’s about time!
When I first read the quiz I thought of Ledum. It is under rubric “Bites from mosquitoes” with staph and hypericum.
It is a 2 under Sore throat. It is a 3 under “Bites”.
Of course IF the ailment was indeed from mosquitoes. What if it wasn’t?
Here comes the doubts!
What stuck me most is the right sided pain. Seems like Belladonna, which is a 2 under “Bites”.
I will vote for Bell only because I am not sure of the etiology and the symptoms fit with Belladonna.
I hate it when small rubrics don’t fit the case 😛
D’oh! Oh dear. You were right the first time, Maria; it was Ledum! Why? Because etiology over-rules symptomatology! And…”many mosquito bites” in a place like Pakistan? What else can it be? It was my first thought! But don’t feel bad, many others voted for Belladonna too!
Did anybody get the right answer?
My answer is Ledum, ….. Clarke mentions …… this use of Led. in mosquito-bites, stings of bees and wasps, rat-bites, needle-pricks ….
Thanks, Rosman Faridz
OMG! Right on the nose! You must be a genius! You knew to ignore all those myriad of symptoms and go right for “Ailments From Mosquito Bites”! You deserve a gold star! Dr. B, where are the Hpathy gold stars? Oh, never mind, I found them:
Congratulations to Rosman Faridz!
See you back here next time for another fabulous hpathy Quiz!