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Revisiting: Lifting, Pushing and Hauling Leads to Confusion, Soreness and Crying!

Written by Elaine Lewis

Elaine gives the answer to last month’s quiz. Revisiting: Lifting, Pushing and Hauling Leads to Confusion, Soreness and Crying!

Mom!!!  Look what time it is!

What, is it February again?  I lost the Quiz.  Shana, you’re going to have to call all our friends and see if you can make any of them sick by forcing them to listen to “Shattered” by The Rolling Stones!

Mom, the quiz is right here!  It’s filed under M for March, because this is the March Quiz!

Ohhhhhh…… Can you do it?

Me???  Well…if it will help move this thing along… This is the case of Shirley.

Not to be confused with Shirley Alston-Reeves of The Shirelles.

Mom, I don’t think anyone here, besides you, knows who the Shirelles are.

The Shirelles – The Shirelles Greatest Hits (1987, CD) - Discogs

Well that is a total and unmitigated horror!

Mom, here’s an idea.  You go look for a Shirelles song while I continue with this month’s quiz.  Now, as I was saying, this is the case of Shirley.  Shirley had tendonitis in her shoulder, which was improving with Arnica; but before you could even say…

“Shirley Alston-Reeves”!

… Shirley had injured the same shoulder doing heavy lifting at work!  I know… what were the odds?  So, Shirley writes to my mom and says:
“Elaine, I took the 6X Arnica 4 times yesterday as you recommended for my tendonitis.  I felt better as the day went on and better last night than the previous 2 nights.  More energy and only a tad bit of noticing my arm and shoulder; but, then yesterday, at work, I had to move from one cubicle to another which meant boxes to lift, push and haul.  Also, unbelievably, I couldn’t get my key to work in my car so I had to walk TEN BLOCKS to the train with my heavy purse and another bag!
This morning I awoke with a very sore arm—painful, tired, my upper back across my shoulders was tender and sore and I am just plodding around.  Should I raise the potency of Arnica?”
So, my mom writes back and says, “Shirley, is this in response to the overwork you did at the office yesterday?  Also, did you read my article on acute prescribing?

Acute Prescribing in Homeopathy–Even You Can Learn to Do It!

If you did, do you remember what I said about The Big 4 (Sensation, Location, Modalities, Concomitants) when presenting a case to your homeopath?  Don’t say, “My arm hurts, my shoulders hurt”, etc.  Talk in “complete symptoms”!  For example, here’s what you might have said:
‘My arm is sore from over-lifting. The sensation is soreness and lameness.  Location: same arm as the tendonitis and both shoulders; it’s not an aggravation of the tendonitis but different.  The modalities are: Worse sleeping on the painful side, better massage, better cold bathing.  Concomitants: anger from the pain, snapping at people, being rude and impatient.’  (Keep in mind, I am just making this up!  You would have to tell me what the real facts are.)”

So Shirley writes back:

“Elaine, my apologies – I did read the acute prescribing article.
The complaint is better after moving (walking, bending, using arms — reaching into cupboards, cooking, washing dishes, opening and shutting doors, etc.)
Overall, better after eating.
concomitants: Impaired thinking, as in,
‘what do I do next? I dunno!’  Crying.  In a fog.”

OK, so my mom writes back and says,

“Shirley, take ____________30C, one dose, and let me know what

Less than one hour later….Shirley writes back and says:

Elaine, first thing I noticed was that
1. My eyes were focusing much
better instead of focusing like I was in a fog.
2. Then it felt like head/brain/mind was reconnected from
the middle of my ears up – or activated.
3. Next I noticed I felt more relaxed.
4. Then, more aware of my surroundings.
5. For about 15 to 20 minutes I felt this surge of energy – I could feel it for about 8-9 inches above my head – like strong, thick sheets of energy rising up in waves. I can still feel it moving up my spine.

OK, gang, what a case!!!!!  You tell me and my mom — who is here somewhere … what remedy worked for Shirley?
Notice Shirley doesn’t mention her pain at all, almost as if it doesn’t matter!  Why?  Why would she do that?  Because one of the most important tenets in homeopathy is Hering’s Law!  And what does Hering’s Law say?  “Healing takes place from the inside-out.”  What does that mean?  It means that the right remedy is going to first make the person feel better on the INSIDE! 

So this is exactly what we want to hear from a patient after a remedy—that their mentals are back to normal, that their energy is back.  This tells us all we need to know!  Bullseye!!!!!  The pain may still be there but it will not be for long, so just wait!!!!

Update from Shirley:
“Elaine, I just got home from work and I am amazed at how much better I’ve felt today.  I’m lighter and my head is so much clearer.  And I seem to be expressing something I used to know called happiness!

Wow!!!  That’s it, people, now it’s your turn.  Write to us at [email protected] and tell us what the remedy was.  The answer will be in next month’s ezine.
In the meantime, I see my mother is back with the Shirelles’ biggest hit:



Rhus tox-9





Bellis p.

Don’t look now but it looks like we didn’t fool anybody.  Almost all of you knew it was Rhus tox!  OK, let’s get right to our answers:

Hi Elaine

I think you gave her Rhus Tox 30C

I used Synthesis and these rubrics to confirm my

Generals, injuries from over exertion

Generals, lifting, straining of muscles and tendons,
ailments from

Extremities, pain sore, bruised exertion, after

Extremities pain sore motion ameliorates

Mind confusion

Mind weepng

Generals, eating amel

Two things stick out as unusual – pain better for
motion which points to Rhus T and not Arnica!

Mind weeping which points much more to Rhus tox than
to Arnica!

Rhus tox is well known for its amelioration from
motion especially continued motion. Arnica is well known for
saying they are OK when clearly they are not.
Rhus is known for weeping and confused dullness as well as
being famous for pain in muscles and tendons from
over lifting /extertion.

Cheers from Kanmantoo


Deb, you really nailed it!  You are absolutely right! You’ve left me with nothing to say!  In fact, I’ve never seen so many points going for Rhus tox in a single case in my life, including, as you pointed out, the crying and the dullness (in a fog); most people don’t know even know about Rhus tox!  Did you like the Shirelles song?

Elaine!  By some strange co-incidence “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” is one of the first records my dad ever brought home!
Some time around 1970 he was clearing out one of the garbage bins in the drama room at school and happened across some “old” records.  He brought them home and I listened to them until they were worn out!

I love the Shirelles!

Thanks for the memories, Elaine–Deb  


First, parenthetically, let me just say that it appears that Deb is from Australia!  OK!  So, who are our big winners this time?  Congratulations go to:

Anirudh Purswani, Azeez Kapasi, Myriam Dettori, Mary Gahl, Lynn Castellari, Erica Dixon, Deb, Dr. N. Gupta, and Palkesh.

Give yourselves a big round of applause!

See you again next time!
Elaine Lewis, DHom, CHom
Elaine takes online cases, write to her at [email protected]
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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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