Clinical Cases

Revisiting: We Are In Hell!

Written by Elaine Lewis

Revisiting: We Are In Hell! Elaine gives the answer to last month’s quiz.

Who missed last month’s horrifying quiz?  Actually, just between you and me, it looks like everyone did!  Yeesh!  Here it is again:

Mom, Dr. B wants to know what’s holding up the quiz!

Tell him I’m stuck!

On what, finding a remedy?

No, a fictitious name!  Shana, you’re comparatively young and don’t know much about homeopathy; but, you have to come up with just the right fictitious name when presenting a case!


That’s why I hold this important position!  Now, let’s see……….Hmmmm…..  “Irving Plebinsky”….

What about “Joe”?

No one will believe his name is “Joe”, Shana!

What about, Jose!

OK, that’s better.  So, this is the case of “Jose”, a five-year-old boy who’s driving his parents insane with his non-stop screaming!

What’s wrong with him?

Noise is bothering him, Shana; noise.  He’s covering his ears!

What sort of noise?

Any noise!  The sound of people talking, people walking, you name it!  Let’s get the mom to tell it:


Oh my dear Lord!  My son, “Jose”, is OUT OF CONTROL.  Something has GOT to change.  We cannot live like this!

He is Not sleeping!!!!!  Lots of night-waking and then up before 6 with such loudness that both of the other 2 little ones were also up; the whole house is up!  He never did go back to sleep!

Constant screaming and crying and fussing about everything.  I mean every other minute.  He has been taking toys from the other kids a lot today.  It seems like he has been out here with us instead of off to himself like he was.  Hubby just put him in his room, because we are in hell.

Listening to a child with as loud a voice as his cry all day is just the pits.

So I missed my class since I was up in the night so much.  Can’t be doing this.

I had hoped to watch the inauguration of President Obama, but am now thinking I’ll be lucky if I can hear any of it!  I’m sure you can tell I am on edge, tired and hoping you will have a suggestion.

I asked hubby what he thought and how he would describe him – hoping he would add something that might help – he said he was “irritable, doesn’t want to be bothered by anything, very bothered by noise.”

He is rather thirsty today.  Recently he hadn’t been as much.  He doesn’t want to be made to do anything.  He wants to do what he wants to do.  He will scream if someone is disturbing him.  He will scream and cry then if you don’t stop or heaven forbid make him do something.

Trouble sleeping apparently.  Wants to play in the middle of the night.

He doesn’t want to be disturbed either by the other kids.  Not playing with them.  He is quiet if undisturbed, which is hard to do since lots of things seem to set him off!

Well I looked and looked in the Homeopathic Repertory [index of symptoms] in my desperation and seem to have stumbled onto something.  Of all things, _____________.  I focused on the sensitivity to noise, irritability, and the sleeplessness.  It especially had the “sensitive hearing, noise is painful, sensitive to noise, music and voices.  Sensitive to noises, even if anyone walks across the floor.  Fear of least noise.  Annoyed by voices.”

It also had some restlessness and sleeplessness.  “Great nervous agitation and restlessness.  Hysteria, screaming weeping and restlessness.”

To me, the noise was the big thing.  I really didn’t know that I thought it would help, but it has.

Almost immediately after he took the dose, he began to sort of skip around squealing- his happy squeal.  I was thinking oh lord, he seems happy.  Really happy – happier than he has been in days.  He is smiling, hasn’t screamed in the time since I gave it.  No crying.  He has been eating like a hog.  He has played a little with his siblings.  And NO covering the ears, which has been constant.  He crawled into my lap and played with me a long while too, which was nice.  He seems like my normally happy boy.  It was a 30C potency in water.  Love my sweet blue-eyed boy!


Was this case too hard for you people?  Because only five people voted which is ridiculous, and I thought at the very least I would get a whole bunch of votes for Theridion–the remedy so famous for being sensitive to noise–and I did get two votes for Theridion (good for the both of you!) but, that was not the right remedy!

There were two big issues in this case: sensitivity to noise and insomnia.  Now, what could that be, what could it be, what could it be…oh, I don’t know…could it be… COFFEE?  Yes, it could!  Of course, homeopathic coffee which we spell as “Coffea” (because that’s Latin for coffee and all our remedy names are in Latin).

A Miss Barbara Lowry, a Quiz answerer from New Jersey, writes:

Hi Elaine,

At first I thought it might be Aurum, but Aurum, even though Aurum has fear of least noise, they are better for music and “Jose” is worse for ALL noise to the point of covering his ears.  

Nux Vomica looks good on many counts: shrieking, irritable, weeping, restless, waking at night, and doesn’t wish to have anything to do with anyone.  But — I doubt that the Nux-v person would want to wake in the night to play because Nux-v people are restless but exhausted.

Aconite is incredibly irritable but “fearful, anxious and dreads things” (Clarke).  There’s no dread here, nor exciting cause.
Chamomilla doesn’t fear noises.

Coffea cruda is my choice: all kinds of noises are intolerable.  They are wakeful in the night because of an alertness, which this boy has.  He wants to play in the middle of the night.  It has the increased thirst.  They avoid talking, or being talked to and loathe everything.  Phatak: “Sanguine choleric temperament, complaints during infancy and dentition.”  “Children cannot bear to be carried about.  “Sudden emotions and aversion to touch.”

MIND – SENSITIVE – noise, to – voices, to = Coffea and Nux-v are right up there with 35 other Rx in Synthesis.

I choose Coffea cruda because of the alertness in the middle of the night in addition to: shrieking, fear of noise, oversensitive to noise, thirsty, weeping, restless.  If that wasn’t the remedy that cured, then my second choice would be Nux vomica.

Cheers, Barbara Lowry
Holistic Arts, LLC
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Barbara, congratulations!  I was expecting a ton of votes for Theridion.

I guess a case could be made for Theridion based on the fact that he doesn’t want to sleep at night and wants to play, but nah.  Theridion is the most tubercular spider remedy.  It didn’t seem like he was that hyper, just oversensitive.

I looked at Theridion again and see that, according to Peter Fraser, Theridion is indicated by 2 strange and distinct symptoms: they’re sensitive to their environment and they are worse for shutting out that environment.  They’re sensitive to light but worse for closing their eyes.  Worse for sleep and are subject to vertigo during sleep.  “Jose” was fine when he was left alone and his sensitivity to noise made him constantly put his hands over his ears.  If he was Theridion, he would not be able to keep his hands over his ears. “Though they would very much like to escape from the world by shutting their eyes or going to sleep they must remain aware of what is going on.”

Don’t you just love this stuff?!


Are you saying that Theridion is sensitive to noise but won’t cover their ears?

I’d say that Theridion would cover their ears, but it would be cover/uncover, cover/uncover.

Because even though they want to escape from the world, they want to remain aware of what’s going on — at least according to Peter Fraser.  It’s the most tubercular spider, so they probably would not want to hide themselves away from all these painful things – sun, noise.  Instead they’d be zooming around in circles in the midst of it all, screaming that everything is making them nuts.

Speed is very important to spider remedies.  Also, they’re very impatient.  Hurrying people up, pushing them to move faster.

They’re known for their fruitless activity.  I should probably look in Massimo’s spider book.  OK, here ‘s what I see: Theridion is a web spider.  They have to be alert to the slightest vibration; you know, they sit on their web, and if it moves ever so slightly, it means an intruder or prey has touched the web, so is nearby and acting quickly is a must!  So, you can see why they wouldn’t be inclined to cover their ears or close their eyes because they have to be hyper-vigilant.  I’m talking about Theridion now, but our winner for this case is Coffea!  Because after all, when you think about it, too much coffee can really put your nerves on edge; and, needless to say, it keeps you awake!


Thanks to Barbara Lowry for sharing her analysis of the case and congratulations to our other winner as well, Sinziana Patrulea.  Isn’t that a great name?  That would make a great fictitious name!  Sinziana Patrulea!  Let’s all say it together now:

Sinziana Patrulea!

Dr. B, what prizes do we have for Barbara Lowry and

Sinziana Patrulea!


This month’s winners will get a special 30% discount on one order of books from the Hpathy Mall.  [editor’s note: we no longer give prizes for the right Quiz answer.  Sorry.]


Elaine Lewis, DHom, CHom

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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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