The first patient I wanted to write about was the first patient with seizures I had seen in my practice. He was a boy four years age who had started seizing one day with no apparent cause. His seizures came on during the night time and the boy was unconscious during the convulsions. He had foaming at the mouth with blueness of extremities. He also was excessively sleepy before and after the convulsions. When he woke up, he didn’t remember anything about the episode and the parents reported a change in his behavior. He would become aggressive and have fits of anger. They said he was generally a happy child and never had shown aggression until then. The child had no history of fall or head injury. The parents said he was alone in his room when the convulsions happened and was making noises during the convulsions, which prompted them to check on him. His convulsions were more on his right side than left. He had three episodes of seizures before they came to see me and the foaming at the mouth was seen only the first time. The parents reported that he was excessively sleepy since the 1st attack and that he seemed to be more dull and morose or aggressive. They said he had become a different child from the seizures. He was also complaining of nightmares and fear of being alone since the event. The child was taken to a neurologist for testing and all tests came back normal. He was prescribed Keppra by the neurologist, but the episodes continued in spite of it. The child was very active at my clinic, but yawned constantly. He had a bluish ring around his eyes with translucent skin. He was excited and happy in the clinic and was very social. After talking to the parents and examining the child, I prescribed Opium 200C one dose, followed by placebo.
. Opium was selected as it covered the totality of the child,
- dull and morose before convulsions followed by rage after the convulsion.
- Excessive sleepiness
- Painlessness in general
- Convulsions followed by paralysis.
He had one more episode of convulsion within the next month and he was given another dose at that time. The child was also taken off of Keppra and continued on placebo. The child continued to improve behaviorally too. He had no more episodes of Seizures since. The parents reported that he had become a normal happy child and he was not excessively sleepy. He has been followed up for other complaints till today since 2008 and he has had no more seizures.
My second patient was a strong healthy male, aged 28 years. He had had seizures for a year and half when he came to see me. He was on prescription medication too at that time, but he was unable to drive or be alone anywhere. He reported that he had fallen off the stairs onto his back and his head hit the pavement and he injured his head. He had had all the tests and everything came out negative. He started having seizures a few weeks after after the head injury and in spite of being on medication, he continued to have some involuntary movements, especially at night, but they had only become full blown seizures twice. He was afraid to drive as he felt dizzy from the medications and needed to be driven everywhere. As most people do, he believed that he had to take prescription drugs all his life and still be afraid that he might have an episode any time. I prescribed Arnica 200C one dose that day, followed by Natrum sulphuricum 200C one dose the next day, followed by placebo. The patient was given Arnica for possible hemorrhage and bruising from head injury and Natrum Sulph is indicated for long term effects after a head injury.
He started cutting back on his prescription medication in a month’s time (by half) and continued to decrease it as time passed. His involuntary movements completely stopped after four months of treatment with three repetitions of Natrum Sulph, and he stopped the Keppra completely. He didn’t have any ill effects from stopping the medication and hasn’t had a seizure since. He was followed up after a year and half and he remains healthy.
The third patient was a male, aged 21 years. He developed seizures as a teenager after he tried to cut his oxygen supply by choking himself to get high. He had been having seizures for 5 years when he came to see me. He was almost completely nonfunctional when he came to the clinic. He couldn’t be by himself anywhere, as he had seizures almost every day and had tremors all the time, along with muscle weakness, extreme fatigue and confusion. He said he couldn’t drive or even walk by himself in the fear of having convulsions, falling and injuring himself. He was also on prescription medication at that time with no relief. The neurologist had prescribed three anti-convulsive medications. His family brought him to me as they were at their wit’s end.
His convulsions typically occurred on the right side with drawing of his lips to produce a devilish grin. He was unconscious during the seizures with staring eyes and dilatation of pupils. He also had severe anxiety before his convulsions with a butterfly sensation in the pit of his stomach. The patient also seemed to have a very poor diet. He was advised to eat a nutritious diet in order to improve the cell turnover and for his overall health and was prescribed CicutaVirosa 0/1 from the totality of his symptoms. He was followed up for 2 years and his symptoms seemed to improve slowly but steadily. He was taken off his prescription medications after only a year into homeopathic treatment. The dose was repeated thrice in 3 months’ time, followed by no improvement and hence the potency was increased to 0/2, 0/3 and 0/4. Over the next 21 months he displayed a marked improvement. During the last follow up, the patient had not had any seizure activity for almost 3 months. He was driving by himself and traveling to places alone for 6 months. He was going to go back to college to pursue his life goals.