Clinical Cases

Varicose Veins and Allergic Rhinitis in a Woman of 52

Sudipti Singh
Written by Sudipti Singh

Dr. Sudipti Singh shares a case of varicose veins and allergic rhinitis in a woman of 52. Fastidious, anxiety about health and religious affections were among the symptoms leading to the simillimum.

PRELIMINARY DATA:

Name: Mrs. Jenifer (name changed)
Sex: Female
Age: 52 years
Marital Status: Married
Education- Post Graduate in Sociology
Occupation: Housewife / Insurance agent
Address: Mangalore, Karnataka
Religion: Christian
Parents- Deceased
Diet:  Non-Vegetarian
Spouse: Mr. Jordan (name changed)
Occupation- Bio scientist and Researcher

CHIEF COMPLAINTS:

LOCATION SENSATION MODALITIES ACCOMPANIMENTS
Locomotor System On both the legs for 23 years With gradual Onset  Pain- dull type, Heaviness in the legs On continuous standing in the kitchen, working and straining activities Better by resting, elevating her legs and bandaging 3 varicose veins. Not as such
Respiratory System
Nose
for 6-7 years
With gradual onset
Difficulty in breathing and sneezing

Frequent cough coryza

Watery Eyes

Easily catches cold in cold weather

When exposed to dust, fur (they had Persian cat and cleaning.

She also uses nasal spray for relief

On consuming cold food items like curd, cold drinks, ice-creams

Better by taking hot drinks and consuming DOLO tablets.

Weakness, Headache and feverish feeling

Fig 1- On the lower extremities.

DIAGNOSIS- Varicose veins (Spider Veins) with Allergic Rhinitis

ASSOCIATED COMPLAINTS– Not as such

Patient as a person (Attributes and Functions):

Appearance: Healthy build and fair complexion

Perspiration: moderate – whole body

Digestion: Appetite: Normal, 3 times a day (she will always consume hot food items)

Cravings: hot drinks                            Aversion: cold food items

Eliminations: – Stool: Normal              Urine: Normal

Sleep: 6-7 hours- unrefreshing due to pain in legs and cough, coryza and headache

Thermal State: Chilly (cannot bear fan, will cover herself, will sit and have food with fan off, will always take bath in hot water and will take hot food and drinks only)

Family History: Father- was healthy and died at age 85

Mother- had complaints of asthma

LIFE SPACE– The patient was born and brought up in an orthodox Christian family. Her father was an agriculturalist and her mother was a housewife. She was a very conscientious and diligent student, very punctual and use to do her work properly.

Due to certain complications which are not clear she was not able to conceive and no treatment was done or investigations regarding that. She, along with her husband took care of the other children (her husband’s brother’s and sister’s kids) as they were living in the city.

She started working as an insurance agent to be independent. She is very religious; visits the church, listens to religious talks and songs and even sometimes she holds the bible while sleeping.  She loves cooking and she wants everything to be perfect, on time and neat and clean.  Her home is extremely neat.

Her clothes will be properly washed and ironed. She gets very worried about her health and if someone is coming to the home for dinner or when she has to go out somewhere, she will be very much hurried and restless. At home also she will hardly take rest and will continue doing some thing or the other.  She is very  concerned about her health, diet and exercise.

UNDERSTANDING OF THE PATIENT-

The patient’s core can be defined as:
Religious
Fastidious 
Cautious about health
Adjustable
Anticipation
Restlessness
Responsible towards family
A very diligent and conscientious person

TOTALITY OF THE PATIENT

  1. Fastidious
  2. Religious
  3. Cautious about Health
  4. Adjustable
  5. Restlessness
  6. Anticipation
  7. Varicose Vein Blue in colour
  8. Varicose Vein with pain
  9. Easily catching cold in cold weather
  10. Chilly patient

APPROACH:  Synthesis Repertory was used for Repertorization.

RUBRICAL TOTALITY:

  1. MIND, FASTIDIOUS
  2. MIND, RELIGIOUS AFFECTION
  3. MIND, ANXIETY, health about…
  4. MIND, YIELDING, disposition
  5. MIND, RESTLESSNESS
  6. MIND, ANTICIPATION
  7. GENERALITIES, VARICOSE, veins, blue
  8. GENERALITIES, VARICOSE, veins, painful
  9. NOSE, CATARRH, cold weather

REPERTORIAL SHEET: Synthesis Repertory was used in this case.

FINAL REMEDY:  ARSENICUM ALBUM 1M stat was given, as the patient was chilly and was better by warm drinks and the overall picture was more like Arsenicum.

FOLLOW UP CRITERIA:

  1. Pain in both legs
  2. Varicose vein- colour, swelling
  3. Breathlessness
  4. Sneezing
  5. Cough and coryza
  6. Body ache
  7. Weakness and feverish feeling

FOLLOW UP SUMMARY:

DATE PROGRESS REPORT PRESCRIPTION
14 Jan 2020 Pain in both the legs persists, colour of the veins unchanged

Breathlessness slightly better

Sneezing intensity reduced

Cough and coryza better

Body ache, weakness, feverish feeling 30% better

Sac lac
20 March 2020

 

 

Pain in both the legs slightly better, colour of the veins same

Breathlessness occasionally

Sneezing intensity reduced

Cough and coryza better

Body ache, weakness, feverish feeling much better

Sac lac
16 June 2020

 

Pain in both the legs increased, colour of the veins same

Breathlessness 90% better

Sneezing intensity reduced

Cough and coryza better

Body ache, weakness, feverish feeling completely better

ARS ALB 1M Stat

Also, she started doing walks and some specific exercises for varicose veins during lockdown.

 Presently, November 2020, she is free of pain in the legs but blue colour of the veins persists. Respiratory complaints of breathlessness, sneezing, cough, coryza, weakness, body ache, feverish feeling completely better. She has stopped exercising or hardly once in a week she will do it. She is able to do her work properly, can stand for longer periods and she also mentioned “I don’t remember what DOLO is”.

DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION:

In this case of varicose veins and allergic rhinitis we can see the efficacy of homoeopathic treatment specifically when the remedy is selected after proper case taking, unbiased observations and the proper individualization of the case.

PATIENT’s PERSPECTIVE:

The patient is very satisfied after taking the remedy. She feels much better and relaxed while doing her day-to-day activities. She does not have to take any medications for her complaints and her sleep is also good as she is not disturbed by any kind of pain or respiratory complaints.

 CONFLICT OF INTEREST:

There is no conflict of interest.

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CONSENT OF THE PATIENT:

The author certifies that she has obtained all appropriate patient consent.

About the author

Sudipti Singh

Sudipti Singh

Dr. Sudipti Singh is doing her Masters in Psychiatry and Homoeopathic Therapeutics from Father Muller Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Mangalore, India. She has completed her undergraduate in Bachelors of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery from Bakson Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Noida, India.

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