That’s what the 53 yo woman said. Now she was leaking watery stool. She never has the urge to go. This was an old problem, at least since she was in high school, and sometimes she has to even put on a glove to “get it out.”She uses laxatives all the time, but nothing seems to work well.
I know, this seems hard to believe, but this was a real patient I was seeing in Urgent Care. I was being shadowed by two students; one was a college grad that was going to apply to med school this fall and wanted some experience seeing some medicine in practice, the other was a certified acupuncturist and homeopath that wanted to do medical observation as part of requirements for a doctorate in homeopathy.
What was strange to me was that this person was not acting very upset, in fact seems so calm and blase about it, and almost resigned about it. There was almost no emotion, sitting there telling about the problem, and occasionally pulled a strand of hair away from her face.
I reviewed her medications, which may have been partly why she seemed a little flat: Diagnoses: Anxiety: Hydroxyzine as needed, Klonopin daily. Borderline personality disorder: Lamotigne daily. Gastritis: pantoprazole (Protonix). Migraine: cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril-muscle relaxant) as needed, sumatriptan as needed. Venlafaxine (Effexor – anti-depressant) daily.
I asked her when this all started, and the answer was probably in high school. Was there anything traumatic or did something happen then? Well, the answer finally came out that she was molested by her father back then.
While I ordered up an enema, the homeopathy student quickly repetorized the case, that is, – picked some significant symptoms to arrive at what would be a helpful homeopathic remedy. Using just a few symptoms, homeopathic opium came up as a curative remedy. This actually made a lot of sense….remember that in homeopathy like cures like, and what a drug or remedy might produce in a healthy person is what it will cure in an ill person.
Opium covered the constipation, and the lack of any urge to have a bowel movement. Surprisingly it also was listed with the symptom of sexual abuse. And it also covers the symptom of the “drugged” affect, although this may also be contributed by the actual drugs she was taking.
The frustrating thing is that although this remedy has the potential to CURE her symptoms, in this allopathic setting all I could do was treat one of her symptoms, temporarily. Treating with a homeopathic remedy could actually help all her symptoms, and perhaps get her off some of these chronic medications.
As more and more people get healthier using homeopathy and the word spreads perhaps someday it will be more mainstream the same way acupuncture has become more accepted.