IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome

This case study is an excerpt from Pierre Fontaine’s book “Homeopathy, Sweet Homeopathy: Coming Home to Perfect Health”. Find out more information including how to purchase a copy.

CELESTE
(Early 30’s)

MC: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
• H-Pylori
• Cold sores
• Vertigo

Pierre: Please tell me what brings you here?
“I used to have a cast-iron stomach. I never had any difficulties digesting anything until I went to a social event after which I had diarrhea for a week-and-a-half.  I took an antibiotic for it. I was okay for a couple of years and then my stomach started to feel bloated and I got constipated. Then I got diarrhea, abdominal pain and the vomiting started. I ended up losing five pounds. I had the feeling of an air pocket in my stomach with severe gas and heartburn. They checked me for everything even celiac disease as I was sure I had it.”

Please continue.
“By 11 a.m. I have a very ravenous appetite. I get so hungry but then I eat one cracker and I have pain right in the middle
of my ribs. I’ve been belching after eating for the last nine years. I can’t even sleep well. I have so much less energy, I hardly go to the gym and I certainly don’t want to go out to eat. I go back and forth between constipation and diarrhea, which is at least five times a day. I get a sudden desire to go to the bathroom and it can be explosive. As soon as I get cramps in my stomach I have to go. Medication has not helped. I hear some rumbling immediately after eating. I start to sweat profusely and I change my shirt several times within a couple of hours. The pain is so bad I am hunched over.  Symptoms start with belching, and then I feel bloating, which is followed by gas. Gas smells as if something died, something festering. It even lingers in the room for a long time. I can’t stay in the living room I have to stay in another room it is so bad. The air pocket in the stomach feels like pressure. There is fullness and hunger at the same time. It feels as if I’m going to explode. All of my symptoms feel much worse in the evening. It is extremely uncomfortable. I can’t be near anybody with this. It feels as if someone old should have this.”

Please, tell me about the pain.
“The pain just comes on after eating. The gas is extremely unpleasant and offensive. I certainly wouldn’t want my wife to have this but I have it. I have broken down and cried. It is zapping my energy, it’s constricting. When I was young, I was overweight. I was teased for being overweight and right now I would be happy eating a whole pie and not having symptoms. I have restricted my diet so much. Bloating is always difficult. I don’t want to deal with this any longer.”

REMEDY:  
Carbo vegetabilis

FOLLOW UP:  
Pierre: Please tell me how you are?
“The air pocket is much better. The heartburn, belching, diarrhea, sleep, most of the symptoms I had are no longer a major issue. I still have some gas and bloating but not everyday.”

SEVERAL FOLLOW-UPS LATER:  
Pierre: How have you been?
“Great. During vacation, I had many frozen drinks and I felt okay. I have some slight distension. I am definitely not as bad as when first started. I am feeling the light at the end of the tunnel. I don’t have the explosive diarrhea, I am more regular and I gained 4 pounds. Having dinner with the family is much more enjoyable. I am able to sit down in the living room with my family.”

 

DISCUSSION

 

IBS and H pylori have become very common. Some claim that it is a result of over-prescribing antibiotics and killing gastro intestinal bacteria indiscriminately. That is a debate I don’t get into. My only purpose is to do something about the whole problem without adhering to a theory or a cause.

I present this case because even with not enough follow-up visits much could be done. This situation happens when people don’t know enough about homeopathy and decide that as symptoms have cleared that’s enough for them. I disagree with that because health can be restored at far deeper levels and can be an incredible investment in one’s person.

I think there is a detail we should all keep in mind: a lot of food preparation in this country is simply not hygienic enough and causes enormous problems to a lot of people. Be very judicious of where you eat.

So far, the symptoms she has detailed – diarrhea, abdominal pain, etc. – are common to the
IBS condition.

She is still giving symptoms that are rather common to IBS. It doesn’t mean they are not important to know, but up to now there are few SRP’s so nothing is really individualizing the condition.

She describes the odor as “offensive.” The pain is “constricting.” Now it is becoming an individualizing and vivid description of what is going on. From my point of view, it is really wonderful to hear. And now she is still going back to when she was overweight. I would have loved to have more feelings but that’s all I could get. As I mentioned, it is a very deep case like most of the cases here, but it demonstrates that even half way down the root relief can happen.

When we talk about IBS or any other gastro intestinal problems, we have to talk about diet because many people think it is related.

I do have a couple of things to say more particularly about restricted diet. In my experience:
1: Unless one is extremely regimented, it is not possible to stay on such a diet for any extended period of time;
2: The first thing we do in life is eat. Then every day of our lives we eat several times a day. At a minimum, it is extremely important! and,
3: It really exacerbates me to see diets that don’t address the emotional aspect of food. To me cutting a food out or, worse, a whole food group such as carbohydrates, is as bad emotionally as it is nutritionally. It is also not sustainable in the long run.
The only diet worth following is eating less food than you are eating now. Feeling hungry is actually a good thing. We don’t have to feed the body with food – much like an addict feeds the habit – every time we are hungry. Drink a glass of water instead when you feel hungry, especially at night.

After all these years, alas she is feeling better!
Frozen drinks and no diarrhea. Those were a big no-no before. Here’s life. Who am I to say she shouldn’t have a margarita.

These are good results, yet more could be done. The Vital Force does wonders and for it to restore the whole digestive tract takes a long time nowadays.

One last word about food. As much as we can, we should eat organic, fresh food that is not processed. Eating processed food is like putting faulty fuel in your car. Food is meant to be physically nutritious with vitamins, proteins, minerals and lipids. It should also be as emotionally satisfying as possible.

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