MC: ARTHRITIS IN THE NECK
(And most other joints)
• Gastro enteritis
Pierre: What brings you here?
“My state of health has not been very good for some time now. I have tingling in the hands that comes and goes especially in the evening and in the morning. I also have some pain up in the arm and arthritis in the neck. The skin of my hands is very dry; in fact, I feel like my whole body is dry. I caught a cold recently and I lost my voice. I am also battling a gastro-enteritis since my vacation in Spain and I am not able to eat. My stomach gets very hard. I feel my body is in full change and that’s not for the better. ”
Fine, is there a precise time when all of this started?
“The arthritis began after something happened professionally. I was supposed to get a promotion and I did not get it. I had to fight for something that should have happened automatically. When there is something wrong with me it goes to my skin. My body has always been sensitive but now it is much worse. I felt manipulated.”
Tell me about fighting for that please.
“There is all this stuff coming at me, my promotion. My body is changing and I don’t I like it. It is changing in a way that mimics my adolescence. I have teeth and gas problems like a baby. It puts me in this fear. It is something I have had all the time. It is something that can’t be controlled.”
Tell me about the arthritis, please.
“I am getting arthritis, that’s what the doctor told me. It feels as if something is crunching in me. When I am in pain I think, ‘What is it going to be like when I get older?’ After all I am in my early 30’s and my mother has something just like that but for her it started in her late 40’s. So I think I am worse off than she.”
Please tell me what these changes feel like.
“They feel like my body is going to transform and collapse. My body wants to go one way, my head another and I need to stop for a second. I feel like I have to glue myself back together. It is as if I need to put the head and the body back together.”
Could you please describe that in a little more detail?
“It feels as if it is the beginning of vertigo. For example, if I walk fast I need to stop. The head goes faster than the body. When I take the train I feel the vibration on the track a lot. Or, when I go to sleep I feel like going into my body to incarnate really very deeply. It feels like I am in this half awake state and I hear wailing inside my body. When I had this crisis at work my tongue was swelling.”
Tell me about vertigo please.
“In vertigo one does not have a center. It is if one is being twisted. You are not straight. You can’t see the world, you are lonely, lost and abandoned. The spine becomes encroached like a witch. The vertebrae make a squeaky noise and lack articulation. It becomes deformed and fritters away. It all falls apart in pieces, it’s all coming apart.”
FOLLOW UP: (One month later)
Pierre: How you are. Have you noticed any improvements?
“The tingling in the hands and the dryness is about the same but my stomach is a lot better. I think my body is in full change. I cried for two days after I took the remedy. I realized that having so much control over everything is not quite the best way to live. What kind of living is this? It made me think about my whole body since my birth. My mental disposition is very different. Now my body is connected with my brain. I am cool about things in general, that’s what changed mainly. My body is less reactive to things. I am feeling much calmer.”
You are feeling connected now?
“The need to glue myself back is a lot better. The feeling as if I were dizzy is a lot better, my head, too, as well as the body issues. When I move now there is an alignment within. The feeling of falling is very much improved.
This is very important to me because it was the center of the case.
What about the wailing when falling asleep, please?
“The wailing when falling asleep is also a lot better. It seems that I had some unexpressed things in my life.”
How about frittering away?
“The feeling of the lack of articulation (her range of motion) in the vertebrae and the feeling of it frittering away is a lot better. Something has also opened up in the hips. Overall, I feel my health is a lot better. The arthritis in the hands, arms and neck is much better. Only the skin needs to get better.”
FOLLOW UP: (Six months later)
Pierre: How are you?
“The shift that happened after I first took the remedy is holding. There is space for new stuff. The heaviness I had is totally better. Most of the arthritis is better. There is a little tension in my jaw and a little cracking in the finger. My stomach is feeling a lot better. The skin problems I had all went away. There is some dizziness still from time-to-time, especially if I turn the head to the right. The feeling of frittering away in the bones is gone. I can move my back, I can turn, bend forward and to the side with little problem.”
Acne is particularly severe on his upper back with pimples covering the whole area.
I have to admit that up to a few years ago skin conditions were always a challenge for me. For some reason I just was not getting good results. I even turned people with skin problems down. I don’t know why it was so because as you can see cases are always taken the same way. I just kept a small trickle of people and then my results started to change, something cleared in my head and now I have the same results as with any other cases. I still like autoimmune cases more; perhaps it is their complexity that appeals to me. I once heard Isaac Bergman say that a simple piece of music can be harder to play than a difficult one. This is very much the way it was for me with these cases.
Acne in this case was the main complaint but because the sinus was acting up at the time, it was first on his mind. This is a nice, simple example of hierarchy in the body. The acute condition temporarily diminishes the chronic condition. If all things were linear or equal as in the Western medical model this would not happen. The question then becomes why is the acne regressing when the sinuses are worse? The answer is that there is an order in the body regulated by the vital force. If disease were truly only a physical matter then such an instance would not happen. But disease is a result of the disorder at the level of the vital force hence when the vital force is expressing an acute condition the chronic is overtaken.
When people suffer from different conditions at the same time then all of them are co-mingling on a similar level, which is why one remedy is needed for all the conditions at once — they are all part of the general disorder.
This case is a perfect triangulation of acute/chronic issues and parenting problems. In life all three are dealt at different levels. The acute sinusitis is dealt with an OTC drug. A dermatologist treats the acne. The issue with the parents, notably the mother in this case, is dealt with in psychotherapy. With the homeopathic approach, which is the reason why I often use such words as “the beauty of homeopathy” or “the genius of homeopathy” is that the whole “triad” can be dealt with deeply and effectively. One cannot turn to psychotherapy alone to work this whole thing out; the follow-ups are proof of that in this case as well as in many other cases presented in this book. It doesn’t mean one should not seek to improve oneself further with the help of a professional but if the baseline is much as in Erika’s or James’ cases (see case studies) then decisions are made from a clear, rational mind rather than a cluttered, encroached one.
Lac means milk. In this case the strong craving for milk led me to think that the remedy needed was one of our many milk remedies.
Now he is talking about the acne and the family situation but not about the sinusitis. In other words, the hierarchy has been re-established and the whole condition is beginning to lift. Since it was prominent in the case I ask about it next.
The issue of the craving for milk is the same as in Danna’s case (see case study) where the craving diminishes dramatically after taking the proper remedy. When health returns, the craving diminishes and becomes more in line with the rest of the body as well.