A Case of Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)treated with Homeopathy

The patient came with the complaints of severe pain in the right shoulder, which started 3-4 months back. After being diagnosed with frozen shoulder the patient was put on painkillers and was also taking physiotherapy. Even after taking the medicines and the physiotherapy there was no change in the pain and it was worsening day by day. The case came to me after they read about the other cases I had treated but there was lot of doubt in the patients mind .

The husband had asked many questions about Homeopathy and how it works and will I be able to provide any relief? As we know a correct case history is very important if we have to solve the case I told the same thing to the patient if they co-operate we can provide a solution?

The patient said the pain is unbearable it is pulling and throbbing in character.The pain radiates from the shoulder to the forearm. The following things aggravated the pain

The pain is better by

  • In open air.
  • Fomentation
  • Tight blouse
  • Continued motion
  • Abduction
  • Lying on painful side
  • Cold weather
  • Rains
  • The patient feels better by bending backwards and supporting the hand.
  • The patient also suffers from osteoarthritis of the knees. There is severe pain in both the knees . The right knee was first affected and then the left knee was also involved.

    The following things aggravated the pain in the knees

    • Morning
    • Walking
    • Squatting

    The pain is better by

    • Exercise
    • Acupressure
    • Continued motion

    The patient also told that the swelling on the legs is there for a longtime. Along with this the patient also wanted us to treat her severe hair fall, and Swelling on the face. The patient is staying in Mumbai city India and is a house maker . She says since recent her illness is a causing lot of anxiety .

    She is unable to sleep due to the pain. She feels how she is going to manage the housework and to add to this their maid has stopped coming for work.

    The patient is very anxious by nature small things can also cause lot of anxiety for e.g. if her husband, or children do not come back home on time she will be very worried. She won't sleep till everyone has returned back even if it is late at night she will wait. There are lots of negative thoughts that come to her mind like they must have met with an accident or something must have gone wrong. There is lot of anticipatory anxiety. The patient also worries about her son who is 25 years plus and she feels he is too straight forward and how he will deal with the world. As a child she was very obstinate she wanted things her way otherwise she would be very angry. She is very attached to her family her brothers and sisters. She was very scared of her father but was very much attached to him emotionally. It came as a big shock to her when he passed away .She cannot forget this event and it depresses her sometimes.

    The relationship with her husband is very good. There are no problems on this front. The patient also has the habit of preserving things even old things, which are of no use she will preserve for years together. Also she cannot spend her money easily. During the case taking the patient was so anxious that she asked me many times will she get alright? The intensity of the anxiety was very strong. On observation there was swelling under the eyes, pigmentation on the face was present. At the end of this she said I forgot to tell one thing that she is very scared of snakes and also gets dreams of snakes. Also there is lot of fear of diseases. So from the above history her remedy was very clear.

    Personal history

    • Cravings: Pickles, Spicy food
    • Aversion: Sweets
    • Thermals feels cold on the whole
    • Urine: Normal
    • Stools: Normal
    • Perspiration: profuse after menopause
    • Menses: menopause
    • Thirst: normal

    Investigation reports

    • USG abdomen: Normal
    • X-ray of the shoulder joint showed reduction of space in the right shoulder joint
    • S.creatinine: 0.8mg/dl
    • Blood urea nitrogen (BUN): 15
    • S.triglycerides: 202 mg/dl
    • S.Cholestrol: 184 mg/dl
    • Blood sugar levels were normal

    On examination

    • Blood pressure: 140/90 mm of Hg
    • Teeth carries few of them have been removed
    • Hair loss severe
    • Bilateral pedal edema (swelling on the legs)
    • Cracking of the knee joints
    • Pigmentation on the face
    • Swelling below the eyes
    • Severe restricted movement of the shoulder

    Date   Prescription
    21/06/06   Kali.bi 30c
    3 doses at bedtime for 3 nights
    25/06/06 Pain better by 15 to 20 per cent
    Sleep has improved
    Continue the same medicine
    10/09/06 Sleep is good.
    Restriction in the movement is better and less painful
    Continue the same medicine
    25/09/06 Patient was 80per cent better
    Her anxiety and sleep is much better
    No medicines

    Patient was put under observation after 1 month, as there were no complaints as such.Patient reported with overall improvement in the month of February 2007. Also there is a marked improvement in the anxiety levels and she is able to relax and find the solution to a problem.The right Homeopathic medicines will help the person recover to healthy and harmonious state of health.

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