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A Horrific Experience
` Arn / Ign / Stram

Case 1:
An eleven year old boy was admitted in hospital with fever of unknown origin for the past one month. He was undergoing treatment for fever, when suddenly one day, he developed severe abdominal pain beginning in the right renal region and extending downward from loin to hip. The pain was so intense that during the paroxysm, the patient tried to knock his head against wall and he had to be held by the attendants to prevent him from doing so. Routine drugs like Berberis, Colocynthis Magnesium - Phosphoricum, Lycopodium, Chamomilla, Coffea were given with no relief. My housephysician called me up for further advice as the condition of the patient was not improving. The patient had a history of having undergone an operation for renal stone few months back. Nothing else characteristic could be elicited except the character of pain which was described by the patient as tearing in nature and quite unbearable and mostly in the back and hip.

The symptom expressed by the patient was referred to Kents repertory to see a similar rubric.
Under chapter KIDNEYS, we found the rubric:
Pain, tearing agonising as from passing calculus in back and hips: Arn. (p666).
On the basis of this rubric the boy was given one dose of Arnica 200. He closed his eyes and lay on the bed. The patient went to sleep and woke up after 2 hours with no pain. A few days later he painlessly passed a small calculus in the urine.

Case 2
A 16 year old girl was admitted in the hospital for convulsions. The problem started after watching a horror movie on Television. The attacks were coming quite frequently involving all parts of the body and are associated with frothing at mouth. There was no biting of tongue, no loss of bladder and bowel function, no loss of consciousness. Initially taking the help of rubric Convulsions, fright, from (K R 1354), drugs like Ignatia, Opium, Cuprum met, Hyoscyamus were given with no relief. The condition of the patient deteriorated and gradually the interval between attacks became less and less and it appeared as if the patient might develop Status Epilepticus. It was seen that the convulsions were varying in character, Starting everytime from a different part i.e. sometime from hands, sometime from feet or from face. This led me to the rubric" Convulsions changing in character".

In Kents Rep - GENERALITIES page 1352, the drugs given are Bell., Ign., Puls, Stram
On combining the two rubrics, Convulsions, fright from and Convulsions changing in character only two drugs were found common;
Ignatia, and Stramonium
Since Ignatia had already been given with no change in the patients condition, Stramonium 200 was given 2 doses at 10 minutes interval. Thereafter there was no convulsion.