Patient, Male, early 50’s, had a flu shot in the UK in early October 2012. One week after the shot, mild vertigo, back ache, headache, recurring mildly from time to time. Had a flare up of a respiratory disorder and a “heavy cold’. Patient suffers from cigarette induced COPD and is taking steroids and bronchial dilators. Has not smoked for 8 years.
Went on holiday to hot country at end of October for 1 week. Came home, resumed his occupation as transport driver. Took 4 days off work due to another “heavy cold” and respiratory difficulties.
On 25th November, started to feel unwell and slowly developed another “heavy cold”. Missed two days of work, then resumed work but did not feel well and then went into a full blown influenza type picture.
I saw the patient on 30th November.
Patient complained of:
Frontal headache, temples to upper forehead.
Was chilled easily at change of temperature, would shiver and shake.
Lumbar area backaches, sometimes in legs.
Vertigo rising from seat, a mild unsteadiness.
Felt hot, no perspiration.
I heard a very upper chest cough, loose with no expectoration.
I asked the patient if he was experiencing anything else. He said he was just feeling like his bones were sore, not much, but just not right.
My personal observation of this patient that he was unusually mild in manner, whereas his normal mood is bantering and cutting and quite critical at times.
As I had some very specific symptoms, I ran a few physical checks and diagnosed to all intent and purposes, Influenza. My concern was to keep his airways clear so went to the Repertory (SYNOPSIS P & W Therapeutic pocket book by Boenninghausen) and put in the following SX.
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I have found through my career, that it is the key symptoms, as expressed by the patient, that represent the whole modality(ies) of the illness, AND represent the main symptoms produced by a remedy, are the ones to keep in view. This remains a constant even if the production of the modality in a medicine is NOT particularly in the same location as the patient is expressing the disorder. However, in this case, it became obvious that the medicine that covered the influenza was one of three.
All three remedies covered the rest of the case. The back, the vertigo the headache, there was nothing to distinguish between them. I asked for more details and none were to be had. At this point, the door opened and someone came in to give me details of the physical tests, and I noticed that the draft from the door, made the patient shiver. The draft was not colder than the room we were in, just the intake of fanned air from the heater in the corridor.
I made the choice for Rhus Toxidendron 0/1 potency. I gave the patient enough for 5 doses to be taken 1 dose an hour.
I was informed that the patients head ache increased that evening, and was restless. I instructed the patient go to bed and expect to get hot and even perspire some. In the event, the patient burst into perspiration for two hours, and then fell asleep and slept the whole night through. The next morning declared himself 90% better. although still a little weak and tired, and went off to work his driving job. I will now concentrate on his chronic respiratory ailment and run a few tests to see what the actual reality of diagnosis should be, and then evaluate what can be done for him homoeopathically.