Headache Causes, Symptoms, Diagnostic & Homeopathy Treatment | Dr. Positive

Everything You Need to Know About Headaches/Migraines & Its Treatment

Head ache, Ouch!!, that awful pain in the head all of us would have suffered at least once in a life time but in some it may be triggered frequently, a condition known as Migraine.

What is Migraine?

Migraine or hemicrania (one sided headache) is defined as a “severe and recurrent pain in head”, usually affecting only one side either right or left. It is different from other headaches as it usually is accompanied with an aura before attack, nausea and photophobia.

What causes Migraine?

The exact cause for migraine is not known though several trigger and risk factors are known. Gender and hormones may play a role in Migraine as it is seen more in females especially in the menstrual age.  The other trigger factors include Stress both physical and emotional like depression, anxiety, and other emotional disturbances, menstrual cycles, moon phases, food, weather, etc.

What are the symptoms of Migraine?

The usual symptoms of Migraine are:

  • Hemicrania or one sided headaches. The pain is usually severe with many describing the pain as throbbing, bursting type of pain. Though a typical migraine pain is restricted to one side of head, in some the pain can traverse and affect both sides and may also complain of neck pain.
  • Nausea and Vomiting: About 90% of persons suffering from migraine complain of nausea or queasy feeling in stomach and in more than 40% this nausea is accompanied with vomiting.
  • Photophobia and visual disturbances: During the pain phase many sufferers prefer a dark, silent room and are unable to withstand bright, dazzling lights as they become sensitive to light and sound. Some may complain of hazy vision and some complain of flickers before the eyes especially before the attack.
  • Aura: A classical or typical case of migraine is usually preceded by an aura before the attack. Aura can be described as a warning signs before an attack. The aura usually begins few minutes before the attack and the most common aura reported is visual disturbances, mood swings or gastro intestinal disturbances.  In some cases the warning signals of an emanating attack can start few hours or days before the actual episode of pain which is known as Prodromal Phase.
  • Post migraine episode they may suffer from fatigue, discomfort in the pain zone, depression and gastro intestinal disturbance.

Homeopathy Treatment for Headaches – Dr. Positive Homeopathy

Homeopathy Treatment offers a good solution for Migraine. Though Migraine is not life threatening but it can affect the quality of life of affected persons and in some cases frequent migraine pains can even lead to cardiac complications. Besides that the use of frequent pain killers has their own side effects. Homeopathy treatment helps in reducing the intensity of attacks and prevents frequent recurrence of migraine pain thereby improving the quality of life without any side effects. Homeopathy medications are given based on totality of symptoms presented by the patient which include physical, mental, emotional and social symptoms. Given below is a case study of Migraine treated successfully by homeopathy.

An eighteen year old young female approached our clinic with chronic headaches. She was suffering from frequent headaches from past 3 years. The headache was mostly left side, starting from left frontal eye brow extending to left occipital region and occasional radiating to right occipital region too. Headache was accompanied by nausea, eye strain and sleeplessness. Though feels hungry she could not eat because of nauseating feel and during the pain she does not like anyone to disturb her, gets very irritated when disturbed.

Thinking of pain triggered her headache and lack of sleep also was one trigger factor.

Menstrual history:  Menarche was when she was in ninth standard, initially was regular but from past three years became irregular and from past six months periods were absent and was diagnosed with PCOD

Family history: Her mother expired when she was seven years old and she couldn’t tell the cause. Her maternal uncle brought her up. Father committed suicide recently.

For in-depth analysis of the case and trying to find the cause for her illness more details were asked. She revealed she was an adopted child, she wanted to keep her parents very happy and earn lot of fame but she could not concentrate on any subject in class instead teachers use to reprimand her as she use to fall asleep. She wants to write but thoughts over crowd her preventing her from writing. Has poor memory, forgets what she reads, because of which she has back logs. She cannot bear anyone neglecting her. Lives in fantasies, whatever she desires it has to be done. If she does not get what she wants she gets too disappointed, gets very angry, throws things around and then falls down. During the temper tantrum she does not even realize what she has spoken. She wanted to become an actress and wanted to achieve more fame for her grandmother and father but her father counseled her that the film industry is not good and instead advised her to concentrate on studies and become an engineer. She joined B Tech for studies but because of her poor listening skills she has not been performing well in studies though she wanted to perform good. She revealed that she had a fear for mathematics and Biology use to be her favorite subject but because of her father she choose engineering side. After her father expired, she shifted to her uncle’s place but feels he does not take proper care of her.

Physical Generals:  She was a thirsty patient with chilly thermals

 Even as the patient was narrating her symptoms and story, the doctor observed that she was constantly going back and forth, her thoughts were incoherent. Based on repetorization Agaricus 30 was given and asked to report for follow up after a week. When she came for her follow up visit, she reported that the periods have come after six months, there was no headaches and she had good sleep.

Interstitial Cystitis Symptoms, Causes & Treatment in Homeopathy | Dr. Positive

“Health is wealth!” as the saying goes. But there are several diseases which may affect the health of an individual. One such disease which causes not only discomfort but also embarrassment is interstitial cystitis, also known as bladder pain syndrome (bps). As inferred from it’s name, it is a condition affecting urinary bladder and to be diagnosed as interstitial cystitis a person must be complaining of pain or discomfort in the pelvic region, polyuria or increased frequency of urination both day and night, with a constant urge to urinate and marked urgency for a period of six weeks or more without any other underlying pathology. Though the symptoms resemble that of urinary tract infection but it is not so, there is no infection found. A severe condition of interstitial cystitis affects the quality of life of the person and can lead to depression.

What Causes interstitial cystitis?

Causes:   The urinary bladder is like a balloon which can expand and when full we feel the pressure and micturate but due to some reasons the bladder is unable to hold the urine. Why this ability is lost is not clearly understood but could be due to auto immune reaction, by which the bladder cells are attacked by the immune cells. This theory is supported because of other associated auto-immune disorders found in the patients suffering from bps like Sjorgen’s syndrome, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, etc.

Other causes attributed towards interstitial cystitis are trauma/injury either to the bladder, spinal cord or pelvic floor muscles; or improper functioning of pelvic muscles, nerve irritation or inflammation, chronic inflammation of bladder. In some the elasticity of the bladder muscles are lost with age or sensitivity to nerve stimulation is lost due to over stretching the bladder.

Risk factors:  Gender and age seems to play a role in this disease with women above forty years of age being more prone to it than male. Existence of other auto immune disorders, hypertension, atherosclerosis and other vascular disorders can increase the risk of interstitial cystitis.

Symptoms:  The main symptoms of interstitial cystitis are:

  • Bearing down pain or discomfort in pelvic region, depending on the gender either between vagina and anal region in women and between scrotum and anal region in men
  • Polyuria: There is an increased frequency of urination both day and night. Generally a grown up adult wakes only once/twice in the night for micturation but in persons suffering from BPS they may have to get up more than 6 to 8 times in night for micturation.
  • Urine incontinence and a constant desire to urinate in spite of emptying the bladder few minutes previously
  • Dyspareunia or painful intercourse and dysuria or painful micturation are also some important symptoms of BPS
  • In some cases the lining of urinary bladder may show patches of inflammation and erosion, known as Hunner’s ulcers

How To Get Rid of Interstitial Cystitis With Homeopathy Treatment?

Homeopathy Treatment for Interstitial Cystitis:  The treatment with homeopathy is based on individualization of the patients based on their mental, physical, emotional symptoms. The medicines help to control the symptoms of interstitial cystitis and helps in improving the quality of life. Homeopathy, as a system, believes in treating the patient and not the disease, how ever given below are few important medications which may help in interstitial cystitis.

Equisetum hyemale:  A small remedy but very useful in interstitial cystitis. There is a severe, dull aching pain in bladder region not ameliorated by urinating. They suffer from frequent and intolerable urge to urinate with severe pain at close of urination. Constant desire to urinate, large quantity of clear, watery urine without amelioration.

Apis Mellifica : A well known remedy for renal problems. There is incontinence of urine, and when passed there is severe burning sensation, especially the last drops.  Edema of the body with puffy face and bags underneath the eye.

Sarsaparilla: It is indicated in dark haired persons with lithic diathesis. Urine bright and clear but irritating, often and copious; painful distention and tenderness of bladder; urine dribbles while sitting. Severe or unbearable pain at conclusion of urination. Ineffectual urging, urging with constipation.

Uranium Nitricum:  Another important remedy for BPS. Copious urination both day and night. Incontinence of urination; unable to retain urine without pain. Urine pale, milky with fishy odor.

How Do You Treat a Child With ODD | Diagnosis & Homeopathy Treatment For ODD

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD):

“Doctor, Please do something”, cried Mrs. Sharma*.  She was describing her child’s behaviour. He was a lean, fair teenage boy. Even as she was speaking we could observe that the boy was constantly squirming in his seat and his expressions were changing. Two three times he even got up from the seat to exit the chambers and was forced by his father to sit. Generally adolescent age children are rebellious and prone to mood swings but the parents narrated he was very aggressive, uses abusive language and beats his mother and other children. He cannot bear slight contradiction. If stopped from doing any activity or denied giving any object of his desire then all hell breaks loose. He would clench his teeth in anger, his face would become flushed, and he would throw a fit of anger but later repent.  And it was a daily affair. Complaints from school were increasing and he was assessed to be having Oppositional Defiant Disorder

What is Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) & What causes Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)?

It is a behavioural disorder characterized by a combative or aggressive behaviour displayed by frequent anger out bursts, defiance and disrespectful behaviour. It is most commonly found as a co morbid with Attention deficiency hyperactive disorder (ADHD). The cause for ODD is not known clearly known but the factors leading to other behavioural disorders like genetics, environment or sensitized immune and nervous system could pay a role. Trigger factors could be stress, hormonal changes, and substance abuse.

What are the symptoms of ODD?

To be diagnosed as ODD the symptoms should be persistent and present for at least six months. The common symptoms displayed by the affected are:

  • Belligerence or Violent Behaviour
  • Using bad abusive or vulgar language
  • Being defiant, not following rules and indulge in frequent arguments
  • Violent anger out bursts
  • Disrespectful, infuriating behavior
  • Grudge-bearing, revengeful attitude
  • Lack flexibility and adaptability
  • Blaming attitude, lacking responsibility

Homeopathy Treatment For ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder):

Homeopathy Treatment: is given based on person constitution. By constitution it means a person’s mental, physical, likes, dislikes, emotions, dreams, sleep pattern are considered and a suitable remedy is given. The homeopathy medication helps to tone down the aggressiveness, restlessness and violent outbursts without any side effects like drowsiness, gaining weight etc. Given below are few homeopathic medications which may be helpful in ODD behaviour

Anacardium Orientale:  An excellent remedy for persons with behavioural disorders. Abusive, slight causes make him extremely angry. There are unsocial; can be willful, cruel and malicious and can do bodily injury without any feeling.

Capsicum: It is well suited to very obstinate children. They take offence to trifles. Extremely peevish mentality. Even in midst of joking he becomes angry from slightest cause. Always on lookout for insults. Even if want something if proposed by another they would oppose it.

Chamomilla: A chamomilla child is exceedingly irritable and fretful. Highly capricious, wants and demands new things but when offered petulantly refuse it. Overtly snappish cannot give a civil reply.

Cina:  A marked feature running through this remedy is touchiness. He does not even want anyone to look at him. Very cross, irritable, ill humored child. In anger they may indulge in head banging, biting and other such violent behaviour. Very obstinate, stubborn like a mule.

Sanicula:  Sanicula children are very head strong, obstinate, their cry and kick others in anger. Very cross, irritable with changeable moods. They sweat profusely especially on head and neck. Very restless, jump from one activity to other.

Tuberculinum: A Disobedient child. He is prone to use abusive, swearing language. Fits of violent anger. Sensitive, every trifle irritates. Highly dissatisfied, reckless, constantly want change.

Te above given medications are only selected few, like wise many medications are present which are selected based only the symptoms presented.

In the above described case a dose of Tuberculinum 10M was given followed by Cuprum Sulph 1M.  His aggressiveness now reduced, he stopped beating others, and his sitting tolerance improved. Though occasionally he has anger outbursts but they are controlled.