Intercostal neuralgia is usually unilateral, but can also be bilateral. It results from irritation to an Intercostal nerve as it emerges through the vertebral foramen. The most common cause of the irritation is trauma or osteoarthritis change to the cervical or dorsal spine. The pain typically radiates to the front of the chest, where it is interpreted as “breast pain”. “A good history will assist in the differential diagnosis.
A clinical diagnosis of Intercostal neuralgia is made by pressing on the Intercostal spaces along the mid anterior axillary line (located just lateral to the anterior border of the latissimus dorsi muscle). If the patient’s symptoms are due to Intercostal neuralgia, pressure on the Intercostal spaces will elicit marked tenderness at the affected dermatome.
Homeopathic treatment for Intercostal neuralgia
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat intercostal neuralgia but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat intercostal neuralgia that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are following remedies which are helpful in the treatment of Intercostal neuralgia:
Rhododendron, Rhus Tox, Stannum Met, Bryonia, Aconite, Arnica, Arsenic Album, Ignatia, Mag Phos, Sulphur, Phosphorous, Pulsatilla, Ruta, Thuja, and many other medicines.