C.E., age 62, female, H: 1.57 m, W: 68 kg, manager (runs her own company)
PATIENT’S MEDICAL HISTORY: 3 term births, an ectopic pregnancy, roseola, pertussis, mumps, kidney stones, allergy to detergent and gasoline, appendectomy, cholecystectomy.
MEDICAL HISTORY OF THE DISEASE
In August 1996, due to her steady left hemicraniaand the gradual drooping of her left eyelid, the patient went to Dr Bagdazar Neurosurgery Hospital in Bucharest, where she had her first computerised tomography in September 1996, which revealed an iodofil hyperdense formation with diffuse contours, at the level of the cranial segment of the left cavernous sinus and at the bifurcation of the left internal carotid artery, which suggested the existence of a vascular malformation or of an expansive process; normal ventricular system.
It was recommended that she take analgesics and have an examination 3 months later.
In January 1997 the second computerised tomography also performed at Dr. Bagdazar Neurosurgery Hospital in Bucharest revealed: atumoral mass occupying the left side of the pituitary fossa, engulfing the cavernous sinus and the left internal carotid artery, which extended on the caudal in the middle cerebral fossa, plated on the cranial sphenoidal body and extending to the optochiasmatica cistern, pushing the brainstem.Conclusion: invasive pituitary tumor.
She got the same recommendations: take analgesics and have an examination 3 months later.
1-st August 1997 – date of patient’s initial homeopathic examination. The patient had:
– a steady burning left frontal pain, which no previous treatments could alleviate;
– cranial bone pains aggravated by tiredness, annoyance, crying or rainy, cloudy weather;
– big exophthalmos at her left eye with top eyelid ptosis;
– frequently pain-interrupted sleep;
– standard blood tests with normal values.
Prescription: Natrium sulphuricum 30 CH on Sundays, Spigelia 9 CH, Phosphorus 9 CH alternating daily Monday to Saturday.
9-th September 1997 – check-up – The patient’s pain had diminished, her sleep had no longer been pain-interrupted and had become restful. She was given the same prescription.
10–th February 1998 – After the improvement, the patient had the initial condition because she had given up the treatment, due to her daughter’s wedding party.
She was given the same prescription.
17-th March 1998 – the patient had made a full recovery.
– her left exophthalmos and her left ptosis had decreased almost completely, being hardly noticed by somebody knowing her previous condition:
– her headaches had completely disappeared 2 weeks before.
Prescription: Natrium sulphuricum30 CH, Phosphorus 15 CH alternating weekly, Spigelia 9 CH weekly for 3 months.
The patient has had check-ups since then and has had no medical relapses.
She has an active life, she is an employer running her own company, where she is also in charge of purchasing goods, loading-unloading them, etc. She refuses to have another computerised tomography.
S.V., age 57, female, H: 1,57 m, W: 72 kg, housewife.
The patient smokes more than 20 cigarettes per day, drinks coffee and occassionally alcohol.
PATIENT’S MEDICAL HISTORY: roseola, pertussis, scarlet fever, epidemic hepatitis A when she was 20 years old.
The first homeopathic consultation took place in August 2000. She was advised to come to my practice by my other patient (see Case 1). She told me that she had the same disease as the other patient and was willing to undergo homeopathic treatment. I was skeptical about what she called “the same disease”, but it turned out that she was mostly right.
MEDICAL HISTORY OF THE DISEASE:
From January 2000 the patient woke up in the morning having a frontal, mostly left side headache; her face was swollen and she was irritable. These symptoms were alleviated for a while by taking algocalmin. Her menopause set in at the age of 39. She had hot flushes for 1-2 months, then there were no related problems. She was hospitalized at the Endocrinology Institute in Bucharest in March 2000. Diagnosis : pituitary tumor extended on the periselar on the left, hypogonadotrop hypogonadism.
Computerised tomography: globally swollen left-oblicised turkish saddle, axial diameter 3/2.3, slowly moving the cranial chiasma and the side cavernous sinus.Short, left-oblicised pituitary stem.Ventricular system on the middle line, which had normal shape and dimensions.
Conclusion: pituitary tumor extended on the periselar on the left.
It was recommended that she take analgesics and consider having a surgery at the Endocrinology Institute, which she was reluctant to undergo. She had a good sleep when she was calm and a bad sleep when she was annoyed.
Blood pressure: 130/75 mm Hg.
The patient is tidy, irritable when she exteriorises her feelings, verbose, impulsive, very jealous.
21-th August 2000 prescription: Lachesis 30 CH in alternation with Natrium Sulphurium 30 CH.
On the night 8-9 September she woke up at 4 o’clock having a headache radiating from the occipital area to the front, then a total paralysis of her left oculomotor common nerve occurred.
12-th September 2000 Prescription: Causticum 9 CH, Spigelia 9 CH daily, Lachesis 30 CH, Natrium sulphuricum 30 CH alternating weekly. After a week she told me during a telephone conversation that her left eyelid had begun to lift, but she had double vision.The remission of the ptosis had brought back binocular vision as well as diplopia. I calmed her down, telling her that it was a good sign and I recommended continuing the treatment.
30-th September 2000 – The left oculomotor common nerve paralysis had remissed completely and her headaches had disappeared.
Prescription: Lachesis 30 CH, Natrium sulphuricum 30 CH alternating weekly for a month.
After a month she told me on the phone that she was feeling very well. No prescription. For almost one year I had no news from her; then I found out that she had been in good health all that time and she had had another computerised tomography, which showed that everything was normal. The patient has had no medical relapse so far.
DISCUSSION: As a neurologist I cannot claim that I cured invading pituitary tumors in a couple of months. The patients may have suffered from arachnoiditis, which reacted positively to the homeopathic treatment. However, there are many questions that are difficult to answer….