A Case of Lyme Disease Treated with Homeopathy

by Erin Crawford, CCHM 3rd Year Student, 2017-2018

Patient: Jack

Consults: November 11, 2016, February 1, 2017, April 2, 2017, October 25, 2017

Introduction

     Jack is an eleven year old, African-American boy who was brought in by his mother.  On the intake form she specified knee and joint pain as chief complaints.  Between the initial appointment and the first follow up appointment, Jack was diagnosed by an infectious disease specialist as having Lyme disease.   

Family History: Intake

     Alcoholism, allergies, arthritis, asthma, cancer, depression, diabetes, bi-polar depression, schizophrenia, PTSD.

Initial Appointment: November 11, 2016

     Knee pain is sharp, stabbing, throbbing, with stiffness & inflammation.  Right knee is worse.  Additional joint pain exists in left elbow and right wrist.  Mom reports that the knee pain started a few months ago, starting in the right and moving to the left.  It is worse after sleeping on the floor or in a bean bag chair, and worse when he gets up in the morning.  It is also worse if he plays basketball with his friends for the afternoon.  Mom says its better with a warm bath or application and once he gets moving in the morning.  His father, at 30 years old, walks with a cane because of arthritis. 

Modalities for knee pain:

    • Worse lying on floor
    • Worse upon waking
    • Worse morning
    • Worse 8pm-1am
    • Worse exertion
    • Better warm application
    • Better Epson salt bath
    • Better rubbing

     Mom notices that Jack has a lot of jealousy and competitive feelings with his younger brother.  He also is unhappy at being at a new school, and angry that he had to move, but he suppresses his anger, especially anger associated with his teacher and school.   His mom describes him as having silent anger.  Mom also describes him as stubborn.  He has a strong fear of water, he couldn’t be put into the bath until 3 years old and continues to be fearful of going in water and swimming.  He is typically thirsty and prefers spicy foods. He burrows in sleep and is generally warm, with a preference for winter.

As an infant, he had severe jaundice and needed phototherapy.  He was put on a blood donor list, however, the white blood cells regulated themselves and the blood transfusion wasn’t necessary.  He suffered a skull fracture at two weeks old and a brain hemorrhage.  Jack also had eczema as an infant, from birth until around six or seven years old. 

Symptoms of Sulphur:

  • Knees worse from rising after sitting
  • Inflammation in joints, arthritis
  • Pain in extremities, worse with motion
  • Stiffness in extremities, worse in morning
  • Stiffness in joints and articulations
  • Great angriness and irritability
  • Aversion to bathing
  • Eczema in children
  • Ailments after vaccinations

Remedy Prescribed:

     Sulphur, 200 C.  One dry dose and wait 7 days.

Email Check in: December 17, 2016

     Following the single dose of Sulphur, Mom reported that both swelling and pain had significantly decreased with respect to the knees and joints.  However, on December 13, 2017 Jack was diagnosed with Lyme disease and prescribed Doxycycline.  Four days after he began the Doxycycline his left knee became swollen to the size of a baseball and was reported as septic by hospital staff leading to him being admitted at that time.  Four days following that, he returned home and Jack’s mom emails because the knee was still quite swollen and painful.  Rates the pain as a thirteen out of ten, on a scale of one to ten, with ten being the worst.

Remedy Prescribed:

     Considering how well the initial dose of Sulphur worked, and considering the intensity of the current complaint, he is prescribed a daily dose of Sulphur 1M.

     Sulphur, 1M. Dry, daily dose.

Follow Up One: February 1, 2017

     Jack has now stopped the Doxycycline. The inflammatory joint pain continues to be the main complaint.  Knee pain is sharp, stabbing, and throbbing, at a seven out of ten on a scale of one to ten, ten being the worst (improved from a thirteen out of ten).  There continues to be stiffness and inflammation, with the left knee being worse. At the hospital, doctors drew a fluid sample from the left septic knee.  Two days later, a rash broke out at the injection site, similar to a road rash, three days following breakout, rash scabbed over and peeled off, leaving behind flaky, white skin.

Modalities for knee pain:

  • Worse lying on floor
  • Worse upon waking
  • Worse morning
  • Worse exertion
  • Better rubbing
  • Better warm application
  • Better gentle movement

     Jack is described as having lost energy for doing things he loves, like going to play outside or even moving.  He does still show interest in some of his other most favourite things that do not aggravate his knee, such as playing video games.  He is still very angry and irritable. He has little patience and gets angry quickly.  He continues to be warm, and burrows in his sleep.  Mom mentions that he seeks cool spots in the bed to sleep and that his thirst is mostly for cold, sweet drinks, like juice or pop. 

Remedy Prescribed:

     Sulphur, 10 M.  Dry daily dose.

Follow up two: Friday April 2, 2017

    Mom reports that knee pain and inflammation is gone.  There is no pain, swelling, or stiffness.  There is no flaking skin or road rash at the injection site of the left knee.  Enthusiasm has improved, he is back to doing his usual activities like playing basketball and he likes school and is getting along well with his teacher.  He is able to get up in the morning, with no stiffness in the joints.  She says that his patience and anger is slightly better.  She has no complaints for Jack at this time.

Remedy Prescribed:

    Stop the daily dose of Sulphur 10M.  Re-dose only as needed.

 

Follow up three: October 25, 2017

     Mom reports that there has been a recent flare up of inflammatory joint pain, which began two weeks ago.  It is the main complaint for this follow up appointment.  Jack began at a new school and has been walking to school every day.  The knee pain is sharp, stabbing, and throbbing, at a seven on a scale of one to ten, with ten being the worst.  There is stiffness and inflammation in the knees, with the right knee being worse.  The right knee is swollen, stiff, sore, heavy, and hot.

Modalities for knee pain:

    • Worse lying on floor
    • Worse upon waking
    • Worse morning
    • Worse exertion
    • Better rubbing
    • Better warm application
    • Better gentle movement

     Mom reports that she notices that he has become angry and irritable again. He has little patience and gets angry quickly.  He continues to be warm, and burrows in his sleep.  He still seeks cool spots in the bed to sleep and that his thirst is still mostly for cold, sweet drinks, like juice or pop. 

Remedy Prescribed:

     Sulphur 10 M, one dry dose.  Follow up in 5-7 days.

Email check in:

     All knee pain and inflammation is gone.  There is no pain, heat, swelling, or stiffness in the joints.  There remains no complaints for Jack at this time.

N.B: Homeopathy treats many conditions and this article is just one example.

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Dhingreja, Jayesh.  “A Case of Reactive Airway Disease.” Journal of the California Homeopathic Medical Society Vol 17, no 2, June 2015 http://californiahomeopath.com/issue/the-california-homeopath-volume-17-2/article/a-case-of-reactive-airway-disease

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