Cheerful, joking, lively, quick-witted, friendly, timid. Restlessness, agitation, irritable, frustrated. Serious, hardworking, impatient. Stiff, rigid, morose, compulsive, superstitious, ritualistic. < cold, damp, wet, drafts < cloudy weather > warm, warm bathing < initial motion > continuous motion. Fever blisters about the lips. Triangular red tip of tongue. Burning, vesicular eruptions.
-Spraining or straining a single part, muscle or tendon
-Overlifting, particularly stretching high up to reach things
-Lying on damp ground
-From wetting, and too much summer bathing in lake or river
-Getting wet when heated
MODALITIES OF RHUS TOX
< Exposure to cold air
< Before storm
< Wet, draft
< Ice cold drinks
< Chilled when hot or sweaty
< Blows, jar
< Uncovering parts (head)
< Beginning of motion
< Damp rainy weather
< Cloudy, foggy weather
> After midnight
> Continued motion
> Heat, hot bath
> Warm wrapping
> Change of position
> Warm dry weather
Mind of Rhus tox
-Extreme restlessness, with desire for continuous change of position.
-Impatient and hurried.
-Delirium with fear and suspicion of being poisoned.
-Sad, patient begins to weep without knowing why < evening.
-Anxious, sadness, helplessness and profound despondency.
-Anxiety for his own children.
-Answers correctly, but slowly or hastily, or reluctantly.
-Dwells on past disagreeable events after midnight.
-Thoughts of suicide, wants to drown himself.
-Forgetful, cannot remember the most recent events.
-Fear < at night, cannot lie in bed, killing someone, poison.
-Dreams of great exertion, rowing, swimming, orking hard at his daily occupation.
-Great apprehension at night. Drives him out of bed.
-Its a trio of Restlessness (Acon, Ars) cannot lie in one place, must change the position frequently to obtain relief from pain.
-Joking and cheerful patients.
GUIDING INDICATIONS OF RHUS TOX
-All complaints brought on exposure to cold, damp weather, getting wet.
-Great rigidity, stiffness, numbness and pain are experienced on first motion, after the rest > walking or continued motion.
-Most complaints are relieved by movement and aggravated by rest.
-< at night and in damp, rainy weather > heat in general e.g. covering the body, warm application, etc.
-Great sensitiveness to open air, putting the hand outside from under the bed covering brings on cough.
-Triangular, red tipped tongue, with imprint of teeth and bitter taste in the mouth.
-Complaints travel from left to right.
-Pains-as if sprained
-as if a muscle or tendon was torn from it’s attachment
-as if bones were scraped with a knife
-affected part sore to touch.
-Head-Vertigo-when standing or walking, worse when lying down < rising from lying or stooping.
-Headache-A/F-beer, returns from least chagrin.
-brain feels loose when stepping or shaking the head
-sensation of swashing in brain
-stupefying as if torn
-< from sitting, lying in bed > warmth and motion.
-G.I.T.-Tongue-Triangular red tip of tongue.
-Desires-Cold milk which relieves gastric complaints.
-Craving for beer, cheese, cold drinks, sweets, oysters.
-Aversion to meat and liquor.
-Thirst for sips of water.
-Diarrhoea with beginning of typhoid. Involuntary stools with great exhaustion.
-Tearing pain down the posterior part of limb during stool.
-Dysentery-during rainy season, pains running down the thighs.
-Urinary system-Enuresis, especially in boys.
-C.V.S.-Angina, extending to left arm < exertion.
-Cardiac hypertrophy from violent exercise, gets out of breath on exertion.
-C.N.S.-Parkinson’s disease with great stiffness.
-Chorea, Tics, Twitches.
-Left sided hemiplegia.
-Eruptions on inner thighs and genitalia.
-Back-Pain between shoulders on swallowing.
-Pain and stiffness in small of back.
-< sitting or lying > by motion or lying on something hard.
-Cervical stiffness causing patient to stretch and move about.
-Pain in inner, upper left scapula.
-Extremities-Muscular Rheumatism. Arthritis.
-Sciatica, left side.
-Paralysis with numbness of affected parts from getting wet, or lying on damp ground, or after exertion, or parturition.
-Sprains and strains. Bursitis, tendonitis.
-Restless legs in bed.
-Skin-Erysipelas, from left to right.
-Yellow vesicles, much swelling, inflammation, cellulitis.