Homeopathy for Back Pain,
Lumbago and Muscular Rheumatism
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Muscular rheumatism affects the
voluntary muscles. It may attack any of them, but is more apt to attack
certain sets rather than others. The muscles most frequently affected are those
of the back, neck, and chest.
Muscular rheumatism is
generally unaccompanied by fever, swelling, redness, or heat.
It commences usually as an
acute disease, but is very liable to pass into the chronic form; the
attacks are frequently sudden; they may come from a sudden wrench, or the
person may wake from sleep and find herself incapable of rising or turning
in bed, or turning her neck around without spasms of acute suffering.
In the less severe form the
person is comparatively comfortable when quiescent, but any attempt to move
the affected muscles causes severe pain.
Sometimes there is some
soreness and tenderness on pressure, but on examination no external marks of
inflammation are observed.
There is little or no
constitutional disturbance at first, but if the pain continues long, and is
severe, there is usually some thirst, loss of appetite, and debility.
The duration of the disease
is from three days to a week, but frequently after the acute symptoms have
subsided, there is for an indefinite period more or less sensitiveness of
Lumbago involves pain in the small of the back making walking very
difficult; drawing pain in the loins, making motion almost impossible; the
person is unable to turn himself in bed; severe pain in back much increased
by rising, turning, or moving the legs; great soreness and tenderness in the
lumbar region. Lumbago affects the muscles on each side of the spine in the
lumbar region. This variety is the most severe and painful of all, often causing
most excruciating suffering, and entire helplessness; acute pain being
caused by the slightest effort to move.
largely determines the development of muscular rheumatism, it being much more
common in middle and advanced life than in youth.
The most frequent exciting
causes are sudden muscular effort, over use of the muscles, and partial exposure
to cold and damp, such as allowing a current of damp cold air to strike some
portion of the body while the remainder is protected.
Lying on the floor or
damp ground is apt to induce the disease in susceptible individuals. One attack
is very liable to be followed by others.
Be careful to avoid
exposure to cold and damp, and to drafts of air from windows and
Lumbago may be mistaken for urinary or kidney disease, but a careful
examination of the urine will determine the diagnosis.
Some of the Common Homeopathic Remedies
For Back Pain and Lumbago Are:
Berberis - Rheumatic pain in right
shoulder; sticking pain in the lumbar region confined to a small spot; intensive pain in the region of the kidneys, and across the
small of the
back; violent, burning, sudden stitches across the loins; pain in the small of the back as if it were crushed and bruised.
is especially indicated in lumbago. The symptoms requiring Bryonia are pains in
the chest, tearing stitches in the left side of the chest which extend
from behind forward, relieved during rest and aggravated during motion and
deep inspiration; sharp sticking pain below right nipple, extending outward
in the thorax; short but violent stitches in the right side of chest, rendering
breathing very painful; sharp pain in the left infra mammary region,
worse during inspiration; pain in the scapular region; rheumatic pain in the
back under the scapula; violent stitches under right scapula.
Lycopodium - is indicated in lumbago after
if the latter fails to relieve. It is more useful in the chronic form and
for patients of advanced years.
Rhus Tox - back pain is
worse damp/cold/wet, better with warmth and pressure.
Better with gentle motion. Aggravated by too much standing,
straining or lifting heavy weight. Known as the
"gardener's remedy". Person may crave cold milk and have a
red tongue tip.