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In my previous role as Clinical Director of the North West College of Homoeopathy, I engaged several fellow Homeopaths to be involved in a pilot project to specifically investigate the effective use of Homeopathy in the treatment of pain across a number of conditions. Within my own practice, I have been witness to the relief brought to many patients once they have sought Homeopathic treatment and the root of the problem has been established.
According to research about pain, it is the most common reason for physician consultation. It is the No. 1 complaint that takes millions of people to their GP every year. Pain is often the first sign that something is wrong within our constitution. There are a recorded 6,458 medical conditions known to cause pain to a greater or lesser degree.
Pain isn’t always purely physical, it can have emotional, mental or of spiritual origins. Pain is the one condition that people find difficult to explain, making such comments as, “I don’t know, it just hurts”. When someone is in lots of pain, they often are unable to focus on how they really feel even if it means they can find an avenue for relief -
Pain is one of the most difficult sensations for a patient to describe – this is mostly because it is hard for the non-
Pain can sometimes be in an area different to the source of the problem – this is termed referred pain. Sometimes the source of pain can extend from one place to another, e.g., neck pains can often extend upwards to the head or across to the shoulder(s) and down into one or both arms and hands; pain in the right shoulder can be indicative of gall bladder disease. Injury to interconnecting sensory nerves in the lower back can cause referred pain into the buttocks, groins, hips, pelvis and thighs. It is for this reason that taking a patient’s case in the way we do as Homeopaths allows for an in depth investigation.
Pain can come from numerous sources and for many and varied reasons. It can range from very mild to intolerable. In order to appreciate the extent of pain, I felt that there was a need to attempt to describe a scale of pain to assist the sufferer in having some personal measurement of how their pain can feel under different and changing circumstances.
When a wound begins the healing process, it generally goes through stages that take it from raw to sore to pulling (as the flesh draws itself together) to tight (as the wound is almost healed) to finally a stage where it itches until a scab forms and then drops off.
Thus, if we are to reverse this process to understand how pain can worsen or how we understand pain intensity, then we can create a scale that possibly goes:-
If a pain is of a nervous origin it may go through a scale that possibly goes:-
Appreciating any circumstances surrounding possible causation, onset and the nature of the pain is paramount to the way that a pain management strategy is determined.
Other sequences can be illustrated as examples to help sufferers understand how symptoms have developed in order to appreciate how relief can be achieved.
TYPES OF PAIN.
Apart from the characteristic nature of pain, the sufferer needs to have the opportunity to convey their understanding of their pain intensity so that an accurate decision can be taken regarding potency selection and frequency of repetition of the most indicated remedy. I have searched my patient files to consider where patients have endured pains.
The following list shows some of the conditions where pain has been evident:-
1. From a shock or injury – both psychological & physiological
2. From inflammations of fluids, blood vessels, nerves, soft tissues and bones
3. From infection
4. From digestive disturbances
5. From organ pathology, e.g., angina, prostatitis, kidney and gall stones
6. From cancer and conventional cancer treatments
7. From hormones related issues, e.g., period pains, fibroids, ectopic pregnancy
8. From a bite, sting or wound
9. From damage to a nerve, e.g., post herpetic neuralgia, dental damage/trauma
10.From muscular strains and sprains
11.From destructive processes, e.g., osteoporosis
12.From some violent attack or assault on the person or from an incision wound due to an operative procedure
13.From emotional loss or upset
14.From varying situations of mental and spiritual concerns
Is there a purpose to pain?
Pain encourages us to move away from potentially harmful situations, initially to protect the area under sufferance in order that it has time to heal.
Pain– How we deal with it the alternative/ complementary way
As Homoeopaths, we look to understand the individual way that a person expresses their condition, no matter what the Medical Diagnosis.
Every medical condition has a set of symptoms that describe that most common way in which people express that illness, but, in reality, few people have only those symptoms attributable to that diagnosis.
With a Homoeopathic diagnosis, we look at everything that is out of balance. We consider how each individual expresses their pain because there are many reasons why an individual feels the pain that they are suffering. We look at the way that those symptoms and disturbances have been brought about; whether there was any cause to their onset, be it mental, emotional or physical. We examine the pace of onset of the symptoms and the order with which that onset took place so that we can determine if the condition is either acute or chronic. Some symptoms are felt in an area of the body which may seem odd in relation to other parts of the suffering, e.g., with referred pain. Some symptoms are accompanied by other suffering which does not seem to be part of the overall diagnosed label – these are called concomitant symptoms and are often particular to each individual. They are high value symptoms as they are specific to that person’s suffering.
Selecting a Homoeopathic remedy to assist a patient with their suffering is individual to them, and NOT to the disease itself.
Exploring a full medical history, and especially, if possible, together with the family medical history, gives us an understanding of possible genetic inheritance. Appreciating these allows us to more accurately select the remedy (ies) required. We also like to understand general aspects about each person; i.e., body temperature, the effect and response to heat and cold on or around the pain. There is a need to understand if weather and climate changes or their extremes can either aggravate or assist the pain(s). A Homeopath likes to understand any food and drink likes and dislikes; sleep patterns, including dreams and refreshment factors after sleep, overall energy and activity levels. Memory, understanding and will to be involved with life are explored along with any fears, phobias or anxieties – all in all we need to understand the very essence of each person in order that we can help.
Pain has its own way of expression associated with the type of condition to which it refers. I have devised a chart to help describe the way that pain may be felt. Sometimes there may be just one type of pain; sometimes it can vary and sometimes pains can alternate throughout a day or be dependent on circumstances.