A case of Constipation.

CONSTIPATION

Case 66

Dr Henry Newell GUERNSEY (1817-1885)Mrs. A., of Delaware, called on me a few weeks since, complaining of what she termed dyspepsia. Upon asking her to state her symptoms in the order of their severity as it seemed to her, she replied that a feeling of emptiness or goneness in the stomach discomforted her more than anything else, but she thought it of no account, as she vomited all her food soon after taking it, and she would naturally feel emptiness and goneness from want of food. I desired her to state merely facts, and I would draw my own conclusions. She replied : “It is a fact that I vomit all my food ; I have a painful sensation of emptiness in my stomach all the time ; my sleep is broken and does not refresh me ; my bowels are very costive, the stools being very knotty and very difficult, and they have scarcely been moved for two years without an injection, and I do not think they would be moved now at all without an injection. My urine is cloudy and offensive, and a hard crust settles that is difficult to scrape from the vessel. I am very weak and miserable ; have spent over two hundred dollars during the past two years for medicine, and despair of becoming any better ; but I was compelled by my husband to consult you.
I always prescribe Sepia when a train of symptoms like the above in italics occur in a single case.
In this case I gave the patient a few pellets of Sepia 55m., dry, on her tongue, and three packages containing twelve powders each of Sac. lac., one to be taken every night, and enjoined upon her that she should on no account resort to any more injections or other measures for the relief of her bowels or of other symptoms, and report to me in forty days. She thought she would not live to see me again if she were to leave off taking injections.
A few days ago she reported she had not vomited since seeing me, her bowels became regular very soon, and that she had no need of injections ; indeed, she said she got well so fast her husband was frightened. He was coming to the city that day on business, and he wished her to come particularly and state what had been the matter, as she had been so sick so long, and had gotten so well so soon. He did not understand it. Sepia 55m., a single dose, always produces similar results in similar cases if plenty of time is allowed for the single dose to act. I do not give my experience hastily nor base it on a single case, I only delineate my path where it has been well trodden that others may follow it in safety. (H. N. Guernsey.)

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