Case of the Cold Man with Quinsy and Headache
H.V. Miller, Characteristics Invaluable in Diagnosis and Therapeutics; Hahnemannian Monthly, Vol. VI, No. 7, Feb., 1871.
A gentleman called in great haste to get relief from a severe attack of headache to which he had been subject periodically since his early youth. This time he complained of considerable fever and pain in the bones. Similar previous attacks had always prostrated him for several days. He also had quinsy, with bright redness and enlargement of the tonsils, which were nearly of the size of hen’s eggs, obstructing the throat and nasal fossae. He said that whenever he took cold, they were subject to enlargement, and then his headache was always the most severe. I think most physicians would have prescribed Belladonna. On inquiry, I found he was always subject to cold and sweaty hands and feet. This being characteristic of Calcarea carbonica, I found also, as I expected, that he had the following complications corroborative of Calc-carb.: sour stomach; much rumbling in the abdomen – he did not remember whether this was chiefly in the right hypochondrium; much vertigo, esp. on stooping and on going up stairs; always during severe attacks of headache, throbbing pain in the vertex, aggravated by stepping and by going up stairs, and chronic nasal catarrh, always dry and obstructed at night, and fluent and unobstructed by day.
Rx. Calcarea carbonica 5M, one dose. In a week patient reported that “the medicine acted like a miracle, relieved him every way directly, so that he was able to proceed on his journey and transact an unusual amount of business, and that he had not felt so well generally for years.”
Quoted from Vista Vintage by Frans Vermeulen and Linda Johnston, MD