This section is from the book "The Chronic Diseases, Their Specific Nature And Their Homeopathic Treatment", by Samuel Hahnemann. Also available from Amazon: The chronic diseases, their specific nature and their homeopathic treatment.
Joints, painful on motion.6
1 These spots then also pain on being touched, as if they were bruised or sore.
2 In worse, chronic cases, this is aggravated into a cutting pain. 3 Especially at night under a feather bed.
4 The pains are either worse in daytime, or at night. After every attack, and when the inflammation is past, the joints of the hand are painful, as also those of the knee, the foot, those of the big toe when moved, when he stands up, etc., they feel intolerably benumbed and the limb is weakened.
5 E.g., the tendo Achillis on standing erect, stiffness of the tarsus, of the knees, either transient (after sitting, when rising), or permanent (contraction).
6 E. g., the shoulder-joint on raising the arm; the tarsus pains on treading as if it was about to break.
Joints crack on moving, or they make a snapping noise.
The joints are easily sprained or strained.1
Increasing disposition to strains and to overlift oneself even at a very slight exertion of the muscles, even in slight mechanical work, in reaching out or stretching for something high up, in lifting things that are not heavy, in quick turns of the body, pushing, etc. Such a tension or stretching of the muscles often then occasion long confinement to the bed, swoons, all grades of hysterical troubles,2 fever, hemoptysis, etc., while persons who are not Psoric lift such burdens as their muscles are able to, without the slightest after effects.3
The joints are easily sprained at any false movement.4
1E. g., the tarsus, the wrist-joint, the joint of the thumb.
2 Often also, at once severe headache in the crown of the head, which is then also painful externally when touched, or suddenly a pain in the small of the back, or pain in the uterus, not unfre-quently stitches in the side of the breast, or between the shoulder blades, which check the respiration, or painful stiffness of the neck or spine, frequently audible eructations, etc.
3 The common people, especially in the country, seek alleviation through a sort of mesmeric stroking, but without lasting effects; the tendency to overlifting nevertheless remains. It is usually a woman (called a stroking woman) who makes with the tips of her thumbs passes over the shoulder blades toward the shoulders or along the spine, sometimes also from the pit of the stomach along below the ribs, only they usually exert too strong a pressure while stroking.
4 E.g., the ankle at a false step, so also the shoulder-joint. 01 this kind is also the gradual luxation of the hip-joint (i. e., of the head of the femur from the acetabulum, when the leg then becomes too long or too short, causing limping).
In the joint of the foot there is pain on treading, as if it would break.
Softening of the bones, curvature of the spine (deformity, hunchback), curvature of the long bones of the thighs and legs (morbus anglicus, rickets).
Fragility of the bones.
Painful sensitiveness of the skin, the muscles and of the periosteum on a moderate pressure.1
Intolerable2 pain in the skin (or in the muscles, or in the periosteum) of some part of the body from a slight movement of the same or of a more distant part; e. g., from writing there arises a pain in the shoulder or in the side of the neck, etc., while sawing or performing other hard labor with the same hand causes no pain; a similar pain in the adjacent parts, from speaking and moving the mouth; pain in the lips and in the back at slight touch.
Numbness of the skin or the muscles of certain parts and limbs.3
1 As when he moderately strikes against something, it becomes very painful and for a long time; the parts on which he lies in bed are very painful, wherefore he frequently turns over at night; the posterior muscles of the thigh and the bone on which he sits are quite sore; a slight stroke with the hand on the thighs causes great pain. A slight knock against a hard object leaves blue marks, suffusion of blood.
2 Of incredible variety. Often burning, jerking, lancinating, but often indescribable, are these pains which communicate a similar intolerable excessive sensitiveness to the mind. These pains thus affect chiefly the upper parts of the body, or the face (tic douloureux), or the skin of the neck, etc., at even a gentle touch, in speaking and chewing - in the shoulder at a slight pressure, or movement of the finger.
3 The sense of touch is lacking; the parts feel hard and tumid, either periodically or permanently (constant insensibility).
Dying off of certain fingers or of the hands or feet.1
Crawling or also prickling formication (as from limbs going to sleep) in the arms, in the legs and in other parts (even in the finger-tips).
A crawling, or whirling, or an internally itching restlessness, especially in the lower limbs (in the evening in bed or early on awaking); they must be brought into another position every moment.
Painful sensation of cold in various parts.
Burning pains in various parts (frequently without any change in the usual external bodily temperature).
Coldness, repeated or constant of the whole body, or of the one side of the body; so also of single parts, cold hands, cold feet which frequently will not get warm in bed.
Chilliness, constant, even without any change in the external bodily temperature.
Frequent flushes of heat, especially in the face, more frequently with redness than without; sudden, violent sensation of heat during rest, or in slight motion, sometimes even from speaking, with or without perspiration breaking out.
Warm air in the room or at church is exceedingly repugnant to her, makes her restless, causes her to move about (at times with a pressure in the head, over the eyes, not infrequently alleviated by epistaxis).
Rushes of blood, also at times a sensation of throbbing in all the arteries (while he often looks quite pale, with a feeling of prostration throughout the body).
1 The limb then becomes white, bloodless, without feeling and quite cold, often for hours, especially while it is cool (stroking with a piece of zinc toward the tips of the fingers or the toes usually drives it away quickly, but only as a palliative).