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.
So-called weather prophets, i. e., renewed severe pains in parts of the body which were formerly injured, wounded, or broken, though they have since been healed and cicatrized; this renewed pain sets in, when great changes of the weather, great cold, or a storm are imminent, or when a thunder storm is in the air.
Watery swelling, either of the feet alone, or in one foot, or in the hands, or the face, or the abdomen, or the scrotum, etc., alone, or again cutaneous swelling over the whole body (dropsies).
Attacks of sudden heaviness of the arms and legs.
Attacks of paralytic weakness and paralytic lassitude of the one arm, the one hand, the one leg, without pain, either arising suddenly and passing quickly, or commencing gradually and constantly increasing.
Sudden bending of the knee.
Children fall easily, without any visible cause. Also similar attacks of weakness, with adults, in the legs, so that in walking one foot glides this way and the other that way, etc.
While walking in the open air sudden attacks of faintness, especially in the legs.1 in the chest, fever, troubles of digestion, colic, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomachache, rising of water from the stomach, also stitches in the face and other parts, jaundice-like color of the skin, etc. No person who is not Psoric ever suffers the least after-effects from such causes.
1 At times the feeling of faintness seems to rise up even to the scrobiculus cordis, where it turns into a ravenous hunger, which suddenly deprives him of all strength; he is attacked with tremor and has immediately to lie down for a while.
While sitting, the patient feels intolerably weary, but stronger while walking.
The predisposition to spraining and straining the joints at a mis-step, or a wrong grasp, increases at times even to dislocation, e. g., in the tarsus, the shoulder-joint, etc.
The snapping and cracking of the joints at any motion of the limb increases with a disagreeable sensation.
The going to sleep of the limbs increases and follows on slight causes, e. g., in supporting the head with the arm, crossing the legs while sitting, etc.
The painful cramps in some of the muscles increase and come on without appreciable cause.
Slow, spasmodic straining of the flexor muscles of the limbs.
Sudden jerks of some muscles and limbs even while waking; e. g., of the tongue, the lips, the muscles of the face, of the pharynx, of the eyes, of the jaws, of the hands and of the feet.
Tonic shortening of the flexor muscles (tetanus).
Involuntary turning and twisting of the head, or the limbs, with full consciousness (St. Vitus' dance).
Sudden fainting spells and sinking of the strength, with loss of consciousness.
Attacks of tremor in the limbs, without anxiety. Continuous, constant trembling, also in some cases beating with the hands, the arms, the legs.
Attacks of loss of consciousness, lasting a moment or a minute, with an inclination of the head to the one shoulder, with or without jerks of one part or the other.
Epilepsies of various kinds.
Almost constant yawning, stretching and straining of the limbs.
Sleepiness during the day, often immediately after sitting down, especially after meals.
Difficulty in falling asleep, when abed in the evening; he often lies awake for hours.
He passes the nights in a mere slumber.
Sleeplessness, from anxious heat, every night, an anxiety which sometimes rises so high, that he must get up from his bed and walk about.
After three o'clock in the morning, no sleep, or at least no sound sleep.
As soon as he closes his eyes, all manner of phantastic appearances and distorted faces appear.
In going to sleep, she is disquieted by strange, anxious fancies; she has to get up and walk about.
Very vivid dreams, as if awake; or sad, frightful, anxious, vexing, lascivious dreams.
Loud talking, screaming, during sleep.
Somnambulism; he rises up at night, while sleeping with closed eyes, and attends to various duties; he performs even dangerous feats with ease, without knowing anything about them when awake.
Attacks of suffocation while sleeping (nightmare).
Various sorts of severe pains at night, or nocturnal thirst, dryness of the throat, of the mouth, or frequent urinating at night.
Early on awaking, dizzy, indolent, unrefreshed, as if he had not done sleeping and more tired than in the evening, when he lay down; it takes him several hours (and only after rising) before he can recover from this weariness.
After a very restless night, he often has more strength in the morning, than after a quiet, sound sleep.
Intermittent fever, even when there are no cases about, either sporadic or epidemic,1 or endemic; the form, duration and type of the fever are very various; quotidian, tertian, quartan, quintan or every seven days.
Every evening, chills with blue nails.
Every evening, single chills.
Every evening, heat, with a rush of blood to the head, with red cheeks, also at times an intervening chill.
Intermittent fever of several weeks' duration, followed by a moist itching eruption lasting several weeks, but which is healed again during a like period of intermittent fever, and alternating thus for years.
Disturbances of the mind and spirit of all kinds.2
Melancholy by itself, or with insanity, also at times alternating with frenzy and hours of rationality.