Tabes dorsalis, wasting of the spinal cord.
Idiopathic softening of the spinal cord with molecular deadening of the nerve centres. "Spinal anaemia from exhausting diseases, such as diphtheria, reflex paraplegia, with .laming pains aggravated by rest, but most manifest on beginning to move about." (Arndt).
Spinal anaemia. "Paralytic weakness of the lower extremities, with general prostration, heaviness and sensation of fatigue, especially after a short walk, or ascending steps, legs give way, so as to be unable to progress farther." (Arndt).
Spinal curvature, spinal weakness. "Cramplike pain in the neck, pains and aches between the scapulae, backache and pains in the lumbar region, curvature of spine in the lumbar region, abscess near the lumbar region, tabes mesenterica, rachitis, open fonta-nelles, flabby, emaciated, shrunken children, disposition to furuncles and ulcers, peevish and fretful children, worse from bodily exertion, worse in the open air." (Arndt.) Inflammation proceeding from disease of the bony structure of spine.
Spina ventosa. Spina! anaemia.
When the bony structure of the spine is affected, myelitis, coccygodynia, spondylitis. Posterior spinal sclerosis.
Thos. T. McNish, M. D.. Allegheny, Pa. in American Homoeopathist, October 15, '97. Two years ago I was consulted by a farmer, sixty years old, spare, of nervous temperament, about a dyspepsia of three years' standing. It was an aggravated and aggravating case, but I am not going to detail it further than to say that I gave Sepia, 30th trituration, and this single remedy effected a perfect cure.
The patient then informed me he had another complaint of far older date, which he had not mentioned before because he believed it incurable, but the successful treatment of his dyspepsia gave him hope that the other disorder might be cured. The history of the case was briefly this: Nineteen years before, while digging a well, he strained his back; the effects, however, soon passed off and he believed himself well, when he was suddenly seized with what he called "a cramp" in the lower dorsal and upper lumbar region, which twisted him around until he "faced to the rear." The spasm, which was very painful, was repeated several limes. After an interval of some weeks be had another attack, and from that time forward they increased in frequency until he had one or more daily. His general health did not seem to suffer.
He received treatment from many physicians (all of the old school) with very slight benefit, and at last placed himself in the hands of a specialist who gave him electrical massage once or twice a week. This was continued regularly for four years, during which time the attacks decreased in frequency (but not in intensity), so that they did not recur oftener than once a week, and nccasioually the interval was two weeks. (I neglected to say. in the proper place, that the patient was always twisted toward the right side. There was very slight tenderness over the first lumbar vertebra).
You will readily understand that I was not enamored of this case, and indeed hesitated to undertake it, but the insistence of the patient decided me, and after two weeks' study and reflection 1 prescribed Mag. phos., 6x trituration, four doses daily. This was continued for one month.
The effect of the medicine was remarkable. From the time of taking the first dose the spasms ceased, and though more than eighteen months have since passed they have never returned.