Convulsions, with fever in teething children.
Fits from fright, with pallid or livid countenance. Hysterical spasms with unconsciousness and low muttering delirium.
Cramps in any part of the body, legs, throat, larynx, etc. Writer's cramp. Muscular contraction, twitchings and spasms. Convulsions with stiffness of the limbs or body, thumbs drawn in, fingers clenched, etc. Overstimulation of nerve fibres. Convulsive twitchings of the corners of the mouth. Spasm of the throat on attempting to swallow, spasmodic stammering. Tonic spasms, violent contractions and rigidity of the muscles during longer or shorter intervals. Tetanus, lockjaw (nib it into the gums). Tetanic spasm, like Bellad, where the latter does no good. (J. C. M).
Convulsions from teething without fever, if Magnesia phos. fails. Fits during development in childhood, in youth or in old age, where the lime salts are at fault. In anaemic, pale patients, in the strumous and scrofulous. Cramps and convulsive movements of all kinds if Magnesia phos. fails.
A. R. V. G., a young lady, set. 18, had visited, along with her mother, in the past summer (1875), a hydropathic establishment. Without being til, she had used the baths, even during her catamenia. Immediately after this she took violent spasms or cramps, which set in daily and continued after having returned home. A medical man was consulted, as the disease increased in spite of the different medicines she look. A second doctor was consulted, who quite agreed in the diagnosis as well as the treatment adopted by his colleague. Injections of morphium, very strong and repeated several times daily, were the main remedies applied; but the distressing ailment could not be removed; on the contrary, the cramps bowed in violence and frequency. The medical men in attendance finally declared that there was no chance of improvement until the patient would take some steel-baths in the spring. The parents were afraid that their daughter would not live to see the spring, and if she did, that she would not be fit to be removed. They, therefore, telegraphed requesting a visit from me. On the 6lh of September last I saw the patient for the first time.
I had known her formerly and was astonished to see, instead of the blooming healthy girl she bad been, a pale, emaciated figure whom I should not have recognized. During my presence she had an attack, her features were distorted, the eyes turned upward, froth came to the mouth, and then a fearful paroxysm of beating and striking with the hands and feet, such as I had never seen before. This was only the commencement. Suddenly the trunk of her body was contorted in an indescribable manner, the back of the head pressed deeply into the pillows, the feet forced against the foot of the bed, her chest and abdomen became arched like a bridge, drawn up almost half a yard. In this unnatural poa-tion she was suspended several seconds. Suddenly the whole body jerked upward with a bound, and the poor sufferer was tossed about for some seconds with her spine contracted. During the whole attack, which lasted several minutes, she was quite unconscious; pinching and slapping had no effect, dashing cold water in the face or applying burnt feathers to the nostrils was ineffectual, the pupils were quite insensible to the light. Ignat., which I ordered, had no effect; Cupr. met. acted better, but only temporarily; Bellad., Ipecac and Pulsat. (the latter for suppressed cata-meniai were of no use.
The attacks did not increase, neither did they decrease in the least degree. The morphium injections, too, were continued at the desire of her friends. When at my visit on the 4th of October, the spasms came on again with such violence that the bedstead gave way, I consulted Schussler's Therapy and ordered Magnes. phos. After taking this remedy on the 10th of October, the catanienia appeared, but her condition otherwise was in no way changed. The spasms continued with the same violence. Then, remembering Schussler's injunction to use Calcarea pkoi. where Magna, phos., though indicated by the symptoms, proves ineffectual, I gave here Catcarea phos., on the 16th of October, a full dose every two hours. Immediately the spasms became less frequent. On the sixth day there was an attack, weak and of short duration, From this date she had peace till the 6th of November, the day of the return of the catatnenia, which was preceded by short slight attack. On the 14th of December I had a call from the young lady, looking well and blooming, who wished to consult me for a slight bronchial affection.
She told me she was entirely cured of her attacks, and at the beginning of December she had been quite regular, without experiencing any inconvenience. (From Schussler).
A very interesting case came under my treatment, which deserves the at-tention of the profession. I was called to a lady advanced in years. She bad been suffering for neatly five weeks from fearful attacks of convulsive spasms. During the last twenty-four hours she had thirty attacks. The spasms darted through her body like an electric shuck, so thai she fell to the ground. The attack lasted a few minutes, after which she felt well enough, but rather exhausted. The sufferer did not venture to leave her bed now. afraid of being injured. She had been treated by her first doctor with Flor, Zinci., Flowler's solution, and friction, but without success. When I saw the lady. I thought of trying Schussler's functional remedies. Knowing that Magnes. phos.. Kali phos, and Calcarea phos. are prescribed for allaying spasms, I chose the latter, Calcutta phos., under the circumstances. Next day, to the astonishment of those about her, 1 found the old lady walking about the room. She met me with a smile, exclaiming, "' Ah! Doctor, my spasms are cured." And so it was.
She had not another attack. (Dr. Fechtmanu. From Schussler).
Dr. F., of Also Hungary, reports: 1 was requested to go into the country to see a man who had been suffering the last three days from spasmodic, convulsive sobbing. He was lying in bed. Subcutaneous injections of morphia, friction with chloroform and sinapisms (mustard poultices) were all of no use. Although the sobbing was mitigated for two or three hours, it returned with more violence than ever, I gave him a powder of Magnes. phos. in half a tumblerful of water. After the second tablespoonful the sobbing ceased altogether, to the astonishment of all those present. (From Schussler).
Frequent reports of writers' cramp cured with Magnesia phosphorica have been published since the former edition of this work was issued.