A 41 years old housewife Mrs. H. S. (Patient ref. no: L6928) reported to us with complaints of recurrent headaches since the past 20-25 years occurring once a week. The pain was left sided in the periorbital region radiating to the neck and lasting for the whole day. Her pains had increased gradually in the past 3 years and were aggravated in the sun and from lack of sleep. The pain used to be intense whenever she was mentally stressed. Her headaches were accompanied with extreme irritability. She was on conventional medicines for the same along with some additional painkillers whenever the pain was unbearable.
Along with this she also complained of irregular menses with menorrhagia (profuse menses) with offensiveness and dark colored clots. Her menses were always accompanied with backache, abdominal pain and breast pain along with extreme irritability. She was a known case of Thalassemia Minor. She also complained of halitosis (bad breath) whenever she used to have acidity. Generally she had a lethargic feeling with weakness and easy fatigue.
She had a diminished appetite with craving for curds and sour food. She drank 2-3 glasses of water per day and was equally sensitive to both heat and cold.
She loved socializing with people and made friends very easily. She was an extrovert by nature and had no major stress or strain in life.
Based on the above history a constitutional homeopathic remedy Ferrum Metallicum 200 (to be taken twice a day for 6 weeks) was selected which would cover her entire complaints. When she reported to us after 6 weeks, the intensity and duration of her headaches had reduced considerably, however the frequency remained the same. Her acidity was better up to 40% and she was feeling much energetic than ever before. Her halitosis remained the same. She had reduced the dosage of her conventional medications to about 50%. In spite of the reduction in dose the intensity of her headache had not increased which was a positive sign.
In the second follow up which was after another month, the headache was better up to 65%. Her acidity was no longer present and this time she reported much improvement in her menstrual complaints which were not delayed as before. Her acidity and weakness were almost 90% better. This time her halitosis was better up to 40%. In the subsequent follow ups she showed further improvement in all her complaints with homeopathic medications. She was asked to continue medication for some more time for complete relief from her symptoms.