68 year old female Mrs. N. M. (Patient reference number S2665), reported to the clinic for complaints of sleeplessness since last 2 years. She would frequently wake up in the middle of the night for no apparent reason and would have difficulty in falling back to sleep again. Her sleep would not be sound and she would wake up feeling quite unrefreshed. She said that lots of thoughts on the mind would prevent her from falling asleep.
She also had complaints of pain in both her knees; the pain was more pronounced on the left side and would be worse on initial movements and standing for a long time. She would feel somewhat better by walking about. Apart from this she would also develop dyspepsia and flatulence once in a while.
She was a known diabetic and was on regular anti-diabetic drugs. She was not on any other medication for any of her other complaints.
She was a short and stout lady with a normal appetite and thirst. She was a vegetarian and was fond of spicy foods. She had aversion to sour and salty things. She was sensitive to cold in general and would prefer warm water for a bath. She would always take covering during sleep and would prefer a thick covering on her feet.
She stayed in a joint family with her husband, son, daughter and in-laws. She was a very timid lady and was very sensitive to scolding and rude words. She said that she would keep brooding about this for a long time. She said that she would always feel the need to express her discontentment or else she would not feel comfortable. She had a tendency to weep easily and would feel very much better after being consoled. She was very loquacious and would speak very elaborately in general.
Based on the above history, she was prescribed Calcarea fluoricum 200 and another remedy that has been developed at Lifeforce for the treatment of insomnia. She was also given a single dose of Medorrhinum 1M. She was also asked to get an X-ray of both her knees done and report to us after 2 weeks. At the next visit, she reported that her sleep was much better in these 2 weeks. She could sleep at a stretch without having to wake up in between and would wake up feeling fresh in the morning. She felt more peaceful now and the crowding of thoughts in her mind before sleep had reduced marginally. Her X-Ray of both the knees showed changes of Osteoarthritis on both sides. She reported that her knee pain had reduced to some extent and she was much more comfortable in performing her daily activities. She was informed that the changes seen on the X-ray were irreversible but she would definitely experience significant pain relief with the medication. Her treatment was continued on similar lines till her sleep was completely normal and her knee pain considerably controlled.