37-years-old Mr. V. N. P. (PIN 21484) visited the clinic on 10th August 2013 with the complaints of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and anxiety.
The patient’s complaints had started in 2010 with piles. After which, he started suffering from complaints of bloating which worsened over 2011-2012. He would experience mild to moderate dull aching pain in the lower abdomen once or twice a week. The episode would last for about a week. The patient would get anxious to move out of the house during the episodes due to the fear of urge to pass stools while he would be out. He had tried various modes of treatment for the same for periods of six months or more with no relief. The patient reported that his grandfather also had some gastric complaints.
He also had complaints of disturbed sleep almost every night since 2008. He would keep thinking about family, business, and other things.
He was a vegetarian with an average diet and normal thirst. He would perspire more on the face. He was equally sensitive to the hot as well as the cold temperature. He would pass semisolid stools, while there were no complaints with regards to his urine.
He had a business of ready-made garments that he was running along with his father. His wife and mother were homemakers. He had two school-going children. He was quite punctual and perfectionist. He enjoyed his work.
The main stress that affected him was the IBS complaint. He would feel nervous to go out due to the fear of urge to pass the stools. He was highly anxious for petty, daily routine tasks.
With all these case details, his case was analyzed by Dr. Shah and he was prescribed some research-based medicines.
Within four months of the treatment on 12th Dec 2013, the patient reported that though the complaints of IBS were persistent but his fear of eating out had reduced. During the episodes of IBS, his anxiety was the most marked feature even then. Taking his symptoms into consideration, Dr. Shah upgraded his prescription.
With further eight months of the treatment on 21st Aug 2014, the patient reported that there was a substantial relief in IBS, though the anxiety still persisted. The dull aching pain in the lower abdomen, alternating constipation, and diarrhea episodes were quite reduced in the terms of frequency and intensity. But, the fear of the complaints returning would still play on his mind. He was happy that his sleep had improved a lot, and he would get six to seven hours of refreshing sleep.
When the patient visited us after five months of further treatment on 29th Jan 2015, he reported being 95% better in his complaints of IBS. Also, the anxiety associated with it was reduced a lot. After reviewing the feedback, Dr. Shah further adjusted the doses.
He continued the treatment and after four months on 29th May 2015, he was highly satisfied with the results achieved. His IBS complaints, such as dull aching pain in the lower abdomen, bloating, and diarrhea, were almost in remission. He said that, in spite of occasional minor discomforts, he would feel more confident and less anxious as compared to his condition at the onset of his treatment.
He is still continuing with the treatment, He is satisfied that homeopathic medicines have not only relieved his physical suffering but also improved his quality of life.
This case highlights that homeopathy is highly effective in treating anxiety and IBS successfully and improving the quality of life significantly.
- Written by Dr. S. S. S., Associate doctor to Dr. Rajesh Shah