A middle aged lady Mrs. S.Z. (PIN number 10029) registered at our clinic on 18th July, 2006 for treatment of Polymyositis since last 3 years. She was very thin, week and emaciated.
Her symptoms started with the skin. She developed hyperpigmentation all over her skin. Slowly she developed progressive weakness. She developed swelling over her face and later swelling on her legs. She would get easily tired. Her appetite reduced. Her weight which was around 64 kg, gradually reduced to 35 kg. Gradually her muscles became weak. Her neck, joints, back became very weak. She couldn’t lift her feet. She was bedridden. She had severe weakness. She became very anemic. She lost her hair.
She was hospitalized and investigated. Several blood tests and investigations including Muscle biopsy were performed, and later renal biopsy was also done. These confirmed the diagnosis of Polymyositis. She was put on steroids, which did not help her. She again developed convulsions and was readmitted in a different hospital.
Her case details were taken in detail. She was described as very emotional by nature. She had fear and anxiety of her illness. She was very apprehensive by nature. She needed reassurance every day. She constantly kept thinking about her recovery. She was in a very depressed state.
Her renal biopsy showed minimal change glomerulopathy and urine test showed severe infection.
She was on steroids, since the last several months but she was not responding to the treatment.
Her face and legs were swollen. There was pitting edema. She had developed a fungal infection in the mouth, as she was immuno-compromised due to steroids. She was in a critical stage.
Treatment was started on the 18th July, 2006. She was prescribed Plumbum Metallicum 30c (Please do not self medicate with this remedy.) and later 200c, as the symptoms demanded.
She followed up on 7-12-06. She reported very good improvement. She could walk without support. Her edema of legs had reduced. Her weakness had reduced. She showed some hair regrowth. She complained of severe acidity.
Follow up on 29th March, 2007, she reported over the phone that she was further better in all her complaints.
She came to the clinic again, personally on the 10th September, 2007.
She had improved very well. She could walk properly; she did all the activities in the house. She had some difficulty ascending stairs. Her weakness had reduced very well.
Her weight has increased from 34 to 46 kg. Her hair re-growth was remarkable. Hemoglobin had increased. Her serum albumin was returning to normalcy. This was a very positive sign. She did not require albumin infusions any more. Her appetite had improved. She looked more confident and above all a lot happier. Her smile expressed her gratitude. She is still under care.
Note on 2nd August, 2008: Patient has reported further
improvement. "I'm able to walk much better," she said over the phone. Medication
has been continued with some strategic changes.