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Ankylosing Spondylitis &Homeopathy
CAUSES, SYMPTOMS, HOMEOPAHTIC MANAGEMENT AND PREVENTION
What is Ankylosing Spondylitis?
The word ‘spondylitis’ means‘inflammation of spine’; again term ‘ankylosing’ has evolved from ‘ankylose’, that is, ‘to get bones fused’. Overall meaning of the term is inflammation of spine leading to fusion of them. To elaborate, it is a painful inflammatory conditions of spine bone leading to stiffness of joints due to fusion of the pieces of spine [vertebra] and their associated structures like intervertebral disc etc.
Predominantly, it is the sacroiliac junction which is affected; this joint lies at the base of spine where pelvic bone meets the spine. But affection of other joints like shoulder, hip, rib, heel, small joints of hand and feet are also possible; consult the image below:
Difference between Spondylitis and Spondylosis:
Here, one thing may be borne in mind that ‘spondylitis’ & ‘spondylosis’ are different and have different significance; more so, in homeopathic concept. While spondylitis means inflammation, spondylosis means degeneration, i.e., destruction. So, according to homeopathic philosophy, behind the first diseasemiasmpsora is the latent cause and behind the second, miasmsyphilis is the latent cause. As such, selection of remedies in two cases may be different, though the signs and symptoms may be almost identical. [Common readers are warned not to take this ‘syphilis’ and sexually transmitted disease-syphilis identical, though they are related distantly]. It is also a fact that in most of the cases, spondylitis is changed into spondylosis, since the natural course of disease is from inflammation to degeneration.
What are the causes of Ankylosing Spondylitis?
Modern medicine says there is no definite cause, i.e., it is an idiopathic disease. However, genetics plays a definite role. One hypothesis is that the disease starts when the defense mechanism of intestine breaks down and certain bacteria pass into the blood stream triggering altered immune response.
What are the signs and symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis?
i)Pain and stiffness of spine;
ii)Inability to move spine freely;
iv)In terminal cases forward-stoop position of spine (Kyphosis) may be there;
How is a case of Ankylosing Spondylitis managed with Classical Homeopathy?
Therapeutically there are a lot of medicines that may be used for patients with ankylosing spondylitis, like Mercurius sol., Sulphur, Ledum pal., Rutagrav., Acid nit., Calcarea carb. etc. However, it may be mentioned, therapeutic aims at managing acute stage of the disease only; since this website is dedicated to manage chronic patients constitutionally with classical homeopathy, we will take up a case or two of chronic in nature.
Case study 1:
Mr. A.P. Kalam, 45 yrs., a senior lecturer of a local college presented himself with the following signs and symptoms:
1)Left ankle joint swollen & painful for last 6 months;
2)Inability to move the joint; problem gradually increasing;
3)The joint is warm in touch compare to the other;
4)Report :X-ray of left ankle joint: Ankylosing spondylisis of the joint with soft tissue swelling around;
5)Frequent amebic dysentery despite taking regularly tabs. specific for the disease.
6)Urine scanty with high pungent odour;
1)Amebic dysentery troubled him almost throughout his life;
2)From his mother he came to know in his childhood days he used handle his penis too much and for this he was beaten many a times;
3)In first part of his conjugal life, he suffered from impotency, later he was treated and problem gone;
1)Father suffered from syphilis; used to drink throughout his life;
2)His elder brother has no issue, probably he also suffered from impotency;
3)Nothing reported from his maternal side;
1)Loss of memory, esp. of names;
2)Thinks his disease incurable;
1)Little thirst; however, tongue was moist, large, flabby and imprints of teeth on both sides;
3)Extremities go to sleep while he sleeps;
4)Perspire too much, however, no relief;
5)Problems aggravated at night;
6)Stool constipated; has to take purgative very often;
Mercurius sol. 0/2, 12 doses in 120 ml. aq. Dest; to be taken following standard procedure;
1)To decrease dose of pugative to 50%; object is to stop it gradually;
2)To take enough salad and fruits with lunch and dinner regularly;(MUST)
3)To take 2 L. water daily as a routine, even if there is no thirst;
4)Review : after 3 weeks;
Mr. Kalam was administered Mercurius sol. up to 0/6; the progress was not satisfactory; though, his bowel movement was better and purgative was no longer required yet, he was not feeling much better and his arthritic pain was also persisting more or less same.About 4 months after there was a change of medicine; he was given Syphilinum 10M/2 doses which worked for 3 months nicely with all-round improvement. Then the status appeared to be stand still; so Syphilinum 50M/1 dose. was prescribed; thereafter, the patient did not turn up; however, he informed over phone that he was doing nicely; if situation demands, he would contact later.
Since the disease is idiopathic (without any definite cause) in nature but assumed to be related to heredity and altered immune reactions, persons with such a heredity should be more careful about the following:
i)Keep your body-immunity intact; please study seriously the content of sub-menu ‘Body Immunity’ under menu ‘General Advices’of this website.