Homeopathy can be a wonderful complement to use during surgical procedures. Some of the areas it covers are fear and anxiety prior to surgery, excess bleeding during surgery, reduced scarring and accelerating post-surgical recovery. Strabismus is a condition that interferes with binocular vision because it prevents a person from directing both eyes simultaneously towards the same fixation point and the eyes do not properly align with each other. One way to correct it is by cutting and rearranging the extraocular muscles and then stitching them in place. This was an interesting case since they had had the very same surgery on the left eye a year ago and wished to correct the right eye this time around. After the last surgery the pain was quite severe and the stitches in the eyeball itself caused a pain similar to having sand in the eye. Recovery was about a month with the self dissolving stitches coming out in 2-3 weeks time or longer. They dealt with the pain by taking medications such as Tylenol.
I suggested they take Arnica 200k before the surgery and used the water bottle method to have Arnica on hand after the surgery to take as needed for the pain. The surgery went very well and no adjustments were needed. (The first time 3 adjustments were needed and were very painful.) For the first three days they had no vision in the eye but did not take any Tylenol for the pain which was necessary the last time. The following week was also good without the need for Tylenol. For the month after the surgery there was no need for pain medication and severe pain only returned when they stopped using the Arnica. Once they returned to the bottle of Arnica water, the pain subsided unless they overstrained.
One day they had been looking at paperwork all day and felt the eye was much larger, as if swollen five times the size and had a sensation that the bone above, and less so around the eye, was sore. It physically hurt when they touched the bone. I suggested Ruta 30ch and within five minutes this new and unusual sensation was gone and did not return. Arnica was again continued until the stitches dissolved and the pain was no longer an issue.
CHARACTERISTICS: BRUISED, SORE, TRAUMA, INJURY
Muscles feel VERY SORE, PAINFUL, BRUISED; all over. Parts become sore, after the pains, or after bleeding. It is a prophylactic for pus formation.
Sore, bruised feeling. Mechanical injuries.
ALL AILMENTS FROM AN INJURY, FALL OR SURGERY.
PRE AND POST OPERATIVE [surgery]
OVERSTRAIN and TRAUMA: ALL forms, recent and remote.
Bruising to muscle tissues, persistence of ecchymosis, or swelling.
Bleeding caused by injury. Injury to blood vessels.
Eye injuries, black eye, foreign object in eye, surgery, cuts, wounds.
Surgery: pre- and post- operative, esp. after amputation. complications.
Eye strain from fine work; followed by headache.
FIRST AID USES:
Overstrain of ocular (eye) muscles
Overexertion of eyes.
I had a basic medical procedure done the other day. The removal of an IUD and a new one put in. The copper based IUD was the one I decided to use five years ago since there was no release of hormones, only the copper. And as long as my body accepted the copper and was not allergic to it there would be few side effects other than the physical ones such as increased cramping and heavier menstrual flow. I preferred to not have hormones affect the natural rhythms of my cycles which is why I did not consider taking the pill or having implants under the arm. The first time the doctor put the IUD in place there was a lot of pain, I had to ask him to slow down between stages so I could recover. It was not pleasant. And then it took about three months for my cycles to return to mostly normal and there was a lot of pain and cramping which usually happens. Each cycle my body was trying to eject a foreign body, which is a healthy response, so I was not too upset by the slow process of my body accepting the IUD.
Five years later and I need to update the make and model as most of the copper had dissolved and it would become ineffective. This time however, I knew about homeopathy! I took Staphysagria 30ch beforehand knowing how much having my cervix prodded and stretched annoyed me the last time. I could also have taken arnica ahead of time to deal with the bruising and trauma but decided the Staphysagria was a better fit for me. Besides, I get pretty irritable in doctor's offices in general. This time was a very different experience. My doctor sighed with relief when she finished and said, "Well, that was easy and quick." She seemed surprised. Since I went to a sexual health clinic where she did this procedure all the time and I was the last patient of the day, I could guess she was being pretty honest about it being easy. I was too because it still hurt during the stages when cramping occurred but it hurt much less then the first time. I just had to do some focused breathing and I was ready for the next stage! Afterwards I decided to tell her that I took a homeopathic remedy, she seemed happy and totally approved.
The keynote features of Staphysagria are post-surgical pain as well as stretching or injuries to sphincter muscles. The cervix fits well here, since having a cervix dilated is very painful as well as invasive. Insect bites and stings and so feeling invaded and irritated is also a keynote. In fact it is also a good prophylaxis before mosquito and black fly season starts in the forests and countryside. The mental keynotes are suppressed anger, great suffering when he controls his emotions as well as great anger about things done by others. Remember how annoyed I was by doctor's offices? I probably could have taken arnica for bruising and faster healing if I had needed it but being at the start of the cycle when the procedure was done I have not noticed any increase in cramping or pain that is worrisome so I am going to leave it alone. I can always try a dose of arnica 30ch if my next cycle is painful or if I don't feel ok in a week or so since it can still help with my body's healing processes long after time of the injury.
Although it was wonderful my doctor supported homeopathy, I kinda wished she wanted to know more details. It felt a bit unfair to not have to suffer so much yet the other patients did not have access to or knowledge about this support. Imagine if each patient could fill out a quick questionnaire and then be offered one of three or four remedies before having an IUD inserted, which would reduce pain, irritation, risk of infection and emotional effects? I still have hope that the medical system is changing and one day we will no longer have to suffer so much when a wonderful tool like homeopathy is available to us.
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