It is not unusual for me to find that patients forget how ill they used to be, or how much pain they were originally in before they came to try Homeopathy!
If, at an initial consultation, a patient can use a scale of 1-10 to measure a symptom they have, such as pain or itchiness as an example, then I use this as a record of how symptoms have improved. Time and time again, patients simply forget how they felt at that first appointment and are quite amazed by the improvements they’ve attained!
As an example, Trudy came to see me today for her second appointment, having seen me initially a month again for the symptoms and constant pain she was suffering with from Carpel Tunnel syndrome, a condition which affects the nerves in the arms and hands of people, giving them intense pain, numbness, tingling, swelling and weakness. Mostly resulting in a need for surgery at some point.
A month previously, Trudy had scored her pain as 9 out of 10 with a need to take strong pain relief daily and throughout the night, as the pain was bad enough to wake her most nights. Having taken Trudy’s presenting symptoms down and made a note of the intensity of her pain I prescribed a combination of Homeopathic remedies and Homeobotanical tinctures which would support her body to improve the pain and burning sensation she felt 24/7.
When I initially asked Trudy how her month had been, she said she felt there had been some improvement, but was unsure if it was significant. I asked Trudy if she was still taking co-codemol daily and during the night when she woke, to which she replied ‘oh no, I barely take any pain relief, perhaps just once or twice a week!’ I then went on to ask how her sleep had been, again Trudy replied that her sleep had been great as she wasn’t waking up in pain each night.
At this point, I showed Trudy the score she had previously given her daily pain, the 9 out of 10, which had been awarded by her a month ago she felt had reduced to a 2 or 3 out of 10!
The subtlety of Homeopathy is often its downfall. Patients often aren’t able to remember how bad their symptoms were before they started and the gradual improvement of symptoms between appointments is difficult to gauge without the simple scoring system used by many homeopaths to measure the improvements.