A 46 year old male named D. visited my clinic in February 2016, with panic attacks being his main symptom since the previous summer.
During history taking it was defined that the first panic attack occurred during a day in August while he had been driving his car for a long time and the temperature was quite high. Several other attacks followed, in the car, and indoors, as in the bank and the church.
His common symptoms were stomach ache, pain in the chest, palpitations, sweating, severe discomfort and weakness. Since then, the patient developed an airplane and ship phobia, as well as intense anxiety concerning his health.
Considering that his first symptom was the stomach ache before the rest followed, D. visited a gastroenterologist who diagnosed him with gastritis and gastroeasofageal reflux and prescribed prazole.
When I asked him whether he had experienced some kind of intensely stressful event in his life, he responded that his son had suffered from lymphoma 4 years earlier. It was so sudden, but he had to be strong in order to be able to support his wife and son. He did not cry during the 2 years of chemotherapy, and luckily the child was perfectly healthy now.
In general, he was able to manage difficult situations in the past, such as his parents’ illnesses and relatives’ deaths. He was the one assigned with the management of such conditions. With the panic attacks however, he could not contain himself in such situations, so he avoided them. Following evaluation of his history, the appropriate homeopathic remedy was prescribed for a month.
When the patient came back next month, he described a 60% decrease of his panic attacks. However, despite the chemical medication he was taking for his stomach, he kept having that pain, which he feared as the precursor of panic attacks. The homeopathic remedy was repeated.
Two months later, D. described an absence of panic attacks, to the point that he started to consider having a boat trip. He sometimes experienced stomach ache. He was advised to minimize or exclude the consumption of dairy products. The homeopathic treatment was not repeated.
Three months later, having in the meantime avoided the consumption of dairy, D. described the absence of stomach ache. He felt very well. He had travelled by ship and plane, and had also driven for long hours in a hot climate, without any panic attack symptoms.
A year later, D. remains perfectly fine, without any relapse.
The above case is a good example of how the election of the appropriate homeopathic remedy can act in synergy with the right dietary advice in order to achieve the greatest therapeutic result for the patient, both in phsyco-inetellectual and physical level.