Her urine was no longer sandy. She had no PMS or menstrual cramps. She got a
new job and was feeling more positive mentally. She felt more creative and
better able to make decisions. She felt irritated again for about one week
recently. She had a brief bout of conjunctivitis for which she used an
antibiotic ointment. We assessed that the remedy had acted curatively.
Two weeks later Gail experienced another episode of cystitis. The symptoms
were the same as before, though milder. She had taken a dose of
Staphysagria 30C with only temporary improvement. We decided that she
needed a higher dose of the same remedy and gave her Staphysagria
We saw her again five weeks later. She was doing well except for outbreaks of
perianal and vaginal herpes, each lasting one week. She had a recurrence of a
bump on her left palm which also came and went in one week. She had this bump
previously for months. She had no urinary symptoms. She was very anxious lately
about moles (3). She had an increased desire for meat (2). She had a bad dream
about her ex-husband finding her. She woke up wanting to scream but couldn't.
Since she seemed to be feeling well, we waited and did not prescribe the remedy
At her next visit, two and a half months later, Gail reported that she was
completely over the previous acute illness in a week. She had been working 75
to 80 hours a week. Her boss finally agreed to hire an assistant for Gail.
"Maybe now I can have a personal life." She realized that her urinary symptoms
often came on when she was angry and didn't say anything about it. (The essence
of Staphysagria is symptoms from suppressed anger.) She was feeling
chilly. She just bought a new car. She recently dreamed of the wheels being
stolen- "like I don't deserve it".
She was experiencing some left foot pain. Again we waited.
Gail experienced another episode of cystitis one week later. She was again
working very long hours and attending evening meetings. She felt exhausted (2).
Like before, her kidneys ached (2) and she had urinary urgency (2). Her voiding
was incomplete (2). She had a sharp urethral pain at the end of urination (3).
We again gave her a dose of Staphysagria 200C.
We gave her some Sarsaparilla 30C to take home in case the Staphysagria did not
work. Sarsaparilla is a commonly needed remedy for acute UTI's with
urethral pain at the close of urination. She called the next day to say she was
We last saw Gail three months later. She had committed herself not to work
weekends anymore. She was standing her ground more. She had no bladder
problems. "I'm in a good frame of mind." She had no menstrual symptoms. "I'm
still trying to deal with some of my pent up hostilities. I feel positive more
and more often. I'm much stronger. I don't dwell as much on past problems. I
feel more together spiritually and physically. I am more comfortable in my
relationship. In the past I thought I didn't deserve such a wonderful guy. Now
I know I do."
This case is interesting for several reasons. First, it is a classic
presentation of a frequently needed remedy. Secondly, it is a case in which the
acute and constitutional remedy for cystitis are the same. Thirdly, we see the
skin eruptions, in this case herpes, coming to the surface while healing occurs
on a deeper level. Fourth, we see that as long as Gail stresses herself way
beyond her capacity, she still has a tendency to cystitis. It resolves quickly
with Staphysagria. Had she reduced her stress by reducing her work load,
she may have had any recurrences of the cystitis. Lastly, we see that, in
addition to decreased frequency and rapidly resolution of the cystitis, her
other chronic physical symptoms resolved and she felt much stronger mentally
and emotionally. As Gail continues with homeopathy, this trend should continue.
We expect that she will feel increasingly able to stand up for her needs and be
more at ease with accepting a kind and loving relationship.