I was in her control, I had to defeat her physically: a case of Aranea diadema
Woman aged 27
complaint: Severe fatigue
Jonathan Hardy (JH): Please describe your complaint
Patient (P): “I have no strength. I feel I can’t stand up. I have to lie down. I feel my legs are not supporting me. It feels like the floor is not stable, like on a boat (gesture – head bobbing forward).
“There is pressure in my head when I stand up, like my head is exploding. Very quick, fast – pressure releases. Getting up takes the most energy.
“I have heavy periods, I’ve always had problems.
“I have digestive problems. It’s worse in the evening. I feel nausea after lunch, nausea in the evening after dinner. The food moves up and down. When I lie down, I feel better. Every time I sit up, I burp. For a week, I can’t do anything.”
JH: Please describe your nature.
P: “I’m ambitious. I want to be the best I can be. I like getting the satisfaction.
“My mother was quite critical. I can be impatient - I want lots of things. Because I don’t know if I’ll get them, I want them as soon as possible. My instinct is, I want it now!
“Theatre is my biggest passion. I’m very passionate in a movie star way. I give my heart.
“Stability is important to me.”
Because the patient spoke about theatre, art and creativity, and is an architect, I chose a remedy in the Silver series. Stannum was given because of the Stage 14 themes of weakness and feeling drained. She did quite well for seven months with several repeats, but then relapsed.
Case taking resumes after 7 months
P: “I have an irrational phobia: any kind of spiders – even plastic spiders. My sister tormented me with them to get me under her control. My sister disrespected me. I was in her control. I was a little nothing to her.
“My only reaction was to get really violent, I was always trying to react violently. For me, it was time to attack. I had to try to defeat her physically. She was imposing herself over me.”
JH: Describe what that was like for you.
P: “As if I was kicked over, smashed. You’re a little nothing. Like a train running over you. I didn’t have any power. It’s quite terrifying. She knew how to control me and get me to do what she wanted. I was on edge. I could never relax. She was really mean.”
JH: How did it feel?
P: “This horrible thing would come closer, like in horror movies. The worst thing is when people can’t get away, they get caught.”
JH: How did you feel when you were most frightened?
P: “Me being unable to scream. I could never get my voice out – I was completely frozen.”
JH: How did you react?
P: “I would see red and lose control, become violent. She was physically much bigger than me. She was like a mountain. I wanted to kill her. She would always be in control.”
JH: How did it feel when you were under her control?
P: “I felt uncontrollable anger inside. I was her puppet, her slave. I knew I couldn’t win. She was big. It stopped when I was big enough to show that I didn’t care.
“It’s the same desire to become something and prove myself. I wasn’t acknowledged. Not having achieved the things I’m fighting for made me feel worthless. It’s a waste of energy if I’m not achieving my goals. I need my things to be achieved 100%. It’s total victory when I achieve the things I’m fighting for.”
Animal kingdom themes
Rubrics from Aranea diadema
Prescription: Aranea diadema 200C, one dose
Follow up: the patient immediately improved. After several repeats of this remedy over 12 months, she was completely well. She no longer has any menstrual problems. Her severe fatigue has gone, and she says she is feeling happy and relaxed.
Photo: Araneus diadematus; Jürgen Weiland
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