Archive for the ‘Neurological’ Category
Chief-complaint: Insomnia with early waking for one year. Western-diagnosis: Insomnia Medical-history: A 32 year old female has insomnia for one year with insidious onset. Consulted with western doctor and took Melatonin supplement for 10 months, but she still had insomnia if she didn’t take the pills. Symptoms: The above client can fall to sleep easily [...]
Medical-history: Patient, 35, female reports trouble falling asleep for 3 years. Often lays in bed and takes 2-3 hours to fall asleep.
Pulse: Pulse excess and large.
Tongue: Thick, white sticky coating
Chief-complaint: Pain in both arms
Medical-history: 86 yr old woman with high blood pressure, has had thyroid surgery, and receives cortisone shots for low back pain.
Symptoms: Patient has been having severe pain radiating down her arms so much so that she takes Ibuprofen every four hours and has been doing so for 6 months. The pain keeps her up at night and limits her ability to perform regular tasks.
Pulse: Pulse was thready and rapid with Lung and Kidney weak.
Her trapezius muscle was especially tight, points UB10 and GB21 were painful, UB43 tight as well as UB11,12, and 13. Many Ashi points.
Symptoms: Insomnia with racing thoughts, worry, tossing & turning during her few hours sleep, fatigue, poor memory, & anxiety.
Pulse: Thready, slightly rapid
Tongue: Pale slightly Thin, w/slight white coating in middle jiao.
CM-diagnosis: Bu Mei: Heart & Spleen Deficiency
Western-diagnosis: Parkinson’s Disease
Medical-history: 75 year old male has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease 8 years ago.
Symptoms: This patient is a 75 year old male with tremors in both hands and generalized weakness and fatigue throughout his whole body. This started 8 years ago, with severe and sudden weakness in muscles so that he was unable to walk. Hand tremor started 5 years ago. Patient is unable to walk further than five minutes without feeling weak and short of breath. Hands tremor constantly and he is unable to write.
Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS):
Frequently tired with low energy
Achy limbs and joints
Has to sleep in afternoon
Frequent frontal headaches
Floaters in vision
Dizzy on standing
Normally feels cold
Achy lower back
All symptoms worse for stress
Medical-history: Patient was a male in his mid 30′s who had been having trouble falling asleep for the past 2 years. Patient had tried many drugs and supplements, but with not much success. Taking Ambien helped the patient fall asleep, but the quality of sleep from an Ambien induced sleep was poor. Patient also tried melatonin, with very limited success. No other major medical problems besides the insomnia were reported.
Chief-complaint: Chronic Headaches
Medical-history: 54 year old female. Daily Headaches mainly tension-type occasional migraines with nausea.
Symptoms: tight neck and shoulders, tight-band sensation around the head, constipation, nightsweats, hot flashes, low libido
Tongue: textbook yin-deficiency presentation: red body with no coating
Chief Complaint: Pain, constipation
Western Diagnosis: Total Body Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
Medical History: 46 year old, very active and successful, sportive white male, developed RSD after a de Quervain’s tendonitis from overusing his hand, doing repetitive movements. 4 weeks later his whole right hand was hurting, burning, sensitive to touch and AC, and turning blue. A stellate ganglion block revealed that he had developed RSD. Two month later he developed mirror image symptoms in his left hand, later in his feet. 1 years later he had total body RSD. Causing him excruciating pain, muscle twitches, difficulty in urination, constipation, depression, insomnia, poor memory, nightly hiccups, spontaneous localized sweating in the effected extremities, lethargy, skin sensitivity, hot flashes, migraines. The patient received during a period of 2 years 150 nerve blocks, and is on many medications (analgesics, anti-spasmodics, anti-depressants, tranquilizers, etc.) He still tries to stay active, since inactivity increases his symptoms. he can not use his hands very often, but can walk and swim. Good dietary habits, since red meet, alcohol and sugar make his pain worse. Patient is disabled.
Chief Complaint: Dizziness
Western Diagnosis: Meniere’s Disease
Medical History: 54 yo male with 15 year history of Meniere’s disease. Vertigo, tinnitus and hearing loss, vomiting when severe. Tried diuretics, salt restriction, conventional medications, all without benefit.
Questioning exam: Had not tried alternative methods. Has had recurrent severe episodes with increased severity. (Always has the basic symptoms, however).The frequency of severe attacks has steadily increased, from 1 per year to 6 this summer.Heat exacerbates the symptoms. He also has a feeling of fullness in his ears.