A 65-year-old woman was suffering from pain in the right half of her back from the neck and shoulder down to the waist. This first appeared in May 2020, two months after she started working from home due to Covid lockdown and became severe in another two months. She was taking muscle relaxant and painkiller twice daily and needed a heating pad almost all the time. In order to cope with the pain, she would need to do frequent stretches; she must sit and sleep with extra pillows strategically placed for support. In early August the pain had become extremely severe, so she consulted a physician. He diagnosed the cause as a pinched nerve in the neck due to wrong posture working from a kitchen table and staring at the computer screen for long hours. He prescribed ibuprofen (an NSAID), and physiotherapy involving shoulder and neck stretches and physical manipulations. These treatments did not help much, so after three weeks, she approached the practitioner on 27 August 2020; she was still in severe pain and also emotionally stressed due to Covid and political and social unrest. She was given:
CC15.1 Mental & Emotional tonic + CC15.2 Psychiatric disorders + CC18.5 Neuralgia + CC20.3 Arthritis…one dose every 10 minutes for 2 hours followed by TDS
After three days the patient could feel that her back was more relaxed and the pain was gradually going down. Every time she took the ‘water remedy’ she felt comforted immediately. After another six days on 5 September, the pain was completely gone and she continued the remedy at TDS for one more week. She neither required a painkiller nor any accessories she was using except for a cushion behind her back while working. On 12 September, she was advised to reduce the dosage to OD and continue as long as she worked from home. At a review on 20 December 2020, she is still working from home and she has been absolutely fine.