A Peculiar Case of Heart Trouble after Paralysis.



About five years ago I was severely stricken with paralysis of the left side from which I have fully recovered. Since then I have had five different attacks, each one milder than the first, all having occurred on the left side.

A peculiar feature in my case is that after each paralytic attack the nails on my hands show a ridge or depression which run transversely across the nail, as though the root had been injured, thus, impeding or interfering with their growth. The nails upon the right hand showing deeper depressions than on the left. The toe nails have not thus been affected on either foot.

The voice was affected at first, but this has gradually grown stronger and more natural. As this change took place, a distressed feeling in and about the heart became apparent, as though a heavy weight were on it; also, a constriction of the throat as if being choked. These disagreeable sensations occur upon slight over exertion occasioned in going up stairs or up any elevation hastily. After resting a short time, they gradually disappear. Walking on the level or down grade does not occasion any discomfort.

After having used the various specific cardiac remedies with out obtaining satisfactory relief I began experimenting with crataegus and scutellaria. Obtaining some relief, but not yet satisfied, I added the oil of peppermint to the above, and this has given such prompt relief that I believe it will prove to be a specific in such cases. I herewith quote the formula as follows:

Specific crataegus drops 60
Specific scutellaria drops 20
Olei. mentha piperita drops 5

Mix. Sig.: Take from one-half to one drop on the tongue every five minutes until relief is obtained. This being a concentrated preparation it can be conveniently carried in a small vial for the emergency, and if used upon the approach of an attack it will ward off the unpleasant conditions almost instantly, thus enabling the afflicted one to continue at whatever he may be engaged.

Care must be taken to see that the stomach, liver, kidneys and bowels are kept in good condition.

The above mixture has given such satisfying results in my own case I decided to test its merit on my patients who were suffering with enfeebled and nervous cardiac affections. All have, so far, responded with most gratifying results.

Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 2, 1908, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.