This remedy is specific in colic in gouty and persons who are prone to rheumatism, when the well-known griping pains forcing the patient to bend double or press something hard into the abdomen are present It is a colic caused by flatus, undigested food or cold, or perhaps some violent emotion such as a fit of anger. There may be present diarrhea, and the griping is with and preceding the same, and emission of flatus or stool will relieve the colic. It is also a most useful remedy in menstrual or vesical colic, but in all the forms of colic to which Colocynth is applicable it is necessary that the nervous element predominate over the inflammatory. Indeed, it is of little use in inflammatory colic.
Inflammatory colic forcing patient to bend double, but no relief therefrom, it is only in the nervous form that pressure relieves.
3. Veratrum album.
Pains forcing patient to bend double, must walk about for relief, cold sweat.
4. Magnesia carbonica.
Griping, colicky pains, doubling patient up, but accompanied with green, slimy stools, after eating fruit or vegetables.
Sometimes of use after Colocynth fails.
Pain about umbilical region, continuous and constant, and associated with paroxysms of great intensity, flatulent spasms, so-called, relieved by stretching the body out rather than by bending double. Bilious, rheumatic and neuralgic colics. Pains radiate to chest and back ; it is a most valuable remedy in certain forms of dyspepsia which are marked with much colicky pain. Dioscorea is most useful in painful enteralgias which are relieved by bending backwards.
7. Magnesia phosphorica.
Intermittent pains relieved by bending double, by rubbing, by external warmth and eructations. It is very useful in the flatulent colic of children with drawing up of legs. Dr. J. C. Morgan claimed ” absolute, invariable and prompt success in the 30th potency” in
the colic of new bom infants. Colicky babies who cry half the time may be benefited by this remedy. The relief from warmth is a guiding symptom.
8. Nux vomica.
Hemorrhoidal colic or colic from accumulation of flatus, pressing up and down ; spasmodic colic from flatulence. Deep seated hypogastric pain, abdomen hard and drawn in, not distended. Colic from dietetic errors or in brandy or coffee drinkers ; pains worse on motion, pains pinching and contractive, griping as if intestines were rubbed between stones.
Colic with chilliness from pastry or rich food, loud rumbling and gurgling in abdomen.
Suits especially colic in women and children. Colic with hot cheeks, red face and perspiration preceding an attack of intestinal catarrh. Colic from anger worse from warmth, flatulent colic. There is atony of the digestive apparatus and digestion is at a standstill ; the neuralgia is peripheral and the abdomen distended like a drum.
Colic from anger or following abdominal operations.
Colic of infants is well met by Belladonna. The child bends backwards and screams, and the transverse colon protrudes like a pad. There is congestion of the intestines. It is rather an enteritis than an enteralgia.
Griping colic like a hand clutching the intestines, cutting pains shooting across abdomen from left to right, after acid or unripe fruit The colic is worse by motion and better during rest.
Nervous colic, worse at night, accompanied by flatulence. Menstrual colic, pain in lower part of abdomen with a disposition to relapses. Hysterical colic.
Attacks of colic in hysterical people, waking them out of sleep ; colic from grief.
Abdominal pain radiating in all directions, walls drawn in ; this, however, is not essentially a nervous colic. There are cramps in the legs and obstinate constipation accompanies, but no flatulence. The abdomen is as hard as a stone, sensation as if abdominal wall were drawn to back by string, better from rubbing and hard pressure. Lead produces one of the most violent colics of any drug and this colic is sometimes difficult to cure.
Almost specific for lead colic.