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Adapted to diseases from spinal origin (Phos., Pic. ac., Zinc.).

Excessive and rapid emaciation; general or partial paralysis; extreme, with anaemia and great weakness.

Muscular atrophy from scelorisis of spinal system.

Lassitude; faints on going into a room full of company.

Slow of perception; intellectual topor, gradually increasing apathy (in fevers, Phos. ac.).

Weakness or loss of memory; unable to find the proper word (Anac., Lac c.).

Delirium alternating with colic.

Assumes strangest attitudes and positions in bed.

Complexion: pale, ash-colored, yellow, corpse-like cheeks sunken; expressive of great anxiety and suffering.

Skin of face, greasy, shiny (Nat. m., Sanic.).

Distinct blue line along margin of gums; gums swollen, pale, show a lead-colored line.

Excessive pain in abdomen, radiating to all parts of body.

Sensation in abdomen at night, which causes patient to stretch violently for hours; must stretch in every direction (Amyl. n.).

Violent colic, sensation as if abdominal wall was drawn as if by a string to the spine.

Intussusception, with colic and faecal vomiting; strangulated hernia, femoral, inguinal or umbilical.

Constipation: stools hard, lumpy, black like sheep-dung (Chel., Op.); with urging and terrible pain from spasm of anus; obstructed evacuation from indurated faeces, dryness of the excretions, paralysis or muscular atony; during pregnancy; from impaction of faeces; when Platina fails.

Bright's disease: colic pain; abdomen retracted; rapid emaciation; excessive debility; contracted kidney.

Feels a lack of room for foetus in uterus; inability of uterus to expand; threatening abortion.

Spasm: clonic; tonic; from cerebral sclerosis or tumor; epilepsy or epileptiform convulsions.

Yellow skin: dark brown "liver spots" in climacteric years; jaundice, the eyes, skin and urine yellow.

Relations. - Compare: Alum., Plat., Op., in colic; Pod. in retraction of navel; Nux in strangulated hernia; Pod. the vegetable analogue.

The bad effects of Plumbum are antidoted by Alum., Petr., Plat., Sulph. ac., Zinc.

Aggravation. - At night (pains in limbs).

Amelioration. - Rubbing; hard pressure.

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