My son has been diagnosed with Benign Joint Hypermobility Syndrome. For a 6 day period this year he couldn’t walk, he has a great deal of pain in his joints and constant nausea. We have been told that it is the “wrong” kind of pain for painkillers and that the nausea can’t be treated either.

He has just completed a two week course at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to strengthen his muscles which should help with the pain. It is a long road he is on until things improve.

I could see the RLHH from the window whilst at GOSH, so decided to call in. I spoke at length to a pharmacist about the nausea. She suggested a homeopathic remedy for my son which he took that night. Within an hour his nausea subsided. He took it again the next day – and hasn’t taken it since as he no longer has the nausea!

I can’t tell you what this means to us. To expect to have nausea all your life – and then not to have it, and not to need drugs to deal with it is a miracle.

I am now seeking a referral to the Homoeopathic Hospital to see if any of his other symptoms can be helped.

Email from M A. Surrey

Comment from an RLHIM doctor …

There are several forms of hypermobility syndrome and the symptoms, severity and effects of the condition can vary between individuals. Some have very few symptoms, while others can be prone to injury whilst carrying out simple everyday tasks.

Pain relief and physiotherapy to strengthen the joints and the muscles are the main treatment options. Using an integrated approach allows the individual needs of the child to be addressed appropriately.

In particular cases, such this one, symptoms such as persistent nausea and pain can be managed using an integrated approach and homeopathic remedies can be safely used with the conventional treatment programme.

This is especially rewarding when conventional analgesia and treatment has not been effective.