Case studies

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Parkinson’s is a slowly progressive disease usually occurring later in life. It is characterised by a tremor in resting muscles that is caused by the loss of nerve cells in the part of the brain called the substantia nigra. These particular nerve cells are responsible for producing dopamine which acts as a messenger between parts of the brain and the nervous system to control and co-ordinate body movement. If these cells become damaged or die and are not replaced, it reduces the amount of dopamine in the brain, thus causing movements to become slow and abnormal.

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Mrs D is 63 years old and works for a local business that is located next door to a large hospital. She came to me through recommendation due to increasing sensitivity in the last few months to chemicals and anything emitting volatile organic compounds. These sensitivities have been increasing to the point that she can barely leave her home.

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Mrs C is a divorced lady in her early 50’s.  She is a very successful counsellor specialising in relationships between couples.  A reasonably active person who works out about 3 x weekly as well as walking the dog.  Mrs C has several major stresses in her life, the main stress is due to an alcoholic ex-partner who lives with her eldest son. There is no animosity in the relationship, however her son finds it difficult to handle his father’s drinking which affects his moods and overall wellbeing.  The second major stress is the mental health of her middle son who is agrophobic.  He lives in the same house as his mother with her current partner.  Mrs C originally came to see me with the following symptoms:


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Mr F was recently referred to me by one of his colleagues who has been a client in the past.  The Covid-lockdown appeared to be the final straw.  A married, self-employed man with family, and someone who has been suffering from anxiety and depression since his mid 30’s.  Mr F is now in his mid 50’s. 

Under the care of a local mental health unit he had been put on several medications including Fluorxetine and Mirtazapine, the latter of which knocked him out, blurring all his mental faculties.  In desperation he took an overdose, was rushed into hospital and because of the quick response of the paramedics, luckily survived.

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Miss W is in the last year of her schooling, opting to go out to work through an internship programme rather than continue her education in the school environment.  Miss W is a single child of divorced parents.  She spends her time between both parents on an agreed weekly schedule.  Overall, she has an acceptance of the situation however, does not appear to have a close relationship to either her father or her mother.

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Mrs J is a married lady in her 50’s who works on a daily basis within her family business.  She understands the importance of taking care of herself though diet and creating “me time” in which she focuses on her wellbeing, very often outside in nature. Diagnosed as coeliac several years ago, consequently avoids all wheat and gluten products. 

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Mr G. is a 59 year old self employed man who enjoys winter sports, but does not actively exercise on a daily or weekly basis.  As a widower he cooks for himself in the evenings after a full day at work.  He came for a consultation for two main reasons:  low libido and feelings of sluggishness.  His third priority within the consultation was for hay fever that he has suffered from since his mid teens and which usually comes on in March, but for the last two years has started in January.

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Mrs D is a 43 year old female of Afro-Caribbean descent.  She works part time and is a mature student.  On 25th December 2016 her sister died of breast cancer.  She was on her way to see her in Barbados, but never got to say “goodbye” arriving after her death. Understandably, this loss caused Mrs D considerable grief.   When she came to see me she had been suffering pain radiating in her lower back on the left side for some time, which also sometimes caused her severe nausea.  After an ultrasound, cervical smear and CA125 test (tumour markers), her doctor diagnosed the pain as a functional ovarian cyst (suspected benign) which was 5cm in size and was putting pressure on the lower back due to lack of space for growth.

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Mr M started suffering with Gout in his mid 30’s. It was something his Dad had experienced, and simply thought that it was a genetic issue and there was little that could be done. Initially the attacks were roughly six months apart, which sometimes resulted in the need to take very occasional days off work due to the discomfort and pain.   Gout is when the body is unable to break down uric acid that can lead to the formation of crystals especially in the joints, causing extreme inflammation and pain, especially in the big toe.

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This case study is about a very active, self employed 50 year lady who demands a great deal of herself and of others both mentally and physically due to the nature of the business.  She runs a business that has several divisions, employing approximately 20 full time team members across all divisions and reporting into a board of directors.  In addition to the full time staff she also has an apprenticeship scheme with at any point in time supports 10-12 students.