When sheep farmer Timothy Bealby became infected by the sheep
disease ‘scabby mouth’ it turned into a form of arthritis
called Stephen Johnson syndrome, affecting the whole right side
of his body. The severe pain was kept under control with painkillers
and anti-inflammatories but, having been warned that long term
use might have side effects, Timothy eventually decided to try
to cut down. The pain immediately returned, immobilising his right
arm. It was only when Timothy tried wearing a magnetic wristband
that he was able to reduce his medication without pain. After
three weeks using both, he was able to reduce the levels of anti-inflammatories
without increasing the pain, and has now cut them out altogether.
When five rural GP practices enrolled 194 men and women with
osteoarthritis of the knee or hip into a 12-week test of magnetic
bracelets, those wearing the standard strength bracelets reported
greater pain relief than both those wearing weaker bracelets and
those wearing dummy bracelets.
The testers’ subjective reports correlated well with the
results of two objective pain measures. Many of the patients were
able to reduce their use of painkillers.
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