In fact, I'd rather do without the painkillers completely - but the pain won't let me. A new product from the BioElectronics Corporation, however, might be the answer.
A few weeks ago I was sent the ActiPatch® Musculoskeletal Pain Relief band to try. Initially I had back pain, and tried the patch there for several days. Then I was troubled with my knee, and laterally my feet and ankles have been swollen and painful.
The idea is you keep the ActiPatch on (both turned on and in position) indefinitely. The battery last for over 700 hours, emitting an electromagnetic pulse that is supposed to ease pain caused by arthritis, sciatica, fibromyalgia, strains, sprains and more. It's drug and ingredient-free so safe for continuous use and for use while taking other medication. Unlike a TENS machine, you don't feel any heat or vibration. In fact, ActiPatch® is completely sensation free, so the only thing you are going to feel, they claim, is better.
And that, of course, is the $64000 question. Do I feel better?
It's hard to say. Would I feel worse if I wasn't using it? I think, on balance, the answer is 'probably, yes.' It certainly cleared up my lower back pain quicker than anything else ever has. My knee, too, is now much less troublesome. Feet and ankles? Well, the jury is still out. But as I said, I've no way of measuring how much worse they'd be without the patch.
The BioElectronics ActiPatch® range retails at £19.99 per product and includes:
ActiPatch® 720 hour Knee Pain Relief
ActiPatch® 720 hour Back Pain Relief
ActiPatch® 720 hour Muscle and Joint Pain Relief
For more information about BioElectronics ActiPatch®, please visit www.tryactipatch.co.uk