Originally Posted by typingterror
London scientists have developed hand-held device that knocks out pain with magnetic impulses raising possibility of providing patients an alternative to power drugs such as morphine. Device was tested on two groups-- one with fibromyalgia and another with rheumatoid arthritis. Results were significant reduction in pain. More testing will be done. Individuals with chronic pain wear headset at least twice daily for 40 minutes for a week. The unit costs $1000 to build. Initial testing started in 1995 on snails. Great we are being compared to snails/slugs! The magnetic field in research is very low, less than field produced by electric hair dryer. People cannot detect magnetic fields, but are picked up by brain which is convinced that signals relaying pain info are inaccurate and really there is no pain. No side effects noted. If produced commerically they could be made for $400 each. With right business investment they could be on market in 6 months, but getting product to market could take 10 yars of scientific controls. It will presented at a Washington conference in June. (TT)
I wonder if this is any relation to the "Radio Frequency" treatment I keep hearing about for people with back problems. I have a friend who had it done and she swears by it. It sounds similar. The name is funny though isn't it? Radio Frequency!
I have 3 lower lumber discs that are ruptured and torn and I am going to ask my Pain Doc about this procedure when I see him this month for my bi-monthly "drug" visit. I love the waiting room of this guy, he's very popular, and mostly you wait an hour past your appt. time to see him, but he's worth the wait, but I always feel like a "junkie" sitting in his waiting room with other "junkies". God help us all!
This inventions sounds interesting, however, and I agree, it's a bit disheartening to be compared to snails! But hey, if it works, what the heck!
Have a good day!