Re: Bee Sting for Knee Pain
Hang with me for a minute. I have never been into alternative medicine. I'm sure there are natural things that work great for certain things, but I think most of the alternative things truly have a placebo effect.
I have a background in science and that perhaps makes me more skeptical than others when it comes to things like this. I suppose, due to the heavy dose of science, I am a researcher. When I take on a new task I research it. I read anything I can get my hands on, and the Internet has greatly increased the amount of information at my disposal.
While reading online about honeybees, it's hard not to run into information about bee venom therapy. I was very skeptical about it.
I have problems with both shoulders. I have a partially torn labrum in both of them. I also have bone spurs in my right shoulder. Two springs ago, my right shoulder had been hurting bad enough for long enough that I went to see a orthopedic surgeon about it. He told me I was definitely a candidate for surgery and gave me a cortisone shot to see if it would help. It worked great for about 5 days then the pain was back same as before. That's when I decided to try bee venom therapy. After all, it wouldn't cost anything and as a beekeeper who hates gloves, I get stung plenty often enough to know that I have no complications from stings.
I poked around on my shoulder to try and find the pinpoint areas where the pain was the worst. I took a black sharpie marker and marked each area. The first time, I took 5 stings. The next day I took 3 and the next day 2. After about 4 days I had no shoulder pain at all. I noticed it most profoundly when I woke up in the mornings. No pain. I was amazed. That lasted about 2 months. The next time I only took 3 stings the first day and one the next. After that round I had no shoulder pain for 6 months. I have been doing this for 2 full years now and every time my shoulder starts hurting it only takes a few stings to completely stop the pain. I guess it was mid summer last year when I last stung my shoulder and that lasted until about mid January. Late February on a nice warm day I caught 3 bees and stung my shoulder on the pinpoint areas and it's all good now.
I'm still not convinced that most alternative medicines aren't mostly smoke and mirrors but for me bee venom therapy has been an absolute success. It's hard for me to imagine that it could be a placebo effect, because I have not once woke up at night in pain which was a daily experience before I tried the BVT.
The more I learn about bees, the less I know.