I had often wondered why my grandma carried around a jumbo ball-point pen in her handbag. I had considered various possibilities, perhaps it was because it was twice the size she would find it easier to locate, perhaps it wasn’t actually a pen, it was a security alarm masquerading as a massive pen or MAYBE my gran was an undercover cop and it was actually a cleverly disguised Taser. When I asked her I discovered that obviously none of the above was true. It turns out that the mysterious device was actually a Pain Relief Pen.
My gran suffers with arthritis in her joints as many elderly people do (although my gran doesn’t like the word “elderly”, she says that age is not a number it’s a state of mind.) She mainly suffers with it in her hands and knees which can make everyday tasks difficult and extremely laborious. Her joints become painful and swollen restricting her movement therefore slowing down my normally extremely active gran. Imagine simply opening your purse to get your debit card out, for arthritis sufferers, this is akin to one of the more challenging tasks showcased on the TV show “The Cube.”
Initially I assumed that this is what happened when you get older and there wasn’t an awful lot that could be done to treat this condition until I started researching it. There are supplements and gels that you can use that contain Glucosamine to help with the repair of joints, the pain relief and reducing inflammation. She uses a glucosamine gel regularly but it’s not something you can take out with you and apply to your knees/shoulders/hips on the number 47 bus.
Her friend Doreen (Doreen, you know Doreen, the one with the gammy leg and whose son is in the Air Force?) lent her Paingone pen to my gran calling it a Pain Zapper. Not very scientific but essentially that’s what it is. When the pen is clicked, it delivers a controlled electronic frequency to the brain. The brain then releases endorphins which are the body’s natural pain killer and they are sent directly to the area of pain. I tried it myself when I’d twisted my ankle in a high heels vs cobbled street incident a few years ago and it genuinely did help get rid of the pain for 2-3 hour periods. It can often be used in lieu of painkillers which can cause unwanted side effects on top of the problem they are designed to treat. The pen however is totally safe to use and you can use it as much and as often as you want.
I’d heartily recommend the Pain Gone Pen to anyone who suffers from either chronic or occasional pain anywhere on the body it’s certainly worth a try, just don’t try and fill out your crossword with it.
Written by Charlie Osborne, a customer services executive working for Tower Health in Nottingham.