Magnets: Myth or Medicine?

This past weekend was the annual arts and crafts fair in Hot Springs.  I hadn’t been able to go for the past two years for various reasons, so I was extremely excited to go with my Mom on Friday.  We didn’t have long (it seems like we always get there late) but we managed to find a few fun things.  One thing I didn’t think I would see was a huge yellow sign reading: Magnetic Therapy!  For back pain, migranes, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, restlessness, sinus problems…

Wait a minute…did that sign say rheumatoid arthritis?

Of course that caught my eye.  I had heard of magnetic therapy and was open to learning more about it and possibly trying it, if only for the sake of crossing another remedy off the list of possibilities.  The guy at the booth was wearing a magnet necklace, bracelet, and he said (although I didn’t see for myself) that he was wearing one on each ankle as well.  He handed my mom and I a pamphlet.  According to the pamphlet, magnetic therapy “works with the iron found in the hemoglobin of our blood.  Research tells us it acts as a catalyst to improve chemical reactions occurring in our body.  It aids in increased oxygen carrying capacity, blood circulation, and decreasing inflammation.”  It does go on to say that magnetic therapy itself in not a cure and should never replace treatment from qualified medical professionals.

I ended up getting a double stranded bracelet for my right wrist (my worst joint, generally, and also the first joint that was affected by RA).  The particular bracelet I got has  triple strength magnets, according to the man at the booth.  How am I supposed to know it’s anymore powerful than the others?  Well, I don’t.  So he very well could have been lying, but I was okay with taking that chance.

I was instructed to only take the bracelet off when showering or working on the computer, but at all other times to wear it, even when going to bed.  He told me that some people see a change in 24-72 hours, but to give it at least a week before writing it off completely.  He also said that if the bracelet was of no benefit to me that I could mail it back and receive a full refund.

When I first put it on it made my wrist feel funny. It felt like when I was a kid and I’d wear a bracelet while I rode my bike.  The vibrations from the handlebars made my arms and therefore the bracelet vibrate too.  It wasn’t painful at all, but maybe a little uncomfortable.  It didn’t last very long, though, and even when I take the bracelet off to shower that feeling doesn’t come back.

It is very difficult to get off, though.

It’s been a little over 48 hours so far and I’m not sure that I’ve seen any change so far.  I’m not giving up yet, though.  I’m committed to see this bracelet experiment through for at least a week, and I might go as far as to try two weeks.  I guess that’s because I really want it to work.  And if it does, I’m going to purchase a necklace, anklets, and another bracelet.  Lol!  I’m being sure not to get my hopes up, as I’ve had way too many let downs in the RA department.

But, as I said earlier, if anything this will be another RA remedy to cross off my list of things to try.  I’ll update in a week as to how the magnets have performed, and I’ll let you know if you should buy one or not.  🙂