Well it's been a couple years after being bitten by one of these bad boys which has venom stronger then a rattlesnake. And it's producing more bad results. Good thing is I found something just within hours that is greatly helping, more on this later. I've posted once before about this episode. But I'll refresh the story for those that never heard of it. It will be three years ago this coming April when I was sitting in a pile of rotten wood during the Spring Turkey hunting season. It was really rainy that spring and very warm. Perfect for spiders and especially favorable to the brown recluse. I was wearing a loose fitting jacket and felt something on my skin on top of my left shoulder. I smashed it and never thought no more about it until I got home and my shoulder started to itch like I have never had any thing else ever itch. Took of shirt and noticed a dead Brown Recluse, not good. Went to doctor who gave me weeks of medication. Which is probably why I did not get the rotten skin thing. but the bite area stayed hot to the touch for around 30 days with the skin falling off about the diameter of an orange but did not start getting rotten like others have suffered. During this time I could not even raise my arm it was so weak. I lost so much muscle mass that my left arm looked like the pics you've seen of prisoner of war in WW2. Spent months going to therapy, a few visits to a neurosurgeon and orthopedic surgeon who said that it looked like the venom attacked the tendons and were partially dissolved . I went to therapy 3x a week for months trying to rebuild my muscle. It was so bad at first I was unable to lift my left arm from my side. Well about a year ago with my arm getting much better I noticed sever joint pain in shoulder. This led to me taking way too much Ibuprofen which resulted in stomach problem which led to an operation. Well, now I've just been living with the pain which about every day I get a pain as if someone is sticking a hot nail directly below where I got bit. The pain is so bad that I can not even lift arm to get seat belt on. Now for the good news, I was reading about how magnets have been used to treat certain forms of arthritis. Hmm what do I have to lose? So I went to my garage where I have several really strong round flat magnets. Their about 2" in dia. I taped one on directly over where the bite was. Low and behold within minutes the pain subsided. Never did it go away that fast. It's been about 6 hours and the pain is all but gone. Was even able to reach up with left arm and grab the seat belt where as before I would have to reach across with my right arm. I know it's only been hours, but WOW! Also tonight I just found out about the secondary effect of the venom which has to do with inflammation which said could be worse then the original destruction of flesh. Which I would rather go through all that then this never ending pain. Below is the link describing the effects of the venom and possible inflammation issues. http://www.emedicinehealth.com/spider_bite_brown_recluse_spider_bite/page2_em.htm Hey, if this works, I'll be taping magnets to the back of my left knee which over 20 years ago had reconstructed surgery which arthritis has set in and may even make some gloves with magnets ha ha. Can hardly bend fingers in the morning. But what does work for hands is a combination of hot and cold water treatments. It actually pumps more blood through hand by the shrinking and expanding of the blood capillaries or veins?