Since my post the other day I have had to sting that same finger in the morning, every day now, with great relief. This morning was no exception, I couldn't tie my shoes. Got stung, on purpose, was able to tie my shoes and the finger is 95% better. I have pain throughout the joint of the middle finger on my right hand and have been administering stings, one only, to the top of the knuckle but am contemplating stinging the underside as well. Also, I have been removing the stinger pretty quickly, except fo today. The feeling of relief was instantaneous. I can't imagine how the word placebo effect would have any merit here, its about coping with real, physical, joint pain.
This is my own little deal, and its one finger. If its for broad areas, and multiple stings, common sense would tell me to consult with a doctor. Again, I take full responsibility for what I am doing, and I would advise anyone who asked me about apitherapy to consult with their doctor first.