For those of you who live in places where you might suffer the same. A scorpion sting lasts just over 20 hours. The pain, which is agonizing, is pretty much constant throughout that time. Relief can be achieved by the application of a cold compress, but the efficacy of this treatment slacks off as time goes on so that it eventually becomes more painful after about 7 hours. It’s advisable to only take paracetamol, but this has no effect whatsoever on the pain. Curiously the pain does not abate gradually, but suddenly disappears. Jane was unable to sleep at 1.30 am, by 2.00 am she was out. This morning she is back to normal. It’s strange how the scorpion’s toxin works. It’s also odd that it should be so powerful. I mean a scorpion has to eat, but it lives on a diet of insects, other scorpions, the odd lizard and mice so why does it have a venom so potent it can floor a grown woman? All answers gratefully received.