I would love to get rid of muscle cramps… I get them in my back, my legs, my feet…. they hurt so bad, and they are so pointless. Begone forever!
As far as my novel characters, Zarrek is in a considerable amount of pain. If he could remove the iron rings agonizing him, or satisfy Métius to the point that they no longer hurt, he certainly would. But the only way to satisfy the demon god is to give oneself over to him fully, and Zarrek refused to do that, so he lives with the pain. The rings would hurt more to remove than they did to put in, so there really is no way around it. In the end, Zarrek is weak against the darkness as much as he is weak to the light. You will see bits and pieces of this in all three books.