Psalm 104:24 - How many are your works, LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
In my last post you found a link to an article on health.harvard.edu which discussed each vitamins distinct benefit for the body and what foods contain them.
Another article on health.harvard.edu discusses how minerals aid the body and which foods they can be found in the article, "Listing of Vitamins," such as Calcium protects the bones, Chloride balances body fluids, Chromium enhances insulin and glucose levels, Copper for iron metabolism and red blood cells, Fluoride for strong bone formation, Iodine for the thyroid, Iron for hemoglobin in red blood cells, Magnesium for many chemical reactions and works with calcium, Manganese helps form bones and amino acids, Molybdenum for several enzymes, Phosphorus helps build and protect bones, Potassium to balance body fluids and heartbeat, Selenium as an antioxidant, Sodium to balance body fluids, Sulfur to stabilize some protein structures, and Zinc helps form many enzymes and proteins and helps create new cells.
And last, God has created all foods for our benefit. In them you will find the nutrients you need to help in your quest for better health, in spite of chronic pain and illness. Let’s try to eat the best that we can and make it a priority.
Job 12:13 - “To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his.
With chronic pain your appetite can go either way - not feeling like eating or eating everything in sight. Regardless, it’s important to eat a healthy diet being careful to eat foods that will promote the right benefits especially for those battling chronic pain and illness.
You'll find the benefits of vitamins and which foods they can be found in the article, "Listing of Vitamins," on health.harvard.edu, such as Vitamin A for vision, Thiamin for the body's energy, Riboflavin for energy, Niacin for energy and nervous system, Pantothenic Acid to help convert food into energy, Vitamin B6 and B12 may lower homocysteine levels and reduce the risk of heart disease, Biotin for energy, Vitamin C as an antioxidant, Choline helps make and release neurotransmitters, Vitamin D for the bones, Vitamin E an antioxidant, Folic Acid for new cell creation, and Vitamin K helps activate proteins and calcium.
Now that you’ve read the article above and looked at the benefits of vitamins, my next post will discuss the benefits of minerals for the body.
And just in case you feel a bit overwhelmed with all of this information, realize that God is wise and he will counsel us on what foods are the best for us. He also uses other people who possess knowledge in nutrition who can guide us through making the right food choices.
Proverbs 19:20 - Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.
There are many sources to help you find the right method for treating chronic pain and illness. The first source is your physician. They have the medical knowledge and expertise to help you.
There’s also internet research. Thousands of pages of documents are awaiting you. It can seem overwhelming, but start with the symptoms you have to point the way.
Web MD Symptom Checker is a great place to start. It’s easy to use and visually oriented. All you have to do is select an area of your body that’s causing a problem and Web MD Symptom Checker will help you with the rest.
The Mayo Clinic Symptom Checker is another source of information. Their symptom checker allows you to not only choose a symptom, but also enables you to select related factors and view the possible causes.
Another source of internet research is Google. You can type into their search engine a symptom or the name of a disease and Google will point you towards possible options.
Here’s one that many people overlook: the power of word-of-mouth.
The advice others give can be invaluable. They may have gone through the symptoms that you have and can pass on how they found help.
Word-of-mouth recently helped a friend of mine to learn about a treatment which uses radio frequency waves, called Radiofrequency Ablation or Radiofrequency Neurotomy, to enter the back or neck and burn the ends of nerves.
Though the healing process can be a little painful, this method can allow you to be pain free, in the area that’s been treated, for several months to more than a year.
Select the links below to learn more about both procedures.
There are other treatments for chronic pain and illness that can provide relief. One is chiropractic care. I have several friends who have told me of their positive experiences with treatment.
Another is massage therapy. A massage not only helps relieve pain, but helps to relax your muscles.
A treatment that I was told about is the use of essential oils. Lavender has been used for centuries for relaxation purposes and burns. Peppermint oil can help with nausea. I have used both of these oils successfully along with several others.
And the last treatment that I can actually pass on by word-of-mouth to you is acupuncture. For years I heard about its use, but it wasn’t covered by any insurance companies. That’s why I was surprised when one of my doctors suggested I try the treatment.
Acupuncture has come a long way from the stigma it carried. Acupuncturists are required to attend classes and be licensed. Treatment also focuses on causing the blood vessels to flow more easily. I can tell you that acupuncture has had a good result for me.
Seeing your physician, research and advice go a long way in providing weapons to fight our battle with chronic pain and illness. As the Bible verse above states, advice and instruction will in the end help you know which weapon to choose.
Luke 11:34 - Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness.
They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul. Your eyes are one of the most important organs of the body. They provide us with a view of our world and allow the world to see into our eyes and the pain or joy that’s inside our hearts.
When living with chronic pain, one of the less mentioned areas is the eyes.
Have you ever noticed when a tiny eyelash falls onto the eye, it causes the rest of our body to shout, “Get it off of me!”
Our eyes are sensitive to touch, heat and light. Our eyes aren’t just our visual input system they can become a true source of chronic pain and disease. And most of the diseases are very painful.
I live with a disease called Sjogren’s Syndrome. Many of you may know it as dry mouth, but did you know it also affects your throat, lungs and yes, your eyes? It’s a very painful disease. Learn about the symptoms in the article, “Conquering Sjogren’s Syndrome,” on sjogrens.org. Currently there is no cure for Sjogren's. You can find how the disease is treated in the article also.
Even with the above methods of treatment sometimes the eye pain still exists. This can be frustrating to the person experiencing eye pain. One of the ways it is difficult is that an outside observer can’t tell you have a problem. Yes, they may see you rub your eyes from time-to-time and your eyes can be red, but most of the time eye pain remains unseen.
That’s one reason why there are support groups for not only people in chronic pain, but also with eye conditions. You can find a link to such groups at the sjogrens.org website along with other helpful information.
Also, let’s take a look at the Bible verse above. It says that the eyes are the lamp of the body and that your eyes’ health affects not just the eyes but the whole body. This is another reason why seeking help from a doctor is important with persistent eye problems. The doctor can then help you find the right treatment for your chronic condition.
As with any condition or disease you may suspect you have always contact your physician.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.