Jeremiah 10:19 – Woe to me because of my injury! My wound is incurable! Yet I said to myself, “This is my sickness, and I must endure it.”
You keep your head bent toward the ground watching for any obstacles that may be in front of us. The only problem is, if you keep your head bend down, it will put extra pressure on your neck which in turn, can bring about pain in your neck.
So, you try to keep your head up when you miss a crack in the sidewalk and down you go anyway.
Living with chronic pain is not only difficult but feels like it’s impossible to live with. You aren’t really living if you feel you need to be hyper vigilant all day. Much stress builds up in our muscles and in our emotions.
How do we balance everything?
One way to do so is to be aware of your surroundings. Know where the cracks in the sidewalk or uneven surfaces lie. This way you can create a road map in a sense of your surroundings.
Another way to do so, is to try not to walk at night. Darkness can hide dangers that may be in front of you. If you must go out, carry a flashlight with you for areas where streetlights don’t show the way.
Become, also, a student of your body. If you’re having a bad pain day or vertigo is on the loose, don’t take a walk. Having a dog may bring with its dangers. It may be a good idea to just let your dog only go to the end of the leash while you stand in the doorway.
Pay attention to the weather. If it’s raining or has recently rained, be aware that your path may be slippery. It may be a good day to stay indoors unless you absolutely must go out.
Outsideonline.com posts the article, “Your Fear of Reinjury Could get you Hurt Again,” and talks about how the fear of re-injury can keep you from returning to a sport or activity. It can even affect the things you do at home. Many want to write off this fear as being all in your head, but it can affect how your body heals. Fear and anxiety can affect motivation, confidence, and body mechanics, even in patients who have made a full recovery. This can lead to self-limiting behaviors. Evaluating and treating emotional trauma while healing goes a long way.
It’s important to be aware of your limitations, but it’s also important to continue to use a pre-injured part of your body.
Look at the Bible verse above, the writer had a wound they thought was incurable and resigned themselves to believing they must just endure it. Some wounds and illnesses are incurable. But not trying may lead to something to just endure and not to recovering from it. Talk to God about your fears and ask for wisdom on when and how you can go back to normal living.
Psalm 38:7 – My back is filled with searing pain; there is no health in my body.
Not long ago, my sister had major back surgery recreating her back. She’d been bent over and couldn’t straighten out her back and was constantly in pain.
Along came a doctor who thought he could fix her back and eliminate most of her back pain. He seemed confident in what his plan was – He would untwist her spine, fuse together vertebrae and use two titanium rods to hold her back together.
It was a lengthy surgery. Six hours and counting. In the end, my sister had nine vertebrae fused together. She was going to face weeks of physical therapy and she had to wear a brace whenever she sat up or got out of bed. The brace was heavy and awkward, but they taught her how to use it.
Now, she wishes she never had the surgery. Unfortunately, there’s no going back now.
What do you do when you think that it’s worth the risk to have an extensive surgery? You do your research and have a second opinion. Once that is done, you just make a choice.
Modern medicine has come a long way with the types of surgeries and treatments there are to help those who have serious conditions.
Another member of my family also had a serious surgery done. My son-in-law had already had several back surgeries, but the latest surgery was for his neck. His hand and shoulder had lost most feeling and mobility. So, he chose to have the surgery done. It will be a long hill to walk up, but if he follows the doctor’s orders for recovery, he will have a better chance at a good outcome.
Physiciansweekly.com has some ideas on how to have a good outcome after surgery in their article, “Enhancing Recovery After Back Surgery.” In the article, reasons why a back surgeries outcome can be largely be negative because the patient refuses to do home exercises and physical therapy. Thus, the first way you can increase a good outcome is to do the home exercises and participate in physical therapy. One promising suggestion is for the patient to participate in phone intervention. It’s basically a form of counseling with a therapist that is trained in motivational interviewing. With this form of patient participation there was a greater percentage of healing both physically and emotionally. The article also discusses potential barriers for success including fear of movement and concern about pain management.
The Bible verse above paints a bleak picture of the one suffering. They even felt the pain throughout their body, and it made it seem that there was no health. Thankfully, God is a god of compassion and will give us wisdom on what we can do on our part to help us heal and emotionally even if the pain still exists.
Matthew 4:23 – Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.
Having recently been bombarded with the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we’ve seen some people who wear a mask and others who don’t. There are several theories as to when a mask is useful and when it doesn’t help.
Masks are important to wear when you are the one who is contagious for the flu or virus. Masks prevent sick people from spreading an illness. Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been said to wear in order to prevent the spread by containing droplets of fluid born into the air by a cough or sneeze. If the ill person coughs and droplets form on counters or door handles it can then be picked up by someone who touches those areas. Sciencemag.org in their article, “Not Wearing Masks to Prevent Against Coronavirus is a ‘big mistake,’” Top Chinese Scientists Say,” Top Chinese Scientists Say,” provides the reasoning on how best to wear masks.
Masks are not meant to prevent you from getting the virus. To prevent contracting the virus there are five main ways to help stop the spread of the virus according to WHO in their article, “Do the Five.” Hands – wash them often, Elbow – cough into it, Face – don’t touch it, Space – keep your distance, and Home – stay home if you can.
More important information on how the virus travels and causes others to contract the it in the video made by the World Health Organization (WHO) on youtube.com. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1APwq1df6Mw.
Take a look at the Bible verse above. Jesus went from town to town healing those who were sick. He still travels from town to town healing the sick among us. Cling to that hope as we walk through difficult times.
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Job 33:19 – Or someone may be chastened on a bed of pain with constant distress in their bones.
Ouch! That hurt!
Yes, the pain in your back returns with a vengeance. Chronic pain can hit you when you least expect it to.
You limp along, this time with a flare-up from a previous injury. You thought you’d completely healed, yet when you lose your balance and end up putting too much weight on your foot the pain returns. It had been a long time healing. Now you’re back to square one.
It can cause you to be hypervigilant. To the point you don’t want to go for a walk or a trip to the grocery store because you don’t want to risk reinjury. You find yourself not only dealing with physical pain but also dealing with anxiety and depression all over again.
How do we keep physical pain from becoming emotional pain? Huffpost.com in their article, “The Incredible way Your Emotions are Causing you Physical pain.” Some of their ideas are that chronic pain might not only be caused by physical injury but also by stress and emotional issues, physical pain can function to warn a person that there is still emotional work to be done, and physical pain may be the result of something going on elsewhere in your life.
Take a long look at why your back or neck is hurting if you didn’t cause further physical injury. Pain of any kind whether physical or emotional can wreak havoc on your life.
So, how do we break the cycle of pain?
With advice from the article above and ideas on what’s going on in your body causing anxiety and stress can decrease your pain level.
In addition, look at the Bible verse above. The writer was on a bed of pain with constant distress in their bones. Clearly, they were experiencing the emotional/physical pain cycle. Remember that no pain too large that God can’t walk with you through it. And if your pain persists, it may be that God is showing you the correlation between emotional and physical pain so that the cycle can be broken.
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.