Psalm 102:13 – You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her, the appointed time has come.
There are seasons in our lives that come and go. Some go by quickly, while others drag on. Some are seasons of great joy, while others leave our hearts broken.
Sometimes we have a season when our bodies are working correctly and our pain is held at bay. Our bodies let us go out and take part in family gatherings and spend time with friends.
But then our chronic pain slaps us in the face demanding that we focus on it instead and we head into a season of pain. We try to do what usually helps our pain like physical therapy or cold and heat treatments. We try to look on the bright side and believe it’s just one season and we can get through it, right?
Yet, we’re not alright. We are writhing in pain and every move we make hurts. So we try to push forward.
Sometimes that’s all it takes to get us through a painful season, but sometimes it’s not. So we lock ourselves inside our homes and throw away the key. This season of pain is so intense that we plunge into a season of emotional pain as well.
So what can we do to survive a season of pain? Psychologytoday.com lists some ways in their article, “How to Survive Chronic Pain One Moment at a Time.” There suggestions include seeing things as they are without being judgmental about them, and noticing your suffering experience without attaching to it. You can practice this by reminding yourself that you’re much more than the pain you feel.
Life can be so difficult to bear, but we can survive the tough seasons of pain. Take a look at the Bible verse above. It may feel like no matter what you do God’s not going to heal you of this season of pain. But God has great compassion on you. In the right time relief will come. And perhaps it’s time, now, to feel God’s favor over you and go beyond this season of pain.
Isaiah 21:3 - At this my body is racked with pain, pangs seize me, like those of a woman in labor; I am staggered by what I hear, I am bewildered by what I see.
Sometimes our bodies pull us one way, while we try to pull in the opposite direction. That’s what it’s like living with chronic pain, especially when it involves muscle spasms.
1. As the muscles pull and cramp, you grab hold of something so that you don’t lose your balance and fall, because of the imbalance the spasm puts you in. Normally both sides of your body act together as one unit, but when an area of your muscles begins to become active with the pain from spasms, it can make it almost impossible to continue to do normal activities of life.
2. Muscle spasms attack your muscles and surrounding tissue. If it’s an area where you’ve been injured by a car accident or work-related injury, it can escalate not only to severe chronic pain, but it also takes a toll on your emotions. You try to remain calm and take some deep breathes. You rub your leg or shoulder and try to work out the knot that has formed due to the spasms.
3. Muscle spasms, also, are not always seen unless the spasm is so great that it contracts the muscles. Yet other times, the spasm may make an onslaught on your body, but no one can tell it’s happening except by looking at your face or the sight of you grabbing your back or leg.
Sometimes your doctor will send you to have physical therapy if the muscle spasms happen frequently.
With time, your muscle spasm may become better or even go away due to the muscles healing. But sometimes if you go back to an activity that puts strain on your body the muscle spasms may return.
So what are some other ways you can help ease muscle spasms? Draxe.com posts the article, “Remedies for Muscle Spasms, Leg Cramps and the Charley Horse.” The article lists reasons for muscle spasms and treatment such as preventing electrolyte imbalances with potassium and magnesium, as well as how to stretch and massage your muscles and getting plenty of rest for proper muscle recovery.
Take a look at the Bible verse above. Isaiah was a prophet during Bible times. He understood pain. His body wasn’t just racked with pain; it seized or took hold of him. It caused him to stagger and he was bewildered. He couldn’t understand what was going on. We, too, can walk around bewildered because of chronic pain. When muscle spasms seize us it’s hard to keep going. Thankfully God is the Great Physician and he can help carry our load and our pain. This way we don’t feel alone, and we will be better equipped with wisdom to know which treatment to undertake and whether to take care of ourselves at home or go to our physician.
Jeremiah 33:6 - Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.
You’ve been to the doctor and he sends you to the lab to have some routine blood work done.
It’s not a big deal. You’ve had lots of blood tests in the past, and for the most part they had turned out normal.
But then a week after your blood test, you receive a call from your doctor asking you to come back in. Now, you’re getting worried. They’ve always given you results by phone and the medical assistant told you what you should do next.
Your mind goes to many places as you imagine the worst. It could be cancer. It could be diabetes. It could be an incurable disease. After all, the doctor wouldn’t have called you in if it’s wasn’t serious.
A couple of days later you face your doctor. He begins to explain your blood test and remarks that for the most part the test was normal except for one area: Your kidney function test is low. Our kidneys act like a filter taking impurities out of our blood. The normal kidney function marker is greater than ninety points and yours is only 67. Now what?
Your doctor may suggest you cut back in strength and amount of the medications you’re on, so that your kidneys don’t have to work as hard. You may have also been on a boat load of vitamins and minerals, some that are doubled up, so it is suggested that you cut back on those. All of this must be reviewed with your doctor, as cutting back on certain medications can cause serious affects on your body.
But then the doctor does a strange thing. He tells you about some dietary changes you can make to enhance the health of your kidneys.
So what kind of diet was he talking about? Healthline.com posts the article, “The 20 Best Foods for People with Kidney Problems.” The article not only lists helpful foods, but also tells you how much sodium, potassium and phosphorous are in each food. These levels are especially important for people contending with kidney problems.
• • • Please note, if you have kidney disease, your health care provider will have a nutritionist determine the best diet for your individual needs.
Take a look at the Bible verse above. God is interested in your health, and with your help, he can bring health and healing. Then you can be at peace as your kidney function normalizes.
Matthew 20:28 - Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
We’ve heard stories of patients who are on the donor list waiting for a transplant. Some have a disease that has been affecting an organ, while others may have been in an accident leaving an organ no longer viable.
A patient may have to wait a long time before the right donor comes along. There are criteria which enables an organ to be acceptable including the right blood type and if the organ is in healthy condition. In addition, there is a donor list of individuals who need organ transplants, and they must wait until their name is at the top of the transplant list.
There is also the family of the donor that comes into play. Even though someone may have consented to be a donor either on their driver’s license or through their Living Will, the family can have trouble letting go. Though the person may be deceased, loved ones may still feel connected to them. This calls for the right kind of counseling to insure the loved ones let go as soon as possible so that the organ has a chance to make it to another who needs it quickly.
I’ve listed some of the steps to giving and receiving a donated organ. Let’s take a closer look at the process of someone receiving a donated organ. Organdonor.gov in their article, “The Deceased Donation Process,” such as registering as a donor, medical care of potential donors and brain death testing.
All of these things come into play. While all of the complications and requirements to receive a donated organ can seem daunting, to give someone a second chance in life, is truly the ultimate gift.
This is what Jesus was talking about in the Bible verse above except he gave his all to give us life. Now we can become donors and give the parts of our bodies to save another’s life and make the recipients whole again. We can be that ransom for many who would die if it wasn’t for the transplant. Please consider becoming a donor.
Matthew 11:28 - Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
A healthy person sets their alarm at night and awakens to a new day when it goes off. They quickly go through their pre-work routine and are out the door in less than an hour.
A person with a chronic health condition sets their alarm the night before much earlier than a healthy individual, because it takes them two to three hours just to get out the door. But many times, they just don’t have enough energy to do even that.
It’s hard for other people to understand how much energy it takes for a person with a chronic health condition to perform everyday tasks that others take for granted:
The list could go on and on. I especially struggle with sitting at my desk typing on my computer. My neck screams at me, my fingers hurt as they touch the keys, and my mind struggles to stay focused.
And then there are the people we run into each day. They look at us and think we’re fine because we may not show on the outside what we’re feeling on the inside. They assume we’re okay. And as you slowly get into your chair, they may make fun of you for taking so long to finally sit.
It’s exhausting living in our world, so are there any ways I can avoid the energy drain doing everyday tasks causes? Everydayhealth.com features the article, “21 Energy-Saving Tips to Ease Life With Chronic Illness,” such as sit in front of the sink for hair care, makeup, and shaving; and gather all of your clothes before you start getting dressed.
Also, choose the link below to read the article, 7 Realizations to Help Deal With Feeling Judged,” on tinybuddha.com, to help the judgments of others to be lifted off your shoulders.
Lastly, take a look at the Bible verse above. When we are weary and burdened, Jesus says to come to him and he will give us rest. He knows all about our struggles to complete everyday tasks and how other people judge us for becoming exhausted so easily. He knows and he will carry us when life feels like we can’t take one more step.
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.