Ecclesiastes 7:8 - The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.
According to osha.gov, in their article, “Injury and Illness Prevention Programs White Paper,” every year, more than 4.1 million workers suffer a serious job-related injury or illness.
So why are there so many injuries?
What can be done? Being proactive is the key. Many employers are now creating prevention programs to help cut down on these numbers. You may have even seen recommendations posted in or near a break room or main office at your work places.
In a previous post, I discussed how we can reduce injury not only at work, but also at home. The important thing to remember is to think about and plan your work ahead of time. Most of us are in such a hurry that we forget to be careful and end up getting injured.
There are two things that factor into protection against injury. They are patience and pride.
Take a look at the Bible verse above. When it comes to a project at work or at home, we can often become impatient when we or someone else isn’t working fast enough.
It can be very annoying when someone or something is blocking you from finishing a project. It’s like you only have one piece of the puzzle to have it completed only to find out someone else is holding onto that piece. You’re trying to work as quickly as you can, but you can’t seem to motivate the other person to hurry up.
Or perhaps it is you who is holding back a project’s completion. We often begin to work faster at finding the solution only to make mistakes along the way, because we’re not paying attention and then an injury happens.
Here’s a tip I try to remember myself – when I’m stuck or running out of time, I stand up, walk away from the project then return a few minutes later. Even just a few minutes of break is often all I needed to see a new side of a situation and find the answer I was looking for. Yes, patience is important.
The second thing that can block our way is pride.
Somehow you believe that you don’t need anyone else’s help. So you run into a complicated part of a project which you’ve never done before and are delayed because you’re just not willing to ask someone for help. This is especially dangerous on the job, because you might lift something that’s too heavy for one person and end up hurting yourself.
Here’s a tip – you can still feel good about completing a project with someone else’s help. Sure, that might get part of the recognition, but it can be an example to others showing that getting help can increase productivity. When you don’t risk becoming injured that can also be an example to others to reach for help when needed.
And that’s part of what the Bible verse above is talking about. It’s the end that can be a source of pride when you exercised patience to complete it and remained uninjured.
Select the link below and find more ways to keep job-related injuries “off your back.”
2 Chronicles 20:15 - He said: "Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's.
With any medication that you take there is always a side effect. Some side effects can be slight while others are serious enough to need medical attention.
With the flu season upon us, are there any serious side effects for those suffering from chronic pain or an illness from being vaccinated for the flu? And are the negative effects worth the benefit?
First let's take a look at the positive effects of getting the flu shot according to cdc.gov/flu, in their article, “What are the Benefits of Flu Vaccination?” such as reducing the risk of flu-associated hospitalization.
Please remember – before taking any shot or starting a new medication be certain to speak to your doctor first. And, if you do get the shot please let your doctor know or get to the emergency room of your local hospital if you find yourself having a severe reaction.
Let's take a look at the negative side effects of the flu vaccination on accineinjuryhelpcenter.com in their article, "Flu Vaccine Guillian Barre, CIDP And Disabling Nerve Conditions," such as numbness in hands and feet and weakness.
After you weigh the pros and cons of getting the flu shot, whether you decide to get the shot or not, remember you don’t have to battle the flu season alone. Ultimately all of our battles belong to the Lord including this one. If you get sick, God will comfort you. If you stay well then you’ll know that you didn’t stay free from sickness alone. The Lord was right there with you.
Jeremiah 14:19 - Oh, my anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain. Oh, the agony of my heart! My heart pounds within me, I cannot keep silent. For I have heard the sound of the trumpet; I have heard the battle cry.
When living with chronic pain we sometimes wish there was a getaway car to take us to the land of no pain. Yet, most of the time there is no cure; just education on how to live with it.
Along those same lines, people in pain sometimes turn to a surgical solution because they believe there’s the possibility of fixing what’s broken and finding relief.
So which is better, learn to live with the pain, or take that getaway car to the surgery table. You'll find a list of pros and cons from webmd.com when considering surgery in their article, “Back Surgery: Pros and Cons,” such as needing less pain medication and becoming more productive at work. You'll also find the negative aspects such as risk of blood clots and infection.
Other negative factors aren’t just based on the physical, but on the psychological both before surgery and after.
Before surgery there are the basic stressors:
As for the psychological effects after surgery, read the article, on spine-health.com, “Study Finds 20% of Spine Fusion Patients Develop PTSD,” which discusses the relationship between back surgery and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Though at first glance it may look like there are many more negative effects from surgery than positive, with the right information and attitude these effects are less likely to be a problem for surgical candidates.
Even as the Bible verse discusses above, the sounds of a battle cry can create agony and a pounding heart, the news of an upcoming surgery can also be a battle cry. You know the battle will be difficult, but the battle cry also is heard by God and he can calm that pounding heart and give you peace before surgery.
To learn more about the pros and cons of surgery, and PTSD after surgery, choose the two links below.
Job 33:19 - Or a man may be chastened on a bed of pain with constant distress in his bones
For years, the medical profession saw pain as the result of an injury or illness. However, there are times when the pain cannot easily be connected to a specific injury. It may even occur in an area which does not show up on any examinations such as x-rays or MRI’s.
This can be difficult not only for the physician to diagnose, but for the patient who can be made to feel like it’s not real. However, it is real and it does hurt.
Spine-health.com in their article, “Chronic Pain as a Disease: Why Does It Still Hurt?” talks about chronic pain being renamed as a disease. This can affect types of treatments, the prognosis and different ways to diagnose chronic pain.
Many times there is no physical evidence of the pain. You can’t physically see a headache, unless it is caused by a tumor, which can be seen on a CAT scan. However, you can diagnose a patient with chronic pain by also following their symptoms.
Treating chronic pain as an illness opens up new doors of treatment. Physical therapy has in the past mostly been given to those with therapy after a broken bone heals, muscle therapy or therapy after a stroke. Now, that chronic pain has been attributed to being like a disease the therapist can also treat the chronic pain patient with physical therapy.
Treatment can also be outlined for a patient at home. This method of stretches and aerobic exercises can be beneficial for the patient with chronic pain. Also, being that the therapy takes place at home; the patient doesn’t have to go through finding a ride if they don’t drive or shifting their personal schedule so that they can go to physical therapy.
I for one have been doing home treatments for my chronic pain for some time. I had been given therapy at a treatment center and then sent home with specific exercises to do. I have kept up my routine exercises because I found that though it may hurt some while doing the workout; in the long run my pain has been more manageable.
I look forward to the days when pain as an illness will be recognized and new ways of treatment are discovered. If you’d like to read more information about pain as a disease, select the link below to spine-health.com.
Have you experienced difficulty in finding the right diagnosis for your pain and treatment for it? Be sure to let us know.
Proverbs 25:16 - If you find honey, eat just enough-- too much of it, and you will vomit.
There are many reasons why people gain weight:
One of the main factors of weight gain is chronic pain. As I just stated, taking medications for the pain, such as some antidepressants, can contribute to weight gain. Also, because it hurts so much just to move around, you aren’t as active as you used to be which may cause your system to slow down.
The article, “Could Weight Gain be Adding to Your Pain?” on Berkeleywellness.com contains the results of a survey showing just how likely a person with chronic pain will gain excess weight.
Another thing to look at is how much food you eat. It can be that gradually you started eating more food to help ease pain. But just as the Bible verse above states, too much of eating sweet foods isn’t good. When you pay attention to what you’re eating, you may notice that at first that candy bar tastes great but later it’s taste falls short. Not so with fruits and vegetables. The sweetness of an orange stays the same throughout its consumption.
So what can we do? Eat less and though it may seem like you’d be causing more pain, exercise is a key ingredient to not only losing weight but also decreasing pain.
Need some motivation to exercise? Take a pound of hamburger out of the freezer. Look at it. Note how the weight feels. Now think about all of the excess weight you’re walking around with.
Even if you lose one pound it will help lift a piece of the burden off your back and reduce pain. And the increase of activity will rev up your metabolism, help you sleep better, and even help with your emotional state.
To read some tips on exercise and staying fit for life select the link below.
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.