Psalm 31:10 - My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak.
Your eyes fall upon the clock that’s hanging on the wall. It’s as if you can feel the sands of time slipping through your life with each tick of the clock.
But what is old age? Is it something to dread and be afraid of? It doesn’t have to be.
But as we grow older there are indeed things we dread.
It’s that pain that I’m writing about today. And that pain has a name – arthritis.
Arthritis is a medical condition which affects the joints causing pain, swelling, and stiffness. It can also affect other parts of the body as well.
There are over 100 types of arthritis. Read arthritis.org's article, “Sources of Arthritis Pain,” to find out some of the most frequent types of arthritis such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus and what are the characteristics of each.
This is a long list and can be frightening to consider all of the symptoms one can experience by any number of types of arthritis.
So how is arthritis treated? Learn about types of therapy from arthritisresearchuk.org, in their article, “What are the Treatments for Arthritis?”
Whichever treatment your doctor should decide remember that just because you’ve been diagnosed with arthritis it doesn’t mean you’ll have to give up on all of the things that you used to enjoy doing. Taking care of your lifestyle, including exercise and a nutritious diet can go a long way in helping you live your life to the fullest. And know that God will walk right through your treatments and new life enhancement choices with you.
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.