Isaiah 16:3 - “Make up your mind,” Moab says. “Render a decision. Make your shadow like night - at high noon. Hide the fugitives, do not betray the refugees.
You walk into the store seeking a new sofa for your living room. You find the right section of the store and begin examining them. After some time, you narrow down your choice to two. They both appear to look nice, fit your body well and are the right size. However, the one that’s priced higher has the added feature of being able to recline two of the sections. That would make a nice feature, but should you spend the extra one hundred dollars? You go back and forth walking from one sofa to the other. You scratch your head. You just can’t make up your mind. Frustration takes over and you decide not to buy anything.
You’re at your desk working on a project that’s due tomorrow. You take a look at your notes and then start typing. Then, someone drops a file folder filled with paper onto the floor and you jump. There’s nothing really wrong so you go back to work. A few minutes later, your phone rings. After completing your call you set back to working on your project, but you can’t seem to concentrate on it.
In both of these cases, the person involved was battling chronic pain. It does seem like chronic pain was making it difficult to make decisions and concentrate.
The question that then comes to mind is: does chronic pain cause you to have cognitive deficiencies?
According to the Clinical Neuroscience Research Group, Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, their answer according their article, “Cognitive Dysfunction in Chronic Pain,” the answer is yes. Read the article to find out which areas are most frequently affected.
So can anything be done to help reverse cognitive decline? In the article, “8 Steps to Reverse Memory Loss,” on mariashriver.com several suggestions were made to reverse the decline including taking multi-vitamin and mineral supplements.
In addition to the suggestions in the article above, remember, even if you find you're in a decline and have trouble especially making decisions, God can help you make it by giving you wisdom or by putting people in your life that can help you. He can also help you concentrate on the task at hand.
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.