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.