Isaiah 35:3 - Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way.
The old woman looks at her hands. She sees her enlarged knuckles and tries to stretch out her hands, but is unable to do so. And, she remembers:
Hands that used to play the piano.
Hands that used to write cards to those needing a touch of encouragement and support.
Hands that used to type on her keyboard.
Hands that used to button her sweater.
Hands that used to open a bottle.
Hands that used to … She sighs as a tear slips down her cheek.
There are so many things that she used to be able to do, but no longer can. And what stole so much from her? Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a battle you fight with your immune system causing inflammation of the joints and chronic pain episodes, mostly involving the hands and feet but it can also attack other areas of the body.
In medicinenet.com's article, “Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA),” you'll find some of the signs of rheumatoid arthritis including swollen joints and loss of range of motion.
If you experience any of the symptoms above, you should see your doctor who can determine whether you have rheumatoid arthritis. Also, rheumatoid arthritis can happen at any age. Though there is no cure, there are both traditional medications and alternative therapies available.
Find some of the treatments used in the article, “10 Ways to Fight Chronic RA Pain,” from everydayhealth.com. Diet and weight management are two of the ways used.
Whatever treatment options that you and your doctor decide on using, remember that God will strengthen your feeble hands and steady your knees that give way. He knows every part of your body and wants to wrap you in his love and care.
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.