Psalm 146:7 - He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free.
A detective sits behind his desk when a woman in a striking black dress walks up to him. The detective invites the woman to sit down and asks why she’s there.
The woman begins to explain that she works in the retail sector and used to be able to stand all day without any problem. But now she can hardly stand for a few minutes before pain strikes her back and she must sit down.
She explains that the pain isn’t the only problem - she’s about to lose her job.
The detective doesn’t quite understand. And though he can sympathize with her story, he doesn’t know what the woman wants him to do. He said that he’s used to tracking down criminals and placing them behind bars.
“But that’s why I’m here,” she exclaims. She wants the detective to find out what’s responsible for her pain.
The detective starts to refer her to a doctor and that he’d be better suited to her needs. But the woman insists that the detective has to take her case, because after seeing multiple doctors no one has been able to find the cause of her pain. She believes that if she finds the cause she’ll find the cure.
As the detective ushers her out of his office, once again the woman is left with no answers.
That’s how it is with chronic pain. You can see many doctors and still not have any answers as to what is causing the pain.
You want to; no, you have to pin the blame on someone. Something. Anything.
But many times there is no real cause and that baffles the doctors as well as the patients.
When considering why chronic pain has become your companion, find a list from healthline.com in their article, “What is Chronic Pain?” and the article, “What Causes Chronic Pain?” on webmd.com to find some common causes of chronic pain such as years of poor posture and osteoarthritis.
This list may make you feel overwhelmed. However, with the combination of web research you can do on any of the above pain causes listed, and finding a specialty doctor such as an internal medicine doctor may provide you with some clues. That’s the job they do. They collect all the pieces that have caused your health to decline and pain increase.
I realize that seeing another physician may not be what you want, but the internal medicine doctors are good detectives in finding out how to help you.
And as the Bible verse states above God upholds the cause of the oppressed and can set you free from your prison of pain.
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.