Psalm 38:7 - My back is filled with searing pain; there is no health in my body.
The alarm goes off. You sit up to turn it off and your back roars at you. I did it again. I wasn’t thinking. I’d gotten out of bed incorrectly.
I tried again. This time I swung my legs over the side of the bed as I sat up with the momentum and I made it out of my bed without causing further pain.
But then. My hand reached up to my throat. It burned and every part of me ached. It appeared I also had a stuffed up head.
I couldn’t be getting sick. Pain and sickness may know each other, but I didn’t invite either one to join me that morning.
This story is true for those of us who suffer from chronic pain. Living with pain drains our resources and unfortunately usually our immune system is affected as well.
It’s wise to stay away from people who are ill if at all possible. The risk is simply too high.
When a normal person gets sick, they feel aches all over their bodies. But it’s not accompanied by severe pain. They don’t have that drain that washes chronic pain suffers’ immune system away.
Find some healthy living strategies that may help boost your immune system from health.harvard.edu in their article, “How to Boost Your Immune System Tips to Fight Disease and Strengthen Immunity,” for example take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly.
Also, many people believe they can take a shortcut by taking supplements that claim to increase your immune system. Be careful. There are those that work, but also those who don’t deliver on what they claim; only seeking your pocketbook and not your health. Some may be very good to take such as a multivitamin. There are also many herbs that work to improve your immune system.
A great choice to make is eating foods that boost your immune system. Checkout the link below and find a list of foods plus how they help.
Finally, as the Bible verse above shows, the Psalmist was in severe pain and found he had no health in his body. Thankfully, he wasn’t going through this dark valley alone. God’s love poured over him like a soothing balm and God is ready to do the same for 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.