Chronic Illness Flares

Waking up with my sixth day-in-a-row of having a bad headache, I have to accept the fact that I’m having a chronic illness flare.  I really don’t know which illness is tied to this flare, because my illnesses overlap with their symptoms.  All I know is that my head hurts and my body hurts more than usual.

The first few days of my headache, I used pain medicines to stop it.  Sometimes, I think I’m just setting myself up for rebound headaches.  So, I’ve stopped headache medicines unless it turns into a migraine.  It’s all a guess, because my doctors have never been able to tell me anything useful.  They think I have chronic migraines with aura and tension headaches.

Chronic Illness Flares

The result of a chronic illness flare is having a house that gets progressively more messy.  There are dirty dishes all over the kitchen, dirty clothes in the hamper, and I am left feeling miserable.  I would really like to be up and taking care of my home.  When you know that you’re getting behind in all your work, you just get more stressed.  This stress just makes the flare worse.

Today, I’ll try to de-stress by relaxing as much as I can.  Rest is important for getting through a flare.  Prayer helps me, because I’m talking to my Creator who gives me peace and comfort.  I need His help every day.

Chronic Illness Flares

I hope that the flare ends soon.  Being able to cook, clean and do laundry makes me happy and smile.  Crashing on the couch all day isn’t fun, but what choice do I have?  Thankfully, Hubby understands and will help around the house.  He’s done it for two years and has gotten really good at it.

So, today I must be content to rest and treat my body with all the helps that I can.  I’ll have my heating pad and plan to use my tens-unit, too.  I’ll go grab my thera-cane and mash those knots in my shoulders.  I hope it works!

Ps. 34:18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

@2017, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Chronic Illness Flares

6 thoughts on “Chronic Illness Flares

  • January 17, 2017 at 7:09 am
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    Lisa, I know just what you mean. As I was reading this, the words to He Giveth More Grace by Annie Johnson Flint came to mind. Especially this verse.
    “When we have exhausted our store of endurance;
    when our strength has failed, ere the day is half done.
    When we’ve reached the end of our hoarded resources;
    our Father’s full giving is only begun.

    His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
    His power no boundary known unto men;
    For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
    He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.

    She wrote these words out of physical pain. I came across this article about her and her testimony.http://www.homecomingmagazine.com/article/he-giveth-more-grace/

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    • January 17, 2017 at 9:40 am
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      What a beautiful story! I will save this testimony to remind myself. I love this hymn, too. The last time we sung it at church, I cried through the entire song. I was so filled with praise to God for His wonderful grace and help when I’m hurting.
      Thanks for sharing this; what a comfort! May your day be good…God bless 🙂

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  • January 18, 2017 at 12:59 pm
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    So sorry to hear that you’re flaring. I have daily headaches and most people don’t realize how much headaches can interfere with everyday life. Said a prayer for you!

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    • January 18, 2017 at 1:02 pm
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      Thanks, Brittany! I’ll pray for your headaches, too. They are the worst, aren’t they?

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  • January 18, 2017 at 3:29 pm
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    I pray you will find healing. I understand headaches as I have chronic migraines. God is present in our pain and for that I am grateful. It is still very difficult and I am sorry. Visiting today from #sittingamongfriends

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    • January 18, 2017 at 3:40 pm
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      Thank you, Angela. Chronic migraines are horrible. I was diagnosed with this, too. They’ve been better lately, but this morning I was experiencing migraine auras. I’m sure you must have a lot of suffering. Having God’s peace and comfort is the only way to stay joyful through these things. God bless 🙂

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