Every time I feel a sore throat, headache, or extra tired, I wonder if I’ve caught the virus. If I ever do catch it, I don’t know if I’ll realize that I did. These types of symptoms are things that I experience many times each week. And, the pain….don’t even go there. The last two days I’ve experienced such an increase in pain, it makes me angry.
I’m not angry in the sense that I’m blaming God for the pain. This kind of anger I feel is just another physically-based feeling. I don’t think that I can really express it in words. The pain just gets to a point where it takes over. I’m in a fog of pain. Everything around me is annoying.
When the pain is like this, nothing helps. Even though I’m taking 3-4 Advil, it only dulls the pain. My stretches are helping my sciatica, but the shoulder, neck, and head are out of control. If you live with chronic pain, I’m sure that you can relate.
Pain can bring on stress that causes more pain. I read an article today that said that chronic, untreated pain can lead to heart disease. Well, I have both. There needs to be pain medicine that is available to those of us with severe, chronic pain.
I’m using ice, heat, massage, rest, essential oils, ibuprofen, muscle relaxers, LDN, and cuddles with the puppy. I’m distracting myself with blogging, watching tennis and football, and reading. Funny memes are distracting, too.
A verse that can bring comfort is Psalm 34:18 “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” I’m thankful that there are verses in the Bible that offer love and comfort when I’m in severe pain. I know that I’m not alone.
Do you have a favorite way to deal with severe pain? Maybe you are working with a doctor who actually prescribes strong pain medicine. Maybe you’re like me, and waste money on all kinds of gadgets that promise to help you get rid of pain. My closet and garage hold quite a few of those gadgets that just didn’t work.
I think I’ll need to adjust my muscle relaxers up a notch. Taking an extra dose will help, even though I’ll probably sleep half of the day away. But, that will be better than the suffering. I’ll take what I can get.
@2020, copyright Lisa Ehrman
Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert. This post contains my opinions, and is not meant to be taken as medical advice. If you have a medical concern, please consult your personal physician.