Chronic Illness, Contentment

Emotional and Physical Pain of Chronic Illness

Yesterday we spent 13 hours driving to see family.  I was amazed that my body functioned throughout the trip and I only experienced a few short back muscle-spasms.  Even though I forgot my sunglasses, I didn’t get a headache.


……Until….we arrived.  When we had been to our destination for a little while, the pain began with a vengeance.  I put on a brave face and smiled as I embraced my loved-ones.  But, when I got to the bedroom and shut the door I let it all out.  My face fell and I was suffering.  I forced myself to brush my teeth and lie down.

Then a severe pain began in my head.  Hubby, though exhausted from driving, rubbed my neck and back until I could handle the pain.  He coated my back with the latest doctor-prescribed pain gel and I was able to sleep.  I don’t know what I would do without him.

Today, I’m paying for the trip with severe pain and so much swelling.  I’ll be using my pain gel, extra advil, and my tens-unit to knock this down a little.  I’m so thankful to have these tools.  I don’t have any prescription pain medication, but will double my muscle relaxers.

Emotionally, it can be very hard to visit your hometown.  Family drama brings stress, good and bad.  This is expected, but it can sometimes surprise you at the overwhelm.  Emotional pain or stress can cause my physical pain to feel more severe.  I think the combination is truly exhausting.


When dealing with emotional and physical pain, I have to use all my pain-reducing tools to make it through the day.  I’m also thankful that Hubby and I can share our feelings and pray together.  Turning problems over to God brings peace and lessons our stress.  I know God doesn’t want us to worry about things that are out of our control.  What a blessing to have a savior to turn to and trust with everything in life.  God is good!

@2018, copyright Lisa Ehrman

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  1. It’s hard to have chronic pain and live a “normal” life. I struggle a lot. It does get easier.

    1. xaoti

      I love how positive you are about your pain! That’s very encouraging to hear. I hope you have a “closer-to-normal” day. 🙂

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