Pain is a very insidious creature. It can change the nicest person into a grouch so fast it is hard to believe. Pain can creep up or come in like a flood. Regardless of how it arrives, if not dealt with and treated; it does and will cause huge problems.
Chronic pain is difficult to describe and even more difficult to understand. When a person "hurts" all the time, it is very hard for others to first believe it and second to know what to do about it. Chronic pain can and does have a way of wearing a person down to the point they either give up or become so foul spirited they cannot be around.
Up until a few years ago, pain was downplayed by the medical profession and more or less made out to be a mental problem in the patient. About a decade ago, advocates of pain management got policies changed in hospitals and among the doctors so that pain is now something to be treated as real and relief a high priority.
I am sure that many of you suffer from chronic pain, whether in the back, neck, feet or even migraine headaches. Pain is pain and it is never pleasant. When a person has a headache, they take an aspirin or a Tylenol, get relief and move on. When a person has chronic pain that does not respond to simple remedies; that is when the whole process gets very difficult to figure out.
Pain tolerance used to be a gauge of how "tough" a person was and thus a measure of how good of person they are. Athletes who could endure unbelievable pain were looked upon as heroes and super men and women only because they could "gut it out" and "play through the pain". Isn't it interesting how so many of these athletes either die very young or are found out to have been taking all sorts of drugs to help them perform better.
I don't want to advocate being a "whiner", for that is not a good thing either, but when pain is present, it is a signal that something is wrong in the body. Pain is the way the body tells us a problem exists. To ignore pain is to ignore the cause which can become a very dangerous issue. To simply cover up chronic pain with pills and never find the cause is just as dangerous.
The pain we feel emotionally is just as real as the pain we feel physically. Feelings of rejection are just as painful as a deep cut. In fact, certain emotional pain is equivalent to being cut to the bone. The deeper the cut, the more intense the pain and the longer the recovery will be. At times the cut must be stitched in order to allow the skin to grow back together properly. At times, we must be emotionally "stitched" up by the great surgeon who is our Lord and Master.
I have been through physical open heart surgery, and although anesthesia masks the pain during the operation; the pain upon waking is beyond description. So it is when the Master surgeon must perform spiritual "open heart surgery" upon us. Many times the procedure is painless but the healing process is extremely painful.
When a person has suffered an emotional or spiritual "heart attack", the ache and pain many times defies the person's ability to communicate. Instead of condemning the person or demanding they "gut it out", we must see past what appears on the outside and ask the Father to show us what is going on in the heart. Ultimately we are striving to help such a person make the decision to allow the Master heart surgeon to do "open heart surgery". He has a 100% success rate.
Dr. Jesus is the greatest physician of them all and He and He alone is able to heal the broken hearts of those who have faced intense rejection, scorn, hatred and abuse. If you have been diagnosed with a "broken heart", I urge you to make an appointment with Jesus to have it mended. There may be pain associated with the recovery process, but the healed heart will make it worth it.
You bring me to tears B2Y - Here you are in a hospital bed suffering you own agonies and yet you are ministering to us in ours! I simply stand in awe -you are amazing and such a blessing to us here at CB.
Praying for you and blest
There can be only one reason for you to be up and blogging so quickly.
You're afraid I'll beat you to the 500 blog goal, right?!!
Kidding aside, it is good to hear from you. I've suffered both chronic pain and chronic broken heart pain. I guess I can only say that God has a purpose, for He does not arbitrarily inflict pain or enjoy seeing us suffer. And just knowing that pain has a purpose makes it bearable.
Now, you're not a heroic athlete, so get back in bed.
[quote]Chronic pain is difficult to describe and even more difficult to understand. When a person "hurts" all the time, it is very hard for others to first believe it and second to know what to do about it. Chronic pain can and does have a way of wearing a person down to the point they either give up or become so foul spirited they cannot be around.[/quote]
Pain 24/7, 365 days, it does ware one down, spiritually as well as physically.
My Doctor once called me stoic in my response to pain. I did not know what that word meant so I looked it up as soon as I got home.
Stoic I am not, I just know a personal God who renews me daily.
Thank you for your love and support. If all goes well I can be sprung from this place either Sunday or Monday. I miss my home and everything there.
alight, I am glad you found a medicine for your headaches, Mrs. B2Y has fought migraines her whole life. Praise God a doctor found a drug which works very well for her many years ago. I cannot even imagine how she lives through those things.
Now savedbyegrace, seeing how I am like 250 ahead, I will have to undergo 22 operations in the next two weeks and be laid up in ICU until Columbus Day to not reach the coveted 500 first. I should not brag, for who knows what the future holds (especially after the past few days), but I do hope to reach 500 soon. Back before my physical set backs, I was hoping to hit 500 this weekend to correspond with the Daytona 500. Oh well, not menat to be I guess.
kraftykatz, I admire anyone who can endure your kind of chonic pain for as long as you have. Of all the believers on earth, I am sure you will enjoy the wonder and beauty of the "painfree" heaven more than anyone. Stoic or not, you are an inspiration to me to "carry on".
Thanks and contrary to the enemy's plans, he isn't getting rid of me quite yet.
I personally have never dealt with chronic pain. The horrible pain I endured last spring during my last four rounds of Taxol and the pain from Neulasta is the type of pain that no drug can touch as it deals with nerves being destroyed, misfiring pain signals and the bone marrow. There's nothing they can do for you. But...I had to keep reminding myself that there would be a time when I would no longer take the drugs...it would not last forever.
My father, on the other hand, lived with constant pain from the time he was 19 until his death at age 43 due to the horrible injuries he sustained in a near-fatal accident. He was paralyzed for close to nine months. Then came the horrible pain which lasted a lifetime. I remember....
Praise God, we know the healer of the broken-hearted. KK said it well: [quote]Stoic I am not, I just know a personal God who renews me daily.[/quote]