By Lisa Heath
For someone who suffers from chronic pain, you know what a chore simple life tasks can be to you. Sometimes you are forced to do nothing-you shut down, or is it better to say your body shuts down. “I have told you these things, so that in Me you might have peace. In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
By the time I was 18 years old the migraines I had since I was a little girl had reached an extreme high. The pain level was on average a 6 to 8 each day. I often prayed to God asking him to take away the tremendous pain, so I could pray and read my Bible. At times the pain was too bad to even pray; I had to sleep. I would wake up with the pain barely lessened.
The neurologist had me try multiple prescriptions, and finally put me on a daily medication for the migraines, along with a prescription to take when I had one. Yet through all of the pain, this experience showed me an irreplaceable lesson about Go:
“‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. ” (2 Corinthians 12:9) I can live with the pain, but I cannot live without God. Here are my best tips to fight the pain.
Know when you’re able to push yourself to keep working
It is not a bad thing to stop and rest when the pain becomes very intense. Learn to understand when your body is telling you to rest. Christ took time out of His own day to spend time with His Father, and to rest. He fell asleep in a rocking boat in the midst of a storm. Allow yourself the same luxury when it is needed.
Talk with God
Jesus would go into the mountains and pray to God for His strength. When you are in the middle of your day, or in the middle of doing something, you can pray silently. Paul, an apostle of Christ, urges us to “pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Prayer can be quiet and unspoken. Something as simple as, “Please give me strength,” will always be heard by God. Pray is having a conversation with God.
Understand how to stop the pain or bear it while it is occurs
Many of your senses can be heightened with the pain. Even though lavender oil is a scent, dabbing a little on your temples and under your nose may be soothing for headaches. If the pain continues to worsen, over-the-counter medications can be taken to stop immediate pain. People who suffer from migraines should not use Ibuprofen (Advil) or Acetaminophen (Tylenol) because they cause rebound pain. Naproxen Sodium (Aleve) is less likely to cause the rebound effect. They should also be taken with a prescription migraine medication.
It is okay to seek help or tools from specialists for chronic pain
God wants you to take care of your body. He created you in His image. You can buy eye gel masks, which can be refrigerated. If you put the cold on your head, the cold may help to numb the pain. Hot compresses can help relieve tension in many muscles and joints.
When the pain seems very strong remember that your strength can come from Christ
You can ask God for His strength and He will give it. “I can do all everything through Him you gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13). When our eyes are fixed on Christ we can have hope even in pain. “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).
Lisa Heath is currently a student at Malone University in Canton, Ohio. She has been a person who has suffered from migraines all her life. She has been a staff writer, and the web editor for The Aviso, the university newspaper; she is currently a contributing writer and the public relations manager. Lisa Heath can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- Using the Pain Scale: How to Talk About Pain (webmd.com)