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On September 19, 2016 I had a dorsal column stimulator implanted. This decision was not made lightly as any invasive procedures are not recommended due to risk and
possibly progressing arachnoiditis.
I prayed and asked God that if this was his will to open doors and to help me. I needed help with the cost and finding a surgeon that I would be able to trust and who understood arachnoiditis. I needed comfort in my decision.
As an advocate, we advise others to not have anymore invasive procedures and what could happen. We help educate them on what arachnoiditis is and how you can get it and ways to help with pain besides relying solely on narcotic pain medications. We offer support to others who may not feel that they can live like this and feel abandoned by family, friends and especially the medical community.
Would this make me a hypocrite in my efforts to help others? In answering this question I realized that NO, I would not. What works for one may not work for another. Something not advised due to risk does not mean that you can not make that decision to do it. What I tell others is that even though this or any invasive procedure is not advised it has to be their own personal decision. Will they be able to live life still if the worse was to happen. In my case, my quality of life was very low. Most days were spent in bed. I was completely withdrawn from others and even avoided them. My family still needed to live life and they were having to live life as father and children without a wife and mother involved.
Since having this procedure I have been able to get out of bed almost everyday. I have been able to stand up more than just a couple of minutes. Am I pain-free? NO! I do have less pain and even though I am not running a marathon I will say that some quality of life is better than no quality of life.
I am still healing from this procedure and I have to still work out the right programming during this healing time as scar tissue starts to form. I had the Boston Scientific Precision Spectra using paddles. Paddles take longer to heal due to having a laminectomy to remove bone to place the paddle in my epidural space.
The results that I have at this very early stage I can honestly say that I am glad I made this decision for myself. I thank God that he made a way for me to be able to get some relief and kept me safe during surgery without any complications. For helping me in choosing a neurosurgeon that was compassionate and competent. A surgeon who let it be known his trust in God and whose words before surgery was, “We will treat you like family and I will be there when you awake”.
My final thoughts on spinal cord stimulation for arachnoiditis is that it does have to be a persons own decision without pressure from another person or source. there are serious risk and you have to be able to live with your decision if the procedure does not go as planned. I do not promote any procedure or product.
Constant Pain – Finding God In All Things
We need to free ourselves from things that may appear true but are in-fact illusions.
- We are masters of our own destiny
- Fate determines what happens
- A “just” God would never allow suffering of innocent people
- Suffering is deserved punishment
- Suffering ennobles us
- God has forsaken us
- Acceptance = “giving in”
- We have a right to be pain free
- People should always make allowances for our illness
- Disabled = unable
- Invalid = In-valid
- Suffering is unmitigated disaster
- Why should we think about others who are worse off: it diminishes o
The letters of St. Paul contain a number of references to suffering. In the second letter to the Corinthians, he wrote that God comforts and strengthens us in our hardships and trials He does this in order for us to help others so that we can pass on sympathy and understanding, help and comfort to them.
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.”
There are numerous promises in the Bible, which relate to the temporary nature of our present life, full of suffering, set against the eternal bliss to which we shall be raised:
“and the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” 1 Peter 5:10
“These troubles and sufferings of ours are, after all, quite small and won’t last very long…the troubles will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
Yet these are not very comforting to many, to whom the constant pain in this life seems never-ending.
A Place of Healing
It’s natural to desire healing when you’re suffering from any illness or injury. The pain and frustration of not having a healthy body can be intense. So you pray for relief. You believe that God can heal you if He chooses to, as He does for others sometimes. But what if no healing comes your way? Does that mean you don’t have enough faith to be healed?
Don’t assume so. Many people with great faith never receive the healing they hope God will give them. Instead, God chooses to keep them physically afflicted to accomplish a greater purpose for them and those who care for them. If you’ve prayed for physical healing but haven’t gotten better, you can always keep asking God to heal you, if it’s His will, at the right time. But you can do much more – even if you never experience healing. Here’s what you can do when God chooses not to heal you:
Accept the pain and embrace God through it. Don’t fight against this pain that God allowed into your life. Instead, accept it and ask God to give you the strength to go through it, the grace to benefit from it, and the devotion to thank Him for His love for you in all circumstances. Keep in mind that, when you reach out for God, He’ll meet you wherever you are and embrace you.
Break free of shame. Don’t let people make you feel bad about yourself because they think your illness or injury is a result of a lack of faith on your part. Rest assured that only God really knows how much faith you have, so other people’s judgments shouldn’t matter to you. Acknowledge the reality that God reserves the right to heal you or not, as He sees fit – no matter how much faith you have. Express your faith by praying for healing and then trusting God to respond however and whenever He chooses, according to what He knows is best. A person who can trust God to do what’s best rather than trying to manipulate Him is someone who does have faith.
Ask God to make His desires your desires. Pray for God to replace your self-centered desires with His own desires for your life, which will result in greater good. As a result, you’ll experience peace even when you’re suffering.
Discover the benefits of your suffering. Suffering can: turn you away from a dangerous path of sin that you would have headed down otherwise, remind you that your strength lies in the fact that God meets you in your weakness and empowers you, restore beautiful purity to your soul that you’ve lost while living in this fallen world, increase your thirst for Jesus alone to satisfy your longings, and increase the amount of good that you can contribute to God’s kingdom.
Gain the strength to go on. Even when your suffering doesn’t end, you can go on because God is with you every step of the way. Trust in His promises that He knows what you’re going through, and that He cares. Keep in mind that God can use broken instruments like unhealthy bodies to make incomparable music. Ask the Holy Spirit to renew your mind each day so you can think encouraging thoughts that will help you go on. Remember that everything you choose to say and do has eternal consequences in the battles going on right now in the spiritual realm – so choose faithful words and actions while you’re suffering.
Use your pain to bring God glory. While your illness or injury limits you, there’s no limit to the amount of glory you can bring to God by choosing to trust Him in the middle of your pain. Live with gratitude for what each moment brings, acknowledging that every breath you breathe is a gift from God. Ask God to teach you whatever He wants you to learn through the suffering you’re going through. Be humble and filled with childlike wonder about the world God has made and all you can continue to learn in it. Be eager to serve God wholeheartedly however He leads you to do so. Keep taking risks to keep going on adventures that God leads you to take.
Regain the right perspective on your circumstances when you become discouraged. Pray for encouragement whenever you need it, and God will give it to you. Refuse to focus on your fears. Instead, focus on God’s constant presence with you and His promises to help you through any situation you face. Rather than dwelling on your own problems, learn more about how some other people are suffering and reach out beyond yourself to help them. Sing songs that praise God for His wonderful qualities that remain constant even when circumstances change. As you choose to act in faithful ways, you’ll be able to view your situation as God sees it, and you’ll experience the peace you need.
Find ultimate healing. Look forward to enjoying heaven, where you’ll never suffer any physical problems again – and even better, where you’ll never be weighed down by sin again.
Help others who are hurting. As a Christian, you’re connected to your fellow believers in such a close way that your suffering is their suffering and their suffering is yours. Ask God to empower you to help carry the burdens of other believers you know who are in pain. Intercede for them in prayer, and meet whatever practical needs they have as God leads you.
The above is a report on the practical applications of Joni Eareckson Tada‘s new book, A Place of Healing: Wrestling with the Mysteries of Suffering, Pain, and God’s Sovereignty, (David C. Cook Publishing, 2010).