Recently, my physical battle has been great as I battle with a lower back issue doctors say will likely only be fixed by surgery. Friday a week ago, I received my 3rd Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection in just 4 months. Everything felt like normal until everything didn’t.
As I attempted to get up off the table where I just received the shot I knew something was different. With no warning, pressure rushed to my head like never before. I thought I was having a stroke. As I was forced to lay back down I realized everything from my waist to both my knees were numb. This was beyond disturbing. The staff at this pain center kept me much longer than normal for further observation, but before I left my heart rate and blood pressure were fine and the extreme pain and numbness had subsided.
The next week following my shot would reveal there was still a problem. On top of battling major nerve pain I would begin experiencing headaches that would make any grown man beg for mercy. These terrible headaches would keep me up all night just praying for relief. I thought it might be a side effect from a nerve pain med I recently started but after checking into the hospital this past Friday morning the source of the problem was discovered. Apparently, my last steroid injection left me with a cerebral spinal fluid leak. That leak was the cause of the extreme pain in my head. I was overjoyed to discover the root of my misery and get relief from those atrocious headaches. Praise God, doctors were able to patch this leak with blood they transferred from my arm. I’m now able to just focus on healing.
Now, God has led me to say this to you. All of us have pain. It’s very important we recognize and deal with the root of that pain. Otherwise, if we don’t it will leak things into our minds and hearts that aren’t good. Unprocessed pain makes us someone we never wanted to be. And keeps us from becoming all God created us to be. We can’t try to ignore it, numb it, or or run from it. But, if you don’t deal with the pain in your life it will deal with you.
I encourage you to give your pain to a God who cares deeply about you (1 Peter 5:7). Share your pain with others as this kind of confession brings healing (James 5:16). Know that only Jesus can give you lasting peace (John 16:33). Only God can fully understand. And, God often takes the greatest struggles and creates the greatest stories.
(Romans 8:28)(NLT)And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
Join Pastor Craig Crosby Sundays 9:15 or 11am @ Refuge Church. The church is located @ 203 Eddie Chasteen Dr, Walterboro. Come as you are. Don’t expect to the leave the same.