Tuesday, December 26, 2017

My Pain Meets My Praise

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 
who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, 
with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 
2 Corinthians 1: 3-4 NKJV

It was a glorious break from migraines. 

My last cluster of migraine headaches had been in 2014 right as we were packing up our house to move from Wisconsin to Nevada. I've suffered from cluster migraines since I was in college, so after 20 years of experience, I figured I knew what I needed to know about them.

However, when I went in to see my massage therapist (I never really got massages in Wisconsin, just never had the time as the mother of a young child with special needs), she explained to me that all my muscles were locked up in response to the pain. She said she could hardly get my rib cage to move. 

Hmmm...that explains my difficulty with deep-breathing exercises during a migraine cluster and why I feel I can never catch my breath.

So, I started stretching...stretching my neck, stretching my back, stretching my legs.  

Then I went to see my chiropractor and he added even MORE information I had never heard before. 

I told him about all the clicks and pops I would hear in my head as I stretched and he said I had so much pressure in my head that he was almost positive that I have a virus. 

I said, "No...just the headaches...I'm fine otherwise." 

He said, "Trust me, treat it like a virus. Get plenty of sleep, vitamin D, drink plenty of water and keep rinsing your sinuses. Read about Epstein Barr Syndrome. My guess is, you have something that is in your system and becomes activated when your immune system is compromised; explaining why your migraines come and go in clusters."

Hmmmm...I started reading, and searching, and trying new things. My cluster isn't gone, but I'm certainly getting through this cluster differently than I have in the past.

And I'm praising God for this cluster of pain.

I have learned so much about myself, my body, what my body needs, what my body is missing...

I have learned so much about how to worship God even in the midst of migraines.

Is it a coincidence that one of the stretches that relieves much of the pain and pressure is the child's pose in yoga? It's pictured above.

Looks a lot like falling flat on the ground in prayer, right?

Psalm 23:2 says, "He makes me lie down in green pastures."

Yes, God always knows how to make me lie down. Sometimes he needs to push me down with a migraine so I lose any sort of desire to fight my will against his will. 

As parents of children with special needs, we know that we push ourselves and push ourselves beyond all human comprehension. I know in my case, my daughter gets EXTREMELY anxious when I am sick. But as I've weathered these migraines for years, and I recognize the importance of HER learning her OWN health limitations and needs; she NEEDS to see how we handle illness.  


We are just getting through the holidays and we count on the fact that cold and flu season is upon us. Now is the time to prepare our minds and bodies to shore up for the onslaught of germs that are present with every smooch, handshake and turn of a doorknob.

Drink your orange juice, eat your veggies, and LIE DOWN! 


Pray: Heavenly Father, we were told that even YOU rested after you created the world. We also know that you expect us to REST in you as a sign of FAITH for all that you will provide for us. You remind us in Psalm 23 that you will MAKE us lie down from time to time and we thank your sovereignty in that. It's comforting to know that you understand our pain, and that we can fall down and praise you in our weakness.  Amen. 

~Tammie Hefty

1 comment:

  1. Hi Tammie. I'm reading this a few days late because I am battling the end of a 4-day long migraine. This post resonated with me in SO MANY ways. Thank you for this PRICELESS wisdom to help me improve my health--spiritually, physically, and emotionallly. God's blessings.