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“For I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14)


Our bodies are indeed wonderfully made by our awesome Creator!  From the time we are born until the time we die, our bodies allow us to enjoy life in various aspects.  We are so uniquely made that our body has the ability to heal itself automatically.  Sadly though, it deteriorates over time.  When this happens, it not only affects us but also our loved ones who care deeply for us.  But how can we know when something inside us is not quite right?  Well, we get signals of various sorts that are out of the ordinary for us.  This is how we know that we may have a problem that we need to give attention to.  So does our body talk?  What do you think?

In doing my research for this post, I came across a very thought-provoking article entitled Listen to Your Body Talk.”  I’ve been having some health issues of my own lately, and this article really caught my attention because I am one of those people who pays attention to what my body is telling me.  However, since I have a high tolerance for pain and discomfort, I sometimes ignore what it’s saying.

For instance, I recently wrote a post about the numbness and tingling I am experiencing in my left hand and fingers.  For years, I have had a feeling of numbness in my left pinkie, but because it was not giving me any serious trouble, I continued to ignore it.  Especially when I would first wake up from sleeping, the sensation was more evident, and I often wondered to myself why this was so.  But again, I ignored it until a little over a month ago when I woke up one morning, and the numbness was more evident and also included my ring finger and the whole pinkie-side of my hand.

Thinking it was just a bad case of carpal tunnel, I bought a compression and support glove.  When that did not help, I finally made an appointment to see an orthopedic doctor who advised me that I had hit my elbow and injured the nerve that goes to my hand.  He then instructed me to wear an elbow pad and that if it had not improved in three weeks that surgery would probably be necessary.  The hand and upper extremity surgeon told me that this is something that has been going on for a while and has progressively gotten worse.  At the same time, I am also experiencing full-body physical and muscle weakness of which my doctor has not yet been able to ascertain the cause.  So I have been going through test after test and still have two more to be performed after my upcoming surgery for the injured nerve in my arm.

The reason I was inspired to write this post is because I have been experiencing some of my symptoms for a while.  And because I have been ignoring one of them for years, I now need surgery to correct it.  And even though I still don’t know what is causing all of my other symptoms, one thing I do know is that they are not in my head.  They are real.  This is my body, and the only other person who knows exactly what I’m feeling is God–but even He knows my body better than me.  After all, He is my Creator, the one who so wonderfully made me and every other human on this planet.  So my advice to you is (as the Body Talk article points out), listen to your body talk, and then, respect what it is telling you.

As always, this is from my heart to yours,


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2 thoughts on “BODY TALK

  1. I will be sharing this because I think too many people don’t listen to their bodies or even realize it can talk to them. I have had a similar situation with numbness & tingling in my fingers & arms. But first I had problems with my right foot that I constantly complained to the Dr about. No one could determine the problem for about 2+ years. Then the hand problems started. After about a year of that increasingly getting worse they determined the problem in my cervical spine and I too had to have surgery. If they had not determined the problem when they did I could have eventually become paralyzed because among other things I had a bone spur that was bruising my spinal cord. Surgery has relieved much of my pain, numbness & tingling not caused by fibromyalgia. Had I not listened to my body & persisted in going to the Dr. I might have ended up with permanent damage to my spinal cord. We are wonderfully made, which includes warning signs to alert us when something is not quite right. If you had your surgery I hope you are recovering well. If not yet I hope & pray it will be successful and you recover well.

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    • Thank you so much for sharing your experiences. I’m sure they will be of benefit to many others. I’m glad that you paid attention to your body and got the medical help that you needed in time. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes. I had my surgery last month, and I’m healing well. It will be a while though before I know if it will reverse the numbness, tingling, and paralysis in my fingers. But at least, the damage won’t get any worse than it already is. If I had not had the surgery, it would have progressively gotten worse (and the thought of not being able to use my hand at all is what prompted me to have the surgery.) However, now that I’ve gotten that taken care of, I’m having trouble with pain and swelling in my right ankle. If it’s not one thing, it’s another. 🙂 But I still feel blessed because things could be a lot worse than they are.

      I love hearing from you. Thanks again for sharing your inspiration and encouragement! 🙂


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