Living With the Pain: Duane W.H. Arnold, PhD

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  1. Paige says:

    Amen. Very true… and well said….. thank you.

    Pain leads to change, and when we finally become too weary of fighting it, we acquiesce to the changes, and accompanied humility.

    Incidentally, I am a huge fan of The Egoscue Method of functional movement. Highly recommend finding the book Pain Free, by Pete Egoscue… and looking for Egoscue videos of PT on YouTube…and possibly looking for an Egoscue clinic. As long as you’re alive, your body is capable of healing, even restoring decrepit joints…IF you figure out the weak links in body mechanics that lead to the injury.

  2. Michael says:

    One of the issues for people like me with older, outdoor, cats is that the cats hide when they’re sick or hurt.
    They don’t want anyone to know they’re struggling and will even die hiding the pain, when we would have done anything we could to help them.
    I’m finding I’m a lot like my cats…

  3. MM says:


    This thread reminds me of two things.

    The first is as my friends and I have gotten older our conversations often turn to our ailments rather than what we are excited about.

    The second is the old SNL skit, “I hate it when then happens..”

  4. Duane Arnold says:

    As I was writing this article, it struck me that we tend to believe that Christian communities are usually born out of enthusiasm – the “revival”, “renewal”, etc. Yet Tertullian wrote that “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church”. Community that lives with the pain, that bears one another’s burdens, may be closer to early Christian communities than we might imagine…

  5. Muff Potter says:

    I think I’m in a similar boat tackin’ into the wind so to speak.
    My left knee has started its own swan song and the doc has ordered an MRI.
    You have my prayers and solidarity…

  6. Duane Arnold says:


    All these issues become their own journey. I’m beginning to feel that it is what we learn on the journey that’s important. You’ll be in my prayers…

  7. Jtk says:

    “ I’m more dependent on other workers doing things that I once took on myself. In dealing with my own “brokenness”, I find that I am a bit more observant in public places as I see others slowly navigating curbs and stairs.“

    As I’ve struggled with pain in the last 3 years, at times excruciating pain, I’ve observed the same thing. The increased empathy, and I was already high in empathy and observing others, has been very instructive.

    Realizing Jesus was and is “a man of PAIN acquainted with PHYSICAL SICKNESS/INJURY” has brought tears to my eyes, from Isaiah 53 (an alternate possible translation from the Hebrew).

    “He knows our need,
    He guardeth us from danger..”

  8. Duane Arnold says:


    Before this I noticed, but I really didn’t “take it in”…

  9. Randy Davis says:

    I think that in many cases, churches do not respond well to pain and suffering. Church members don’t respond to each other and certainly to their pastors who may be in pain.

    The prosperity gospel has crept into many churches. We should always be healthy and wealthy with never a dark cloud in our lives. The opposite of the prosperity gospel is pain, loss, suffering, and old age. Not only do we have to embrace our suffering, we need to embrace the suffering of others.

  10. Duane Arnold says:


    I think you’re right…

  11. Jim says:

    Chronic pain has been my companion since 1986. My condition is degenerative, so getting old doesn’t help. I used to ask God why, then I put it on one of my many mystery shelves, but three things I know.

    1) God never promised me a pain-free life.

    2) I’m arrogant, and watching others work while being unable to help is humbling, and very good for me.

    3) My life is incredibly wonderful, and I wouldn’t trade places with anyone.

  12. Duane Arnold says:


    That’s a testimony of faith…

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