Living with Chronic Pain
Tips for Avoiding Flare-up Pain
A flare-up is a term used to describe periods of pain followed by periods of remission in which no pain or a lesser amount of pain occurs. While some people experience the same amount of pain daily, other’s may experience a flare-up pain that only occurs once in awhile or becomes worse for a period and then returns to normal.
Flare-ups can last anywhere from only a few hours or days to a few weeks. They are unique to the person who experiences them. Most of the time, flare-ups will occur quickly with not a lot of warning. Other times, a flare-up may occur when the person does something to provoke the pain, like exercise too intensely accidently.
Resting is a good way to treat a flare-up, although sometimes even rest is not enough to eliminate the pain. Some people may find that doing a small amount of moving around may help the pain by loosening up the body. If you can tolerate it, try moving around by going for a walk or cleaning the house, or doing some stretches to cope with the pain. Do not rely solely on over-the-counter pain medications to get you through this difficult time. Take the time to develop a plan to address flare-ups as they may occur again in the future.