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  • Anne-Marie Mougeot

Simple Tips on Managing Pain Flare-Ups

๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜โ€™๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ธ ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ณ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐˜€. โฃ โฃ If you live with chronic or recurrent pain, you probably already know what Iโ€™m talking about ๐Ÿ˜ฃ.โฃ โฃ ๐˜ˆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ง๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ด๐˜บ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ด. โฃ โฃ

Flare ups can happen for a number of reasons, are usually spontaneous and sometimes can be attributed to certain triggers, while other times occur seemingly randomly. โฃ โฃ Paying attention to factors that may trigger a flare up can help to identify situations where they may arise and therefore help you to intervene sooner, before the intensity ramps up. โฃ โฃ Regardless of when or why flare ups happen, it can be helpful to have a โ€˜๐˜ง๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฏโ€™ at your disposal to help you to get through them. โฃ โฃ โฃ ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฝ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—น:โฃ โฃ ~Experiment with heat & cold. A hot or cold pack, shower, or bath ๐Ÿ› can help to ease pain. โฃ โฃ ~Gentle, positive movement. โฃ โฃ ~Meditation.โฃ โฃ ~Distraction (watch a funny movie, talk to a friend on the phone, read a book, or other hobby if it can be done comfortably).โฃ โฃ ~Sit or walk outside.โฃ โฃ ~Breathing exercises.โฃ โฃ ~Listening to music, podcasts, or comedy.โฃ โฃ ~Going for a massage, acupuncture, osteopathy, or other treatment if it has been helpful to you in the past (make sure your practitioner is familiar with your personal situation) โฃ โฃ ~Medication, as prescribed or guided by your medical practitioner.โฃ โฃ ~Reaching out to a practitioner who can guide you with pain-management strategies if you need additional support . โฃ โฃ It can be helpful to have a list of ideas of things to try since flare ups can sometimes feel overwhelming and affect our ability to think clearly (anyone else experience brain fog ๐Ÿฅบ as a symptom?). โฃ โฃ And remember that however intense, inconvenient, and downright crappy a flare up can be, ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜บ. You ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น feel better. Be gentle with yourself and please reach out if you need support.

Do you experience pain flare-ups? What seems to help you to get through them? Let me know in the comments section below.

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