Flare days are a nightmare and when that chronic paint hits I come close to losing my sanity
Pain that comes with a chronic illness or as your only illness can sometimes be alleviated using different medications or other over-the-counter options. Many times nothing works for our flare days and nothing gives us relief from our chronic pain. We have to get creative in how to cope with the pain. The problem is that when the pain is in a full flare it’s hard to think or remember what to do.
I’m listing some things that have worked for my chronic pain on flare days in the past in hopes that you find one that helps your pain. I know what it’s like to lay in bed crying because nothing is helping the pain…even pain meds. It’s the kind of pain nobody understands unless they have it because it’s so hard to describe.
The next time your chronic pain flares and you need help to get through it try some of these techniques. You may have already tried all of them and have a few of your own to share. Please do by commenting below or email me and I will add it to this list.
15 Tips On How To Handle Your Chronic Pain On Flare Days:
- OTC oral medications, i.e. Tylenol, Ibuprofen
- Prescription pain medications, i.e. Tramadol, Morphine
- OTC lotions/creams, i.e. Ben Gay
- Heat therapy like a heating pad or heated blanket
- Cold Therapy, ice packs
- Weighted blankets, I actually haven’t tried this but will one day
- Massage if you can handle it. Sometimes the pain is in a place where massage would really hurt or you may be too tender for massage.
- Controlled breathing
- The touch of a loved one. Science has found that when a loved one touches you or you touch them, your body relaxes and their touch can even make some pain go away. At worst, you have someone you love holding you.
- Animals/Furbabies. Just like the touch of a loved one can help so can having your furbabies lay with you or petting them can alleviate some pain.
- Soak in a tub with Epsom salts and essential oil. The oil won’t help the pain but it does help relax you a bit.
- Rub or spray magnesium lotion or spray on your pain points. This helps quite a bit for me. I don’t have a tub to soak in. Magnesium helps with sleep and restless legs too. I try to rub some on my calves and feet before bed.
- Music can help get you through a flare. I like to listen to 432 Hz music on YouTube when I’m having a rough time, before bed or during a flare. It does help me with the pain even if it doesn’t make it all go away.
- A hot shower is something I use daily but sometimes I take more than one depending on my pain level and how bad of a flare day it is. One shower is to loosen me up and help with low-level pain. Other times I have to take another one or two showers to make it through the pain flare. I also have Dr. Teal’s body wash with magnesium and lavender or eucalyptus. Not only does the magnesium help but the smell helps relax my tense muscles a little bit. When I’m in a lot of pain it tends to make me tense all over and that can cause more pain.
Sometimes nothing works…
Some days we try everything for our chronic pain but still curl up in a ball because nothing works. These are the days we don’t talk about much because it’s the kind of pain that makes you think horrible thoughts. At least it is that way for me.
Nobody prepared us or trained us for this kind of chronic pain. There is no right or wrong way to handle a flare day. Sometimes we close the door, turn off everything and writhe in agony. Others we may be able to breathe through the worst of it. Once I even wrote a post about getting through flare days without medicine for those who aren’t getting pain meds from their doctor.
I believe you. I understand.
Maybe some of these techniques or products will help you. I hope so. More importantly, I hope we start building a community that will be there for each other when the pain gets too much and our minds go to dark places. Somewhere judgment is scarce and love is abundant. Down below I created a printable version of my list above so you could print it out to have handy for your next flare.
I created this printable for you to have on hand for your next flare day because I know how hard it is to think during that time. You can print it, save it to your phone or have it as a screensaver on your computer. When your chronic pain is so horrible you can’t focus, I hope having this helps you or your caregiver see new ways to cope.
Please share this for others to have or comment below with a tip of your own. Don’t forget to download and print this list for the next time your pain rears its ugly head. I wish you success or at least some relief from your flare.
I love hearing all about how you tackle your struggles with chronic illness!
Do you have other tips you can share with us? Most spoonies have found workarounds for all types of things and I’d love to share your advice. Write a comment below or send me an email.
Kim is a freelance blogger, writer and VA. She loves sharing resources for other “spoonies” to help them create lives they love. Hoarding crochet patterns on Pinterest is her second favorite thing.