So you are in a flare up, your pain has gone up, energy levels down, maybe your skin is sore or you are dizzy, whatever the flare up brings its very unwelcome and takes us away from what had planned.
I’m not sure how everyone else feels but I know that a flare up hits me mentally as well as physically, I was diagnosed with ME/CFS in 1997 and CRPS in 2012, I also have osteoarthritis (basically a wreck) and so a flare up for me can be purely pain or zero energy and apparently I make no sense, I think I’m speaking properly but my family have told me that my words are all muddled and I don’t finish what I’m saying but I think I have!
So how can we cope during a flare up?
Firstly it’s no use fighting it, that can make matters worse.
Tell those around you that you are having a flare up. Stickman Communications do “today is” wristbands to tell people how we are doing.
If your flare affects you mentally cut down on computer/tablet/smart phone usage.
Make sure to take your meds regularly
Have a back up meds plan, many of us use Oramorph when in flare up.
Watch films, I watch my fav films because I have watched them before, it takes less concentration.
Pamper yourself, make yourself feel good.
Popcorn is my flare up friend, if you don’t fancy a meal then eat snacks because they are easier.
Remember to keep your fluids up.
Grab that quilt and snuggle up on the settee.
Don’t worry about skipping showering, use wipes it’s quicker & easier.
Until next time!