Flares and Chronic Pain

The recent flare was gone…

As I opened my eyes this morning, I knew the recent flare was gone. The low burning and ache that is always with me was still there, but the last three day’s assault to my body and psyche had dissipated.

It started three days ago. First the splotchy itchy arms, elbows and knees. Second the nausea set in. Third the pins and needles in my arms. Fourth the “oh crap” feeling. This is how Rheumatoid arthritis shows up for me.


On days where I feel I might vomit at any moment, you will find me in the kitchen washing veggies, chopping, stirring, flavoring and cooking. I send all of my attention to the food and relish in the delight that my husband and son will feel when they taste my latest concoction.


Those of us with chronic pain usually have times that are worse than others. We need the things that turn our focus away from our aches of the moment.

What helps dissipate your pain during flares?

Have you found yours? Make sure it is something that you have easy access to and that you like. You might garden, knit, cook, watch movies, read, talk with others, breath work, or meditation/mindfulness. The trick is that you are well-practiced in this and it brings you joy.

For a list of ideas, check out my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/thrivewithchronicpain/


Gail Sinclair, Master Hypnotherapist, Certified Nutritional Consultant, & Karuna® Reiki Master Teacher, works diligently to teach others how to work through the 7 Stages of Chronic Pain and Learn How to Thrive™. She lives with Trigeminal & Occipital Neuralgia, Rheumatoid & Osteoarthritis, & Fibromyalgia and continues to learn tools to turn her attention away from the persistent pain of her body.

You can also reach her at thrive@gailsinclair.com or at www.gailsinclair.com. Click here to contact Gail. 

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