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/


I am Gail Sinclair a Master Hypnotherapist, Reiki Master Teacher, and Certified Nutritional Consultant who shares information on how to reduce your chronic persistent pain. I live with this discomfort and even though our pain may feel different I know what you are going through.

I mix words and magic as I write about chronic pain. I stir the souls of those who hurt and I share transformative tools to help manage your pain.

I want to share information and tools with women living with chronic pain.

Let’s refuse to let pain be in charge of our lives.

If you need help or have questions, email me at gail@thrivewithchronicpain.com or go to my Contact page.

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