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Flare ups and pain levels

Posted: Mon Oct 05, 2020 12:49 pm
by Rachelouise1
Why do you get flare ups in the pain levels and does pain make you tired?.
I was born with hip dysplasia which wasn't corrected at birth and over the years it's become OA, it's also slowly creeping into other joints overtime.

Re: Flare ups?

Posted: Mon Oct 05, 2020 2:10 pm
by Matthew Rogers
This will depend on the cause of the pain. In general, most of the time if we hurt ourselves we know what has caused it and the pain that we experience will resolve within a short period of time, usually less than 6 weeks. Sometimes once you have been living with pain for more than 6 weeks, the nervous system will become a little more sensitive to pain than it should be and this is referred to as ‘central sensitisation’ or ‘persistent pain’. If you are living with persistent pain, your pain nerves may trigger off a little easier than normal. In this case, the hurt you feel is not necessarily a sign of harm. You could think of this as a sensitive car alarm that goes off in error when someone walks past.

This can be unpleasant, but doesn’t necessarily mean that you are doing yourself any harm simply by moving and you should keep active if possible.

Persistent pain is very common and effects over 14 million people in the UK alone. It often does not respond to conventional medical interventions and needs a different kind of approach, but there are many things that you can do to manage your pain yourself with the support of your medical team, your family and loved-ones.

Keeping active, performing exercises and stretches can help, learning to pace your activities so that you don’t trigger a flare-up of your pain as well as setting goals and priorities are all very important and can help you to maintain a fulfilling lifestyle. Your GP might be able to refer you to a cognitive pain-management department near you that can teach you techniques that you can use to manage your symptoms yourself.

I know all this can sound a little scary, but there is hope and once you have found the right approach for you, I’m sure things will improve.