Flare Management

A flare is a period where your symptoms worsen and you may also have more pain. Whether it’s relatively short-lived or more severe, disrupting your day to day life, a flare can be frustrating, upsetting and painful.

Increases in joint pain, swelling, fatigue and stress can be hard to live with. There are some general strategies for coping with flares that may help listed below.

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  • Make sure you get enough rest and take it easy

  • Try to get enough sleep

  • Gentle exercise may help to ease pain and lift your mood, but only what you feel up to

  • Try yoga or meditation, many people find relaxation techniques help to manage their pain

  • Don’t be afraid to use an aid if you need it. A walking stick might help tremendously

  • Warm baths or showers can help, especially in the morning

  • Try heat and cool packs

  • Make sure that you're taking your medications at the right time and the right dose

  • TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulators) machines may help some people to reduce their pain

  • Speak up – let the people around you know that you're not feeling your best, you don’t have to suffer in silence

Sometimes, simple self-management techniques and a few days rest are enough, and you don’t need additional treatment. If you are having regular flare ups or your symptoms get worse, it’s best to speak to your doctor.

Many hospitals have helplines you can call for advice if you are experiencing a flare. If you are having regular flare ups or your symptoms get worse, it’s best to speak to your doctor.