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Dec 13, 2015 6:34 AM

Can you define flare up.i was diagnosed 10 moths ago after a stressful and punishing house move. I went full pace for 12 weeks and stopped dead everything hurt and fatigue pealed me back to work and sleep
Last 10 moths have been variations on the theme.
Is the flare up the last ten months or the days I suffer if I over do it ?

Dec 13, 2015 8:36 AM

It depends. Some people flare for a day, a half day, a few days, weeks, etc. It is the period of time that your symptoms are much worse and you feel like you can't function. For me it usually lasts a day or two. But before I learned how to manage my fibromyalgia better it was constant or weekly.

Dec 13, 2015 8:39 AM

Have to say it is pretty much constant but sometimes way worse so I guess 10 moths is the flare up with additional solar events

Dec 13, 2015 8:45 AM

Aunty- are you on any mess?

Dec 13, 2015 8:45 AM

That was supposed to be "Meds" lol!

Dec 13, 2015 8:47 AM

Lyrica morning and night panadol 3 to 4 times a day. Trammel for break trough pain and Valium for when it is all so locked up I can't sleep.

Dec 13, 2015 8:48 AM

Which I should get out of bed and take as it is nearly 1 am

Dec 13, 2015 8:49 AM

Mess was appropriate anyway

Dec 13, 2015 1:17 PM

You need to pace better maybe? Pacing means different things for different people. It means rest when you are doing or going and your pain gets worse. For example I used to clean foe two hours straight. Now I break the tasks up and rest on my couch with heating pad for 15 mins in between, usually every 30-45 mins.

Dec 13, 2015 1:18 PM

Another pacing idea is no to overbook yourself. When I work all day I know I spent most of my spoons, so I need to maybe cook an easy meal when I get home and that's it.

Dec 13, 2015 4:26 PM

OMG I find pacing sooo hard. I work every day but finish by 3. I work from home and if I don't do something like yard work or washing I think the lazy police will come and get me ! If I stop I just sleep for 3 hours and then can't sleep at night. Grrrrrr I need to write it on the back of my hand PACING

Dec 13, 2015 5:34 PM

In my experience, overdoing it burns you out. A flare up, on the other hand, doesn't need an instigator. It comes out of nowhere and, unlike burning yourself out, last months on end.
I've done too much and felt shitty for days, but gotten past that. With a flare up, there's not enough rest, there's not enough sleep, there's no escaping the crippling pain or the debilitating fatigue.
Burn outs pass with control, with pacing, with sensible planning. Flare ups are uncontrollable and unmanageable

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