I am fibro flaring bad. I have severe allodynia pain on my back right now. I have a wicked migraine. And my fibromyalgia decided to join in with a massive Flare up. No reason at all for it, just a pain on pain flare. What are the types of Flares we have? I will tell you.
The ‘why did I even do that’ Flare
You know this Flare. You maybe were doing something innocuous as household chores or lawn work. And then… why not to More. You feel fine, am I right? So you push on and hell yeah stuff gets done! Bravo! You feel productive and it is great you got way more done than usual. You painted the whole house in a Day! But you are very sore. Your muscles are weak and hurt in so many places. And the next day? Everywhere hurts so much. And for the next week… pain.
The ‘I slept too long’ Flare
You know you haven’t had any good sleep all week long. And maybe you work so you couldn’t get a good nights rest. And that insomnia is dragging you down with epic fatigue levels. So on the weekend you crash and you sleep 12 hours. But when you get up you hurt in your knees, your hips, your shoulders, you lower back… it is the you were laying down too long Flare.
It is the ‘what did I even Do’ fibromyalgia Flare
You did nothing. The weather didn’t change. You slept normally. Nothing out of the ordinary. Maybe Saturn is in Retrograde. Who knows. But you have a Flare. Maybe for days and days. But who knows the cause. Maybe stress? Maybe you have a cold? We can never know on this one. It is a mystery Flare.
The ‘weather’ Flare
Studies have shown it isn’t the weather but we know it is the weather Flare. Storm rolls in and you feel it.
The ‘Flare Flare’
This is when all comorbid pain hits you at once. So you have a migraine, a fibromyalgia flare and severe allodynia flaring from FM all at the same time. That is my Flare right now. It is the pain on pain Flare. Could be any comorbid pain condition suddenly getting worse at the precise time you are suddenly Flaring with the FM.
It is the ‘I did it because I wanted to damn well do it’ Flare
This Flare is one we know is coming. We want to do something whether it is go on vacation or bowling or whatever it is you Want to do and Know it will cause a Flare, but you damn well want to do it. Often we do such things on days we know there will be recovery time. We plan these Flares. We are willing to suffer the consequences for the thing we want to do.
It is the ‘I got really stressed’ Flare
This one happens at the worst time. You are in a really stressful situation, stressful time in your life… stuff is happening you have to deal with. Things are difficult to handle. And Bam Flare added to all that stress. Also happens with emotional stress.
What flare happens to you often?