HOW TO MANAGE AND MINIMIZE PAIN FLARE-UPS
Pain flare-ups happen. You can learn to reduce the chance of a flare-up and, if one happens, to minimize the pain. By planning ahead, you can better understand how to avoid pain flare-ups and to manage the pain when a flare-up happens.
HOW A PLAN CAN HELP WITH FLARE-UPS
With a flare-up plan, you can take control and have options ready to manage and minimize your pain. This plan will help you learn about your triggers and includes suggestions for your own personal flare-up kit.
The Pain Flare-up video has four sections:
- What can cause or trigger a flare-up?
- What to do when you are having a flare-up?
- How to avoid or minimize a flare-up?
- How to create a flare-up kit
This handout highlights key points of the video. After you have watched the video, find suggestions for building your own pain flare-up kit on page two of this handout and decide what to include. Set aside time to write down what works for you before a flare-up happens on page three. During a flare-up, write down the details on page four to help you understand the causes. Share these goals with your healthcare team.