Since I’ve been in this pain flare, I’ve had to increase the amount of time when I’m resting.  For a few days, resting was helpful and lowering my pain levels.  Yesterday and today, the pain levels have increased and more of my body is aching.

Whether the increase in pain may be caused by weather changes or just is following the course of my flare, I don’t know.  But, I do know that a long-term flare is mentally exhausting.  Cabin-fever sets in, because I haven’t left the house in so long!   When you’re having a hard time getting a shower, frustration sets in.


Doctors don’t tell you much to do in these times, except to pace yourself and rest.  I try to pace myself, but too often fall into the cycle of over-doing and more pain.  This vicious cycle is one that we should all avoid, but how exactly can it be prevented?

Studying online, I found a pain-management site that discusses this very problem.  Their solution is to have an Action Plan and to set goals.  This makes very good sense to me, and so I wanted to share.  Setting action plans and goals should help to bring a balance to activity when living with pain.  I really need a balance, don’t you?


They recommend a SMART Goal: S- Specific and enjoyable   M- measurable  A- Achievable  R-Realistic   T-Time bound (set length of time).  There is a print-out available so that we can plan our SMART Goals.  I am going to try this and see if it helps.  I’m the type of person that does better with written plans, because they seem more real to me. (

There is much more good information on this site, if you’re interested.  Do you have a special way to find balance between activity and extra pain?

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert.  All posts are my opinion, only.  If you have a medical need, please consult your personal physician.

@2017, copyright Lisa Ehrman

Being SMART During a Pain Flare

2 thoughts on “Being SMART During a Pain Flare

  • January 29, 2017 at 2:26 am

    I am and will be thinking about you during this time. I do find that physical pain is exhausting physically and mentally. Every area of my life is effected(affected-never can remember which one to use) by physical pain, emotionally, spiritually, which can trigger more if I allow it.
    Thanks for these resources. I will certainly look at them.
    I pray for you to feel relief sooner than later.

    • January 29, 2017 at 10:39 am

      Thank you for the thoughts and prayer, Christy. You’re right about the results of physical pain, and I’m sorry that you go through it, too. I hope that, the long-term use of proper pacing, will help us both. Thanks for sharing 🙂


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