Having a bad flare is my reward for the festivities I’ve enjoyed this past week. I haven’t bounced back yet to my normal level of pain. I usually stay at a 5 ( in the 1-10 pain scale). I spent a day at 8 and then I’ve been dealing with a 7 for two days.
When you have a flare like this at home it’s a little easier to deal. At home, I stay in my pajamas all day and sleep in a quiet room. When you’re staying at someone else’s home, there’s a pressure to hide your pain levels and smile through it. I haven’t been totally successful at hiding my misery.
Having hips out of place has caused me to walk with a limp. Normally, my hips are a little out 24/7, and I can still walk straight. But, they’re worse now and the throbbing pain makes it impossible to hide. My swollen face is pretty noticeable, too.
When the flare is this bad, I try all these things to get relief:
- Pain-relieving gel – Can I rub this on every inch of my body?
- Tens-Unit – I’ve kept this cranked up all the time I’m awake and it knocks the pain down a little.
- Anti-inflammatories – Taking Advil isn’t recommended for my kidneys, but I have got to have some relief.
- Physical Therapy exercises – Trying to move my hips into the right place, but hasn’t helped the pain.
- Rest – Resting is good and helps me to not cause more inflammation.
- Heating Pad – I forgot to bring this….bad idea.
- Deep breathing – This helps when my heart is racing too often.
- Prayer – Asking God for relief, and help to endure the pain.
- Massage – Hubby has been good to rub down everything.
- Muscle-Relaxers – I would increase my dosage to full strength, if I was home. These make me very sleepy, so I’ve not taken a full dose while traveling.
What is your go-to plan for dealing with flares? On my next trip, I need to pack even more tools to help me through the severe pain of a flare. I’ve not been given any true pain-medication for my conditions, though I need them. In the present time, pain medication isn’t always easy to come by.
Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert. If you need medical assistance, please consult your personal physician.
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