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Tips to Manage a Flare Up of Pain

If you have chronic pain in any area of your body, you will often experience moments where your pain is not too bad or too noticeable, as well as sudden and maybe even very intense flare ups of pain. These sudden bursts of pain can come up spontaneously and for seemingly no reason, or they can appear as the result of a sudden movement or other type of unfortunate accident.

If you are someone who deals with any kind of physical chronic pain anywhere on the body, you will of course want to do what you can to start getting effective treatment techniques that can gradually reduce the pain and improve your overall quality of life. However, many of these treatment techniques take time to really kick in and be as effective as they possibly can be, especially when a patient's chronic pain has been ongoing for a very long time. As a result, while you wait for the benefits of certain treatment plans and lifestyle habit changes to start kicking in, you will really want to learn how to control and get past sudden bursts of pain whenever they appear or occur. This way, even if you are caught off guard, you will be much more prepared in these situations and you will better be able to know what to do. Here are some great tricks that I learned from a very helpful article post by Spine Health.

One of the most effective ways to deal with a sudden burst of pain while it is happening in the moment is to use powerful imagery to help you get some distance and perspective on the problem. Many patients with chronic physical pain find that it helps them to remember a time before their chronic pain started, when they weren't in any kind of physical pain at all.

Simply allow yourself to immerse yourself in this memory, and your body may follow your mind in this way. You can also try distracting your mind from the current issue at hand by doing something as seemingly simple and mundane as counting things. If you are in a hospital room, for example, look up at the ceiling and count the amount of panels that you see. You can also count the amount of people that walk by your door, for instance. As silly as this may sound, it will more than likely take your mind off of what your body is experiencing. 

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