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What Do You Do When You Flare?

Flares are unpredictable and often seem unmanageable.

To help people who feel they are out of options, we are asking..

What do you do when you flare? What puts out or dampens the fiery pain you feel?

Community Answers
  • Auldyn Matthews-McGee moderator
    2 months ago

    My husband is the one who has AS, and there are a few things. If his flare up is due to a severe shift in weather, it’s a bit of a “wait and see.”

    Other than that, he tries to make sure it’s not stress-related, and if it is, address the stress somehow. My insurance covers parts of massages, so that’s been a big help for him when stressed is involved.

    I know there’s a fine balance between just enough movement and too much, but if he stays in bed, it’ll usually get worse. Small walks are the best bet for him.

  • Jed Finley moderator author
    2 months ago

    Auldyn, Thanks so much for sharing your husban’s story.
    I’m doing the same with the stress and have focused on it as my main treatment plan right now. It kinda falls into the theme of my first article “What Did I Do To Deserve This?” I want to make sure my thoughts and feelings weren’t contributing to my pain. So far my regiment of heart health and mindfulness seems to be working!

  • chuzzy
    2 months ago

    I sometimes use ice and sometimes heat, whichever helps the most. I sometimes walk and move and sometimes just lay or relax with ice/heat. There seems to not be any one thing that works for all flare ups.

  • Jed Finley moderator author
    2 months ago

    Thanks for sharing. As I alway love to point out, treatment is a bit of a moving target. You gotta keep adapting. Hopefully something works and it’s easy to find.

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