When you have chronic pain, flare-ups of your pain can become increasingly traumatic.
It's not unusual to have stressful negative thoughts like; “my pain will never end! I cannot believe this is happening again! Oh no, what am I going to do!”
What usually follows these thoughts are negative emotions like anxiety and anger, frustration, and fear. While this reaction is understandable, it tends to make the flare-up more stressful, adding to your pain both physically and emotionally in the process.
To avoid this, plan for flare ups - both physical and emotional. Be prepared for what you are going to do to help yourself. This will change your thoughts and feelings in this moment in a way that will be more helpful to you and less stressful.
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