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It is a normal part of living with long term pain to have occasions when the pain flares up or worsens. Sometimes it is because there are particular goals you want to achieve, exceptional circumstances or important life events. Sometimes there is no obvious reason.
People tell us how frightening it can be when they have a “flare up”. This is a time when, perhaps like you, they say:
“Maybe something has been missed”
“I knew there was something wrong”
“I need to get this sorted”
However, most recurring episodes of pain are not caused by serious damage, and will normally improve over time. You can record your flare ups and pain levels on the ‘My Pain’ tracker in the ‘Take Action’ section of the patient online platform, available for patients registered with the pain service and accessible through the Pain Service website. You can also do this yourself by setting goals on paper (see the section on ‘Goal Setting’).
This factsheet from the team at Somerset Community Pain Management Service will give you advice and information on how to deal with a flare up and what other people have found useful.
For registered users
How do I register?
If you have been referred to the Somerset Community Pain Management Service and have received your first appointment letter, you will have been given access to Patients Online at the same time and told how to register. You can do this at Register, below.
If you've received your first appointment letter but are unable to register on the platform, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register for our Patients online service
Get information, take action and be supported
Join our online community of other people managing pain with the Somerset Community Pain Management Service