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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.
1 Beech Road
Tel: 01252 835016
Tel: 01252 317551
159 Frimley Road
Tel: 01276 20101
73 Cumberland Road
Tel: 01276 64758
All Saints House
All Saints Road
Tel: 01276 538600
Website: Park Road and Old Dean Surgery
Tel: 01276 29119
Tel: 01276 476333
143 Park Road
Tel: 01276 670056
Tel: 01276 62622
37 Upper Gordon Road
Tel: 01276 459040
Your clinician may decide you need some physiotherapy after your session with our service.
NHS physiotherapy is currently being provided by Ascenti Physiotherapy. They will contact you directly if physiotherapy is required. Their telephone number is 0330 678 0850 or email firstname.lastname@example.org