Five things you need during a flare up

There’s a moment before the real pain of a chronic condition kicks in that you think to yourself . . . oh no . . . Here it comes. Honestly, going through the pain of an endometriosis flare up is bad enough, but to know that this will repeat every few weeks is sometimes too much to bear. So what else can you do in these situations but try to make the best of it. Chronic pain is no joke, but I hope my suggestions make you feel a tiny bit brighter, as they do for me.

Hot water bottle. I tried this after seeing it on many endo blogs and thank you ladies! It honestly helps to take away the aching in my tummy and hip, and although I end up with red splotches all over my body, it’s so worth it for the comfort it brings. My hottie cover is fluffy too, and some how that cheers me up.

Hot drinks. I feel the need to be toasty and cosy when I’m having a flare up and hot drinks are brilliant for soothing. My go to is lemon and ginger with extra fresh ginger slices and lemon juice added. I’m sure it’s placebo effect, but it does perk me up.

You can’t really beat a good cuppa tea.

Someone to cuddle. Forgive me for being a bit sappy, but having someone else there, a partner, a friend, a sibling, a pet, a teddy bear, can really help to make you feel less lonely and that you’re not facing this challenge solo.

Entertainment. I find it so easy to wallow in my own self-pity when I’m in pain, so I need good distractions. I find comfort in digging out my old favourite movies, ones that I’ve seen scores of times before. Or picking out a new show on Netflix. Or reading if I’m ok to prop myself up. I must admit, I tend to distance myself a little bit from social media when I’m poorly, just because it can give me a bit of FOMO and envy. But it is lovely to connect with people and have a chat online.

Suitable food. I’ve touched on this before in my What to Eat When You’re Sick post, but as I’ve gained more experience of endo flare ups, the more crucial food has become. Indigestion can make the pain worse, as can just feeling too full or too much of the wrong kind of food. I’m sure it’s different for everyone, but I find soup the best for when I’m in the middle of the storm. It’s nutritious, filling but gentle on my insides.

What would you add to this list? I’m always willing to hear more tips to alleviate pain and grumpiness. Please leave your suggestions in the comments section below, or feel free to come say hi on Instagram @boowholefoods



25 thoughts on “Five things you need during a flare up

    • I’m so sorry you’re going through that, pain is never nice no matter what guise it comes in. That’s a very good point, we need to have good distractions to stop us fretting, I love movies and games 😄 Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment!

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  1. Love this post! I definitely relate to the hot water bottle advice, it’s the most helpful thing for me during a flare. I also find that over-eating makes the pain worse. 😦 I don’t have many other tips as you’ve covered so many — wishing you well and a short, easy flare up!

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  2. Back when I used to have flare-ups, my heating pad was my best friend! Especially once I got a cute cover for it on Etsy! 😂 It’s soft and fleecy and grey with yellow flowers. That, and my husband holding my hand while I waited for my pain meds to kick in. I read somewhere recently that a small scientific study noted that the touch of a loved one has pain-relieving qualities!

    I am grateful that I no longer have flares thanks to success excision surgery. But I remember what they were like and these are all great ideas to help get through a flare! 💛🎗

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    • Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a helpful comment. That’s really interesting about the touch of a loved one, my partner is so good at holding me close when I get upset with pain. I’m so glad to read you’ve come out of the other side of endo flare ups, it gives me strength to think that this might not last forever 😊

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  3. I have a different condition but one that also involves chronic pain and heat works well for me too. Last Christmas my husband bought me one of those microwavable bean-bags except this one is a bright pink, glittery, fluffy unicorn (from the kids’ department!) It’s the most ridiculous thing ever but it cheers me up just looking at it! 🙂


  4. I love a soak in the tub! In fact, I love it so much that I do it every night when my “work” day is over; even if I’ve already showered twice that day, it’s about the relaxation of the muscles and mind. Add a bath soap with an essential oil like lavender, or rosewater, and it’s a dream come true.

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  5. A pad of paper for writing or doodling, a colouring book, book with pictures, as you can tell I have a very short attention span when ill! Microwavable heat packs are good because they’re not as heavy. Mine is called Geoff (he’s a giraffe) so I only have to utter one syllable word to husband if needed in emergency!

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    • Great tips! Thank you for sharing them with me 😊 I love the idea of having a doodle pad nearby so you can get all your thoughts out onto paper. Unfortunately, I don’t have a microwave at the moment, but my boyfriend is getting very good at turning up with a hot water bottle magically 😄


  6. Hi Boo! Whenever I read your post my heart just sinks, I wish I could magically make your pain go away. I’m sending you my grandma’s home remedy for cramps.

    Please ask your physician if it’s okay to try this remedy.

    Do this only once a day 👇}
    First eat 6 – 8 raw (or) roasted almonds, then drink a cup of homemade freshly squeezed orange juice made with the following ingredients. Add water to dilute, add a pinch of turmeric, grate a small piece of ginger and just squeeze the juice, and lightly sweeten it with Manuka honey. The fat from the almonds and these medicinal ingredients in the orange juice have anti inflammatory qualities. It really helps soothe the pain.

    {If you want to sip something warm throughout the day 👇}

    Make green tea (instead of orange juice) with the above ingredients.
    {Don’t drink more than 2 cups of tea a day}
    You can also start drinking this 10 days ahead to minimize the flare ups.

    Hope these harmless natural remedies help alleviate your pain. Feel better 💐

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    • Thank you so much! I’m so sorry you’re dealing with this too, I hope you find plenty of support 😊 It varies between women, but there seems to be an agreement that too much dairy and sugar can exaggerate symptoms. Thank you for stopping by 😊

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  7. I am so sorry to hear you are dealing with pain. I was diagnosed with Stage 4 endo over 20 years ago, when we were actively trying to conceive a child. Unfortunately for me, we were unsuccessful. I find I deal with pain best when I am busy, I find ways to keep myself focused on ANYTHING other than my body. It doesn’t always work, of course, but I find if I don’t keep myself busy I end up overwhelmed by pain and hopelessness. I wish you all the best and hope that whatever way you find to deal with the pain and stress works for you.

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    • Thank you so much for your kind words. I know what you mean, keeping busy truly helps, which is why I find craft so useful. I’m distracted by what I’m making. Thank you for taking the time to leave such a thoughtful comment 😊


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