When you are feeling low, depressed, pi$$ed off etc you're obviously not operating at your best. Add a dose of chronic pain and if can really turn a bad day worse. You start worrying if the pain's going to get worse, or ever going to stop, you tense up against the pain, trying to fight it.
When you're anxious or worried about the pain etc your body releases Adrenalin,as it's reply to what it thinks is a damage or a threat message entering the brain.
Adrenalin constricts some of the blood vessels near the skin's surface reducing the blood flow causing the skin temperature to frop (the cold clammy fear feeling) when you tense up you are also constricting the blood flow to that area. If this happened you're body is not being stimulated to release those Enhdorphins. In the longer term, you feel like crap, you don't feel like going out, you don't do half the stuff you used to because the pain is taking over your life. There is another more subtle problem that arises. Its called the Overactivity/ Underactivity Cycle. EXAMPLE...You're having a good day so you decide to do some gardening, decorating, engine re-building...whatever..and you manager to get a lot done. Seems good so far....the next 2 days you pay for it. The pain flares up, you're in agony. There's no way you could get up and do that again....You recover, the pain recedes, you have another good-ish day, so you decide to try doing a bit more, it might feel ok but you don't feel like doing as much.
Then you get another couple of bad days as a pay off. So after overdoing a few times, you gradually decide to not bother at all. Its not worth the agro!:">
Its a downward trend. Which can leave you doing less and less, til you end up sore and miserable. How do you get out of this ??...One of the tricks is called PACING. see next section.....
Don't forget to ask any questions you want but please remember I'm just getting the hang of it myself
Ay! I agree with on the way that these flare ups happen. They are extremely painful but the slightest bit of humour, in magazines or something, is responded to by hearty laughing - felt a bit self conscious when waiting in the docs surgery for painkillers as everyone there is so miserable and must be thinking 'What is his problem, then?'
Keep up the struggle, brothers and sisters ....