A Fibromyalgia Flare (or flare-up) is a temporary increase in the number and/or intensity of symptoms. Worsening pain and fatigue are generally the first two symptoms noticed in a Fibromyalgia Flare. But other symptoms like poor sleep, increased cognitive dysfunction and digestive disturbances are often experienced as well.
Some Fibromyalgia Flare only last for a day or two but others may continue for several weeks or even months. It’s those long flares that are the hardest to deal with because it feels like they will never end. When you start to feel discouraged in the midst of a long flare, it’s important to remind yourself that flares are temporary.