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Don’t take back pain lying down — how rest can make ‘flares’ worse

Lauren Finestone

A study confirms that even small changes in your daily habits, like how long you sleep and how active you are, can make a difference to whether you have a pain flare-up or not.

People with long-term back pain often have pain ‘flares’ — times when their pain gets worse and they can't do as much.  Studies have looked at how things like stress, depression and how much someone moves might make flares worse. But those studies mostly relied on peoples’ subjective self-reports. Just asking people how bad their pain is may not be as accurate as measuring it objectively.  A recent study used o...

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Published 15 April, 2023