Chronic pain can seem uncontrollable and unpredictable. You are having a string of great days when- wham! – A flare-up rears its ugly head. Just when you thought the pain was well managed, you’re knocked off your feet. The intense pain of a flare-up is an unfortunate and unwelcome player in most chronic pain conditions. Flare-ups are frustrating, debilitating, and damaging. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to end a flare-up sooner and take control of your pain.