I’ve got a lot of problems with this term: flare-up. I previously realized that I had problems with this term when my therapist/coach/advisor-person told me that sometimes lymphedema can “flare-up.” I pressed her constantly about “what causes flare-ups.” She rattled off lots of things that causes flare-ups many of which I’ve talked about here… lots of fine line walking (i.e. exercise but not too much, elevation but not too much, compression but not too much, food but not too much - salt, sugar, whatever).
All of this to say that “flare-ups” are a nice way of saying “I don’t know, you figure it out.” Much like “primary” is a way of saying “I don’t know, it’s too hard to tell.”
Flare-ups, whatever causes them, suck. As patients we learn the strategies: bandaging, elevation, rest, diet, exercise, MLD (or whatever system you use for it), etc. etc. It’s the flare-up that causes me to go back to bandaging that sends me ranting. This should be avoidable… but I guess that’s why it’s called a “flare-up.”