I think anyone who has surgery or people that have had spinal problems know that there are times when things feel much worse. Those are the flare ups! Not a full bore spinal attack, but just enough to make you feel very uncomfortable, drive that pain level up a notch or so.
Flareups are no mystery. I believe that most people can almost pin point to the time / event that caused it.
So when it does happen what can you do BEFORE needing to call your doctor!
For me, its moist warm heat and just laying low for a couple of days. Try to avoid alot of bending or twisting. The hardest thing for me to handle is trying to avoid the computer work. Since that is my work, even with a flare up, I still need to spend time on the computer. Given that, I have to take breaks every 30 minutes or so and use warm ricepads or other heating pad type items on my neck, thoracic and lumbar area.
I bet everyone has their own special remedy
Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences