What Causes Your Spondy Flare Ups?

A spondy flare up is not a term you will find in any dictionary. To be honest, I don’t even know if doctors or medical professionals would know what it is.

I use the term flare up to describe those times after certain activities, exercises, or hobbies that causes horrible spondylolisthesis or spondylolysis pain.

The flare up may be accompanied by shooting pains, stabbing pains, numbness, or the inability to move around without significant discomfort.

I used to get them all of the time. I had no idea what caused them or how to get rid of them.  Sometimes the pain would be mild causing me to have a slight limp other times the pain would be so bad I could not move out of bed on my own.

I finally discovered that long periods of inactivity were one of the main culprits. I did this by keeping a journal and taking notes of my daily activities and following up with the previous day when I had these pains. I was soon able to locate the culprit and cutting down on my inactivity has significantly reduced my flare ups.

I would guess that at the beginning of my diagnosis I would have one to two flare ups a month (sometimes lasting weeks at a time). I can now say that I have not had one for more than a year.  Discovering the causes and improving my movement has limited these flares up to a very mild discomfort to nothing at all.

But just because I have discovered that inactivity is my culprit does not mean it is your culprit as well.

It could be the sport you love, the activities you enjoy, your job, your lack of movement, physical weaknesses, etc.  To find out what might be contributing to your flare ups YOU need to take action and figure it out.

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Activities that require a ton of flexing at the spine such as gardening may be leading to your flare ups.

I wrote a two part blog article a while back titled “Understanding the Spondy Flare Ups” and I encourage you to go back, take a look at those articles and take action!

I provide a simple 3 step process for you to follow to help locate possible culprits of your spondy flare ups.  This process might just put you on the right track to reducing your flare ups just like it did mine.

If you have discovered what some of the causes are of your spondylolisthesis or spondylolysis flare ups we would love to hear about them.  Please use the comment section below to tell your story! Sharing your story may just help someone else in their spondy battle. 

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  1. Luc
    7 months ago

    I was diagnosed with a spondylolisthesis when I was 22 and now am 40. I have had flare ups before but nothing to serious. I’ve been waking up with pain every morning for the last 8 months now and on most days, pain subsides as the day progresses. Is it possible to have an 8 month flare up?


    • SpondyInfo
      7 months ago

      Hi Luc. It is possible that your body has gone through compensations over time that have lead to increased pain and discomfort in the area of your spondy. There are various reasons for this. Your body could be trying to avoid certain positions because of the pain that is involved with these positions, age is always a factor as we simply tend to move less as we age. This can lead to tightnesses and weaknesses in areas that were once stronger.

      So technically, yes it is possible for inflammation to occur for this long. My recommendation would be to think about any changes you have gone through over the years. Are you sitting more? Exercising less? Have you gained weight? Questions such as these will help you to narrow down possible causes. You can then seek out a medical professional to help you address your current state of movement and pinpoint areas that may need some work. This link explains more on this topic:http://spondyinfo.com/how-poor-movement-can-affect-your-spondy-and-how-to-fix-it/

      I hope this helps!


  2. Luc
    7 months ago

    Thanks for your help. This site is great and I’ll be sharing it with the people that have been trying to help me.


    • SpondyInfo
      7 months ago

      No problem Luc. Thanks so much!

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