Hoping you may be able to help a confused newby.
Throughout most of last year I was getting sharp stabbing pains. Always in the same place (along my c-scar where I figure the nerves are also damaged) and lasting only seconds, but strong enough to take my breath away. This started shortley after what turned out to be my first major relapse (although I had had a few odd things hapening before) and which was dx as TM. They followed a distinct pattern, starting with a few a day and building up to around 30 in a day and then droppping away until they stopped. This would last for about 2 weeks and then I’d get about 2 weeks respite before it all started again. I did think it might be following my cycle, but as I don’t have a cycle as such due to a mirena coil I couldn’t prove this out. The pains finally stopped at the back end of the year and I hoped that was the last of them.
They started up again with avengance last week. Again starting with a couple a day, but very rapidly climbing into the mid twenties. They are also longer lasting than they were. I emailed my MS nurse who said that unless the symptom was constant then it was a flair due to stress/infection etc rather than a relapse. I’m confused. Surely the very nature of a stabbing pain is that they are not constant?
I’ve only been dx 5 weeks so I’m still new to all the terminology. How do I tell the difference between a relapse and a flair?