FFS, I promised myself that I would never post on an internet help forum on Christmas Day. Anyway, what the hell is it that causes such awful f***ing pain flares over the Christmas period? I remember the same thing happening to me over Christmas 2014 when I had a flare on Christmas Day and Boxing Day that was probably the worse my pain ever was. As soon as Christmas past it seemed to settle down and I had a good few months of just low back burner niggling. Last Christmas I didn't have any issues with pain at all but this Christmas and wham the bugger has landed with with avengence. I think the background to this started about 3 weeks ago. I haven't worked for a number of reasons for a couple of years now and I decided to do a temporary Christmas job just in the run up to Christmas. My back pain (and IBS, chest discomfort and dizzy feeling) all started to ramp up slightly in the days preceding the start of the job. I started the job and was actually enjoying it (that was my belief on a conscious level anyway) but the job was far more physical than I had thought and this was just too painful for my back. I had to wrap the job after a couple of days and this affected me quite badly as I felt I had let my family down and also concerned me as to what sort of jobs I would be able to carry out in the future. The pain flare subsided somewhat but the back burner level was slightly higher than normal but in the few days in the run up to today I could feel it intensified...lo and behold Christmas Eve and even more so today I have experienced another large pain flare, I'm not hopeful I'm going to be waking up,with it any the better tomorrow. It is all so bizzarre....as people on here may be aware I do have a neuroma which may be causing me pain or may be purely incidental (it's not grown in 3 years) but how the hell does a structural issue know that it's Christmas Day and decides to kick up the pain levels, surely if you have a structural issue the pain levels should be relatively stable given that the causation wouldn't be changing. It just doesn't make sense that certain periods of the years should effect anything in that way. It is strange as on a conscious level I can't see why Christmas should be a problem for me but for this to happen 2 times in the last 3 years seems incredibly coincidental. I do tend to think about the loss of my mother of Christmas and I've also noticed I've been having very lucid and quite strange dreams over the last few weeks...I've actually noticed a pattern that these lucid dreams do seem to happen around the times of these ramped up pain flares. Anyway, thanks for taking the time and read and any thoughts or comments will be great fully accepted.