You have a “boom and bust” activity pattern if you squeeze more activity into a short period of time on the days you feel better, and then require an extended recovery period.
This is a common problem for people with chronic illness. Boom and bust activity patterns tend to result in a “negative spiral” which over time can make you feel more fatigued or increased pain for a given level of activity. Addressing boom and bust is an important part of rehabilitation and involves learning how to manage your activity levels by taking regular short breaks –and having realistic activity expectations.
Support team Notes: Show your support by both encouraging activity and rest periods. Support team members should understand the hazards of the “boom and bust” cycle and recognize current activity expectations are different the pre-FND activity.