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yvonne7495

  2 months ago

How much to Bite Off?

About a week ago I took on the clearing of some dense brambles in our garden which amounted to about 3 hours of bending, pulling, cutting and ouch even with gloves on!! I can live with the scratches which sting a bit and Savlon can help but the exertion and extreme heat left me disabled for days. I think it is muscle tears or joint inflammation made worse by the sun or maybe eve nerve irritation. I cant pin it down to a sore place though it's more like a pain allmover my body and general stiffness of hands and feet. I was walking like a duck for a week. I took an aspirin, used Ibuprofen gel and rubbed magnesium oil into my arms, legs and feet but still had to leave washing up and anything like lifting to Paul. I just about kept up short walks for the dog but it felt like i had been hit by a train.
Normally i can do healthy walks of about 2-4 miles if weather permits but I cant cope with tugging, digging or anything with resistance. As a result of the weakness after i had a fall next day and bashed my knees, hands and strained my shoulders. I just suddenly lost muscle tone and down i went.
While i was doing the garden I felt reasonably comfortable and focussed on the task otherwise i wouldnt have done it but seems one can end up doing more than is actually acceptable to the body? Overdoing things seems common for me now but its odd that i dont feel it at the time. Clearing brambles isnt the kind of pursuit that gets adrenaline flowing so what was easing me through it it's hard to say?
In future i need to avoid biting off more than i can chew )o: I dont know exactly what my physical problem is,but it needs some caution.
Do you ever take on more than you can manage and suffer later?
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Mollygirl

  2 months ago
Story of my life, biting off more than I can chew. What an odd time of year to clear brambles, just as they're coming into fruit. Still, you won't be doing it again in a hurry, will you? I've done my fair share of 'killing myself slowly' gardening, and I dare say I'll end up doing it again at some point. Be careful of those scratches, check for infection, they're likely to have had faeces on them from birds, etc., and you don't want a nasty infection. Reply
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gljcleeve

  2 months ago
It sounds like you should have used my trick for such tasks, a sturdy, cordless "weedwhacker" (a powerful strimmer with a blade instead of cord) that I use normally and vertically.
But, as I've often discovered, hindsight is a wonderful thing as long as you remember for next time. LOL
I wish you a speedy recovery.
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rosemary-charles

  2 months ago
have you tried soaking in the bath hun. Detol is good for the scratches put a drop in as hot water as you can stand it works really well. Try some radox in a bath Reply
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H7551940

  2 months ago
not really, even though I am a chubb I give most things a go and as I have said before for such a chubb I have incredibly strong legs which see me cycle most days for miles and miles. Reply
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yvonne7495

  2 months ago
yes the injection was a turning point in my health but it is pointless asking GPs about this they are only treating life threatening things now Reply
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Chris563

  2 months ago
I used to but I don’t now as I just know that I can’t do some things any more. Reply
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trevjohn

  2 months ago
Speaking as a fellow committed bramble-hacker :) I suppose if you're shoving in enough proteins and chewing them _well_ ;), along with your carbs / sugars / gristle ( for joints :), and 3% fat..., then if your plumbing allows your heart to accomplish reasonable volume of blood-flow, things should take care of themselves... Time spent sitting or reclining in cyberspace or the gogglebox at length can be detrimental... However, one is supposed to ache when one pushes oneself. Your reaction to that friggin' injection was the significant spanner in your works, and for goodness knows how much longer.
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Btw, regarding blackberries as first-course accompaniments, I have concluded they're less than ideal. In fact they shine as dessert material and as such warrant order-reversal to ensure the benefits :).
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Meryl10

  2 months ago
All the time, but needs must. Reply
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Cuss

  2 months ago
If you want something done properly you have to either do it yourself or stand over someone with a whip. Reply
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spartan3002

  2 months ago
Certainly not , overdoing it is no good for you , as you've found .
If in doubt , get someone else to do it !
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