The last month or so I have been really achey, especially in the mornings. I always have a bit of an achey back but I have pain in the muscles on my arms and shoulders and my legs, I didn't really have this before and my work is no more strenuous than it always has been.
Does anyone else have this? Any ideas what could be causing it? I'd like to think that it's not the onset of old age as i'm 34.
Andy its the start of old age old age i feel like that most of the time now what with arthritic knee and bad back i still try and do the same amount of work as i did when i was your age and i go home bugged on a night i think i will have to employ a strong fit youth to do the donkey work. but as others have said the right mattress is a godsend
We assume(and hope!) that the problem isnt medical.
We are all different and our bodies will age differently. 34 isnt that 'old', but it is at about that age that footballers, rugby players etc go down hill fast. That's not to say that you will do the same, but it could be the start of a (very) gradual process and a warning that you can not 'get stuck in' as you did in your 20's and need to be a bit more aware of the dreaded 'health and safety' issues eg lifting, working hours, rest times etc. Brain as well as brawn.
I have another 30 years on you Andy and still work a full week, carrying out all operations associated with hard soft/landscaping and maintenance. It was at about your age that I got in a pair of young and eager hands to share the load. In that time we have had many lads(and a few girls) who have been given a foot on the employment ladder, a year or two's graft, early starts, some great laughs and all have gone on to a full working life. Everyone's a winner!
Andy, after the Doctor, give the Osteopath a try! I was very sceptical about it, but an appointment was made for me by my better half who was fed up with me moaning (for years) about shoulder pain. Three sessions later and my shoulder is fine!
Not only mattresses but correct pillows are important, strangely.
I started getting numb arms as soon as I got to bed after buying new pillows. A chance encounter with a passing doctor, admiring my work (!) revealed that you need pillows of the same thickness as the distance between your face and the bed, when lying on your side (when the pillows are normally compressed). Mine were too thick. Back to the old ones and now no problems.
I am 58, I don't landscape as such, it's all maintenance with me. I find vitamin C tabs every morning, are a BIG help, increasing energy levels very noticeably.
I have a stiff back frequently, I take Neurofen which targets muscular pain if I know I'm in for a heavy day. Always got some in the truck.
I would suggest a doctors check up might be in order, or an Osteopath ??
Hi Andy, as you said i think weight/ healthy diet is a big contributing factor. I struggle with drink and bad food so i have a naturally tall skinny body with a huge beer gut and get worn out easily.
Last year i cut a field in the spring with a scag when i was 16.5 stone and was full of aches an pains when i'd finished. I cut it again in the autumn after a summer of dieting weighing 14 stone and the difference was astonishing, i felt fine. The results of the diet were plain to see on this particular task as the work was exactly the same on both occasions.
I'm weighing in at 14.5 stone now and still struggling with the beer and kebabs.
I also think Diet is really important, not just how much you eat, but what you eat. and it may mean that you are intolerant to something you're eating. - Intolerance is different to allergy as it doesn't show up immediately.
I have an intolerance to sugar, - which makes it difficult to eat anything that resembles ready made, - if I have a few days of eating out, - even if it's a pizza, a pub meal and sandwiches on the go, let alone even the smallest bit of cake - I ache a lot more than if I eat extra fruit and veg and home cooked meals.
Could be Weils Disease but you'd probably be seriously ill by now. However, it could also be a closely related organism, Lyme disease which you can catch from tick bites.
The symptoms are non-specific but include the ones you describe.
See the Doc, say you work outdoors and ask for an ELISA blood test for Borelliosis.