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OK were all supermen I know, but reckon its time to share what aches and pains we all get from pounding our bodies day in day out doing what we do, and what we do to help get us get through the next day. I myself have developed tennis elbow (both elbows) from the whippy over the last couple of years and now wear a brace while working to help. I know that using a harness will help but just find the bullbars on the whippys to awkward to use and mucking around with straps at every job is just to time consuming so just stick to the loop handle. Any good work practises anyone can suggest that I may be over looking :?: .
Posted 12 December 2013 - 08:04 PM

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Too many war wounds to mention over the years... my own fault of course. Worked too hard, didn't look after my health in the early years. You got tennis elbow, I got the opposite Golfers Elbow, on both arms, never even heard of it before I got it. throw in a nice hernia and a trip to the hospital for good measure :mrgreen: plus a few other things. I made all the mistakes... hopefully I've learnt from at least some of them!!
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If I start feeling sore, on a big slashing job or something, I'l take 5 every 30-40 minutes and stretch a bit, hang from a tree branch to stretch out. I try to keep the potassium up to prevent cramps, banana for brekky or smoke o is good. Tomatoes, parsley, celery, coconut water, all have good electrolytes to help your muscles work properly, having said that I'l go a gatorade over celery sticks and coconut water any day. I think regular exercise, a good diet and listening to your body is really to best way to go, I train when I can and keep pretty fit and that makes a world of difference on even the toughest jobs. Your body is the most valuable machine you have and it needs looking after just like every other tool we use.
Posted 18 December 2013 - 08:57 AM

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Magnesium oil in a spray bottle is good for aching muscles
Posted 28 December 2015 - 07:32 PM

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Sangroper - get a lighter whippy.

 

Chris - Spot on mate, stretch and sip (hydrate in new-speak) Do a bit of a regular workout and find a good chiropractor.

 

Smashed my elbow years ago on a bike prang so wouldn't know tennis elbow if it bit me, but watch out for "tennis leg"

Usually hits blokes late 40's when the muscles start to calcify. There is a rotator muscle in the calf (from the achilles) that we are prone to snap due to our work hardened muscles. Stretching might help, but I've snapped both mine so wouldn't know. You'd swear someone teed off with a # 1 wood right into the back of your leg with a golf ball. There's a "crack" and you are in a lot of pain struggling to walk for the next 3 days. Takes about a month before you walk reasonably smoothly again.

 

When doing a fair bit of heavy lifting wear a decent gut belt (wide leather belt) and lift properly. Like Steve, I'm on the 3rd hernia (left, right and now umbilical from coughing with pnumonia of all things )

 

 Cramps and aches - vitamin tablet every day, thick vegemite on toast for brekkie (salt and vitamin B) Fruit saline for after work to rehydrate and replace salt.

 

Good leather boots and thick socks to keep away fungal problems and sprained ankles.

 

Wear decent sun protection and get the cancers burnt off each winter.

 

Even with the best hearing protection you will get some hearing loss, but use the best earplugs you can get. 

 

We are at risk of Kidney stones from being dehydrated a lot - bloody painful as. Doc reckons worse than childbirth.

I was stubborn and wouldn't go for surgery. (Wollongong hospital you come out worse than you go in). After 3 days I shifted the stones by drinking pint mugs of straight lemon juice to dissolve them and jarred them along by jumping hard off the verandah onto concrete. (it works - better than surgery)

 

3x lots of broken ribs, smashed ankle, chainsawed thumb, concussions = just dumb mistakes. 

5 minutes thought is better than 5 hours stuff up or 5 weeks off work injured.


Posted 28 December 2015 - 08:25 PM

"Can't" is a dirty 4 letter word.
If someone says "Can't" , take the "T" off the end and brew in boiling water.
Sip on your 'T, relax, and take a look at what you've got left to work with.


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Right elbow, always hurts.


Posted 29 December 2015 - 06:49 AM

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Forgot the really good tip ----

 

Petrol to neutralize wasp venom + bee venom.

 

I'm sure we've all been hit by those bloody paper wasps with nests under big leaves or garden furniture. I carry a can of surface spray now as war has been declared.

 

Dad was a bushman and showed me as a kid how to use petrol to neutralize the venom - stops the stinging, swelling and later itching (as it heals).

I've been hit with multiple stings on quite a few occasions and it really works like magic. Even use the same method on my own sons.

 

Grab a rag or tissue or anything that will soak up a bit of petrol (i've even used dry grass clippings) and soak it with petrol - 2 stroke seems to work slightly better. Just keep the sting site wet with petrol for about 5 minutes. 

The sting will ease almost immediately, but keep it wet for 5 minutes to neutralise all the venom and stop the swollen lump of hard flesh that results from a sting.

The most critical thing is time - the sooner you apply the petrol the more venom it neutralises. After 3 minutes - forget it = too late - the venom has done it's job at spreading and paralysing flesh.

If done right, the only effect you will get is a hole where the sting went in that gets weepy in about a weeks time, but this happens even if you don't use the petrol.

 

A cup of petrol splashed on a wasp nest will instantly kill the mongrels too. They fall to the ground, wiggle twice, and are dead in seconds.


Posted 29 December 2015 - 11:53 AM

"Can't" is a dirty 4 letter word.
If someone says "Can't" , take the "T" off the end and brew in boiling water.
Sip on your 'T, relax, and take a look at what you've got left to work with.


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Forgot the really good tip ----
 
Petrol to neutralize wasp venom + bee venom.
 
I'm sure we've all been hit by those bloody paper wasps with nests under big leaves or garden furniture. I carry a can of surface spray now as war has been declared.
 
Dad was a bushman and showed me as a kid how to use petrol to neutralize...


Yeh well, live long enough outside the gazebo and discovery of solutions to biological hazards build a veritable wardrobe of fixes, definitely so in the tropics.
Metho and a quick fire, swamped with a wet towel, fixes the injected stings of plants.
Pretty much a good dose of metho followed by an icepack fixes many stings, except bee sting.
For that you need a good sharp knife and grit ;)
As to the topic..aches and pains?
I started "work" ar age 12.. got my first PAYE pay at age 16.
Factored down the number of Australians today who will suffer the conditions discussed here will diminish by tens of thousands. FFS, we have battery powered hedge trimmers now available..!
A major hernia at age 47 is not in the horizion of today's feild working Australian. Unless cost cutting and "thick as a brick" are the business principles applied?

Enjoying the new green of a Xmas wet an' wishing all a long mulching season ahead ;)
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I have tennis elbow also carpel tunnel in my hands all from 20 years contracting. Guy's be wary if you notice a small lump on your eye. It's called a peterygium, it's associated with dust and uv. I had one removed 8 mths ago it was the most painfull thing I've ever experienced also 8 weeks off work. Now another one is starting in the other eye, could take 7 years to grow enough to need surgery. The eye surgeon tells me that folk in our industry are prone to it given the conditions we face daily. Just thought it was worth a mention, the chances are you will never have an issue, but we all are at higher risk.

Cheers


Posted 27 February 2016 - 09:29 AM

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Try magnesium tablets for the Carpal tunnel if i forget to have them for a few days i can feel my hands getting worse


Posted 27 February 2016 - 10:19 AM

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Added a new one this week - Sciatic nerve / Sciatica

Aggrivated by walking....... :roll:  great !

 

Went into shock today with combination of heat and pain - blacked out, would have chundered if not for an empty gut.

 

Chiro booking for monday at earliest (but he's bloody good) so hanging in till then.

Beer helps....... especially mixed with pain killers.

 

Ah........ the joys of being a grassie 


Posted 02 March 2016 - 07:21 PM

"Can't" is a dirty 4 letter word.
If someone says "Can't" , take the "T" off the end and brew in boiling water.
Sip on your 'T, relax, and take a look at what you've got left to work with.


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Gday Arfa,

 

I swear by my chiropractor to keep me mobile but, after a bad lower back injury a few years ago where I had bad sciatica and about a 50% loss of strength in my left leg, I was referred for Pilates! And it worked a treat. All this guff about core strength is true. Took a few weeks to get pain free and a couple of months to get strength back but I did. I recommend it.

Cheers


Posted 02 March 2016 - 07:37 PM

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Thanks Crockster .............. you're going to make my wife very happy.  She laughed for weeks last time I tried to do pilates with her (it was a dare). Like a buffalo doing ballet.


Posted 03 March 2016 - 12:50 PM

"Can't" is a dirty 4 letter word.
If someone says "Can't" , take the "T" off the end and brew in boiling water.
Sip on your 'T, relax, and take a look at what you've got left to work with.


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Ive suffered lower back pain and Sciatica since I was in grade 7.

 

I bought a Cross Trainer second hand last year and spend 5 to 10 min on it every day or so and this seems to have helped a heap..I mean a heap. Really surprised how much its helped. And instead of immense pain for 2 to 10 days once a month or two...to rarely getting a major pain attack. Still get the odd uncomfortable back but nowhere near like i used to cop it.

 

I havent had a pain killer for 6 months.. ..

 

Hanging by my arms with my feet off the ground seems to help when I do get the pains. Its a great stretch.


Posted 03 March 2016 - 03:31 PM

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Magnesium tablets,voltaren tablets,patches/stickers http://www.ebay.com....=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

and horse gel http://www.aussievet...CFQsQvQodWasGnQ


Posted 03 March 2016 - 04:03 PM

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I second Magnesium Tablets, I started getting pain in my left wrist and neck pain.

 

Just one tablet every morning is doing wonders :)


Posted 26 March 2016 - 06:59 PM

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OK, Trigger finger (Do you feel lucky punk?)

 

I'm self diagnosed at the moment but I'm 99.9% sure I have this - in three fingers of both hands at least - symptoms are stiff painful fingers that "lock" in the morning - getting worse in winter - if I make a fist when I wake up the fingers lock in that position and "snap" straight when I try to straighten them - can't pick small things up until I've freed them up - I have to use alternate hands to "work" the fingers till they loosen up.

 

Dr Google says it comes about with repetitive strain from long periods of gripping tools - in my case that would be rowing for sport and 3 stints as a contractor over the last 35 years.

 

I don't like the fact that my past is catching up and plan to manage it as best I can along with the other bits that are falling off so I can keep mowing for as long as possible. So I've found the following tips:-

 

  • Soak hands in hot water in the morning - I'm adding Radox to it - it does make them feel better anyway
  • Magnesium supplement - plan on taking it
  • Wagners No. 3 Glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM powder - already take it
  • protective gloves - found these this morning:-

    http://www.bionicglo.../Gardening.html

    and Bunnings have these:-

    https://www.bunnings...gloves_p2970200

    I'll give the first ones a try to start with
     
  • Neoprene foam tubing on handles - I've done it to mower handles - bought as bicycle handlebar tubing on eBay.

Anyone else here dealing with this? I'd appreciate any tips. To younger members here I'd say take the time to invest in some preventative measures now - getting old is a ####.

Cheers

Croc


Posted 23 June 2016 - 10:34 AM

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I'd say your self diagnosis is correct Croc, all you can do is alternate what you are doing to avoid prolonged use of a tendon. Magnesium and Fish Oil help, but how much?.


Posted 23 June 2016 - 02:01 PM

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Cheers John,

Some more googling brought up a lot of info on youtube - joint stretches, arnica cream  and a type of massage you can do yourself - and at the end of the day there is minor surgery to relieve the restriction to the tendon's movement - not something I want to have so will try to be more "hand friendly" when I work.


Posted 23 June 2016 - 04:45 PM

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croc can you feel lumps in your hand. When you get carpel tunnel bad you get lumps in your hand and cant straighten your fingers thats what they operate on.  I have it in both hands , my right one is the worst., not bad enough to operate on, but its only going to get worse


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