Ache and Pains from working in the yard.

@Chevee (5914)
United States
April 4, 2009 7:16pm CST
I haven't did any yard work in ages. Yesterday I was sitting on the front porch, looking at my azealea's in bloom saw a lot of weeds growing up in and around them. I decide I was going to do a little clearing of those weeds. Come back inside got my yard tools and went to work. MAN did I pay for that. I am stiff, sore, I have aches and pains in places I didn't know exists. I am just plain miserable. I am not going to give up. I have the whole summer to do just nothing and I am going to get used to working in my yard again. Do you get sore from working in your yard? Or are you used to it? Are you going to do any yard work?
3 people like this
16 responses
@max1950 (2313)
• United States
5 Apr 09
i know exacty where your comming from, get in the shower put your hand'S against the back wall and let the hot water run down your back, or adjust it to your belt line, that works for me, WHEN YA GET OUT COOL DOWN A BIT THEN PUT SOME ASPERCREME ON.
2 people like this
@GardenGerty (115923)
• United States
5 Apr 09
Take some Tylenol or some Ibuprofen, depending on which works for you. Make sure you take in enough fluids to help wash away the lactic acid from your overused muscles.
@Chevee (5914)
• United States
5 Apr 09
Thank You, I knew I could depend on you guys for some help on relief methods.
5 Apr 09
Hi Chevee, When you first work in you yard, you'll feel but after you have been working out, you will get used to it and won't hurt so much and yes I shall be starting mine soon, although its only a little garden. Hugs. Tamara
1 person likes this
@Chevee (5914)
• United States
5 Apr 09
I am going to plant some tomatoes and peppers too.
@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
5 Apr 09
i do get sore but i'm like you i just keep on till i get through.i can't do much but enjoy being out in the pretty weather. i got out the other day & trimmed 2 bushes but i paid for it.
1 person likes this
@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
5 Apr 09
I don't do any work in my yard but mowing, but read an interesting article the other day about gardening as working out. It said you should warm up beforehand to avoid being so sore. I never thought about it before, but it does make sense!
@Chevee (5914)
• United States
5 Apr 09
I thought I was warming up, I guess I didn't do a good job.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
5 Apr 09
Isn't it funny how we can hurt in places we never knew existed before? Yep, I've been doing some yard work, a little every day that the weather is cooperating. I did some the day before yesterday and hurt all day yesterday. I didn't go out yesterday because we're having another one of these horrendous wind storms that hasn't quit yet! (Gusts over 50 mph) But, I did get out a bit today and do some gardening... weed pulling, raking leaves out from under some bushes, stuff like that. And, yes, I'm hurting. I can only work a few minutes at a time these days because I simply don't have much energy anymore, but after I rest some, I can go out for a few more minutes. That's what I've been doing all week. I have to say I don't feel any stronger, just hurting more! I was hoping that I'd get used to it but I guess, because I can't do much at a time, my real gardening days are over. I still do what I can because I love it, but I always hurt afterwards. I was hoping to get my peas planted today but it was just too windy. A big tree branch fell from our huge oak tree out front and I was only about 10 feet away from where it landed. That made me come back inside in a hurry. LOL I don't need to get klunked on the head by a tree branch! I walked around the property today, checking all my recently-planted fruit trees and they're all doing very well. I was pleasantly surprised to see a new wild blackberry bush growing near one of the trees! Now, if I can only keep the birds and critters away from everything, I should have some good eating later in the season! Oh! Something I found that works great for sore muscles: Capzaisin. You can get it at most pharmacies where they have all those sore muscle creams and patches, like Ben Gay, only this isn't like Ben Gay. It has no smell at all and isn't greasy. It's made from capsaisin from hot peppers and it really works! You just can't use too much of it, nor can you cover it up with anything tight because it can burn if you do. As long as you just use a tiny bit, you'll be amazed at how fast and completely it gets rid of pain! My rheumatologist told me to get it and I'm so glad she did! Also, a nice, long soak in a tub with hot water always feels good to those sore muscles. That's where I'm heading right after posting this because I'm hurting pretty badly myself from today's adventures outside. Take care and happy gardening!!!
@Chevee (5914)
• United States
5 Apr 09
With all the work and gardening you do you are a master at it. I wish I lived closer so that I could help you work in your yard and gardens. It really sounds lovely the way you describe your work. Every time you tell me about your gardens there is a new, vegetable, fruit or tree you have planted. Thanks for the tips I will try the Capzaisin.
@GardenGerty (115923)
• United States
5 Apr 09
It was nice today, but I worked. It will not be nice tomorrow. I wanted to work outside in the yard. I may anyway. I will get sore, but I am sore from coughing right now. I think being outside is often a cure for what ails me.
@Chevee (5914)
• United States
5 Apr 09
The sunshine did feel good to me. I have started walking days when the weather permits. We had a lot of rain and stormy weather last week.
@camomom (7535)
• United States
14 Apr 09
I don't do yard work. I'm super lazy and don't like the dirt and bugs.
• United States
12 Apr 09
I can get sore from time to time. It's best to have some mineral ice laying around for those aching spots.
@riyasam (16570)
• India
6 Apr 09
working in the yard is a good exercise but you pop in a painkiller to avoid the aches and pains,i donot have a yard ,as i live in a city apartment where space is limited.
@Amberina (1541)
• United States
6 Apr 09
Well you know that's how it starts out you see a spot that could use a "little" weeding and then when you get down on on fours and start pulling you look around and see there is another patch that needs some weeding and then more and more patches start to show up. And before you know it it's getting dark and your sweating and can't think of why your entire body hurts from just doing a "little" weeding.
@KrauseHome (36748)
• United States
6 Apr 09
I am always sore the next day if I have been outside doing stuff like this. Even though it is good to get out and do stuff like this, with Rhumetoid arthritis is makes it hard to do as well. But the sense of accomplishment you feel from doing something is usually worth it though.
• India
5 Apr 09
hi i am too tired working on net searching for highly paid sites...coz they give only pains nothing in turn...why do u put luv symbol are u lookin for luv me too looking for soulmate all over the world....need a pretty babe who is always by my side...ur frm which country...help me out with better sites wann increase my earnings fedup with cents.... bye regards shekhar india
@uicbear (1902)
• United States
5 Apr 09
Any activity that you haven't done in a while can get you to hurting the next day, even if you exercise on a regular basis. One time my dad had me digging holes in the back yard to plant some rose bushes, the next day I don't think I could lift my arms over my head . Now, though, our yard in pretty low maintnenance. We have a swimming pool that takes up about half and then just grass for our four year old to run around on. Maybe this year we'll do some potted flowers, but he's pretty rough on everything.
• Philippines
5 Apr 09
I know how it feels to work in the yard it is really hard. you will feel the pain and aches after working.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
5 Apr 09
When Springs strolls around, I'm so sore at first from working in the yard but after a week of doing it, I get used to it. It's all the muscles that have laid doormat all winter long and to make them work again, HURTS!! lol Last week we painted a room upstairs and believe it or not, my butt hurt like crazy and it's because of climbing a latter! lol I told hubby that I didn't know it took my butt to climb a latter but I sure do now!!
@checapricorn (16065)
• United States
5 Apr 09
Hi Chevee, I am used to that work back in my Country and just yesterday when I was working also in the yard for just 30 minutes, I had all the back pains after...Can't believe it..LOL! but, this will not stop me either, I want to clean and plant more plants this time...