All I did was go Grocery Shopping!

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   Posted 11/4/2009 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I can barely move and my arms are screaming with pain! I have put off going to the grocery store alone for a couple of months. But at some point hubby just doesn't quite know what items to get. So I took a nice, warm shower this morning and wasn't in a hurry. My arms have bee very sore lately and they hurt getting my hair presentable. I wanted to go to 3 places but decided on just one because I know my limit. (don't always listen to my limits, but I know '

As I was slowly...very the pain started to slowly creep in. And by the time I was checking out I was miserable! I am hurting so bad I want to scream and the pills aren't talking to the pain. Head has been pounding for 3 days now. I think a lot of it has to do with me raking the leaves off the lawn over the weekend but I didn't think I was doing too much. Oh, I did trim a lot of vines too, now that I think of it.

But all I did today was to get some groceries!!! And I'm miserable! aarrrgggggggg!!!!
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   Posted 11/4/2009 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   

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   Posted 11/4/2009 8:44 PM (GMT -6)   

Chutz...I raked leaves last year and it took me a month to recover.  Never ever again...and they are a foot thick on the lawn.  The hubby is 'going to get around to it'.  Hmmmm.  Raking, vacuuming and mopping the floor...the worst for me...but like you, I do it anyway, then pay the price.



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   Posted 11/4/2009 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Chutzie, sorry you are hurting, the yard work probably caught up with you, been there,
done that...ouch! Hope you are feeling better soon!

I spent some time cleaning out flower beds this afternoon, hope I am not feeling it


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   Posted 11/4/2009 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Chutzie,

I am so sorry that you are hurting so badly right now. Yes, it sounds like you over did it the other day and that it has caught up to you. It probably would have happened even if you didn't go shopping. It seems like it takes a while for us fibromites to feel the effects of things like that. And then WHAM! Flat on our backs. Or curled up in a chair. What ever we can do that is comfortable. I hope that you feel better soon. You would think we would learn to set our limits, but we don't.

It is okay if you are whining, we all do it at some time or another.

Take care my friend.

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   Posted 11/4/2009 10:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Chutz...could you have an alergy that comes this time of year and causes the headaches?

I know just what you mean about that arm pain...mine is from my elbow to the tips of my fingers. It hurts so bad at times I just want to cry. Just touching anything is excrutiating :( Hope you get well soon.

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   Posted 11/4/2009 11:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Aw, Chutz, I"m sorry. I had the same reaction yesterday stopping at the grocery after work. I was going to just pick up a few things for dinner, and had to have my BF make dinner for me when I got home. I've been a mess ever since. I'm happy to reporrt that at age 43 he has made his first pot roast (tough as shoe leather bless his heart) and I told him HOW wonderful it was! :)

BUt yeah, I feel it too. Booo. We movied furniture this weekend and NOW I hurt.

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   Posted 11/5/2009 12:54 AM (GMT -6)   
oh no! Looks like you overdid it with the leaves and vines and it caught up with you at grocery time. I hope you feel better soon.
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   Posted 11/5/2009 1:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Sue!

I think you are spot on with that assessment. I just can't believe how much worse it is than usual when I do some chores. The weather has changed a lot though so I'm sure that isn't helping. Guess no more raking leaves for I really do enjoy it tho...

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   Posted 11/5/2009 7:27 AM (GMT -6)   
So sorry that you are hurting so much ..
 i also have the same issue.. the grocery shopping has just become to much for me.. so like you most times my dear husband goes for me with list in hand.. but like you said there are times when we just need to go and stock up .. and yes it kills me also.. will throw me down for days. even if I use one of those carts.
I hope you start feeling better soon...
seems always in a flare.
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   Posted 11/5/2009 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   
So sorry you are having so much pain. I think that one of the most frustrating things about having fibro is not being able to do the "normal" stuff, or being able to do it one week but not the next.

I don't mind not being able to run a marathon, play tennis, or go surfing (that would be a sight, lol), but darn how I wish I could just do the every day stuff without having to pay so dearly for it later. That is what I struggle with the most.

Hope you are feeling better soon.

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   Posted 11/5/2009 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry your hurting Chutzie. I went through a few weeks of that when we were having so much rain. Since I'm feeling pretty good I'm trying to hurry and get as much done as possible before it catches up with me and I know it will. smilewinkgrin We all seem to do it even though we know we are going to pay.
We all seem to possess this drive to be normal and do normal everyday things and maybe that is a good thing cause it means there is still fight in us.
Hope your feeling better.
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   Posted 11/5/2009 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the kind comments and wishes. Each of you has given me more insight to things I already knew but never thought about the way you shared. Even though I know and I think I accept my limitations...I don't think I'm living my life that way. I still over do it all the time. But even the smaller things in life, like buying groceries, is something we think should be doable...but it's not just that easy.

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   Posted 11/5/2009 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Chutz, I really feel for's so hard to accept that our lives have changed, that we can't just jump up and do something like grocery shopping that used to be so trivial. It's been hard for me too. But I got to the point where I couldn't stand or walk for more than 5 or 10 minutes because of the pain and ended up buying a wheelchair, just so I can get from the parking garage at work to my office. Now a day in my office leaves me exhausted and in agony to the point that the next day I have to stay home in bed...fortunately I have a telecommuting agreement and can work from bed, LOL!

I admire the tenacity in you that you continue to try to do your regular chores, but you need to be kinder to yourself! Feel better soon!

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   Posted 11/5/2009 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Chutz I'm so sorry you were feeling so awful after groceries.  This past summer for most of the summer I was in a flare and like you, just getting groceries was a killer.  I had to send my hubby a few times myself.  It was actually comforting reading these posts to know that others get "knocked out" over some of the same things.  Hope you are feeling better!

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   Posted 11/5/2009 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I"m sorry, Chutz, that you are having such pain.  I know sometimes you just get a ton of pain for no reason!  But, as others have said, you probably overdid...not unheard of for you, Chutzie!  nono Plus, it looks like you are getting rain and that doesn't help. 
Next time, why not take hubby with you.  You can get some of the groceries, like the fresh fruits and veggies, but let hubby push the cart and lift the heavier items.  Plus, he can load the groceries in the car and get them in the house for you.  That's the hardest thing for me.  You will still get all  you need and you are basically just walking and pointing out what you need.  You can promise him some wonderful dish that he loves when you get home.  I know you like to cook!
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   Posted 11/5/2009 4:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh Chutz, I know how you feel. Our brains tell us, 'We've done this before, we can do this again' and our foolish bodies believe us. I used to go grocery shopping by myself, or take my mother, load up the wagons, load on the belt, pack the bags, then into the car, drop them at my mother's house or my own and put everything away. Seriously, I actually remember doing that just a few yrs ago. shakehead
Now, I go early Fri morning - they open at 7am, we're there. One of my children is my helper, read 'Doer'! I make up the list, we go in their car, they push the wagon, I tell them which item I want, they load the wagon, the belt, the bags, the car, then bring it all in. I sign the check and help to put the stuff away upstairs, they put things downstairs. At the end, I'm beat. It takes me an hr to gather the energy to make a cup of tea and have an apple. I need to regroup. I get so annoyed w/ myself, but so grateful that my children come w/ me and we have an 'outing'. I switch 'helpers' each wk. smilewinkgrin
Two wk ends ago we had a massive project here involving several rooms. My DD got the smaller project, the 2 DS's got the larger project - really back breaking, and my DH and I got the gross and messy project. The children did theirs in one day, ours took 2 days.
Neither my DH or I have been well as of late, so we worked, took a break, worked, break. We hate having to do things this way. We are both ppl that just want to get it done - NOW! I have limited use of my right arm/shoulder, I pushed it to the max. Two wks later it is still killing me. We were very happy w/ the finished job, but it feels like a set back physically, for both of us.
For most of my adult life, I have felt like I was 21, these past dozen or so yrs, not so much. I just feel old. I don't like feeling like I can't do the things I want to do, things I've always done. I will probably continue to do these &*^% projects and feel lousy after, just not as often as I used to.
Hope you feel better very soon.
God bless.   Alice.
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