Ahh!! Just venting about pain...
I don't like to complain but I got into a jam and needed some money so like a fool I accepted an offer to reshingle a friends roof. Well, after 4 days of agony trying to finish it, I'm now done and have some money but I think I'll be out of commision for weeks because of how bad I feel now. My knees are now the size volleyballs almost and the pain is just crazy. I've been icing them, taking anti-inflammatories, nothing helps, it really sucks. My wrists are messed up, my ankles, my shoulders, my hands/fingers, migraines constantly since finishing. All in all it was a wonderful experience...not. Anyways, I just needed to whine and complain to someone about my stupidity, but also need to hear the others have been there and understand that sometimes that kind of stupidity is necessary when it comes time to pay the bills. Anyways, hope you're all doing well and take it easy.
Andy, I'm sorry you're in such bad shape
between the sun exposure and the physical stress involved, I'm not surprised you feel so lousy, but I also understand what it's like to have to work in order to pay your bills. It sounds like you're doing the right things with ice and rest but if this has triggered a flare, you may need a course of steroids and some prescription pain meds to get through. Have you called your doctor yet?
I'm not sure what sort of disability programs are available in Canada but if your work generally involves outdoor physical labor, it might be time to look into other options. I will be sending good thoughts your way hoping for a quick recovery from this episode.