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    Sore hands from dredging?

    I was just wondering.....
    I spent all last week dredging. Now my hands are just killing me. So I'm wondering if that's normal? I didn't do much all winter last week was my first real spell of heavy activity since last fall. None the less I was a mechanic for 20+ years and I have always had pretty strong hands. I am 43 now. So I'm wondering, Am I just getting old or is it possible there is some aspect to the water that could maybe cause the pain in my knuckles? The water is real cold and of course I was continuously throwing handfuls of 2.5" + rock for 6-8 hours at a time for 5 days strait. Maybe it's normal to have sore hands? After all my entire body was sore after the first 3 days. After all it's work moving a yard of rock and gravel a day every day for a week.

    Anyway I been thinking all these things and I just figured I'd ask if other people had had a problem with that or if it's unusual? Am I just getting old? lol
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    Arthritis and cold water do not go well together. Yeah arthritis. My doctor says everyone over 35 has it. You'll be alright. just stop aggravating it. Now, show us the gold.
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    Dredger hands,,,, ,yep that's normal if you are doing it right!
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    Double gloves, white cotton gloves inside helps but the first month of dredge season always puts you in the hurting place-John

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    it gets better the more you do it
    Typically soreness is from a new type of movement. If it isn't causing damage your just getting used to it.

    Stretch and warm up no matter how small the muscle group.

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    I usually take Ibuprofen for a couple days to help the soreness and swelling.
    I'm a drinker with a heavy prospecting problem and I'm out of dirt again

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    Yep if you don't hurt you're not doing it right! I deal with the same stuff dredging I'm 14 yrs older and also a retired autobody guy.
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    Some times skill has nothing to do with it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoser John View Post
    Double gloves, white cotton gloves inside helps but the first month of dredge season always puts you in the hurting place-John
    cotton and cold water dont mix, uh i though most outdoors men knew that- cotton inside of gloves , thats just making you hands loose heat, dont listen to that guy- get some kevlar tipped diving gloves 3-6mm and you will not get cold.

    dredging with cotton gloves is like seeing a nor cal surfer with cotton gloves, a stupid idea no one would recommend, most snow run off is colder than the ocean- cotton gloves? thats just not going to keep you warm and it will make your hands worse. I dont know any sane person that would do that for hours in cold water and not protect your hands with wetsuit type thermal protection. maybe he uses cotton socks too, I will stick to hardcore diving booties with tred on the bottom.

    work smarter- and dont wear cotton in cold water and expect it to protect vital extremities, expect hypothermia and aggravated arthritis
    Last edited by Garrote Gold; Aug 03, 2017 at 02:19 PM.

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    I like neoprene socks and wading boots better than the diving booties.
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    You're talking about John being wrong, so I have to disagree. Besides, the OP never said anything about dredging in cold water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by enamel7 View Post
    You're talking about John being wrong, so I have to disagree. Besides, the OP never said anything about dredging in cold water.

    You meatball, read the Op, he said the water was cold, real cold.
    John is wrong to advise him to wear cotton in cold water, fact buddy, cotton also absorbed 27 times it weight in water and wicks heat away from body. That is why outdoorsman wear wool or synthstics, not cotton. There is a saying amongst outdoorsman, cotton kills
    Last edited by Garrote Gold; Aug 04, 2017 at 02:15 AM.

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    Garrote Gold, stop the insults or lose the right to post for awhile....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Treasure_Hunter View Post
    Garrote Gold, stop the insults or lose the right to post for awhile....
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    All that work and perspiration might be deleting magnesium levels in the body. Tums is magnesium and calcium and won't hurt you a bit. If you ever scuba dive and get a calf cramp, it is horrible and painful. Just a sign of magnesium depletion. If the hands don't get better soon, try a silk glove liner. I know here in the Colorado winters a silk shirt next to the skin is a huge force multiplier to staying warm. I just buy any old ugly silk shirt at the thrift store and wear it under my wool sweater, goretex , parka etc. Not sure if silk gloves as liners would work for you, but it is probably worth a try.

 

 
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