I hugely sympathise with other PsA people who actually like chopping firewood & want to keep doing such things. Reminds me of a conversation my brother-in-law reported having with his wife about her mother: ‘Are we really sitting here watching telly while an 85 year old woman splits logs outside in the dark?’ Yet said 85 year old loved to use it not lose it.
We recently put down a patio and a path in our garden. I did the absolute minimum. Given what I’ve said you can imagine how that made me feel. Every now and then I gingerly edged a slab into place. I cut some turves, I levelled some gravel … I paid for that for a bloody month!
These days I definitely find that certain sorts of exertion trigger lasting fatigue. Pain immediately afterwards at least makes some sort of sense but lasting ‘blahness’ and exhaustion and indeed lasting pain are difficult to comprehend. I assume that the assault on hyper-sensitive joints and tendons has an effect not just on those structures but on the immune system and can therefore trigger flares.
I’m not going to stop doing physical work but how best to do it is an ongoing experiment. Doing things that bit more slowly, more methodically, moving ‘smoothly’, resting periodically whether I feel like it or not … all that does seem to make such activities more sustainable.
I always think flares that last more than a week are going to last forever and all is lost and life as I know it is over. However that is not the case!