• @dantheman I can’t control my drinking though, I’ve been going to AA meetings. Cutting down isn’t an option, I could have died on a night out.

  • I’ll play devils advocate here. You’re only feeling bad cuz you went out last night, had too many and spent more than you would like.

    You enjoyed your booze up but now you are getting the piss taken on shot book.

    A good piss up once in a while doesn’t hurt at your age.

    Take 40 quid out and leave any other methods of withdrawing cash at home.…[Read more]

  • Takes guts to recognise your problem, good effort.

    Suggestions would be speak to all, or at least some, of the following:

    Your doctor

    Your bank

    AA or other support group

    Your family and or friends

    Collectively, they may help you get this under control.

    Wishing you all the very best.

  • Hi,

    I’m trying to tackle my drinking, as I am drinking too much on nights out and often don’t remember how I got home. I really want to quit.

    Is there any way of stopping yourself from withdrawing so much money? Is there a bank that allows you to set a daily small withdrawal limit. That would be so helpful.



  • @Newton That’s spot on about the cost of physio and being in pain verses other short term spending. I guess the way in which we can sometimes wear the soles of of our footwear down in an uneven way can exacerbate things re joint health, which an insole may help towards addressing.

  • Get some decent insoles for your outdoor footwear as a starter, bearing in mind that the feeble bit of cardboard (masquerading as an insole) that most footwear comes with in the box is pretty much no use for most people (as everyone’s feet/legs are different so one size cannot fit all). Nuovahealth do most types of insole from off-the-peg, to…[Read more]

  • bob replied to the topic How to ease knee pain? in the forum General Chat 3 days, 11 hours ago

    In my 30s I had a knee injury (not a serious one, saw no doctor) that caused me pain for over a year – I think it took about 15-18 months before it was fully recovered, so don’t give up. I’m over 60 now and enjoying walking and running as much as ever.


    Are you overdoing the exercise and not allowing enough recovery interval?

    How is…[Read more]

  • You’re too young for arthritis. Plenty of people are struggling with increasingly cranky left knees, thinking it’s age-related degeneration when it’s actually due to worsening traffic and hundreds of gear changes every day. Diesel engines, which have heavier clutch springs to cope with greater torque, are not helping. I switched to a DSG gearbox…[Read more]

  • Thanks everyone for your great replies. Really appreciate it! Im going to go see a rheumatologist in a few weeks to get the proper diagnosis.

    I have been reading up on lots of different treatments like knee stem cell therapy etc.. but im starting to think that I need to find out what was/is main cause of the wear and tear of my knee. Part of me…[Read more]

  • Footreviver foot beds in all shoes/boots I wear works for me.

  • I was told by my Surgeon I need half a knee, he is a runner as well so understands the need to run.
    After a discussion on how I manage it and still run, I take 1 400 Ibuprofen only when it’s really painful about 2/3 times a week, his reply was keep doing it and manage it as I am doing and wait as there is experimentation on Cartarlige growth and…[Read more]

  • Pal replied to the topic How to ease knee pain? in the forum General Chat 3 days, 11 hours ago

    You should definitely get an in-depth diagnosis. It’s to be taken with a pinch of salt, or in a Your Millage May Vary way, but I’ve found that flat MTB pedals and sticky 5:10 MTB trainers (or 5:10 approach shoes in my case) to be quite kind on dodgy knees, in being able to shift my foot position on the pedals a little bit if I feel any ‘tension’…[Read more]

  • Was the diagnosis made by your GP or a rheumatologist/orthopaedic consultant? If not go and see one to get proper investigations done.

    I completely agree – my GP told me to give up running with the mildest of problems a few years ago. A physio specialising in sport would be my choice for advice going forward, but only after a definitive diagnosis…[Read more]

  • eric replied to the topic How to ease knee pain? in the forum General Chat 3 days, 11 hours ago

    Was the diagnosis made by your GP or a rheumatologist/orthopaedic consultant? If not go and see one to get proper investigations done.

  • I’ve a baker’s cyst left knee and arthritis and housemaid’s knee right. The cyst is the pain. Can even try to run till its gone. Any advise also welcome!

  • I agree

    Try using walking poles when hiking!

    If your doctor/physio advice try an keep cycling but as said proper bike fit is really helpful.

    I strained my knee just before Christmas, and doing some controlled turbo sessions on the bike helped a lot.

    Also, always take advice from forums with a pinch of salt and pay for a good physio 😉

  • I’m still managing and i’m nearly 50. Swap running for swimming, make sure you have your bike fit dialed in properly and use walking poles!

  • I think the best thing to do would be to see a Sports Physiotherapist…

  • I am currently suffering from really bad knee pain after years of running, cycling and hiking. I went to see my doctor who has told me that I have Osteoarthritis in my left knee which is kind of worrying considering I am only in my 30’s :/ To make matters worse my right knee isn’t so good either and I sprained it a couple weeks back and its never…[Read more]

  • doormat posted an update 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    Don’t worry about fossil fuel emissions…

    …worry about animals instead. Apparantly animal agriculture accounts for 51% of all global CO2 emissions. As fossil fuel CO2 emissions are far less than this, we should be focusing on reducing use of things like dairy and meat.

    Apparently. This is from a film called Cowspiracy I watched last week. It…[Read more]

    • “Livestock or livestock feed occupies 1/3 of the earth’s ice-free land.”

      So less than 33% of total land area. Then …

      “Livestock covers 45% of the earth’s total land.”

      Eh? How does that work?

    • I tried to click on the ‘Facts’ link, but after the second pop-up preventing me from reading their page I have closed it and returned with extra resolve to my original response, which is this is the usual vegan deliberate misinformation pushing a ‘don’t kill the animals because they are cute’ agenda with complete disregard to any other principles…[Read more]

    • The study (undertaken by vegans) on which this claim is based has been widely debunked as their methodology and assumptions were massively flawed at best, but more likely rigged to get an answer they wanted.

    • Look at your first two “facts”: what happens to that water? Is it just destroyed, never to be seen again?

      • That strikes me as a spurious thing to ask? I don’t think there’s any suggestion that the water vanishes

        In a world of increasing droughts and spreading desertification, and less predictable weather, using less water would seem to be a sensible thing to me, however renewable the supplies turn out to be.

    • I’m currently in the process of going ‘mostly vegetarian’, but am thinking about switching to vegan alternatives for cheese and milk after learning about the bond between cows and calves, I’ll probably end up eating organic chicken every so often and having vegan porridge and cheese, and more beans and things for my protein. It’s got to be…[Read more]

    • Don’t worry about fossil fuel emissions…
      ….worry about population instead.

      • Can we only worry/think about one thing at a time? 😉

        I think we’re going through a time of transitioning to using different sources of energy, and becoming more aware of how our diets and lifestyles effect the environment – and each other as a consequence too, which means that it’s important to try and get as broad a perspective as we can,…[Read more]

    • It has long been known that our current Western high meat diet is a very inefficient way to feed an over-populated world. Recent protein rich diets almost definitely exacerbate the problems.

      This link is addressing a slightly different environmental question, but interesting that vegan doesn’t come out as the optimal…[Read more]

    • Here are some ‘facts’ to wade through, rather than the hyperbole of cowspiracy

      Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO):

      – their site on livestock and the environment http://www.fao.org/livestock-environment/en/

      – their report on mitigating climate change through livestock http://www.fao.org/3/a-i3437e.pdf

      The FAO certainly does not have an…[Read more]

      • Thanks for the links. One of the main points of the film was how people were literally unable/unwilling to answer ‘simple’ questions:

        1. What is the greatest single contributor to CO2 emissions?

        2. What is the single biggest reasons for deforrestation?

        Apparently, there’s plenty of evidence showing it’s animal agriculture that answers yes to…[Read more]

    • “Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.”

      Animals don’t eat fossil fuels so all of that CO2 comes from plants that took that CO2 from the atmosphere. Hence no overall increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide. A net increase in methane…[Read more]

    • the stats are garbage:

      “Each day, a person who eats a vegan diet saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq ft of forested land, 20 lbs CO2 equivalent, and one animal’s life.”

      let just take the last point on the list – I’m not vegan therefore according to the stats quoted, I kill 1 animal per day.

      As I don’t kill animals for pleas…[Read more]

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