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    Default Having C.O.P.D. And Flyfishing

    Hi Guys
    I was diagnosed with C.O.P.D. about 18 months ago.
    I was wondering if anyone else suffers from this condition and still does flyfishing?
    I have only just started back fishing on rivers, been out twice this month now and both times have taken there toll on me.
    It takes me several days to recover so to speak, with all the walking too and from the river and also the wading.
    Im just wondering how long I will actually keep it up for as twice in a month is not a lot
    Any opinions would be much appreciated
    Cheers
    Garry

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    Default Re: Having C.O.P.D. And Flyfishing

    Hi Garry, I was diagnosed with it three years ago, I no longer do the four minute mile but I still fish the rivers at my pace.
    Are you on the Anoro inhalers one shot a day, they’ve helped me a lot.
    S.
    Men and fish are alike, they both get into trouble when they open their mouths.

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    Default Re: Having C.O.P.D. And Flyfishing

    Thanks Steven
    I think im on my fourth different make of inhaler, but they don't seem to make a lot of difference.
    Its the everyday tasks I took for granted that I cant do anymore.
    For instance just trying to wash the car, without being short of breath and wheezing and needing to sit down.
    Im going to be 55 this year, but I feel like im 75.
    Cheers
    Garry

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    Default Re: Having C.O.P.D. And Flyfishing

    Quote Originally Posted by garrynic View Post
    Thanks Steven
    I think im on my fourth different make of inhaler, but they don't seem to make a lot of difference.
    Its the everyday tasks I took for granted that I cant do anymore.
    For instance just trying to wash the car, without being short of breath and wheezing and needing to sit down.
    Im going to be 55 this year, but I feel like im 75.
    Cheers
    Garry
    I’m 69 shortly Garry, it’s a shock I know, I used to clean both mine and the wife’s car, now I do one a day.
    I don’t use the blue inhalers unless I really get out of breath walking, but the Anoro is a one shot a day one, it had no effect at first but after a couple of months I could see the difference.
    Two mile a day brisk walks are vital as is taking deep breaths.
    Urge your doctor to prescribe you the Anoro ones, it’s standard stuff these days.
    If you want a chat off line PM me.
    Steven.
    Men and fish are alike, they both get into trouble when they open their mouths.

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    You need to keep on at your GP or consultant Garry. They follow NICE procedure for any medication, start with the cheapest first knowing full well it probably won't work in most cases. There could be another 4 types before you get one that actually helps.
    Have there been any suggestion of breathing exercises? As Steven says, just do things at your own pace and take regular breaks.
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    Default Re: Having C.O.P.D. And Flyfishing

    Quote Originally Posted by garrynic View Post
    Thanks Steven
    I think im on my fourth different make of inhaler, but they don't seem to make a lot of difference.
    Its the everyday tasks I took for granted that I cant do anymore.
    For instance just trying to wash the car, without being short of breath and wheezing and needing to sit down.
    Im going to be 55 this year, but I feel like im 75.
    Cheers
    Garry
    Same boat here.
    Only late stage one copd, but it didnt half floor me when it started, couldnt walk up slight incline without gasping, and unable to function.
    Respiratory specialist put me on Spiriva Respimat Inhaler, active chemical is Tiotropium, it got rid of the darth vader wheezing, and enabled me to increase my excercise (walking briskly!) regime.
    Can now manage to keep fishing, and shooting, as well as walking my dogs.
    See if you can get to try that stuff, but as mentioned, a brisk walk daily, increasing with confidence does help.
    regards
    bert

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    Default Re: Having C.O.P.D. And Flyfishing

    Quote Originally Posted by wobbly face View Post
    You need to keep on at your GP or consultant Garry. They follow NICE procedure for any medication, start with the cheapest first knowing full well it probably won't work in most cases. There could be another 4 types before you get one that actually helps.
    Have there been any suggestion of breathing exercises? As Steven says, just do things at your own pace and take regular breaks.
    Hi Ged
    No suggestions of any breathing exercises etc
    Its getting so bad now, im even considering giving up my job, as it doesn't help with the condition.
    A lot of fume and dust in the atmosphere which I know is an aggressor of C.O.P.D
    Cheers
    Garry

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    Quote Originally Posted by aenoon View Post
    Same boat here.
    Only late stage one copd, but it didnt half floor me when it started, couldnt walk up slight incline without gasping, and unable to function.
    Respiratory specialist put me on Spiriva Respimat Inhaler, active chemical is Tiotropium, it got rid of the darth vader wheezing, and enabled me to increase my excercise (walking briskly!) regime.
    Can now manage to keep fishing, and shooting, as well as walking my dogs.
    See if you can get to try that stuff, but as mentioned, a brisk walk daily, increasing with confidence does help.
    regards
    bert
    Thanks Bert
    I was on the Spiriva inhaler at the start, but it honestly didn't seem to do much for me.
    Maybe different medication suit different people.
    Cheers
    Garry

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    Default Re: Having C.O.P.D. And Flyfishing

    First thing my doc did was to send me to the local gym, 15 weeks under a trainer and cost only £2 a time.
    I have annual spirometry tests for lung function, it actually improved after first year.
    Go on you tube and type in breathing exercises for COPD, it’s pretty good. Don’t get too disheartened Garry, although it feels like the end of the world, it really isn’t mate.
    Keep away from dusty atmospheres, aerosol sprays like deodorant hairspray kitchen sprays etc.
    Take deep breaths, count to five when inhaling, then back to one on exhaling.
    I got pretty low when I first heard I’d got it, they sent me for a chest scan, then told me I had emphysema, my mother died from it at 75, but she was a severe asthmatic all her life.
    Excercise, go fishing at your own pace, drink lots of red wine and try not to dwell on it.
    S.
    Men and fish are alike, they both get into trouble when they open their mouths.

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    Default Re: Having C.O.P.D. And Flyfishing

    I am 83 this year and I have had COPD for about 20 years back, a product of smoking with me, I also have Asthma, 3 inhalers Including Triotropium and Salbutamol,I have slowed down , I still fish but at low level easily accessed lochs, as long as I go at my own pace, I don't camp much now as carrying a heavy sack would Knacker me, but know your limitations and work with them,some times the Doc puts me on steroids to boost my system ,the only thing that gets me , is how easily I pick up cold bugs, as it says it's Chronic but I don't intend to give up just yet
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    Default Re: Having C.O.P.D. And Flyfishing

    I am like Steven and have Emphysema. I take one shot of Anoro each morning. I am on the latest version which has two parts to it MCG/UG where as my previous one only had on part. Ask your doc to put you on it. I also have a puffer which I use sometimes. I am lucky that I can do most jobs but just need to rest a bit more. Used to be able to mow the lawns in one go now I need to stop now and again to get my breath

    I often use my puffer before I start walking back to the car with my fishing gear.
    Better in the summer when you are not weighed down with layers of winter clothes. I do walk quite a lot which seems to help but I can't run for a bus any more.

    Living on the edge of London doesn't help always better in the country.

    Could you try a different venue a lake perhaps with easier access and no wading?
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