My fishing days may be going away

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by GAT, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. I've been saying that all week!!

    Turned 50 in December and I've got more injuries currently going on than I had from 30 years of playing soccer.

    Early July, messed up a toe on a rock somehow, wet waded the M. Fk. of the Willy - didn't know anything had happened until two days later, in the middle of the night, I get woke up with severe pain and notice the knuckle on my toe is two sizes too big!! And just last Sunday, I tore up my forearm and lower bicep (not on my casting hand...thankfully) lifting gate/fence panels at the Benton Cnty. Fair.

    WTH...does the "warranty" expire at 50...?!?!

    (and this one finger typing sucks...I'm a two finger keyboardist)
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  2. As a matter of fact, the answer is YES. I made it within a month of turning 51 when I had to quit surfing due to my (now history!) impingement problem. Back then, I thought that was it. No more surfing for Jimbo.
    Last Fall, I thought my casting arm was a goner.
    But somehow, I got the old carcass repaired somewhat, and I'm back in the saddle again.
    Sometimes I think I hear snickering and the word "zombie" from the younger crowd as I head out, but their opinion doesn't matter one whit.

    Ha, I just noticed another old local whom we all thought was toast, crawl back into the lineup yesterday. Its going to be a freakin zombie invasion!:D
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  3. A while ago I fell while I was up fishing and jammed a stick in my arm. I was about 75 miles away from any help. I slapped a bandaid on and started back home. I thought it stopped bleeding but I was wrong. It seeped all the way home. I got home and told the wife to just slap a bandage on it, but I ended up in the ER.

    It screwed up my two finger typing for about two weeks. Now I'm back to two finger typing. Being old and your warranty is just about shot. But I'm still kicking at 78. And I feel good.
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  4. I'm 45. I have two worn rotators and right arm bursitis. That's worn, not torn. As in bone on bone. This sort of thing comes with my poor career choice. I had a blowout once that was nothing short of a grown man sitting in his truck crying from pain. I've never done a cortisone shot for the reasons mentioned. And I've never done the surgery because I know too many people that it crippled. No offense to those it has worked for intended. I've managed the shoulders with moderation and physical therapy. You can get information for how to stretch and exercise for this condition on line. Your body will try to protect the bare socket with a thin layer of protein that is easily scraped away if I'm too cavalier. But far worse for fly fishing is the bursitis. Out with the 9' 6wt battling wind the other night had me thinking it might be over. BUT... I do have a sweet 7'6" 4wt that weighs only 1.8oz! I did some lawn casting and I really believe that on a good day, with a dose of anti inflammatories I can fish it all day. So, I may be retiring the bigger rods, but I'm still going to try small creek fishing. Which happens to be my favorite anyway.

    I hate taking pills, but a dose of anti inflammatories before bed and another dose before work has helped a lot. I've been doing that about six months now. Also, MODERATION!!! People will see you do things occasionally and wonder why you don't do more (people could mean wife in this statement). Screw 'em! Tell them flat out "It's because I can only use my arm a certain amount and only for certain things." Resist pressure to man up or assist when you know it will hurt you. No room left for macho pride. And look into exercises and stretching that can help. I have pain every day and there's plenty I can't do now. But I don't seem to be getting any worse at the moment and I can still do most of my job and fish the 4wt.

    I wish you the very best of luck.
  5. Gene,
    I took Jim Ficklin's suggestion of a "designated caster" a bit further.
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  6. Gene a low level anti-inflammatory is Vitamin D. Most of us that live in the pacific northwest and avoid the sun by choice or otherwise will be not just low, but very low. When vitamin D levels are very low a protein called 'C-reactive protein' is elevated. This is commonly elevated in arthritic, cardiac and rheumatologic conditions. Supplementing with Vitamin D can get you back on track and is associated with a lowered CRP. Long term therapy with Vitamin D should be part of any achy/painful bone or joint deal. It is easy and cheap. It won't melt problems away but may give you some benefit against CRP associated issues.
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  7. Dr. Wadin'boot, any recomendations on a typical daily amount? just sayin' My CRP levels are high( good heart and BP)....dealing with RA. Of the various specialists/ Dr.s I'm engaged with including a natropath no one has mentioned Vitamin D. Though, since you mentioned it it reminded me of a confusing article I read some time ago
  8. 2000 iu though some folks do 5000. Primary care docs sometimes do 50000 units once or twice a week for 8 weeks, unless they tell you to do that id stick with 2000.
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  9. One of the reasons we moved to Arizona is the Vitamin D from the sun. After vacationing in AZ a few times I realized that my wife did so much better physically and therefore emotionally while we were in the sun.
    The first trip we were there for ten days and she told me to leave her bicycle home because she hurt so bad she would not ride it. I stuck it in the back of the truck anyway. After a couple of days in Tucson we went for a few walks and by the 4th day she told me she was going on a bike ride to take some pictures. Two hours later she showed back up at the campsite with a big smile and moving better than I had seen in 5 years. Right then I decided we were moving. It took another four years but here we are and my wife gets better gradually everyday. While I did not have the physical limitations that she had it has been good for me too. I am in the best shape of my adult life and I attribute a big part of that to the sunshine.
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  10. Thanks Wadin'boot.

    I go in for regular blood monitoring so its a good chance to see if there will be any change... Second to last blood results showed CRP level at 78. Definatley not good.This has been going on for a number of years now (hip replaced 1-1/2 years ago) and things are getting worse as I'm not responding to the RA protocol...yet. So instead I am able to move with the use of plenty of narcotics.. ( butrans pain patch 20) and a host of DMARDS) hydromorph etc etc
  11. I'm already on a monthly mega dose of Vitamin D. Stuff is worthless. No hallucinations, munchies or anything :)

    I'm pretty sure the warranty for the average human expires at 50. After that it is patch, patch, patch.
  12. The patch, patch, patch might be a good toon
  13. If you are convinced it is all down hill from here.....It probably will be.

  14.'s time to pick up a two-handed rod and underhand cast. I have some of the same issues. Tim Rajeff convinced me....I'm glad I listened.
  15. And recalls start at 60 . . .

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