Lack of capacity

nez
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Lack of capacity

Postby nez » 2 Sep 2018, 1:17pm

Over the last couple of months my cycling capacity has dropped alarmingly. I had a cough but no temperature. Hills I used to climb comfortably became heroic struggles. I’d often have to get off and walk. I had to cycle shorter distances. Eventually I ended up in an ambulance - blood clot on the lung, nearly killed me. So here’s a heartfelt piece of advice to my fellows. If your capacity drops and you can’t easily explain it, go and bother your gp.

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Re: Lack of capacity

Postby gaz » 2 Sep 2018, 1:19pm

:shock: Hope you're on the mend.

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Re: Lack of capacity

Postby nez » 2 Sep 2018, 1:49pm

Thanks mate. So do I. I have every confidence.

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Re: Lack of capacity

Postby Vantage » 2 Sep 2018, 1:57pm

Out one day walking the dog abs getting home was absolutely killing me. Thought I was just tired.
It wasn't till my mum and sister dragged me to hospital that it was discovered I'd had a stroke!
Hope you recover well.
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Re: Lack of capacity

Postby hondated » 2 Sep 2018, 7:05pm

nez dans le guidon wrote:Over the last couple of months my cycling capacity has dropped alarmingly. I had a cough but no temperature. Hills I used to climb comfortably became heroic struggles. I’d often have to get off and walk. I had to cycle shorter distances. Eventually I ended up in an ambulance - blood clot on the lung, nearly killed me. So here’s a heartfelt piece of advice to my fellows. If your capacity drops and you can’t easily explain it, go and bother your gp.

Had my own experience of this recently ndlg.

Cycling up the first hill " I though blimey I've got to stop " breath back continued until next hill same problem but felt just as bad. After seeing my GP and and several examinations at our local hospital I was told I was anaemic and not making enough red blood cells. Currently on iron tablets and now cycling ok again. So yes I agree with your advice. Dont just think your just having a bad day if your suffering on your bike go and get a check up.

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Re: Lack of capacity

Postby foxyrider » 2 Sep 2018, 9:40pm

Had a rather large DVT episode last year so know where you're coming from. Does make you realise just how small a grip we really have on this life.

Welcome to club Rivaroxiban, long may you be a member, glad you are on the mend, with luck you'll get back to that hill bashing form!
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Re: Lack of capacity

Postby nez » 3 Sep 2018, 1:14pm

Thanks. Now I have a reason to be the slow one!

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Great Helmet Debate (was lack of capacity)

Postby nez » 11 Sep 2018, 10:03pm

This little story has led me tangentially into the great helmet debate. I was a dyed in the wool non helmet person until the hospital signed me off with a warfarin prescription. ' Can I cycle?' I asked. 'Yes since you are on the medication, but wear a helmet,' came the reply, 'we don't want you cutting your head.' I may have changed sides.

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Re: Lack of capacity

Postby philg » 12 Sep 2018, 7:27am

More likely they are worried about an internal bleed which will be less obvious. At least warfarin is quickly reversible in an emergency, the newer NOACs like Rivaroxaban not so.