You need to talk about this with your GP. You may have to be creative to get him/her to understand your situation relative to your travel. I have had doctors in the US make serious mistakes
about not informing me of side effects, and one failure of protocol, so good luck to you (you need luck, too, not all doctors are created equal.) You will get some weight bearing exercise carrying groceries back from stores to your dinghy
, and you may want to walk with weights, as well. You need some kind of protocol that you will be able to follow throughout a variety of countries. Mostly, medical
care is less expensive than in the US, but Australia
is on a par with the US. Another source of info for you would be the best physical therapist in your area. Everything that you can do for yourself, while on the boat
, do it.
The PNW is a big place, but I had good e-mail advice from this doctor: Cynthia Wolfe. She had a spinal operation from a surgeon whom she recommended to me, and the surgery has really been excellent. Of course, you're not talking about surgery at this stage, but I would trust Cynthia for a consultation in a heartbeat, and interestingly, I found her via another cruiser.