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Old 13-03-2017, 16:54   #1
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Osteoporosis and sailing

Any advice from someone who is sailing with osteoporosis? We intend to leave the PNW this summer bound for Mexico. I just got rediagnosed wth spinal osteoporosis. Thanks in advance!

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Old 13-03-2017, 18:29   #2
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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.


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Any advice from someone who is sailing with osteoporosis? ..........!
What did your doctor say about it? Medical advice from a boating forum is worth exactly what you pay for it.

Talk to your doctor. Explain what it is you do differently when cruising than when at home. Make sure you can get your medications wherever you are going or take enough to last the entire trip.
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Re: Osteoporosis and sailing

Recently diagnosed, myself.
Your bone density scan will have an indication of the severity of your bone depletion and this should guide any decisions you make.
Medication exists that you can take monthly to gradually strengthen your bones.
Talk with your doctor or an appropriate specialist.

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