Re: What lifestyle changes are recommended with severe osteoporosis?
Walking is a good exercise for people with osteoporosis since it helps strengthen the bones. If your mother in law decides to take osteoporosis medication, depending on what type, in my opinion I don't see any reason why she couldn't travel. Could she get a 6 month supply of medication to bring with her?. Maybe she could get tests before she leaves and after she returns. Taking Calcium supplements with Vit D is recommended also.
I would find out if your mother in law has spinal fractures or other type of fractures caused the osteoporosis which are healing, and whether traveling would cause a problem. I have some fractures and also because of other back problems I don't lift much weight, or lift items from the floor, etc., so it would be up to her doctor/her whether she can lift a 30lb kid off the floor safely for her back. She should also think about the risk of falls, she wants to prevent this so bones don't fracture.
I haven't really change my lifestyle much, I still do the activities I"ve always done and I'm careful not to fall. I take medication, vitamins, eat dairy products, and exercise to help strengthen my bones.
Last edited by taape; 08-12-2010 at 06:44 PM.