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    Just found out that I have Osteoporsis
    Grandmabiker posted:
    I am 54 yrs old and just found out that I have osteoporosis in my spine and ostopina (sp) in my hips. I am in good health and active. And of course I have a million questions. My doctor has put me on Boneva. The only reason that I found out about the Osteo, was I am having lower back pain, and he ordered a x-ray. This x-ray showed two compression fractures which my have been caused by an accident I had four years ago. And after a bone-density test, its showed me as a T -2.5
    This now being spring and my favorite time of year, for gardening and motorcycle riding, I am wondering if anyone can tell me if riding a motorcycle with hurt my back??? I have been out and so far everything is fine. I am concerned that the vibration my cause unwanted problems.
    And on another note should I be seeing a specialist???
    Tomato05 responded:
    Interesting question; I've never thought about motorcycle riding with osteoporosis, but then, I don't ride one!

    I don't think it would be too risky, as it doesn't involve too much impact The bigger danger I would say comes from the risk of accidents with a motorbike, in which case you are very vulnerable and could sustain multiple fractures.

    I don't think a specialist could add much more to your treatment. If you take your medication, and exercise and eat a very healthy diet, and make sure you take a calcium and vit. D supplement, you are doing well..
    bonebabe responded:
    Tomato is right on her advice. You'll want to watch your posture on the bike - keep the spine straight. Accidents are your biggest concern here.

    Your gardening actually could cause you more problems than the bike. Repetitive movements involving bending and twisting the spine can break the tiny struts (honeycomb bone) within the vertebrae. When the last one in a vertebra breaks, you have a compression fracture - and you didn't even know this was happening.

    Get the booklet "Boning up on Osteoporosis" from the National Osteoporosis Foundation ( ). It has a lotof informaton for you as well as illustrations of proper and improper body movements. The cost is $6.50. We use this booklet in our rehab and education classes. It's excellent.

    No you don't need to be seeing a specialist unless you have a problem that's causing the osteoporosis - like rheumatoid arthritis, IBS, something for which you're taking heavy meds.

    You do need to get in 1200 mg of calcium and 1000 IU of Vit D each day in order for your Boniva to be effective. Take the calcium with meals for maximum absorption - about 600 mg at a time is all the body can absorb.
    Grandmabiker replied to Tomato05's response:
    Thank you so much for your response.  I appreciate it.  This is all so new to me and I feel like I need to be a sponge and absorb all the information that I can.
    Grandmabiker replied to bonebabe's response:
    Thank you for your help and advise.  I will order the book.  I am taking my calcium and Vit D.  But I now will change on how I take them.
    thagans responded:
    trade in the Harley Softtail for a softer riding Honda Goldwing? I share your surprise in being diagnosed. they tagged me @45 after a stress fracture in my foot and a broken leg. I had a hysterectomy at 30, which accelerated my situation, even with estrogen replacement. so for 5 years, in addition to the Boneva, adding of calcium, D and load bearing exercise (never enough), so far no further degredation, crossing my fingers.
    megmo84 replied to bonebabe's response:
    Bonebabe - You talk frequently about breaking the struts within the vertabrae. How does one differentiate the positive effects of weight bearing exercise from other dangerous movements? Are you implying speed-walking, ellipticals, strength-training, etcetera may eventually wear down these struts? I've read and understand the NOF exercise recommendations.
    bonebabe replied to megmo84's response:
    No, I'm saying repetitive actions that cause you to bend from the waist and twist from side to side or any movement that pounds the spine (like jogging) will eventually cause the tiny struts to break when the bone density is low.

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