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   Posted 5/15/2008 11:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I have low bone density (not osteoporosis) due to the steriods. Im on asacol and calcium/vit d. My weird question is that im going to a theme park next week and have no idea if the rollercoaster rides could cause me any type of damage? Does anyone have any ideas or am i just being daft? Thanks, pippy

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   Posted 5/15/2008 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
You may want to check with your doctor. I know that some rides can be tough on your body. My father has Padgents(I can not remebers how to spell it) in his neck and shoulders. He had to give up theme park rides a few years ago.

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   Posted 5/15/2008 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   

I LOVE rollercoaster type rides.  I LOVE Disney!  But, I also can break a rib bending over the side of my chair to pick something up.  So I would be very careful.  I make sure that all the security bars are really tight so that I don't have any slop and I try to not have any jarring motion.  I do skip the really rough rides. I am a bit of a chicken so I tend to have my eyes closed so that my help because I'm not tensing up in anticipation of a bad turn.  I have never had an injury from a ride, just from being stupid like bending out of my car window.


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   Posted 5/15/2008 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
My density read at -2.2. My doc says that I can ski or do whatever and that I am not really much more prone to bone breaks than healthy people. That is just one doctor's opinion though!
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   Posted 5/15/2008 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Pippy,

I can tell you that you are more prone that others to breaks if you have low density. As for if you should only your doctor can tell you if you will be ok.

I have very little density of my bones due to prednisone use over the years. I too take Vit D, Calcium and Asocol for it. I love rides and would not do it; but, that is me. I error on the safer side for most stuff.


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   Posted 5/15/2008 8:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Call your doctor for advice on this. We are professionals and you need good advice before getting on a jarring ride. Either way, have fun!

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   Posted 5/15/2008 8:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with asking your doc on this one. We're going to Disney in a few weeks, and thankfully I'm a big chicken when it comes to the big rides anyway. LOL But yeah, I think I'd want my doctors opinion on that. I know I have to wear a ton of sun block, and my doctor said to wear a big hat. Since I'll still be on steroids. I feel better having some advice before going, makes me relax a bit (well not advice from my crappy GI though, my regular doc LOL).
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   Posted 5/15/2008 10:14 PM (GMT -7)   
i would say you woould be fine,, unless of course the roller coaster flys off the track. in that case breaking a bone would be the least of your worries. ;0)

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   Posted 5/16/2008 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Thankyou for your replies. My husbands just reminded me that i've been on loads of rides since having low bone density (i can't keep track of the years!). Im deffo going to go but will just stick to the 'smooth' rides rather than the ones that jolt you about. You couldn't break a bone just with g-force could you?

ps, i meant i was on actonel not asacol

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   Posted 5/16/2008 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I would poo my pants on a rollercoaster...even if I didn't have crohns.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 5/16/2008 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Osteopenia? I was diagnosed with that a few years back. I was told to be careful, and I have been, sort of. I still ride ATV's, and have gone to Disneyland, however I have been on a calcium tablet routine for a few years now, so the numbers have been improving.

but, like the others said, doesn't hurt to check with the Doc.
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   Posted 5/16/2008 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
how many G's would it take for your head to pop off????

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   Posted 5/17/2008 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't know but i might find out next week!!
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