I recently had a fractured foot for no reason - no injury or accident. This freak incident in combination with taking prednisone, my podiatrist ordered a dexascan to determine my bone density. My spine looks good, but my hips are in the osteopenia range (bone deterioration). So now I’m taking Actonel to combat any more bone loss. Has anyone else has a similar situation? I feel like I’m a delicate egg & cannot do anything for fear of breaking/fracturing something … but I’m only 32! So I try to be careful, but there are times that I really want to do something. I always end up paying though – having bruises all over the place and achy bones.
That’s another thing; does anyone else get terrible bruises from using prednisone? I get these super dark and sore bruises. Whenever a doctor other than my Rhumy sees them, they seem to freak out! Some even think my husband hits me – not the case at all but just embarrassing. I also have permanent discoloration on my shins.
Any suggestions/advise would be helpful!
I have Lupus ... Lupus doesn't have me.
Rx: Pletal 200mg-Norvasc 10mg-Prednisone 10mg-Plaquenil 400mg-Actonel-Lexapro 10mg
Post Edited (Jenny S.) : 6/22/2010 1:02:03 PM (GMT-6)
I am so sorry about your fracture. Since I have been on long term pred, my bone density is steadily dropping. I am sitting right on the green/yellow line on the graph. My Vit D is chronically low, and I was found seriously low in B12. I am going to try and wean off the pred as I have just had to resign from my job and file for disability. And the dr. suggested I may need to start cellcept. I have put off the decision on that until my D and B levels are better, I have taken calcium citrate for years, dr. says at least 1200mgs of the calcium and 1000 mg of D, and I already feel better since I have quit going to work everyday. On my 5mg maintenance, I rarely see a bruise, but when I need to take up towards 40mg, I notice them. The dr. does too, but bruises from steroids should be known as a medical fact by most medical professionals. One time, my dr. commented carefully, about the pattern of one on my upper arm. I was relieved actually, that he cared enough to ask about the cause. Domestic violence is a hard topic. Keep kickin' and know that weight bearing exercise is important for bone health,