I don't come here often, but when I do, I focus in on people having joint pain. My daughter took pred for 4 months and now has osteonecrosis (ON) in 9 joints. Had we not stumble upon a really terrific rheumatologist who suggested an MRI, we still would not know that she has this bone disease. It can lay dormant in the body and be misdiagnosed for years until an MRI is done to find the real reason behind the pain. Please request an MRI of any joint, especially the hips/knees/ankles as these are weight bearing joints. Should you find ON, it's especially important that you find an ortho who is experienced in treating ON and one who will investigate all joints with an MRI since it is the most sensitive in finding ON in its early stage. My daughter's doctor is Dr. Mont in Baltimore...I wouldn't trust anyone else with her bone care.
All the best to you!
20 yo daughter w/ Pancolitis
Step 1 colectomy/jpouch creation 11/27/06
Step 2 takedown 2/9/07
VSL #3 DS
21 yo Daughter diagnosed with right shoulder, bilateral wrist,
bilateral elbow, bilateral knee, and bilateral ankle avascular necrosis
(aka Osteonecrosis) as a result of Prednisone use