After being on and off prednisone for the past eleven years I have full blown osteoporosis. My last bone density was -3.5 and my family physician is VERY concerned. I will not take Fosamax or Actonel because they can cause ulcerations in the esophagus and I have enough ulcers in my rectum. I take calcium with D and eat a lot of calcium enriched foods. The doctor mentioned Boniva injections but I have to do more reading about that. I already suffered a compressed fracture of the lumbar spine about four years ago in a fall...flat on my spine.
Prednisone raises the blood pressure, I am on Benicar 20 mgm for that but off the Toprol xl. Keep a close tab on your BP. This last flare my blood sugar level skyrocked in the evening and now I have to keep a watch on that...sheesh.
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008 for ten days.
Remission Nov 08 thru May of 09.
Slowly coming out of flare. Meds: Colazal (6 per day), prednisone 10 mgm and tapering weekly, Cort enema nightly, Canasa in morning, Benicar 20 mg for BP, flaxseed oil 3 x a day, fishoil 2 x a day, probiotic 3 x a day, calcium with D 1x a day and multivitamin.
Doctor had me on 100 mgm of 6MP which drastically lowered my white count. Now off the 6MP pending results of repeat white count. UGH