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Hobo
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   Posted 8/24/2009 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I've heard of people here going in for a Bone Density Test.

Can my GI authorize a Bone Density Test or should I go see a General Practice doctor?

I want to know how Prednisone has affected me.

Is there anything else I should be tested for to see how Prednisone has affected me?

Thanks

Eva Lou
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   Posted 8/24/2009 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
my PCP recommended one after being on & off pred for about 20 months- I think your primary care doc would have to be the one making the referral, but if you have a history of steroid use, they should be more than willing to go ahead with one. Mine showed some minor osteopenia, nothing much to worry about. I do have to get enough calcium thru diet though. I don't honestly know what else, if anything, they can test you for because of steroid use.
diagnosed with UC '02
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Asacol- 8 tabs/day
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various probiotics
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Christine1946
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   Posted 8/24/2009 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
     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


Hobo
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   Posted 8/25/2009 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
OK, thanks for the responses.
I made an appointment with a General Practitioner.
I've been off of Prednisone for about two months and I have pain in my left heal. It started after getting off of Prednisone.

I'll get the bone density test done and hope for good results but I have a bad feeling.

Christine1946
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   Posted 8/25/2009 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
     You probably have plantar facitous....not sure of the spelling there, but I had that...it is a bone spur.  Mine went away with Dr. Scholl's inserts.  How old are you?  I had many contributing factors to my osteoporosis.  When I was about 21 I was on the verge of anorexia.  It was little heard of back in that day.  However, I wised up myself and started eating properly before winding up in therapy or the hospital.  I never was a milk drinker and I nursed my last baby for 13 months and suffered a calcium deficiency.  So all that totalled up leads to my own stupidity.  The prednisone just put the icing on the cake.
 
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.


Scrap Girl
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   Posted 8/25/2009 4:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I have one in a couple of weeks. My GI ordered it.
Diagnosed with UC in Feb. 2005
 
Colazal (9 a day)
Folic Acid
Biotin
Calcium
Remicade


Hobo
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   Posted 8/25/2009 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Christine1946 said...
</b> You probably have plantar facitous....not sure of the spelling there, but I had that...it is a bone spur. Mine went away with Dr. Scholl's inserts. How old are you? I had many contributing factors to my osteoporosis. When I was about 21 I was on the verge of anorexia. It was little heard of back in that day. However, I wised up myself and started eating properly before winding up in therapy or the hospital. I never was a milk drinker and I nursed my last baby for 13 months and suffered a calcium deficiency. So all that totalled up leads to my own stupidity. The prednisone just put the icing on the cake.


I'm 48 tomorrow. Sometimes the pain is so bad I can hardly walk.
What interesting is that when I wear tennis shoes and get on the treadmill my foot always feels better.
We'll see what the doc says.

Hobo
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   Posted 8/25/2009 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Scrap Girl said...
I have one in a couple of weeks. My GI ordered it.


I probably could have had my GI order one but now I'm glad I have an appointment with the General Practitioner. They are going to also check my cholesterol level and a few other things.
I haven't had a check up in years.

nana1947
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   Posted 8/25/2009 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Duagnised with UC July 21, 2009. Currently on Asacol and prednisone, but tapering prednisone already. Seems we caught the flare early and meds working well. Hope to stay in remission! I have had plantar faciatis for a few years now. I could barly walk at first, but use inserts, wear flats and stretch my feet three times a day. Also never go barefoot, even in the house. I wear nice cushy slippers. The exercise helps the most. Check for some on th einternet...google. Runners stretch against the wall to stretch out calf, ankle and plantar tendons in feet. I hope this helps.

Hobo
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   Posted 8/26/2009 6:08 AM (GMT -6)   
nana1947 said...
Duagnised with UC July 21, 2009. Currently on Asacol and prednisone, but tapering prednisone already. Seems we caught the flare early and meds working well. Hope to stay in remission! I have had plantar faciatis for a few years now. I could barly walk at first, but use inserts, wear flats and stretch my feet three times a day. Also never go barefoot, even in the house. I wear nice cushy slippers. The exercise helps the most. Check for some on th einternet...google. Runners stretch against the wall to stretch out calf, ankle and plantar tendons in feet. I hope this helps.


Thanks for the info. I Googled Plantar Faciatis and it sounds exactly like what I have.
Is this a result of any of the UC meds?

ThePostmodernIrony
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   Posted 8/26/2009 8:45 AM (GMT -6)   
My GI ordered one and I have ostepenia - He said to wait a couple of years and have another one.
UC diagnosed January 05
Past Meds: Azasan (Imuran) - piercing chest pains after six days so tried different brand aka Azathioprine - morning nausea /didn't really help after more than 6 months, dicyclomine (still flared), Remicade - 7 treatments (stopping because no dramatic changes), allergy shots (03-07), levbid, prednisone (been off since nov. 08!)
Current meds: Asacol 2 - 3x, Aciphex (acid reflux), canasa and rowasa alternating every other night, konsyl (fiber 3 a day), multivitamin, caltrate 2x a day. probiotic (florasmart), astelin (nasal spray as needed for allergies), fosamax (bone density), Iron

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