I am one suffering with long term effects of prednisone...full blown osteoporosis. My GI doctor NEVER informed me of the harm prednisone could cause when I was first diagnosed back in 1998. He never even mentioned I should be taking calcium along with it. Maybe he just assumed I knew.
It wasn't until I was placed on 6MP in 2003 that I had to have blood tests every three months.
I had a total colectomy with end ileostomy June 28, 2010. Too late to save my bones and I am in pain everyday because of the osteoporsis. I was on that dreaded prednisone FAR too often and became dependent on it for two years prior to my surgery. All other meds failed as well.