We had a dexa scan (bone density) just done to establish a baseline since hubby has been on and off the prednisone for a year or so now...more on than off actually.
It showed some oste
opena in the low spine area. He takes the calcium daily but we are now waiting for the fosamax to be delivered today or tomorrow. The femur and other areas are good at the moment.
He is starting to taper once again.....this time a bit slower with a 5 mg drop and when he gets to 20mg hopefully he is fine and good to go for further tapering - maybe even slower and by 2 1/2 mg??? I hate it and he hates it - it causes so many different things to contend with.
Hopefully the prednisone with the imuran that was needed to "jump start" the imuran if I remember my facts straight will now allow a successful tapering.
There are other things to worry about
also but that darn drug seems to be necessary for alot of the UC sufferers to get into a remission. Some agree - some do not - I'm not totally sure - we follow the Dr's instructions and opinion.
We are waiting to hear from Mayo Clinic for a consult appt with their Gastro dept. It will be nice to compare notes and see what they agree or disagree with insofar as his care up to this point and what improvements they recommend.
60 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 ... left sided ulcerative colitis now & fully involved and trying to get in remission. Acute inflammation-pancolitis-tenesmus rectal pain-granulation is showing some healing started. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07 July 07 starting to feel somewhat normal 75mg Imuran 40 mg prednisone (tapering 8/07) 12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 3X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 20 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Colocourt enemas at night.