I forgot to mention - after being on the prednisone off and on for almost a year I discussed with his doctor getting a bone scan done to establish a base line and it's a good thing as it shows some oste
openia in his low spine - the other areas are ok. This can be reversed from what I understand with the fosamax once a week and hopefully getting back into some weight bearing exercise at some point.
If your insurance allows it might not be a bad idea to get one now and keep tabs on it later if you get on the prednisone and need it to help bring about
remission(s). The calcium supplements is most important as mentioned to keep your bones as healthy as possible.
60 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 ... left sided UC 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 good days & bad days 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. Fosamax and mthly B12 shots folic acid 1mg