I've recently had a bone scan after five years of being on the steroid prednisolone for Polymyalgia rheumatica. I'm told that I have osteoporosis in both areas they looked at, the bottom of my spine and left hip. I took one dose of Alendronic Acid five years ago, prescribed by the doctor as a preventative measure when first starting the steroids but I had a very bad reaction with extreme pain in my hips four hours after taking it and couldn't put any weight on either leg. I've now been referred to a rheumatologist for advice on what medication to take. I don't know how long that will take though. In the meantime I suppose I'd better start walking!