After a bone density scan about five months ago I was deemed to have osteopenia and put on Risedronate Sodium one 35mg tablet a week. Almost immediately I had awful knee pain. I thought my body would get used to it, but it never has done. I've had PMR since June 2013 and am down to 5mg pred a day. My GP has told me to reduce pred when I feel I should and continues to supply me with enough to reduce slowly.
The knee pain from Risedronate has been there all the time. The difficulties I had with PMR before being diagnosed have returned - getting out of bed, getting up from sitting, getting out of the car, and pain day and night. On Friday I should have taken my weekly dose. I didn't. Now 3 days later I don't have to think about how I'm going to get out of bed, the pain in my knees is disappearing fast. I can go up and down stairs with only a twinge of discomfort. I can't see me going back on Risedronate. It may be a good drug but the side effects were too great for me to bear.