I have diligently taken my calcium and vit d, and even my ale droning acid since starting on pred in September, and have as always eaten a healthy diet. I walk one and a half to two miles a day with the dog, and also look after my horse, mucking out his stable every day as well as sweeping and grooming etc. I had a deas an the other day, and was expecting to be told I was keeping on top of bone loss, and hoping that I could stop the alendronic. Instead apparentl I have osteopenia! In fact the report says it recommends me starting on vit d and calcium but does not yet think I need alendronic, as it would seem the rheumy was not aware that I was already taking both even though it's in my notes! So I am now thinking I would have been on serious trouble had I not started prophylactic treatment immediately.