I have PMR and have been on prednisolone since January. I am now on 10mg down from the original 15. I am having a gentle battle with my GP. My consultant put me on alendronic acid (without a dexascan). After five weeks I started to get discomfort in my oesophagus when eating so I came off it. The GP wants me to stay on it and implies that osteoporosis is almost a foregone conclusion. I pressed for a dexascan and have now received an appointment in three weeks time. I was hoping to have the occasional dexa and only take the drug if I have to but he says that dexas can't be repeated very often. He says this is for safety but I suspect cost may be the issue.
I think I have read somewhere on this site that not everyone develops osteoporosis and those who do usually develop it within a certain time frame - fairly early on? If my scan comes back negative can I assume it's safe not to take the alendronic acid? Should I ask for another scan in the future and how long should I wait?
This site is my lifeline so thank you everyone for the constant support and reassurance.