Hi folks, the last time l saw my Rheumatologist l asked for a dexa scan and given that l was diagnosed with osteopenia over a year ago l considered this a reasonable request.
No l don't think that will be nessasary was his reply.
He did however predictably suggest that l start taking methotrexate alongside the prednisolone and l have decided to ignore his advice for now as l know this drug carries awful side effects.
I also decided to ignore his refusal for a dexa scan and in defiance l went to my Gp and persuaded him to refer me for one and after some persuasion he put the request through.
The same Rheumatologist has sent me an appointment to have a zoledronate infusion carried out.
I have never had a discussion with him or anyone else about the possibility of having this treatment and certainly would have thought a dexa scan would be a good starting point if l were to consider infusions so l have also put this off for now by postponing this treatment pending the results of my scan and what the likely side effects of a zoledronate infusion are.
Sometimes you need more than fortitude to fight illness, especially if you pick the short straw when getting a Rheumatologist.