I have had PMR since December and been on prednisolone 15mg since January and am now just about on 9. I have had no flares and am almost symptom free except for the odd twinge and some tiredness. When I saw the rheumy she put me on alendronic acid with no discussion. After 5 weeks I started to get discomfort when swallowing so I stopped taking it. When I discussed it with the GP he said I should carry on taking it otherwise I would get osteoporosis. I pressed for a dexascan which he reluctantly agreed to. I now have the result and the GP wrote to me and said I should resume taking it as I had osteopenia. My scores are : spine T-score -1.6 Z-score 0.2 - osteopenic, hip T-score 0.1 Z-score 1.4 normal.
I've read a lot of your information plus other sources and feel that I still don't want to take AA because osteopenia at my age (66) is fairly normal, my readings are not that high and osteopenia doesn't automatically progress to osteoporosis. Also it seems that it might not even be that effective against osteopenia. Am I being foolhardy? Any advice would be so gratefully received.