I've previously posted that I have two useless femurs due to the Alendronic Acid...one that snapped completely 2 years ago, was pinned, but hasn't knitted - I am told due to the steroids. The other has a stress fracture for just over one year...surgery for both in the future I am afraid but at the moment I need some advice.
I have experienced a bad flare up of the PMR over the last 6 weeks - I had got down to 7.5 from 12.5 a day with 100 Azathioprine, just as I saw my rheumy. He increased the Aza to 150 a day which made no difference so I'm afraid I gradually increased the steroids until I got to 15mg daily. I am now alternating 10/one, 15 the next day but don't seem to be winning. I know when I started the Aza I was told it would take three months to kick in - would this also apply to the increase in dose? I think it was the Aza that helped me get down to the 7.5..next time I will stop at 8.
My main question is that despite taking 100mg Tramadol and 100mg Paracetamol 5 hourly and the increased steroids I am in more pain from both legs, even at rest, than previously. Is it possible that the steroids also mask the pain from the femurs or is the pain inflammation around the damaged bones? I also have pelvic girdle pain which is new and quite a lot of pain in my spine which was fused for spondyliosis L4/5 in 1979 and has previously been manageable. I am nudging 13 stone at the moment as I can take no exercise....I am warned that the fractured femur can snap at any time and I can not fully weight bear on the pinned one......so swinging along very carefully and painfully on two crutches which is not easy with the PMR flare up.
If the extra pain in the femurs and everywhere else is due to the steroid dose being too low I will stop worrying and maybe increase to 20mg for a couple of weeks. I see my rheumy again on 2 November but he is always anxious to reduce the Pred so I don't think I am going to win any applause from him!