I'm new to this forum and I'd like to thank everyone for sharing your experiences. I have learned a lot from you, more than from my doctors. I've followed your advice and it has always worked. Here's my story, the short version. I was misdiagnosed with RA in May of this year and was advised to take Methotrexate but I refused to accept the diagnosis and got a second opinion. I thought it was PMR but my first doctor refused to even listen to me. He prescribed 20 mg Pred for a week and then lowered it to 10 mg for 4 weeks, reducing it to 7.5 mg for 3 weeks, and reducing it to 5 mg for 1 week, reducing it to 2.5 m. for 2 weeks. Meanwhile, I changed my diet (no sugar, gluten, dairy and night shade family) hoping to reduce the inflammation and went to physical therapy. PT helped greatly but I had a constant dull ache and was always tired. The second opinion confirmed PMR diagnosis and the doctor prescribed 20 mg Pred for 7 week and I felt great! It reduced the inflammation to normal levels. I started walking again and became very active. I'm on 15 mg for the next 6 weeks and still fell great, with slight pain once in a while but I feel I have my life back and getting stronger every day. As far as I can tell I've had no side effects from Pred. A recent test showed osteoporosis probably due to being postmenopausal and being on Pred and my doctor is recommending Fosamax. I'm really scared of losing my teeth as a side effect on my oral health. What do you think? Are the risks worth the benefits? I'd love to hear your experiences with bisphosphonates. Again, thank you for all your advice.
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