Hi I live in Sunderland. I was diagnosed with an overactive thyroid gland almost 50 years ago. Eventually something went wrong and after being given steroids for a short while, I was given the radioactive isotope which resulted in me becoming underactive. Fast forward 10 years and I was diagnosed with Avascular Necrosis, an agonising and debilitating illness, caused by the steroids I was given for my overactive thyroid gland. As a result of this I had to have both my hip bones replaced in 1997 and 1998 respectively. Although both hip bone replacements were a success, I had 2 very nasty flare-ups and now walk with a cane.
After my first hip bone replacement, I was diagnosed with DVT in that leg and have since learned that anyone with underlying blood clotting disorders should never be prescribed steroids. I am, therefore, campaigning that anyone prescribed steroids should be tested as to their suitability. Has anyone had similar experiences?