I don't, nor have i ever seen a Rheumatologist. But he looks after me and consults with the right people. The main thing is I have been seeing him for 12 years and I trust him. He is a nephrologist.sam101360;550207 said:Stuart:
I am surprised that your Rhumy has not tried any of the steroid sparing medicines that are now being used to treat Lupus as the long term side affects of extended steroid use are so well known now.
http://www.mydr.com.au/seniors-health/osteoporosis-risk-factorsSome medical conditions and medicines predispose people to secondary osteoporosis. These include:
- long-term or frequent use of prednisone;
Up to 6% of men and women over 60 in Australia use
corticosteroids. It is estimated that 30- 50% of patients on
long-term corticosteroid therapy will experience fractures.
Facts about fractures and corticosteroids
Minimal trauma fractures are a serious complication of
treatment with corticosteroids.
The extent of bone loss depends on the dose, duration of
therapy, age of the patient and underlying disease.
Bone loss is greatest in the first year of corticosteroid
therapy, occurring within months of therapy commencing