My daughter was given steroids to stay alive. They caused a foot bone to die and disintegrate and now a hip bone is dying. Will it stop or move to other parts of the body?
Is she still taking steroids?
One of the side-effects of taking steroid tablets in the long term (for three months or more) is an increased risk of developing osteoporosis (thinning of your bones). This is known as steroid-induced osteoporosis.
There are lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your risk These include stop smoking, limit alcohol intake and exercise more.
Ensure an adequate calcium and vitamin D intake - supplements can be prescribed. Sometimes medicines called bisphosphonates are given.
They include alendronate, risedronate and etidronate. They work on the bone-making cells. They can help to restore some lost bone, and help to prevent further bone loss.
All the best.
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