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I am posting in desperation on behalf of my mother. She is 72 and was recently prescribed alendronic acid, as a preventative measure (her bone density is fine, she does not have osteoporosis) because she takes steroids for polymyalgia rheumatica.
Before taking the alendronic acid her mobility was fine, she was able to spend a day out walking around, do shopping etc. She took 3 tablets, one each week, and after the first she started experiencing pain deep in her buttock, which radiated down her leg. After the second the pain became more severe, and she was finding it hard to walk for any length of time. After the third she started using walking sticks to walk anywhere, even from room to room. She then stopped taking the alendronic acid, realising it must be this that caused the pain. She took her last one about a month ago and still has severe pain in one leg, so bad she is unable to sleep much at night, cannot stand up for any length of time, and is unable to walk very far. She is effectively housebound/wheelchair bound, after having been perfectly fine before.
None of the doctors she has seen have been able to help - she is on codeine and paracetemol 3x a day and gabapentin. The only other thing the docs have offered is sleeping tablets but she is reluctant to take them even though she is desperate to be able to escape the pain and sleep!
Can anyone offer us any hope at all? Any idea how long this poison takes to get out of the system? Anything she can do to help relieve the pain? Please help!
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