Prednisone and Crohn’s May Break My Bones

Prednisone and Crohn’s May Break My Bones
Despite being a rough-and-tumble tomboy as a child, I never broke any bones until my 40s. In 2015, I broke my right foot. I wish I had an exciting story to tell, but I broke it because I’m short. I was running to the bathroom (non-IBD related) when my pinkie toe became entangled in the hem of my long pajama pants. When I tripped headfirst into the wall, I was so concerned I had gone through the Sheetrock that I didn’t even feel the pain in my foot until the next morning. Of course, with my high pain tolerance and stubborn determination, I disregarded my swollen and bruised foot and attended my first martial arts test after earning my first-degree black belt, something I had been waiting and training for the last two years. I was able to drive with little pain. However, walking or putting any weight on my foot was excruciating, even for me. I took the three-hour test, modified to accommodate my injury. After I came home and showered, my fiancé drove me to urgent care. X-rays showed a clean break in my fifth metatarsal. The doctor gave me a walking boot, crutches, and instructions to make an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon to see if I would need surgery to repair the break. Fortunately, I only had to wear the boot. While most metatarsal fractures heal after six to eight weeks, my foot took six months. My bones had weakened from years of taking prednisone to treat a multitude of ailments, including Crohn’s, and from a lack of vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium. Malabsorption of fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin D is common in
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