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Prednisone

Postby arlando » Sun Dec 11, 2016 3:56 am

I saw a previous answer about prednisone whereas the patient did not have longterm effects from the steroid.  I took prednisone in 1994 as part of MOPP/ABV chemo regimen to treat Hodgkins disease.  One year later, my hips started to fail secondary to avascular necrosis.  I had five hip surgeries, to include eventual replacements.  I was also told of AVN affecting my left knee, for which surgery is ONLY to be performed should the knee totally break down.  Last year, I was told I have AVN of my bilateral glenoid heads(shoulders), as well as left wrist.  I had wrist plating with a radial-shortening osteotomy(cut and shorten my radius--big bone of forearm, with plating).  Should I have known of such effects, I would have opted for radiation therapy over chemotherapy.  My career is typing, and my other wrist is now bothering me.  So, in short, prednisone ruined my future career possibilities in transcription(something I trained for, and was doing when I was treated wtih prednisone).  Note, I only took 84 days worth of the medication(14 days on and 14 days off for a 6-month course--no burst on the medication, no taper off the medication).
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Prednisone

Postby Dougan » Sun Dec 11, 2016 1:20 pm

I saw a previous answer about prednisone whereas the patient did not have longterm effects from the steroid.  I took prednisone in 1994 as part of MOPP/ABV chemo regimen to treat Hodgkins disease.  One year later, my hips started to fail secondary to avascular necrosis.  I had five hip surgeries, to include eventual replacements.  I was also told of AVN affecting my left knee, for which surgery is ONLY to be performed should the knee totally break down.  Last year, I was told I have AVN of my bilateral glenoid heads(shoulders), as well as left wrist.  I had wrist plating with a radial-shortening osteotomy(cut and shorten my radius--big bone of forearm, with plating).  Should I have known of such effects, I would have opted for radiation therapy over chemotherapy.  My career is typing, and my other wrist is now bothering me.  So, in short, prednisone ruined my future career possibilities in transcription(something I trained for, and was doing when I was treated wtih prednisone).  Note, I only took 84 days worth of the medication(14 days on and 14 days off for a 6-month course--no burst on the medication, no taper off the medication).
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Prednisone

Postby roche » Mon Dec 12, 2016 6:12 am

Yours will be a tough malpractice case, and probably an even worse products liability case for a lawyer. But it is worth your time to talk to a couple of malpractice lawyers. Try one who has handled both malpractice and products liability(medical drugs) cases. Your local Bar Association should be able to send you to a couple. Ask them for help.

The major problem is time. 1994 is centuries away  when you think about a statute of limitations. But maybe a sharp lawyer can get information from you that might offset that. It is worth a try for him and for you. Also, prednisone has been known for at least thirty years as a cause of osteoporosis. If at any time your doctors explained any of this to you(I doubt they did) your case becomes difficult. But, because prednisone is so well documented, you still would have a chance. There was a lot in the literature about the dangers of steroids and especially prednisone and its relatives. But you would have a shot at saying the doctors did not give you choices for your treatment, and took advantage of your fears and distress about Hodgkins. And that I am sure they did.

The bone destruction you describe had to have presented early signs that may have been ignored by your treating physicians, or worse that even in the face of warnings about adverse reactions to steroids, the doctors did not look for any reactions to your treatment. That will have to be  proven, but that is possible if your lawyer is not afraid to attack the doctors openly.

As I said, this is a tough one. But it is malpractice to allow that bone destruction not only to occur, but worse, to continue. Give it a good try.
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