Hello- Somehow I inadvertently started my discussion under the wrong topic ( diagnosing). In case anyone is considering a Reclast infusion, I wanted to let you know that I did receive my infusion yesterday. Besides it taking up most of my day, it was not a bad experience and today my side effects are minimal. The only discomfort were the needle sticks. Prior to the infusion they drew blood to check my kidney function and calcium level. If either had been abnormal, they would not have continued with the infusion. Then they started an IV and ran the Reclast. I could not feel the Reclast going in. They ran it in over 30 minutes. The most common side effect is flu like symptoms, but so far I am only having minor joint pain which I am sure if I took an ibuprofen, I wouldn't even feel that. The emotional part of this is that my doctor referred me to an oncologist for the infusion. This was done because oncologist have been infusing a similar drug for cancer patients for years, so they have a better chance at getting it covered by insurance. As I received the infusion, I was surrounded by cancer patients receiving their chemotherapy. This was very emotional. I could not help but feel guilty, sad and thankful all at the same time.
Anyway, if anyone has questions about the infusion, I am happy to answer them. I will keep you updated as to whether my insurance company ( they approved the infusion but were vague as to what dose they would cover) covers this or not.