Thank you. My instructions for the infusion are different: 16 oz of water on the way to the appointment; Start 5,000 IUs of D-3 and 500-600 mgs of calcium per day. Glad you had no side effects. The exercise is important. Thanks again.
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I plan to discuss with my internist early this week. Yes, my thyroid is up and down and she is checking that periodicaly. I have an enlarged pituitary, so am aware of the connections. I feel that I know why the osteo doc is recommending reclast…he believes it will be helpful and he may be right. However, I believe at 82, I can afford to try the moderate approach for a year and decide other options, depending on the outcome of “my” therapy. In the end,
we all know our own bodies better than anyone else. Thanks for your input, appreciate your “second opinion”. Helps to talk it out with someone.
Thank you. My age is 82.
My recent Dexascan was compared to one in 2009 (baseline), and 2013. Compared to the baseline in 2009 and this year 2016, there has been an 8.1% change in the Bone Mineral Density of the lumbar spine and a 7.1% change in the BMD of the femur. The doctor considers these changes statistically significant. He is recommending Reclast infusion once a year for (I think) three years and then none. He has also increased my dosage for Calcium w/Vit D to 500-600mg, one per day; and, increased Vit D3 to 5000 IU per day.
My recent Dexascan report says: “This patient is at moderately increased risk for the development of fractures related to decreased bone mineral density.
I need to decide if I want to receive the Reclast infusion as above. Or, ask for the Actonel pill I was taking before. I never had any bad side effects from that; I just decided after some blood work that it wasn’t doing that much good.
Is Reclast better at doing the job? It seems like it might have bad side effects and if you take the infusion, it’s in your blood already. Not like you can quit taking a pill. You already have the drug for a year.
I think that exercise and the Calcium and Vitamin D3 increases would be the place to begin and if, after another Dexascan in a year or two, the findings are worse, then I would consider the infusion of Reclast.
Has anyone had the injection and what have been the results…side effects or not? I am to start on this later this week and am considering not doing it because of possible side effects….the idea that the bone cells causing the bone loss (due to aging) will be changed by the drug scares me.