Monday, June 19, 2017

Aging Beautifully ~ Infusion Conclusion


I'm not certain how old you have to be in your golden years.  I don't think I'm there yet.  I may be in my bronze years or possibly my silver years.  Anyone know when the cut off dates are?



I do know that I am at the age when I have to take my bone density seriously ~ thus my infusion conclusion post. This morning I went for my first Reclast Infusion treatment.

Reclast is a prescription medication used to treat or prevent osteoporosis in women after menopause. Reclast helps reduce the chance of having a hip or spinal fracture (break).

I've tried taking oral prescription medications to improve my bone density but my stomach could not tolerate them.  After consulting with my primary care physician and an endocrinologist, I decided that the once a year Reclast infusion was my best option.  (Thankfully, my health insurance covers the lion's share of the cost.)

Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to our health.  After hearing about all the cancer concerns etc with hormonal therapy for perimenopause/menopause symptoms, I decided to bite the bullet and not take any hormonal Rx during that time.  It was rough going with hot flashes, restless sleep, etc.  What I did NOT know was that hormonal therapy medications can help your bones not deteriorate as quickly.  I'm not sure if I would have made the same decisions if I knew.  Hindsight is 20/20 and so here we are.

Exercise (walking, chores), weight training (I use lite weights), and adding calcium to our diets is also important for strong bones.

This is the fifth post in my Aging Beautifully series. To revisit earlier posts in the series, you can find them by clicking on the link in the Sampler left sidebar.

In this series on Aging Beautifully, I hope to touch on all aspects of beauty and how we can nurture beauty in our lives and ourselves. I hope that you will join me and celebrate our beauty within and without (not without without but rather on the outside).

Be good to your bones.
They will thank you for it.

12 comments:

  1. Oh wow! You've helped me think on this as I will enter that season in a few years I'm sure.

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    1. Chrissy, talk to your doctor about all your options! xo

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  2. Such an informative post, Gina. I have not heard of Reclast Infusion treatment.

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    1. Kim, I'm not sure if its new or not but it's just once a year. Even though I haven't felt well after for a few days, I am glad that I had the infusion.

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  3. I took premarin for two years as the insomnia was driving me crazy and I still have osteopenia. ( the stage before osteoporosis). One reason I try to walk so much is to help with that. However a fiend of mine takes recast and it has really helped her and no real side effects in her case.

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    1. Arlene, it seems like we are doomed if we do and doomed if we don't. Walking definitely is great for body, soul, and spirit!

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  4. Best of luck to you on this, Gina. I took a monthly medication for my bones, but I didn't like the way it made me feel, and I stopped taking it after several months. You'll have to let me know how this Reclast Infusion is.

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    1. Kitty, at your next doctor's visit, inquire about the Reclast. It may be a good option for you. I'm thankful that it is just once a year.

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  5. Dear Gina,
    I'm glad you are on top of your bones! I had not heard of that kind of infusion! My "bone" infusion consists of nettle leaves and oatstraw (with a little mint for flavoring). :)

    Love,

    Marqueta

    p.s. I have made green tortillas with corn flour, but some do work better than others. Usually I have to add wheat flour at the last minute!

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    1. Marqueta, I've never seen oat straw before. I look forward to learning more from your videos. xo

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  6. bummer the medicine didn't work out, are there side effects of this shot? I hadn't heard of it before. I know I need to strengthen my back and all, I have a hard time. Hope it does the work for you.

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    1. Connie, I will get the infusion again next year. The side effects I had were fever, dizziness, bad aches and pains especially in my bones for a few days. I'm fine now.

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