On March 1, 2022 I had my first injection of this drug. Four hours later, despite being well-hydrated and taking Tylenol as advised, I ended up in Urgent Care with debilitating headaches like I had never experienced before. I genuinely thought I was dying, which is why I went to Urgent Care. I got some initial help, which wasn’t effective past a few hours. I had to go back to Urgent Care a second time, where I was given anti inflammatory drugs, which were also effective only for a few hours, though for longer than the drugs given during the initial visit. I was referred to my PCP to handle my non-stop headaches.
I had to be on migraine medicine almost non-stop for months (approximately every 3 hours). In addition to this, my neck and back hurt constantly as well. It felt like I was sleeping on wooden planks. For the first 5 weeks after the initial injection, I was forced to sleep in a strange, sitting position, leaning over the back of my couch. After those 5 weeks, the headaches began slowly resolving, but my back, shoulders, and neck continued to hurt for several more weeks. After that, the muscles and bones in my arms, hips, shoulder blades, and legs began hurting terribly. I went back to my doctor for this, and was prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs. My symptoms seemed to be better only while I was on the drugs, and would come back immediately when the effects of the drugs subsided.
All of this, the migraines, the bone pain, and the muscle pain made sleeping normally impossible. I was constantly waking up because of the pain and stiffness, and was unable to get a decent night’s sleep for months. I used to be very active for my age, but the Reclast made me borderline immobile. Now, I’m still experiencing constant side effects. I have acid reflux and indigestion due to the different anti-inflammatory drugs I was taking to offset the pain the Reclast caused me. Now I’m having to stop taking the anti-inflammatory drugs, and I’m half immobile again.
This experience was absolutely miserable. I’m now on my 7th month of daily pain, pain that wasn’t present prior to taking the Reclast. I do not feel like it is going away at all. It is constantly present. At this point, I hope that maybe the effects of the Reclast will subside on the yearly anniversary of my first shot. I will never take this medication again. It legitimately destroyed several months of my life, and is still continuing to do so. I’m still trying to stay as active at home as I can, doing stretches and exercises through the tear-inducing pain. I will look for other alternatives for osteoporosis treatment.
I will post an update if anything changes, but as of right now, this medication was horrible.Read More Read Less