I had my first Orencia infusion on Thursday, 9/10. I did not know what to expect but was relieved that the experience was complication free. I was given two Tylenol and two Benadryl prior to starting the procedure. After the iv needle was inserted into my hand, and blood drawn for tests, the actual infusion was started. There was no burning or stinging, in fact there was no feeling at all during the process.
I took my iPod with me and listened to music while the hour long process played out and I believe I even dozed off for about 15 minutes of it. I had worked 12 hours the night before getting off at 7 am and was at the doctors office at 9:30 am. I was so exhausted, I just hope I didn't snore!
I don't know whether it's coincidence or whether it's mental (I've been accused of being mental more than once), but starting Thursday night at work, my feet have not hurt as badly as they normally do. I know the Orencia cannot work that quickly, but I have definitely felt better since taking the first treatment.
But all good things must come to an end. We have had rain the last 24-28 hours and last night at work around 2:30 am I began hurting. By 4:30 am I was in quit a bit of pain and by the time I got off at 7 am, I limped home and crawled in bed. I know we needed the rain, but it sure messed a good thing up for me this weekend.