Hi everyone.. thanks for all of your kind words and encouragement!
Barb - no one mentioned anything to me about predosing with Tylenol, but I think that's probably a good idea. I got a mild headache while receiving the infusion which apparently is common, so the nurse did give me one then.
I'm in Vancouver, BC. I think I'm going to ask to go to another infusion center as this one was in a back room of a walk in clinic and was sooo small! There wasn't even room for my fiance to sit with me, and the poor nurse kept stepping on my feet! Another patient came in for an infusion, and having only one IV pole, the nurse had to tape her meds to the wall above her head! Certainly less than ideal.
I didn't get any blood work done, but I had just had some done by the infectious disease specialist I saw, so maybe that was all they needed. I did have an MRI done (neuro wanted it within a couple months of starting Tysabri) just to make sure I had no signs of PML.
The evening of my infusion I didn't feel great.. I went from very awake to very tired and a bit dizzy/lightheaded so I went to bed early. I guess flu like symptoms can happen the first couple days, I did get a bit achey and had some minor chills, but nothing an Advil didn't take care of. I felt kind of "funny" in the head, but with my anxiety I never know what's what.... it's better now though.
Let me know if you have any more questions, and I'll keep you all posted
Diagnosed with MS April 2006
Longstanding anxiety and depression
Currently on Betaseron