Recardo Patrick: My Paget's Disease
A worldwide entertainer, business man and event’s organiser, British born Recardo Patrick first rose to fame as lead singer with the band Sweet Sensation who had a worldwide hit in 1979, with “Sad Sweet Dreamer”. He has worked alongside many other famous names including Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Elton John and Prince. Recardo came to be a Patron of the Paget’s Association after discovering that he had Paget’s disease. His work schedule is hectic, however, he recently took time out to talk to Diana, our Specialist Paget’s Nurse about his Paget’s disease.
Recardo was 48 when he began to experience pain radiating down his thigh. He had investigations which led to a diagnosis of Paget’s disease in his right pelvis. His endocrinologist prescribed an infusion of Zoledronate and Recardo has never looked back. Although he suffered flu–like side-effects for about 8 hours following the treatment, eventually the drug took effect and he became pain free. This was over 4 years ago and he has not had any pain or problems since. He is monitored each year and is very happy with the success of his treatment.
Recardo believes in keeping fit, training every day and partaking in extreme sports such as snowboarding. He is however, aware how disabling the complications of Paget’s disease can be in those who are severely affected, and hopes research can find a cure soon. He gives this advice to those who are diagnosed with the condition: “After the initial shock, get a good assessment, and if you need treatment don’t hesitate, Zoledronate relieved my pain and has given me long term benefit, enabling me to lead a normal life.”