I am a 48 year old male and I was diagnosed in June 2014 and placed on Stribild in August.
The stats are below
- August CD4 320 with CD4 percent of 18% VL 740000
- October CD4 346 with CD4 percent of 21% VL 41
- December CD4 281 with CD4 percent of 27% VL undetectable
Before I was diagnosed, I had sleep problems, fatigue issues and overall low energy. In addition to getting sick fairly easily. Since January I have been having stomach problems, (all the usual suspects). They have ruled out drug side effects, so now I am in the waiting game as they try different things and arrange for me to be scoped. Along the journey I developed an iron anemia. I am now taking iron pills and meal replacement to help with my decrease appetite along with the good old multi vitamin.
My challenge is quality of life. I get up for work, feeling tired and not well. I suffer through a work day, where I come home, eat, stay up for an hour or so more, the I am too tired to stay awake, then it is off to bed to start the cycle again. I find I do not have energy to do much on the week ends, besides relax and sleep so I can get up and do it all over again on Monday.
I am also jealous of my partner who was dx shortly before me with a 220 CD4 count and then after being on meds for two month is at 500 CD4 with a lot more energy than me.
I guess I am looking for encouragement and advice as my doctor take me on the field trip to get me feeling normal (what is that?) again.