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Author Topic: pericardial effusion? anyone? anyone?  (Read 1774 times)

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Offline bryonut

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pericardial effusion? anyone? anyone?
« on: April 24, 2007, 05:11:34 PM »
OK, i am new to this forum. I am also new to living with HIV. I was pretty healthy until I came down with pneumocystis pneumonia about 6 mos ago. It was at that time I found out I was hiv+ and had a whopping CD4 of 1.  I started meds about 8 mos ago and reached a CD4 of 97 and undetectable vl. I started to feel symptoms very similar to what i felt when the PCP came on. I ended up being hospitalized due to what appeared to be pneumonia and the effusion (fluid collecting around my heart). The fluid was removed (not fun) and i felt much better. It was analyzed but there was no satisfactory conclusion as to where it came from. There was also no sign of PCP, TB or pneumonia. The only conclusion was that it was related to reconstitution syndrome. Anyone experience something similar?

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Re: pericardial effusion? anyone? anyone?
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2007, 05:14:45 PM »
Hey Bry,

Welcome to the Forums!

I've not had IRS (Immune Reconstitution Syndrome) but I've heard of it and it may well be what's brought on this recurrence of unpleasant symptoms.

Or it may not. Such is the fun of AIDS. ;)

1 CD4 cell? Shit! The lowest Matty the Damned ever got was 15. Seems I have still have some work to do.

Fondly,

MtD

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Re: pericardial effusion? anyone? anyone?
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2007, 05:44:35 PM »
Hey MtD, Thanks for the welcome. Seems like a friendly place... maybe ill hang out here for a while.

Yes, damn the AIDS and all its mysteries. >:(

As for CD4 counts, I try to go for the gusto and not do things "half assed". If I were you I would be pleased with a low of 15 and call it a good day. :)

Bry

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Re: pericardial effusion? anyone? anyone?
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2007, 06:11:31 PM »
Hehehehhe. In the presence of a body who has only had 1 CD4 cell, 15 certainly seems like an embarrassment of riches.

When I reached 15, we gave them names. It was fun.

MtD

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Re: pericardial effusion? anyone? anyone?
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2007, 06:39:12 PM »
Hey Bry,

Welcome to the nuthouse, and I see you have already met our Holy Father, Matty......  :'(

He does care for us all a whole lot, and even has the competence to understand the disease, and all it's bullshit.

Welcome to the Fourms, and I just want to say that if the icon photo is of you, I certainly am glad you posted it.  You definately be a teddy, and it is good.

Just stopped in to cruise, and see what was happening this fine afternoon and found your new post.  Glad you are here.

Love,
The Bible contains 6 admonishments to homosexuals,
and 362 to heterosexuals.
This doesn't mean that God doesn't love heterosexuals,
It's just that they need more supervision.
Lynn Lavne

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Re: pericardial effusion? anyone? anyone?
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2007, 07:01:31 PM »
Hey MtD, i didn't want to post it, but there was a time when i thought I lost my one and only t cell. Turns out my puppy had hidden it under his bed. I thought people might think I was irresponsible  and think less of me. Being the delicate flower I am I would have been devastated had someone called me on being a careless parent. It was after that moment of "scary" that I decided my t cell could not be an only child.
Moffie65 (Tim) referred to you as the holy father of the group I am humbled in your presence and wish to kiss your ring. Would that be OK.. even though i am Jewish?

Heh heh..

Bry

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Re: pericardial effusion? anyone? anyone?
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2007, 07:11:05 PM »
hello Tim,

awww shucks you sure know how to make a guy blush  :-[. Yes, that is me as of about 2 days ago.  I would consider myself a bear type, although at this time my fur on my chest has been shorn off... it was part of the cardiologists evil plan to drain the fluid that dwelled near my heart. I feel better, but now i itch like hell and no one will scratch it. Damn this cold cruel world.

Bry

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Re: pericardial effusion? anyone? anyone?
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2007, 07:30:59 PM »
Hey MtD, i didn't want to post it, but there was a time when i thought I lost my one and only t cell. Turns out my puppy had hidden it under his bed. I thought people might think I was irresponsible  and think less of me. Being the delicate flower I am I would have been devastated had someone called me on being a careless parent. It was after that moment of "scary" that I decided my t cell could not be an only child.
Moffie65 (Tim) referred to you as the holy father of the group I am humbled in your presence and wish to kiss your ring. Would that be OK.. even though i am Jewish?

Heh heh..

Bry


Bry bubbeleh!

Of course you may! I'm famous for showing my ring in Temple, oy gevalt! I'm about to plotz with honour Daddy Tim has paid me. It's enough to make me kvell already! ;D

Now you look after that one and only T-Cell. If it gets lonely, my unruly brood has grown to 90 so it'll have some friends to play with.

Chief Rabbi Mattala :-*

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Re: pericardial effusion? anyone? anyone?
« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2007, 08:40:37 PM »
Hello Bry,

Welcome to the forums. You certainly traveled a rough road. Can't say I have any knowledge about  pericardial effusion.

I started medication in October of 2003 with 16 t-cells. I remember the stuggle. As far as the reconstitution syndrome. I think I went through it, but it was after the fact, before I realised thats what it was. For me, I developed another milder case of shingles, shortly after starting on meds, also had some nasty mouth sores that cleared up quite fast, when medicaiton was taken.

Wishing you the best. Be patient, things take time.



Take care of yourself-----Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



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 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

 


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