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Author Topic: New Numbers - Not so good! And Shingles!!  (Read 3505 times)

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Offline thirtysomething

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New Numbers - Not so good! And Shingles!!
« on: June 18, 2007, 08:21:39 PM »
Hey Guys,

I got my new numbers today (labs done 5/28) and I'm kinda sad now after getting the result.  :(

Viral Load went up, CD4 and CD4% went down! It's the first time my VL has ever been that high!  :'(

Moreover, I started getting this slight pain in my back 2 weeks ago and last night it flared up really bad. My doctor thinks it's Shingles!! I don't know how I could have got Shingles.

CD4 - 1140
CD4% - 42.6
Viral Load - 734

Life sucks big time!


Offline RapidRod

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Re: New Numbers - Not so good! And Shingles!!
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2007, 08:25:15 PM »
I would die to have numbers like that. Hell anyone can get shingles if you've had chickenpox's and apparently you have.

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: New Numbers - Not so good! And Shingles!!
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2007, 08:25:21 PM »
Well if it is shingles it's because you've had chicken pox at some time in the past. You needn't fret about it being HIV related though. Your numbers are spectacular. Attacks of shingles can affect anyone and are often brought on by stress and other lifestyle issues.

Similarly I wouldn't be worrying about those numbers. They are nothing short of fantastic. I'd kill for even half of your CD4 %.

MtD

Offline dtwpuck

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Re: New Numbers - Not so good! And Shingles!!
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2007, 08:26:48 PM »
You can shingles from exposure to anyone with chicken pox from what I understand.  They aren't much fun, so be sure you take care of it now. 

However, the numbers you post below are really good.  There are a large number of poz people who would kill for a cd4 count in excess of 1000.  A VL of 700 is also really good.  While you're used to being undetectable, and I understand that kind of anxiety, you are OK. 

So chin up... take care of those shingles, take a deep breath, and stay healthy!
Floating through the void in the caress of two giant pink lobsters named Esmerelda and Keith.

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: New Numbers - Not so good! And Shingles!!
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2007, 08:27:14 PM »
Life sucks with 1140 cd4's?  Since when?
"Iíve slept with enough men to know that Iím not gay"

Offline pozguy75

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Re: New Numbers - Not so good! And Shingles!!
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2007, 08:27:47 PM »
man, I would kill for even a fraction of those numbers!
Dx 2005
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Re: New Numbers - Not so good! And Shingles!!
« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2007, 08:32:17 PM »
I was jumping for joy when I reached 300 cd4's and life looked pretty sweet.

Offline Longislander

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Re: New Numbers - Not so good! And Shingles!!
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2007, 08:44:58 PM »
I'll trade ya!  ;)

Don't sweat the #'s, they're awesome. Sorry about the shingles~

Paul
infected 10/05 diagnosed 12-05
2/06   379/57000                    6/07 372/30500 25%   4/09 640/U/32% 
5/06   ?? /37000                     8/07 491/55000/24%    9/09 913/U/39%
8/06   349/9500 25%              11/07 515/68000/24     2/10 845/U/38%
9/06   507/16,000 30% !          2/08  516/116k/22%    7/10 906/80/39%
12/06 398/29000 26%             Start Atripla 3/08
3/07   402/80,000 29%            4/08  485/undet!/27
4/07   507/35,000 25%            7/08 625/UD/34%
                                                 11/08 684/U/36%

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: New Numbers - Not so good! And Shingles!!
« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2007, 09:00:17 PM »
Hi there,

So, has the doctor decided to prescribe you anything, just to play it on the safe side in case it is shingles?


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



http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=40802.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=45159.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39722.msg495621;topicseen#msg495621

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=46806.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39414.msg491701#msg491701


 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.

Offline thirtysomething

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Re: New Numbers - Not so good! And Shingles!!
« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2007, 09:05:49 PM »
Thanks guys.. I've been living a pretty healthy lifestyle lately and was expecting little or no change with the numbers.. Oh well.. I guess I can only do so much!

And on top of that it's Pride week in Toronto, and my doc today advised me not to drink while I'm on Valtrex (for Shingles)!

Hi Ray, it's Valetrax that I've started today. 6 pills a day for a week!

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: New Numbers - Not so good! And Shingles!!
« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2007, 09:11:45 PM »
I've been living a pretty healthy lifestyle lately and was expecting little or no change with the numbers.. Oh well.. I guess I can only do so much!

Well Raj, the reality is that you've gotten the results you expected. The difference between your last results and these most recent ones indicates little or no change.

Perhaps you should read the AIDSMEDS lesson section and familiarise yourself with what your blood test results actually mean and how to understand them. Alternatively you could ask your doctor to explain it all to you.

These really are excellent numbers. It's almost obscene.

MtD
(Who makes do with a paltry 12%)

Offline thirtysomething

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Re: New Numbers - Not so good! And Shingles!!
« Reply #11 on: June 18, 2007, 09:21:35 PM »
Thanks Matty, I will read about this again. My concern is the VL jump. Let me read again, though. Thanks for the advise!

Offline camille07

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Re: New Numbers - Not so good! And Shingles!!
« Reply #12 on: June 18, 2007, 10:29:01 PM »
Those numbers really are fabulous, but change of any kind can be nerve racking especially when its in our bodies.  Physically, I understand that shingles are pretty painful. I know of quite a few neggies who had shingles at some point in their post pox years.  Be thankful that you at least got the chicken pox.  I had a bad bout of them a few years back.  And I have some family that still have yet to call in the calamine.

 

Offline RICKY77531

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Re: New Numbers - Not so good! And Shingles!!
« Reply #13 on: June 18, 2007, 10:47:05 PM »
I tRADE YOU NUMBERS???
06/2007   CD4 266  Vl 62000
06/2007   CD4 200  Vl 13495
07/2007   ATRIPLA
09/2007   CD4 323  VL Undetectable
11/2007   CD4 428  VL Undetectable
01/2008   CD4 357  VL Undetectable
04/2008   CD4 357  VL UNDETECTABLE
08/2008   CD4 402  VL UNDETECTABLE
11/2008   CD4 421  79 DETECTABLE..
2/2009     CD4 450  VL UNDETECTABLE

Offline RapidRod

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Re: New Numbers - Not so good! And Shingles!!
« Reply #14 on: June 18, 2007, 10:50:53 PM »
Thirty, there are some people here that can tell you what to do for the itching. I forget, but they got me through the itching stages. I don't remember if it was oatmeal baths or what. Don't scratch or you'll get those little scars. I know one thing it hurt like hell.

Offline fearless

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Re: New Numbers - Not so good! And Shingles!!
« Reply #15 on: June 18, 2007, 11:35:09 PM »
You can shingles from exposure to anyone with chicken pox from what I understand. 
.

Just wanted to correct this. You can only get shingles if you have had chicken pox yourself. You cannot catch shingles from exposure to someone with chicken pox. At worst, you may get chicken pox, if you've not had them before.

Your numbers are great, so don't stress.
Be forgiving, be grateful, be optimistic

Offline scud44

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Re: New Numbers - Not so good! And Shingles!!
« Reply #16 on: June 19, 2007, 07:06:30 AM »
I had a test done at the end of May and got the results today - my CD$ count has gone from 325 down to 198 and my VL has gone from undetectable for the past 17 months to 300000 - not a good result.
Starting new meds tomorrow - Darunavir, Ritonavir, Abacaviir and Emtriva - Will be interesting to see what the results are after 3 months.
CD4 = 110 - 30 July 2007 - 10%
VL = 139000 - 30 July 2007
CD4 = 252 - 6th August 2007
VL = 16400 - 23rd August 2007
CD4 = 240 - 23rd August 2007
VL = 400 4th Sept 2007
CD4 = 96 - 4th Sept 2007
CD4 = 120 18th Sept 2007
VL = 386000 19th Nov 2007
CD4 = 160 19th Nov 2007
CD4 = 110 10th Jan 2008
CD4 = 311 29th Jan 2008
VL = <50 29th Jan 2008
CD4 = 148 2nd April 2008
VL = 110,000 2nd April 2008
June 2010 and nothing has improved

Offline RapidRod

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Re: New Numbers - Not so good! And Shingles!!
« Reply #17 on: June 19, 2007, 07:12:04 AM »
scud44, did you get a prescription for bactrim also?

Offline thunter34

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Re: New Numbers - Not so good! And Shingles!!
« Reply #18 on: June 19, 2007, 07:41:08 AM »
Thirty, there are some people here that can tell you what to do for the itching. I forget, but they got me through the itching stages. I don't remember if it was oatmeal baths or what. Don't scratch or you'll get those little scars. I know one thing it hurt like hell.

Nobody on my crack medical team remembered to advise me against scratching.  Hence, I have a lovely little honeycomb pattern of scarring on my shoulderblade from the very worst lesions.  Simply FABULOUS! 

I'd like to dedicate them to all of you here....my Number One Shingles. 


 8)


PS- To ThirtySomething:  This may be a support forum, but you're sure not getting much sympathy with those numbers.

Tough crowd, eh?
AIDS isn't for sissies.

Offline IzPoz

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Re: New Numbers - Not so good! And Shingles!!
« Reply #19 on: June 19, 2007, 08:32:35 AM »
Wow... I reflect what most have said here, I would die for those cd4 and %. Sheesh.

Hope the shingles is short lived.
The reason angels can fly is that they take themselves so lightly. ~ Chesterton G. K.

Offline lucas clay

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Re: New Numbers - Not so good! And Shingles!!
« Reply #20 on: June 19, 2007, 08:36:32 AM »
I have had the dreaded shingles once, lost 15 pounds and left my left leg weak. Sometimes if my leg gets cold the leg and the hip aches still, and its been 3 years . I got out on the bicycle and that helped get the leg back into shape.
After you have the Chicken pox it lives in your spine, your immune system holds it at bay.
Running yourself down , stress, or a number of other factors and boom there it is. nasty ailment.
Hope it is not to bad of a outbreak.

                                                 Lucas

Offline thirtysomething

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Re: New Numbers - Not so good! And Shingles!!
« Reply #21 on: June 19, 2007, 06:04:37 PM »
I don't have any blisters on my body, no itching, nothing...just a very small part of my back is RED and it hurts like hell, even with slight touching. I have started taking Valtrex since last night, hope this goes away in couple of days.

I have a question.. Is it ok to have sex with this thing or should I keep away from sex for a while? It's Pride weekend here and I'm suppose to meet this hot guy visiting TO :(

Thanks Guys!

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Re: New Numbers - Not so good! And Shingles!!
« Reply #22 on: June 19, 2007, 06:13:00 PM »
Sex: only with folk who've had chickenpox

- matt
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