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Author Topic: New Numbers / Starting Meds  (Read 1830 times)

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Offline koksi

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New Numbers / Starting Meds
« on: September 17, 2007, 01:46:14 PM »
I have been so busy with work that I have had little time to visit the forums.  Alas, my last set of numbers weren't perfect.  Although my CD4 number seems ok, the VL clocked in really high again -- as always.  I have decided to start medication.  I think the VL itself is making me feel tired and like shit all the time, so it's time to bring it down.

I am actually really excited to start medication because I want to suppress the virus.  I am hoping that I will start to feel better -- but I am aware that this may not be the case. 

They are recommending Reyataz, Norvir, and Truvada.  The main concern I think for my doctors is the mood and cognitive side effects frequently associated with Sustiva.  Atripla was not an option as it is not marketed here in the frozen north.

Anyway, I think I will start taking the pills on Wednesday morning.  I have my fingers crossed that it will really help me to feel better.   :)
seroconversion in March of 2006
positive test May 2006

10/2013: Undetectable, CD4 1000
2009:  Began Atripla

10/2007:  VL 2,300 // no CD4 numbers! :-(
09/2007:  Begin Truvada/Reyataz/Norvir
08/2007:  VL 824,000 // CD4 344 // 21%
06/2007:  VL 326,000 // CD4 351 // 17%
04/2007:  VL 410,000 // CD4 242 // 26%
06/2006:  VL 444,893 // CD4 479 // 21%
05/2006:  VL >500K    // CD4 402 // 17%

Offline bocker3

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Re: New Numbers / Starting Meds
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2007, 04:03:24 PM »
Good Luck with your meds! 

I, too, was anxious to start meds -- it made me feel like I was in control again, not the damned virus.  I've been very lucky that I've not encountered any severe side effects -- here's hoping you are in the same boat. 

Hugs,
Mike
Atripla - Started 12/05
Reyataz/Norvir - Added 6/06
Labs - Pre-Meds
Sep05 T=350/25% VL98,559
Nov05 288/18%  47,564
Current Labs
May2013 691/31% <20

Offline leatherman

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Re: New Numbers / Starting Meds
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2007, 04:20:40 PM »
wow. I'm surprised, with VL numbers like that, that you hadn't started meds sooner. Any of the times that mine has been higher than 100,000, I have been very, very sick and very tired. (at 150,000 I was in the hospital with PCP and very nearly dead! Ack!)

Good luck with meds! Don't feel bad if you don't get an "overnight" improvement though. It usually takes a little while to adjust to meds being in your system. Just stick to them, get through any side effects, and you ought to be feeling much better soon.  ;)
leatherman (aka mIkIE)


chart from 1992-2013; updated 2/09/13  Reyataz/Norvir/Truvada

Offline milker

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Re: New Numbers / Starting Meds
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2007, 01:10:12 AM »
I cross my fingers for you and i'm eagerly waiting for your "FUCK YEAH!" post ! :)

Milker.
mid-dec: stupid ass
mid-jan: seroconversion
mid-feb: poz
mar 07: cd4 432 (35%) vl 54000
may 07: cd4 399 (28%) vl 27760
jul 07: cd4 403 (26%) vl 99241
oct 07: cd4 353 (24%) vl 29993
jan 08: cd4 332 (26%) vl 33308
mar 08: cd4 392 (23%) vl 75548
jun 08: cd4 325 (27%) vl 45880
oct 08: cd4 197 (20%) vl 154000 <== aids diagnosis
nov 2 08 start Atripla
nov 30 08: cd4 478 (23%) vl 1880 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
feb 19 09: cd4 398 (24%) vl 430 getting there!
apr 23 09: cd4 604 (29%) vl 50 woohoo :D :D
jul 30 09: cd4 512 (29%) vl undetectable :D :D
may 27 10: cd4 655 (32%) vl undetectable :D :D

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Offline naftalim

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Re: New Numbers / Starting Meds
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2007, 07:29:55 PM »
Ask your Doctor about Selzentry (maraviroc)

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: New Numbers / Starting Meds
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2007, 08:01:16 PM »
Ask your Doctor about Selzentry (maraviroc)

I believe that unless you are in a study for this medication, that it is only approved for treatment experienced patients, not as a first line one.
"Iíve slept with enough men to know that Iím not gay"

Offline mjmel

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Re: New Numbers / Starting Meds
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2007, 08:34:33 PM »
I want to say "Good Luck" but luck does not factor into this ... so I'll wish you an easy adjustment to the meds. You might feel some side effects that'll hopefully ease up in a few weeks. It's time to kick ass with regard to the virus, though.
Like Milker ...waiting for the post that says 'Hurrah' to lab results.
xxx,
Mike

Offline koksi

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Re: New Numbers / Starting Meds
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2007, 01:49:45 PM »
OK.  I have been taking Reyataz, Norvir, and Truvada for a week now.  I take them in the morning at the same time with breakfast.  Over the first few days, there were definitely a few moments of nausea and some weird tiredness in the afternoon.  But nothing terribly bad.  That was days ago.

Yesterday and today, I feel pretty good actually.  No nausea.  Normal appetite.  Normal everything actually.

So here is the part that I am having trouble believing:  I think I am feeling better.  After only a week.  Is this possible?  I have definitely noticed that I have more strength and energy.  Like, just a few weeks ago, I can remember feeling that I barely had the energy to get to work or to get home from work.  Today, it was no big deal.  And the thing I am really noticing is:  coffee actually seems to pick me up.  I have spent months feeling so tired that two cups of coffee in the morning did absolutely nothing.  But this morning, I had my breakfast and coffee, and the caffeine made me feel a little buzzed -- like I actually felt energetic.

Perhaps this is all 'just' psychological, a result of 'taking control'.  But honestly, I swear I can feel a small boost of energy.

I'm just wondering, therefore, how soon after taking medication did people's 'subjective' symptoms (reported fatigue, tiredness, weakness, and so on) begin to change (if ever)?

seroconversion in March of 2006
positive test May 2006

10/2013: Undetectable, CD4 1000
2009:  Began Atripla

10/2007:  VL 2,300 // no CD4 numbers! :-(
09/2007:  Begin Truvada/Reyataz/Norvir
08/2007:  VL 824,000 // CD4 344 // 21%
06/2007:  VL 326,000 // CD4 351 // 17%
04/2007:  VL 410,000 // CD4 242 // 26%
06/2006:  VL 444,893 // CD4 479 // 21%
05/2006:  VL >500K    // CD4 402 // 17%

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: New Numbers / Starting Meds
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2007, 02:50:24 PM »

I'm just wondering, therefore, how soon after taking medication did people's 'subjective' symptoms (reported fatigue, tiredness, weakness, and so on) begin to change (if ever)?


Since getting my VL to undetectable for the first time in over a decade, I felt immeasurably better.  The change was fairly quick as I recall it (16 months ago) and has only gotten better and stable.
"Iíve slept with enough men to know that Iím not gay"

Offline aztecan

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Re: New Numbers / Starting Meds
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2007, 11:38:27 PM »
Hey Koski,

Good to hear the meds haven't caused many side effects. Whether your new-found energy is a result of meds, psychological or both, it is probably all of the above.

Personally, I think it is great.

HUGS,

Mark
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~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

 


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