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Offline shadowfluid

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First labs on meds y'all!
« on: March 12, 2008, 07:09:27 PM »
Counts before:    328/ 23%   VL : 32,000

4 weeks on Viramune/Truvada...

Counts now:   470/ 33%   VL: 320


Liver, testi, and thyroid are all normal.  doc thinks I'm tired cuz of the sleep issues and that the "new meds don't really cause fatigue." Right.

I'm in a good mood today. :)

edited: spelling
Jan 08       321/23%  VL 92,000 (very mild shingles)
Feb 1 08    Start Truvada+Viramune
March 08    470/33%  VL 320
mid-May     Start Reyataz/Norvir/Truvada
June 08      571/ 40%     VL   80
August 08   585/ 33%     VL >50
Nov  Lab error!!!!!!!!wah.
Jan 09        535      Undetectable
March 11     756

Offline Magnus

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Re: First labs on meds y'all!
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2008, 07:39:22 PM »
Wow congrats man! That is a great improvement in your numbers. Looks like the meds really working.

How are you feeling now on meds compared to before starting?

Offline shadowfluid

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Re: First labs on meds y'all!
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2008, 08:32:39 PM »
Wow congrats man! That is a great improvement in your numbers. Looks like the meds really working.

How are you feeling now on meds compared to before starting?

Hey thanks!  Good abs. no GI side effects...except maybe gas in the morn.  Really tired still but it's slowly going away. I think.

3 weeks in I couldn't seem to walk one morning...it hasn't been that bad since. Thank god.
Jan 08       321/23%  VL 92,000 (very mild shingles)
Feb 1 08    Start Truvada+Viramune
March 08    470/33%  VL 320
mid-May     Start Reyataz/Norvir/Truvada
June 08      571/ 40%     VL   80
August 08   585/ 33%     VL >50
Nov  Lab error!!!!!!!!wah.
Jan 09        535      Undetectable
March 11     756

Offline Magnus

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Re: First labs on meds y'all!
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2008, 08:48:56 PM »
It must feel great to finally be taking the fight to the virus...... and winning :)

Hope you keep doing so well-

Good Luck!

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Re: First labs on meds y'all!
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2008, 09:24:32 PM »


I'm in a good mood today. :)


That's gotta feel good!  I hope things continue to go well for you and the fatigue fades.

I'll have my first results next Thursday.  I'm trying to have realistic expectations.  I have a lot further to go, so it's good to see what can be done in such a short time. 
...................VL.....CD4.....%
-----------------------------------------
08/10-- ......<40.....290.....42
05/10-- ......<48.....290.....46
02/10-- ......<48.....481.....44
10/09-- ......<48.....277.....46
07/09-- ......<48.....300.....38
05/09-- ........51.....449.....39
03/09-- Added Isentress
02/09-- ........65.....299.....34
11/08-- ........62.....242.....40
08/08-- ........66.....212.....29
05/08-- ......202.....217.....27
03/08-- ....5210.....187.....21
02/08-- Began Truvada/Reyataz/Norvir
12/07-- 273,000.....157.....22
11/07-- 229,000.....209.....22
10/07-- Diagnosis

It's a complex world.

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: First labs on meds y'all!
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2008, 09:30:14 PM »
Congrats, sexy (alas too young)
"Iíve slept with enough men to know that Iím not gay"

Offline Assurbanipal

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Re: First labs on meds y'all!
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2008, 05:26:30 PM »
Hey that's a GREAT jump from the trendline in the CD4%.  Congratulaitions!
5/06 VL 1M+, CD4 22, 5% , pneumonia, thrush -- O2 support 2 months, 6/06 +Kaletra/Truvada
9/06 VL 3959 CD4 297 13.5% 12/06 VL <400 CD4 350 15.2% +Pravachol
2007 VL<400, 70, 50 CD4 408-729 16.0% -19.7%
2008 VL UD CD4 468 - 538 16.7% - 24.6% Osteoporosis 11/08 doubled Pravachol, +Calcium/D
02/09 VL 100 CD4 616 23.7% 03/09 VL 130 5/09 VL 100 CD4 540 28.4% +Actonel (osteoporosis) 7/09 VL 130
8/09  new regimen Isentress/Epzicom 9/09 VL UD CD4 621 32.7% 11/09 VL UD CD4 607 26.4% swap Isentress for Prezista/Norvir 12/09 (liver and muscle issues) VL 50
2010 VL UD CD4 573-680 26.1% - 30.9% 12/10 VL 20
2011 VL UD-20 CD4 568-673 24.7%-30.6%
2012 VL UD swap Prezista/Norvir for Reyataz drop statin CD4 768-828 26.7%-30.7%

Offline Texan38

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Re: First labs on meds y'all!
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2008, 06:18:31 PM »
WOO HOOOOOO!!.....Congrats on the fab numbers!
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Offline shadowfluid

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Re: First labs on meds y'all!
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2008, 08:16:51 PM »
WOO HOOOOOO!!.....Congrats on the fab numbers!
thanks! Energy is up and down. Sometimes i want to stop taking my meds to see if it's killing my energy levels.  I'm sick of sticking this out.  Hopefully things calm down soon.
Jan 08       321/23%  VL 92,000 (very mild shingles)
Feb 1 08    Start Truvada+Viramune
March 08    470/33%  VL 320
mid-May     Start Reyataz/Norvir/Truvada
June 08      571/ 40%     VL   80
August 08   585/ 33%     VL >50
Nov  Lab error!!!!!!!!wah.
Jan 09        535      Undetectable
March 11     756

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: First labs on meds y'all!
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2008, 11:14:56 PM »
Whiner :)
"Iíve slept with enough men to know that Iím not gay"

Offline shadowfluid

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Re: First labs on meds y'all!
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2008, 01:05:49 AM »
Whiner :)
*hates you*
Sorry if I'm a shitty coper...just ask my therapist
Jan 08       321/23%  VL 92,000 (very mild shingles)
Feb 1 08    Start Truvada+Viramune
March 08    470/33%  VL 320
mid-May     Start Reyataz/Norvir/Truvada
June 08      571/ 40%     VL   80
August 08   585/ 33%     VL >50
Nov  Lab error!!!!!!!!wah.
Jan 09        535      Undetectable
March 11     756

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: First labs on meds y'all!
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2008, 10:57:23 AM »
Now, now... you don't hate me.
"Iíve slept with enough men to know that Iím not gay"

Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: First labs on meds y'all!
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2008, 12:33:32 PM »
Congratz! That cd4%age is frickin' beautiful. Um about what you said in post #8 I'm speechless and I guess you're j/k (just kidding) ... Ever seen this ad for "FRS"? If I had $1 for everytime Yahoo has given this to me as an ad over the past 2 months, well, I'd have about $100 dollars. Ughh. So annoying,but perhaps something to ask your doctor about. With some extra luck it might even taste like Lance Armstrong?  :D

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Offline shadowfluid

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Re: First labs on meds y'all!
« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2008, 12:51:19 AM »
Congratz! That cd4%age is frickin' beautiful. Um about what you said in post #8 I'm speechless and I guess you're j/k (just kidding) ... Ever seen this ad for "FRS"? If I had $1 for everytime Yahoo has given this to me as an ad over the past 2 months, well, I'd have about $100 dollars. Ughh. So annoying,but perhaps something to ask your doctor about. With some extra luck it might even taste like Lance Armstrong?  :D
Getting better...thanks for the kind words.  Still need a nap everyday...I have a feeling I'm already undetectable...it's a good feeling. :)
I've just been drinking LOTS of coffee.
It's a trip the doc thinks I'm making shit up when I tell him my face swells a tad from the meds...and I get joint pain...maybe cuz he's straight? whatevs...this is SOOO manageable..so far. :)
Jan 08       321/23%  VL 92,000 (very mild shingles)
Feb 1 08    Start Truvada+Viramune
March 08    470/33%  VL 320
mid-May     Start Reyataz/Norvir/Truvada
June 08      571/ 40%     VL   80
August 08   585/ 33%     VL >50
Nov  Lab error!!!!!!!!wah.
Jan 09        535      Undetectable
March 11     756

Offline pacerintl

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Re: First labs on meds y'all!
« Reply #14 on: March 21, 2008, 03:49:00 AM »
It can take awhile for your body to get used to the meds and that can ware you out.  Just remember your bodies immune system was just recently under full attack and it was getting to the point that it couild no longer maintain any kind of defense.  the meds now have given your body the opportunity to go into attack mode, the bad guys don't have why of replicating the cells they've already taken over and the virus isn't able to infect new cells...basically the virus is toast and your body is on the rebound.  It's really important to take the meds as prescribed and hopefully do will be back to your old self....ok not that old.  :)

I've posted a link as to how cells replicate, it's by blocking these processes in infected cells that the various HIV meds do their work.  Other meds lockdown uninfected healthy cells.

http://www.cellsalive.com/mitosis.htm

and

http://www.johnkyrk.com/mitosis.html


Offline newt

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Re: First labs on meds y'all!
« Reply #15 on: March 21, 2008, 02:22:19 PM »
Quote
it's by blocking these processes in infected cells that the various HIV meds do their work.

Strictly speaking, its by interfering with stages in the virus' replication that HIV meds work (see pic).

- entry inhibitors work by stopping HIV getting into the CD4 cell
- nukes and non-nukes drugs stop HIV changing from a single strand of RNA into a double strand of DNA
- integrase inhibitors block HIV from being 'integrated' into the cell's DNA
- protease inhibitors block new HIV from being cut into the right size proteins and this prevents new virus from being infectious

- matt


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Offline dgr20002

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Re: First labs on meds y'all!
« Reply #16 on: March 21, 2008, 02:53:00 PM »
Looking good Mike.  The meds should settle down and fatigue should improve once your system is used to them.

David

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Re: First labs on meds y'all!
« Reply #17 on: March 22, 2008, 02:15:22 AM »
Great news,

Lot's of people experience fatigue when starting meds, this should improve with time.  It seems the reasons aren't well understood.  Someone told me once that it's a bit like getting over a bad dose of the flu. 

Naps are good.


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Offline shadowfluid

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Re: First labs on meds y'all!
« Reply #18 on: March 23, 2008, 03:28:39 AM »
Great news,

Lot's of people experience fatigue when starting meds, this should improve with time.  It seems the reasons aren't well understood.  Someone told me once that it's a bit like getting over a bad dose of the flu. 

Naps are good.



I still need my naps...I feel better today..ha I got worried there.  I just hate not being in control I guess.  And since I'm like ADD + super high energy all the time (leo here) and dance 5 days a week...being that fatigued where I couldn't go to school, look for a job, and not see my friends really irked me. And it's not like any of them came to visit either. And living alone/depression can trick into liking isolation
I guess my point is sometimes i feel like i shouldn't depend on people anymore. Not even my friends.  Things will get better in time.  They always do. Ii forget that all the time. Ha. I've hijacked my own thread...whoops
Jan 08       321/23%  VL 92,000 (very mild shingles)
Feb 1 08    Start Truvada+Viramune
March 08    470/33%  VL 320
mid-May     Start Reyataz/Norvir/Truvada
June 08      571/ 40%     VL   80
August 08   585/ 33%     VL >50
Nov  Lab error!!!!!!!!wah.
Jan 09        535      Undetectable
March 11     756

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Re: First labs on meds y'all!
« Reply #19 on: March 24, 2008, 09:30:44 AM »
Shadow, I take naps usually every day also.  And I don't depend on anyone-so depending on just yourself is a good idea.

BTW, I agree with Philly-you are sexy (damn the age difference).
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

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Re: First labs on meds y'all!
« Reply #20 on: March 26, 2008, 06:47:08 PM »
It should be noted that Pacerintl is not HIV+.
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

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Re: First labs on meds y'all!
« Reply #21 on: March 27, 2008, 01:25:29 AM »
It should be noted that Pacerintl is not HIV+.
weeeeird! Let's hope he's a doctor then. :)   Thanks for thinking I'm sexy. *flips hair*
Jan 08       321/23%  VL 92,000 (very mild shingles)
Feb 1 08    Start Truvada+Viramune
March 08    470/33%  VL 320
mid-May     Start Reyataz/Norvir/Truvada
June 08      571/ 40%     VL   80
August 08   585/ 33%     VL >50
Nov  Lab error!!!!!!!!wah.
Jan 09        535      Undetectable
March 11     756

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Re: First labs on meds y'all!
« Reply #22 on: March 27, 2008, 05:41:02 AM »
weeeeird! Let's hope he's a doctor then. :)   Thanks for thinking I'm sexy. *flips hair*

Ive never gotten a *flips hair*....  :(

Excellent news Shadow on your results. they are working well for you.
Hows your diet? Are you eating properly?
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Re: First labs on meds y'all!
« Reply #23 on: March 27, 2008, 07:53:20 AM »
Ive never gotten a *flips hair*....  :(

Well, put up a picture of yourself baby.
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

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Re: First labs on meds y'all!
« Reply #24 on: March 27, 2008, 11:12:26 AM »
Are you eating properly?


From the looks of his body I'd probably answer "yes" to that.
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Re: First labs on meds y'all!
« Reply #25 on: March 27, 2008, 02:30:15 PM »
Well, put up a picture of yourself baby.
edit: Whoops...of course I thought you were talking about me.   HAHAHAHA  <--Leo


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Jan 08       321/23%  VL 92,000 (very mild shingles)
Feb 1 08    Start Truvada+Viramune
March 08    470/33%  VL 320
mid-May     Start Reyataz/Norvir/Truvada
June 08      571/ 40%     VL   80
August 08   585/ 33%     VL >50
Nov  Lab error!!!!!!!!wah.
Jan 09        535      Undetectable
March 11     756

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Re: First labs on meds y'all!
« Reply #26 on: March 27, 2008, 02:32:05 PM »
Ive never gotten a *flips hair*....  :(

Excellent news Shadow on your results. they are working well for you.
Hows your diet? Are you eating properly?

Thanks!  I'm not eating properly. I probably should be eating better.
Jan 08       321/23%  VL 92,000 (very mild shingles)
Feb 1 08    Start Truvada+Viramune
March 08    470/33%  VL 320
mid-May     Start Reyataz/Norvir/Truvada
June 08      571/ 40%     VL   80
August 08   585/ 33%     VL >50
Nov  Lab error!!!!!!!!wah.
Jan 09        535      Undetectable
March 11     756

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Re: First labs on meds y'all!
« Reply #27 on: March 27, 2008, 07:39:42 PM »
Do you have any tattoos?
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

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Re: First labs on meds y'all!
« Reply #28 on: March 27, 2008, 07:42:00 PM »
shameless hussies, all of you.
AIDS isn't for sissies.

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Re: First labs on meds y'all!
« Reply #29 on: March 27, 2008, 07:56:31 PM »
This is all too much
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Re: First labs on meds y'all!
« Reply #30 on: March 28, 2008, 01:23:00 AM »
Thanks!  I'm not eating properly. I probably should be eating better.

MIKE!!! thats not good. At least this...
A healthy propper diet will help with your tiredness.
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Re: First labs on meds y'all!
« Reply #31 on: March 28, 2008, 07:53:24 AM »
shameless hussies, all of you.

Jealousy, jealousy darling.
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