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Author Topic: FREAKED OUT by my bloodwork  (Read 1634 times)

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Offline tommyga

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FREAKED OUT by my bloodwork
« on: October 20, 2009, 02:47:23 PM »
I went to my ID today for my bloodwork results, and I'm a little distrubed. My tcell count stayed exactly the same at 764, but my VL skyrocketed to 165,000 from 13,000. What gives man? I have been really consistent in my numbers, after two rounds of bloodwork, they were 10,000 the first time, then 13,000, now it's all the way up to 165,000.

I was a little sick prior to doing the blodwork, (sore throat), but I had finished my antibiotics, and given it a good week before I went in. I think maybe I have something else going on with my body. Is this a sign that I have some other infection at work?

Offline WildcatCC

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Re: FREAKED OUT by my bloodwork
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2009, 03:49:28 PM »
Hey bud. I feel your pain! One thing my ID doc always tells me is don't do your blood work if you feel sick, are taking other medications, etc. Get your system clear then get your blood work redone. Good luck.
Apr  08 - Diagnosed
Apr  08  cd4 8, vl 150k
Meds: Prezista/Norvir/Truvada
June 08 cd4 250, vl 1600
Aug  08 cd4 275, vl 450
Meds: Atripla
Nov  08  cd4  386, vl 255
Jan   09  cd4  415, vl 2100 (spike?)
Feb   09  cd4 460, vl 212
May   09  cd4 515, vl 1200
Aug   09  cd4 717, vl 1535 % 23
Sept  09  cd4 535  vl 1710 % 18
Oct   09  genotype shows mutation. Discussing w/ ID Doc
Nov  09   cd4 480  vl 650   % 19
Dec  09 genotype slight mutation to Epivir and Retrovir
Jan 10   cd4 508 vl 250 (21%)  low vitamin d - on supplement 2000 iu/day
Mar 15 Change to Isentress and Truvada
May 5 cd4 498 vl 1485
June 16 cd4 550 vl undect!!!! (finally dammit)

Offline tommyga

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Re: FREAKED OUT by my bloodwork
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2009, 05:07:44 PM »
Thanks man! I appreciate the support. Ugh.

Offline northernguy

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Re: FREAKED OUT by my bloodwork
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2009, 09:57:18 PM »
Sounds like it might be a "blip".  Ask about getting a retest.
Apr 28/06 cd4 600 vl 10,600 cd% 25
Nov 8/09 cd4 510 vl 49,5000 cd% 16
Jan 16/10 cd4 660 vl 54,309 cd% 16
Feb 17/10 Started Atripla
Mar 7/10 cd4 710 vl 1,076 cd% 21
Apr 18/10 cd4 920 vl 268 cd% 28
Jun 19/10 cd4 450 vl 60 cd% 25
Aug 15/10 cd4 680 vl 205 cd% 27
Apr 3/11 cd4 780 vl <40 cd% 30
Jul 17/11 cd4 960 vl <40 cd%33
April 15/12 cd4 1,010 vl <40 cd% 39
April 20/12 Switched to Viramune + Truvada
Aug 2/12 cd4 1040, vl <40, cd% 38
Oct 19 cd4 1,110 vl <40 cd% 41

Offline skeebo1969

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Re: FREAKED OUT by my bloodwork
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2009, 11:54:04 PM »


   I agree with the others that this is most likely a blip.  Before I started meds, my VL was all over the place and my Cd4 pretty much remained constant.  Ask your doctor to do just a VL test once you have this recent illness all cleared up.
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Offline Theyer

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Re: FREAKED OUT by my bloodwork
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2009, 08:15:37 AM »
Hello Tommyga

Blips definitely happen, and passing bugs etc do screw results. Hope after the re testing all is well.
About 5 years ago my clinic had to call in about 50 people because the lab messed up. Just another example off blips
Take care
Michael

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Offline tommyga

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Re: FREAKED OUT by my bloodwork
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2009, 08:28:49 AM »
Thanks so much everyone, I'm getting a retest done in a month. Hopefully I'll be back in my comfort zone with my VL. l:)

Offline decayingsinner

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Re: FREAKED OUT by my bloodwork
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2009, 10:00:37 PM »
I know it's hard not to worry. I had a blip in my cd4 count last time and had a re-test done. It's concerning, but try to picture it in the big scheme of things.

Offline Nestor

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Re: FREAKED OUT by my bloodwork
« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2009, 02:55:17 PM »

I've had some pretty wild fluctuation in vl too, although not quite as dramatic as what you describe.  However, antibiotics are pretty destructive things, and it stands to reason that a mere week after finishing a course of them your system would be weakened.  Wait for the next test to see what happens.  Good luck!
Summer 2004--became HIV+
Dec. 2005--found out

Date          CD4    %       VL
Jan. '06    725    25      9,097
Nov. '06    671    34     52,202
Apr. '07    553    30      24,270
Sept. '07  685    27       4,849
Jan. '08    825    29       4,749
Mar. '08    751    30     16,026
Aug. '08    653    30       3,108
Oct. '08     819    28     10,046
Jan '09      547    31     13,000
May '09     645   25        6,478
Aug. '09    688   30      19,571
Nov. '09     641    27       9,598
Feb. '10     638    27       4,480
May '10      687      9    799,000 (CMV)
July '10      600     21      31,000
Nov '10      682     24     15,000
June '11     563    23     210,000 (blasto)
July  '11      530    22      39,000
Aug '11      677     22      21,000
Sept. '12    747     15      14,000

 


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