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Author Topic: How long should a "blip" be?  (Read 1234 times)

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Offline BigK

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How long should a "blip" be?
« on: March 16, 2010, 01:30:39 PM »
A month ago my viral load went from undetectable, where its been for a year since I started meds, to 1880. The lasted test is 1100. I was supposed to see the Dr to discuss a med change but he wasnt there at the ASO. I saw a nurse practitioner, and she was fine with the blip, "because it is coming down." Needless to say i was pissed, and wanted retested again, but no go with her. She said come back in June, and we will recheck then. Well this is not acceptable to me, and I contacted my case worker, but still waiting to hear. As far as I understood a "blip" should not last more than a month, is that correct??
Infected Aug. 2008
Oct. 2008 VL 1,400,000
12/08/2008 VL- 30400  CD4 228 12%
1/07/2009 VL- 23300 CD4 192 8%
1/12/2009 Started Atripla
1/26/2009 VL 248 CD4 168 14%
2/06/09 VL 190 CD4 252 18%
3/17/09 VL <75 CD4 142  % ?
6/15/09 VL <50 CD4 212 26%
10/15/2009 VL<50 CD4 219 25%
2/8/2010 VL 1880 CD4 269 29%
3/8/2010 VL 1140 CD4 224 26%
5/15/2010 Started Truvada, Norvir, Reyataz
5/30/2010 VL 1600 CD4 248
6/15/2010 VL <48 CD4 226
9/13/2010 VL <48 CD4 275 24%
12/02/2010 VL <48 CD4 283 22%
03/01/2011 VL <48 CD4 256 25%

Offline Assurbanipal

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Re: How long should a "blip" be?
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2010, 04:20:48 PM »
If it is still detectable a month later it is not a blip.

Call and ask to speak to the doctor maybe?
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 newt

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Re: How long should a "blip" be?
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2010, 06:17:19 PM »
A blip is one test. The test after, like immediately on discovery of the odd result, should be back where you want it.

- matt
"The object is to be a well patient, not a good patient"

Offline BlueMoon

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Re: How long should a "blip" be?
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2010, 07:43:11 PM »
I agree, one test is a blip, two is a trend.  I hope your doctor takes this more seriously than the nurse is.
...................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: How long should a "blip" be?
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2010, 12:03:38 AM »
3) an unexpected, minor, and typically temporary deviation from a general trend

the nurse practitioner should stick to hair coloring

And for what it's worth any blip I've ever had has been more like 100, not close to 2000, which if you go by logs is somewhat of a large increase.
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Offline aztecan

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Re: How long should a "blip" be?
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2010, 03:07:54 AM »
3) an unexpected, minor, and typically temporary deviation from a general trend

the nurse practitioner should stick to hair coloring

And for what it's worth any blip I've ever had has been more like 100, not close to 2000, which if you go by logs is somewhat of a large increase.

Ditto. I have had one blip, a viral load of 61, which I can trace to poor blood sample handling. The next test was undetectable again

I would be pissed too. I would definitely not wait until June to see the doctor

HUGS,

Mark
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Offline veritas

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Re: How long should a "blip" be?
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2010, 06:12:28 AM »

BigK,

You might want to read this:

http://www.aidsmap.com/en/news/FC8A94B4-9269-4C62-BFF6-651E06DACA01.asp

I would speak to the doctor as previously suggested.

v

Offline mecch

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Re: How long should a "blip" be?
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2010, 10:42:17 AM »
One test and below 200

http://jac.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/57/5/803

Read this article. Its very short and you can download the PDF and give it to your doctor tell him/her to do a better job following you up!!!
ďFrom each, according to his ability; to each, according to his needĒ 1875 K Marx

 


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