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Offline Desertguy

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T - Cell Plunge
« on: June 13, 2011, 10:18:15 PM »
My T Cells have really taken a dump in the past 7-8 months.  They were a high of 510 18 months ago now down to 287!!!!!!  I don't have my VL load from test 1 week ago but in Dec T Cells were 421 & VL was undectable (Doc said she wasn't worried at this point because % stayed up.  I really need my VL & % from last test.  Really worried have an appointment with the Doc Wenesday.
I have been taking Steriod Shots for my lower back the last 8 months was wondering if anyone knew if that would affect T Cells?  Also have been taking Oxecodone abot 60 mg's per day. 
Kinda scared about all of this I started at T Cells 120 VL 970,000 almost 4 years ago.  Hope it's simple like the meds or just changing my regiment of Truvada/Virimune
Any input is appreciated.


Offline mikeyb39

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Re: T - Cell Plunge
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2011, 10:30:14 PM »
i think steroids have an immunosuppressive effect, so that could be a cause.  Don't quote me on that though i'm definitely not a doctor.
11/02/2010  cd4-251, vl-591000
12/09/2010  started Atripla
02/18/2011  cd4-425, vl-800
06/10/2011  cd4-447, vl-70
10/10/2011  cd4-666, vl-80
01/05/2012  swiched med (prezista,norvir ,isentress, )
02/10/2012  cd4-733, vl-UD  Viread removed
06/10/2012  cd4-614, vl-UD
12/14/2012  cd4-764, vl-UD
09/01/2013  cd4-785, vl-UD
03/06/2014. cd4- 1078, VL-UD
09/05/2014  cd4-850 , VL-UD
09/05/2014 switched meds isentress, prezcobix -still only two antivirals
10/14/2015  cd4-600 , VL-UD

Offline Ann

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Re: T - Cell Plunge
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2011, 09:48:22 AM »
Hi Dennis. Am I correct in assuming you are on meds? Because if you are, the most important thing is that your VL remains UD.

The steroid shots could certainly affect your CD4 counts. It sounds as though the CD4 decline started around the same time as or not long after you started having the shots.

Discuss this with your doctor and remember, when on treatment, the most important number is your VL.
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Offline Desertguy

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Re: T - Cell Plunge
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2011, 09:52:18 AM »
 ::) I have an appoinment with my Doctor today hopefully will find out what in the world is going on with my T Cells.  Thanks for the replies will let you know what transpires!!

Dennis ::)

Offline Desertguy

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Re: T - Cell Plunge
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2011, 11:07:48 PM »
 ;D Ok I went to the Doc today yes it is the "F'ing" Steroids!!!!  My VL was 20 so it was actually went down from 48 the last time.
So the shots stop!!  It was also "F'ing" up my Cholestoral making my bad LDL jump, so canceling my shot I have scheduled for Friday, will go Trout Fishing instead in southern Utah.

Yea me!!!!! ::)

And thanks to the people who replied

Offline drewm

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Re: T - Cell Plunge
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2011, 11:47:29 PM »
Glad you got an answer and have a way to 'fix it.'  ;)

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PCP Pneumonia . CD4 8 . VL 500,000


Numbers consistent since 12/2010 - VL has remained undetectable and CD4 is anywhere from 275-325


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