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Author Topic: Starting treatment today - nervous and my tummy hurts  (Read 2356 times)

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Offline boneil

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Starting treatment today - nervous and my tummy hurts
« on: July 01, 2011, 12:31:48 PM »
After two years of living with HIV I decided to start treatment.  My numbers (below) are good but my VL has been inching up steadily over the last 2 years - not bad but a trend.  I just decided that I could now deal with adherence and my bf has been nagging me to start - says I am tired more than before.  Prolly some truth in that.
Well I took the T and I this morning and besides a little tummy ache I feel nervous but OK.  I hope I made the right decision but no going back now. Not thrilled about twice a day Isentress but will switch to quad pill when it is available. 
I got the script filled once and my insurance says I have to do mail-order ongoing (express scripts subbed to curascript). So far getting it setup has been a nightmare - lots of bouncing around and no ship date yet but I got 30 days to get it straightened out.   
It feels comforting being back on this forum after 2 years -  it got me through the agony of testing/diagnosis and I felt compelled to reach out again on the treatment milestone.
07/05/09  Infected
07/25/09  ARS symptoms
08/05/09  ELISA+, WB indeterminate
08/10/09  cd4 480 31% vl 18579
09/24/09  cd4 633 33% vl 764
12/21/09  cd4 611 37% vl 1211
04/05/10  cd4 610 29% vl 2661
07/19/10  cd4 615 30% vl 8875
12/06/10  cd4 686 31% vl 29204
03/28/11  cd4 718 29% vl 32868
06/27/11 waiting
07/01/11 started Truvada/Isentress

Offline phildinftlaudy

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Re: Starting treatment today - nervous and my tummy hurts
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2011, 12:42:26 PM »
Welcome back boneil -
I'm sure you will do fine on the meds -
First going on them can definitely produce a lot of anxiety -
but, hopefully your body will adjust well with no or minimal side effects.

Best to you and keep us informed how it is going.

-Phil
September 13, 2008 - diagnosed +
Labs:
Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

Offline Ac75088

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Re: Starting treatment today - nervous and my tummy hurts
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2011, 02:06:20 AM »
I was you two months ago man..I was very nervous my first night to take meds..I held the pill bottle in my hand for almost a half hour before I could take it..I'm not on the same meds as you are, but Im happy to say that my side effects weren't all that bad and they faded quickly..Just mild light headedness and fatigue..I hope you also do well!
01-12-08 Tested poz cd4 700 vl 8,000
04-25-11 Lowest cd4 count of 415 vl high at 250,000
05-03-11 Started Atripla
05-16-11 Hospitalized and treated for 2 weeks (neurosyphilis)
07-05-11 CD4 count 585 VL 550
10-04-11 CD4 count 700 VL 75
02-03-12 CD4 count 799 VL UD
08-08-12 CD4 count 838 VL UD

Offline boneil

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Re: Starting treatment today - nervous and my tummy hurts
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2011, 01:22:56 AM »
Well I'm two days into my treatment and my upset tummy has turned into all day rumbling, bloating, gas, and diarrhea :(.  I assume it is the Truvada  Is this common for those just starting it? How long does it last?  Urggg..
07/05/09  Infected
07/25/09  ARS symptoms
08/05/09  ELISA+, WB indeterminate
08/10/09  cd4 480 31% vl 18579
09/24/09  cd4 633 33% vl 764
12/21/09  cd4 611 37% vl 1211
04/05/10  cd4 610 29% vl 2661
07/19/10  cd4 615 30% vl 8875
12/06/10  cd4 686 31% vl 29204
03/28/11  cd4 718 29% vl 32868
06/27/11 waiting
07/01/11 started Truvada/Isentress

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: Starting treatment today - nervous and my tummy hurts
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2011, 01:38:03 AM »
Well I'm two days into my treatment and my upset tummy has turned into all day rumbling, bloating, gas, and diarrhea :(.  I assume it is the Truvada  Is this common for those just starting it? How long does it last?  Urggg..

Metamucil. This will solve all your problems. You can buy it cheap at a health food store, they call it "psyllium husk" and it's wonderful.

If you're constipated it makes you regular.

If you can shit through the eye of a needle (diarrhoea) it will give bulk to your poo.

Of course you will still fart like a two bob race horse, but that's ok. :)

MtD

Offline Ac75088

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Re: Starting treatment today - nervous and my tummy hurts
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2011, 04:07:30 AM »
Sorry that ur meds are making you poopy..I hate being like that..Hopefully it passes in a few days as your body adjusts..I absolutely hate being afraid to fart because you don't know if it'll be dry or wet..
01-12-08 Tested poz cd4 700 vl 8,000
04-25-11 Lowest cd4 count of 415 vl high at 250,000
05-03-11 Started Atripla
05-16-11 Hospitalized and treated for 2 weeks (neurosyphilis)
07-05-11 CD4 count 585 VL 550
10-04-11 CD4 count 700 VL 75
02-03-12 CD4 count 799 VL UD
08-08-12 CD4 count 838 VL UD

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: Starting treatment today - nervous and my tummy hurts
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2011, 04:17:34 AM »
I absolutely hate being afraid to fart because you don't know if it'll be dry or wet..

It's a rotten thing, is it not?

Unable to trust in a fart. :(

Ah well.

MtD

Offline CaptCarl

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Re: Starting treatment today - nervous and my tummy hurts
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2011, 04:35:22 AM »
Reminds me of the saying for people on HIV meds:

   "Never waste an erection. Never trust a fart"

CaptCarl
The only thing I can do straight is shoot..

Offline Ac75088

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Re: Starting treatment today - nervous and my tummy hurts
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2011, 11:07:43 AM »
It's a rotten thing, is it not?

Unable to trust in a fart. :(

Ah well.

MtD

You especially have to be careful when you sneeze! lol
01-12-08 Tested poz cd4 700 vl 8,000
04-25-11 Lowest cd4 count of 415 vl high at 250,000
05-03-11 Started Atripla
05-16-11 Hospitalized and treated for 2 weeks (neurosyphilis)
07-05-11 CD4 count 585 VL 550
10-04-11 CD4 count 700 VL 75
02-03-12 CD4 count 799 VL UD
08-08-12 CD4 count 838 VL UD

Offline boneil

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Re: Starting treatment today - nervous and my tummy hurts
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2011, 08:14:32 PM »
Ok that is definitely not making me feel better...
07/05/09  Infected
07/25/09  ARS symptoms
08/05/09  ELISA+, WB indeterminate
08/10/09  cd4 480 31% vl 18579
09/24/09  cd4 633 33% vl 764
12/21/09  cd4 611 37% vl 1211
04/05/10  cd4 610 29% vl 2661
07/19/10  cd4 615 30% vl 8875
12/06/10  cd4 686 31% vl 29204
03/28/11  cd4 718 29% vl 32868
06/27/11 waiting
07/01/11 started Truvada/Isentress

Offline Ac75088

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Re: Starting treatment today - nervous and my tummy hurts
« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2011, 01:36:19 AM »
I'm sorry Bonell, sometimes you just have to find the humor in any situation to make it better..I hope I didn't offend you :) Is your stomach getting any better since you have started meds? Any worse?
01-12-08 Tested poz cd4 700 vl 8,000
04-25-11 Lowest cd4 count of 415 vl high at 250,000
05-03-11 Started Atripla
05-16-11 Hospitalized and treated for 2 weeks (neurosyphilis)
07-05-11 CD4 count 585 VL 550
10-04-11 CD4 count 700 VL 75
02-03-12 CD4 count 799 VL UD
08-08-12 CD4 count 838 VL UD

Offline Billy B

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Re: Starting treatment today - nervous and my tummy hurts
« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2011, 10:15:40 AM »
Well I'm two days into my treatment and my upset tummy has turned into all day rumbling, bloating, gas, and diarrhea :(.  I assume it is the Truvada  Is this common for those just starting it? How long does it last?  Urggg..

boneil- I had to give up dairy for the first year after starting because of the Truvada Ass Blast. I have slowly started to add it back to my diet.
Happy 4th!
Billy
VL 4420 CD4 340 CD4% 24   3/15/10 Started I&T
VL  UD   CD4 340 CD4% 26.5 05/13/10
VL  UD   CD4 360 CD4% 27.1 08/3/10
VL  UD   CD4 310 CD4% 28.4 11/22/10
VL  UD   CD4 420 CD4% 27.9 02/11/11
VL  UD   CD4 370 CD4% 26.4 06/08/11
VL  UD   CD4 360 CD4% 27.7 09/23/11
VL  UD   CD4 370 CD4% 28.3 01/20/12
VL  UD   CD4 430 CD4% 28.8 05/11/12
VL  UD   CD4 370 CD4% 28.1 09/07/12
VL  UD   CD4 390 CD4% 32.3 03/14/13

Offline boneil

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Re: Starting treatment today - nervous and my tummy hurts
« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2011, 12:50:46 PM »
Day 5 and it seems to be getting a little better.  I now eat something with my morning pills and I've eliminated dairy.  The gas-x also helps but I still feel like the Hindenburg by early afternoon.  I guess I was just expecting T&I to be a cakewalk and since I didn't have to go on meds I am a little peeved that I have side effects when I was good before. 
07/05/09  Infected
07/25/09  ARS symptoms
08/05/09  ELISA+, WB indeterminate
08/10/09  cd4 480 31% vl 18579
09/24/09  cd4 633 33% vl 764
12/21/09  cd4 611 37% vl 1211
04/05/10  cd4 610 29% vl 2661
07/19/10  cd4 615 30% vl 8875
12/06/10  cd4 686 31% vl 29204
03/28/11  cd4 718 29% vl 32868
06/27/11 waiting
07/01/11 started Truvada/Isentress

Offline boneil

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Re: Starting treatment today - nervous and my tummy hurts
« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2011, 05:51:15 PM »
Happy to report that after a week - all side effects disappeared and I can now take my morning pills on empty stomach without any issues  :)
07/05/09  Infected
07/25/09  ARS symptoms
08/05/09  ELISA+, WB indeterminate
08/10/09  cd4 480 31% vl 18579
09/24/09  cd4 633 33% vl 764
12/21/09  cd4 611 37% vl 1211
04/05/10  cd4 610 29% vl 2661
07/19/10  cd4 615 30% vl 8875
12/06/10  cd4 686 31% vl 29204
03/28/11  cd4 718 29% vl 32868
06/27/11 waiting
07/01/11 started Truvada/Isentress

Offline emeraldize

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Re: Starting treatment today - nervous and my tummy hurts
« Reply #14 on: July 10, 2011, 01:36:45 AM »
Hurray!!!

 


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