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Author Topic: Stroke and HIV  (Read 1357 times)

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Offline kjo

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Stroke and HIV
« on: February 23, 2012, 10:14:26 PM »
Hi  :)  I am a new member and have been positive for 6 years.  I found out that I was poz when I was pregnant with my daughter.  I had to start arv's right away to save her life.  After she was born and my cd4 went up to 1300, I came off the meds.  that was 5 or so years ago.  Then I had a stroke Dec. 15, 2011 and then another February 13, 2012.  In between these strokes was a diagnosis of Protein S Deficiency so I had to be put on coumadin.  Also my ID doc thought it was time for me to start the meds again.  I was a little afraid to start meds because I have read online that the arv's can lead to protein s deficiency and stroke, but it's been so long since I had been on them.  My id doc assured me that my cd4 was too high for there to be problems of stroke from my HIV.  Now after the second stroke I wonder... 
Has anyone had issues with Protein S Deficiency or Stroke with HIV? :-\

Offline Theyer

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Re: Stroke and HIV
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2012, 06:12:07 AM »
Welcome to the forums kjo , hope you find them as useful/funny as I do.

I had a very small stroke approx 6 to 9 months after finishing chemo for Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 97-98 .
All I remember is having a very disconnected day.By luck the next day I had a clinic appointment where the booking in nurse saw a slight slant in the left side off my body. I was admitted tests etc confirmed the situation physiotherapy strengthened my body.
No problems with further strokes.

At the time my drug regime left me with very high lipids and the chemo had been very aggressive there where other HIV people in my physio group and the general consensus at that time was that we had been unlucky and/or the drugs that where keeping the HIV in check caused other problems which was right.

Hope this scanty bit off remembrance is off some use, at the time I was bombarded by all things medical and felt I had gotten off lightly as clearly I had had a small stroke.

All the best and again welcome
"If we can find the money to kill people, we can find the money to help people ."  Tony Benn

Offline newt

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Re: Stroke and HIV
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2012, 11:52:35 PM »
Hello and welcome

One of the things untreated HIV does is change the way your blood behaves, and often makes it more likely to form clots. ARV treatment tends to reverse the changes as it gets HIV under control.

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

Offline kjo

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Re: Stroke and HIV
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2012, 12:06:09 AM »
Thank you both for your help.


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