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Author Topic: New labs more of the same.  (Read 1248 times)

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Offline Billy B

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New labs more of the same.
« on: September 07, 2012, 11:00:23 AM »
Hello Forum Folks,
As you can see in my sig I have gotten back my latest labs and my numbers are pretty much the same again. Thankfully I am still UD and stable without any problems but I would, like most people, love to have more CD4s. I knew when I started meds that my age would be a big factor in this.
My IDS was not open to changing or adding any other meds now because I have no side effects from the I&T and I am still able to work 40-50 hours a week which I think is pretty remarkable for a LTS. I often wonder if I should have started meds sooner (now recommended) but I needed to work because of my retirement pension and I was afraid that the side effects of the older cocktails would prohibit that. I have about 8 months until I can retire if I want (YEA).
I was wondering if anyone here has added a 4th med and had any luck getting their CD4s to rise a little more?
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 Miss Philicia

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Re: New labs more of the same.
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2012, 12:26:05 PM »
A 4th HIV med is added when someone has had previous long term viral loads being detectable due to resistance issues, usually in more than one class. It's not done to make your cd4 count increased.
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Offline Billy B

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Re: New labs more of the same.
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2012, 03:46:16 PM »
Thanks Miss P. for your reply. I guess that I am just greedy and want more!
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 Cojo

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Re: New labs more of the same.
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2012, 06:26:01 PM »
Hey Billy - we pretty much mirror each other. I totally get you ; my labs come back in ten days and I'd love to see 400 again, but from all I've been told here, there is not much that can be done to move them. Hang in there buddy.
May 2011 - Tested Positive
June 2011 - CD4 330   16%   VL182,000 no resistance
Oct 6, 2011 - CD4 300  20%  VL 60,000
Oct 7, 2011 - start Truvada / Isentress
Nov 29, 2011 CD4 280 26% VL 54
Feb 7 2012 CD4 260 25% UD!
Mar 20 2012 CD4 400 28%
June 2012 CD4 330 26% UD
Sept 2012 CD4 450 32% UD
Dec 2012 CD4 310 28% UD
May 2013 CD4 500 32% UD
Oct 2013 CD4 460 33% UD
May 2014 CD4 360 33% UD
Aug 2014 swap out Isentress for Tivicay
Oct 2014 CD4 320 33% UD

Offline Billy B

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Re: New labs more of the same.
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2012, 10:41:26 AM »
Thanks Cojo,
The up & down numbers are normal according to my reassuring IDS. He said that he has many older patients who bounce around and all of a sudden they start a steady rise in CD4s after several years of treatment. I can only hope this will happen to me.
I am happy to be UD and now my ID visits have been stretched to six months because my IDS considers me stable and he knows that I am obsessed with taking my meds on time. I have only missed taking them once and it was my PM Isentress.
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

 


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