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Offline GSOgymrat

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Best labs yet
« on: October 05, 2006, 05:21:58 PM »
Got my latest labs back today:

Viral load: undetectable
CD4: 586
CD4%: 25
Cholesterol: 179
Triglycerides: 263

My triglycerides are still high but have come down since last year when they reach 1608. My bilirubin continues to be elevated due to Reyataz but the rest of my liver functions are normal. My CD4 percentage has never been 25 in almost 14 years since infection. Other than the elevated bilirubin I'm not having any side effects on this Reyataz/Norvir/Truvada once-a-day regimen. I've been on this medication combo 1 year and if it continues to work like this indefinitely I'll be very happy.

Offline Longislander

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Re: Best labs yet
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2006, 05:25:17 PM »
Congratulations! Nice #'s , keep it up!
infected 10/05 diagnosed 12-05
2/06   379/57000                    6/07 372/30500 25%   4/09 640/U/32% 
5/06   ?? /37000                     8/07 491/55000/24%    9/09 913/U/39%
8/06   349/9500 25%              11/07 515/68000/24     2/10 845/U/38%
9/06   507/16,000 30% !          2/08  516/116k/22%    7/10 906/80/39%
12/06 398/29000 26%             Start Atripla 3/08
3/07   402/80,000 29%            4/08  485/undet!/27
4/07   507/35,000 25%            7/08 625/UD/34%
                                                 11/08 684/U/36%

Offline wellington

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Re: Best labs yet
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2006, 05:34:53 PM »
Does this mean you'll be converting from a gymrat to a labrat?  8)  Decent numbers, bud.

Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Best labs yet
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2006, 05:49:25 PM »
BTW, how often are people doing labwork? Because my numbers are decent I would like to drop back to every 6 months unless I experience a problem. Labs are expensive and I would love to save the money.

Offline fearless

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Re: Best labs yet
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2006, 06:58:48 PM »
Well done Ford.
I get mine done every 3 months, but I agree, once every 6 months would be nice especially with your numbers. I know Matt (Newt) has some well considered thoughts on this very matter.
Steve
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Offline Life

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Re: Best labs yet
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2006, 07:03:55 PM »
I love that word "INDEFINATELY"...  I hope we all can use that word equally in time... Congratulations on some fine looking figures! 

3 months here....

Offline Eldon

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Re: Best labs yet
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2006, 07:08:03 PM »
Hey GSO,

Your numbers are looking good. Keep doing what you have been doing. Congratulations.



Make the BEST of each Day!

Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: Best labs yet
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2006, 07:50:02 PM »
BTW, how often are people doing labwork? Because my numbers are decent I would like to drop back to every 6 months unless I experience a problem. Labs are expensive and I would love to save the money.

every 3 months .... THANK YOU FOR YOUR HOPE-FILLED POST

Offline sha2003

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Re: Best labs yet
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2006, 08:16:27 PM »
thats great!my viral load is 742 and my cd4 is 120 and i never been on meds!

Offline sha2003

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Re: Best labs yet
« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2006, 08:19:18 PM »
I'm sorry i said that wrong my cd4 is 742 and my viral load is 120 and never been on meds!

Offline Regretsafew

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Re: Best labs yet
« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2006, 08:20:31 PM »
Congrats!   Nice numbers 

Offline Longislander

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Re: Best labs yet
« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2006, 09:00:06 PM »
new doc end of July, she's had me in every 6 weeks because she wanted me on meds. Now that #'s improved, I got a reprieve---2 months!! lol
infected 10/05 diagnosed 12-05
2/06   379/57000                    6/07 372/30500 25%   4/09 640/U/32% 
5/06   ?? /37000                     8/07 491/55000/24%    9/09 913/U/39%
8/06   349/9500 25%              11/07 515/68000/24     2/10 845/U/38%
9/06   507/16,000 30% !          2/08  516/116k/22%    7/10 906/80/39%
12/06 398/29000 26%             Start Atripla 3/08
3/07   402/80,000 29%            4/08  485/undet!/27
4/07   507/35,000 25%            7/08 625/UD/34%
                                                 11/08 684/U/36%

Offline Teresa

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Re: Best labs yet
« Reply #12 on: October 05, 2006, 10:36:52 PM »

Great numbers!!

Hugs
Teresa
Hubby HIV+ 5/5/06
CD4:320
  %: 26.7
 VL: <20
Atripla (started it 8/24/06)
 

Offline Robert

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Re: Best labs yet
« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2006, 12:33:24 AM »
I've had great results with the same combo.  As far as I'm concerned, it can't be beat.

I still go every three months but only because it's no big deal.  I need to go in and get my meds anyway and it only costs me $10.00 to see the Dr.  I'll probably change it to 4 months after my next visit.  I know she'll go for that.  I'll ask her what she thinks of 6 months.

robert
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Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Best labs yet
« Reply #14 on: October 06, 2006, 09:04:44 AM »
I have insurance and the MD visit is only a $20 copay but the labs are typically about $100. That's not that expensive but it would be nice to spend $240 a year on something other than healthcare, like maybe a few massage sessions. :)

Offline AlanBama

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Re: Best labs yet
« Reply #15 on: October 06, 2006, 10:02:23 AM »
YAY Ford !   Great numbers.   Glad you are doing well!

hugs,

Alan
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Offline pozguy75

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Re: Best labs yet
« Reply #16 on: October 06, 2006, 10:22:37 AM »
Terrific news indeed!! Way to go!! Keep it up baby!
Dx 2005
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Offline kykeith

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Re: Best labs yet
« Reply #17 on: October 06, 2006, 10:53:39 AM »
Awesome labs...i'm also e same combo and it's working for me as well...i go every three months just until my numbers get a bit better, then we'll see...congrats agains and thanks for sharing the good news! keith

Offline wellington

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Re: Best labs yet
« Reply #18 on: October 06, 2006, 11:04:58 AM »
If you're not newly diagnosed, not changing meds, not noticing any significant health issues for which blood work might be useful, it seems reasonable that once every 3-4 months should suffice for labs to be helpful in monitoring your trends without being financially - or otherwise - burdensome. In Canada, these costs are part and parcel of our health care, so their cost is largely transparent to the end-user.

Offline ademas

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Re: Best labs yet
« Reply #19 on: October 06, 2006, 11:12:05 AM »
great numbers, gymrat!  Congratulations!
(I get labs done every month now, but I'm special...)

Offline Rainbow1

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Re: Best labs yet
« Reply #20 on: October 06, 2006, 02:25:00 PM »
good numbers

Offline Sky

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Re: Best labs yet
« Reply #21 on: October 06, 2006, 06:13:07 PM »
BTW, how often are people doing labwork? Because my numbers are decent I would like to drop back to every 6 months unless I experience a problem. Labs are expensive and I would love to save the money.

Soo good to hear the numbers are doin great!  When I tested poz they had me coming every 3 months, much like everyone else has been doing.  By the grace of the powers that be my body has been able to keep things pretty stable and my doc had me drop to every 6 months without visits.  I just go in for the blood work and don't have to see the doc unless I feel the need.  They said unless there's a sudden change things will stay this way until I start meds.
Poz since 2003.

Offline ndrew

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Re: Best labs yet
« Reply #22 on: October 06, 2006, 08:18:41 PM »
Awesome!  To your continued success!!!

Drew

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Best labs yet
« Reply #23 on: October 06, 2006, 08:40:59 PM »
Hello Ford,

Great job with the numbers. It's also great to see your cholesterol and triglyceride numbers  came down.


Take care-----Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



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 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 6/4/14,  t-cells are at 423, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 13% 

  
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Offline PETERJC

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Re: Best labs yet
« Reply #24 on: October 08, 2006, 03:25:40 PM »
 :)
Very Happy for you!  Keep up the good work!
"Be still like a mountain and flow like a great river." Lao Tse

Offline bobik

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Re: Best labs yet
« Reply #25 on: October 08, 2006, 05:06:23 PM »
Hey GSO,

I have my bloodwork done every three months. I do feel safe when they do that. Maybe you can talk with your doc if they have to do every test every time. That could make things cheaper as well.

Congrats. Are you yellow from your high bilirubine? I am, Reyataz as well, I have yellow eyes sometimes.

Hug

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Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Best labs yet
« Reply #26 on: October 08, 2006, 11:40:20 PM »
The elevated bilirubin from Reyataz causes my skin and eyes have a slight yellow tinge at times. It's not enough that you would notice unless you were looking for it. Actually because my normal skin tone is on the red side my skin doesn't look so much jaundiced as tan. As far as side effects go this one doesn't bother me.

 


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