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Offline Queen Tokelove

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How to interpret medical jargon...
« on: November 07, 2006, 06:57:19 PM »
Hello Everyone~~

I have a question or a few about some medical jargon. I need to get proof of my neuropathy for a child support hearing in December. Not trying to dodge paying because I did in the past but knows they can not collect from me due to my being on disability but also wonders why they are making me turn in the same paperwork when they had proof 3 years ago, the only difference is that I have developed neuropathy since then. My id doc sent me a copy of the report he sent to my priimary in which I had complained of neuropathy.

In this report it says that my cd4 is 372 at 22 %, what is this percentage? It's funny because he also goes on to say. "Her cd4 count has slightly climbed and her viral load is stable,possibly improved slightly. Hell, I think it was a pretty good improvement, before my viral load was 20,000, it now is 13,864, a drop of 6 thousand and some change sounds pretty damn good to me. He also goes on to say that I am "orientedx3", what does that mean?

I'm also confused about my BIA. What is a phase angle? He goes on to say mine has decreased to 6.8 % but likes it to be above 6%, well even though it is a decrease, it's still above 6%, should I be worried about this? It also goes on to say that my percentage fat has decreased 1%, is this a good thing or a bad thing? What is body cell mass? That has increased 5%, again is this good or bad?

Please when replying don't send a link that has more medical jargon unless it is easy to comprehend. It will just confuse me more, I need something put in layman's terms. Thanks for you help...
Started Atripla/Ziagen on 9/13/07.
10/31/07 CD4-265 VL- undetectable
2/6/08 CD4- 401 VL- undetectable
5/7/08 CD4- 705 VL- undetectable
6/4/08 CD4- 775 VL- undetectable
8/6/08 CD4- 805 VL- undetectable
11/13/08 CD4- 774 VL--undetectable
2/4/09  CD4- 484  VL- 18,000 (2 months off meds)
3/3/09---Starting Back on Meds---
4/27/09 CD4- 664 VL-- undetectable
6/17/09 CD4- 438 VL- 439
8/09 CD4- 404 VL- 1,600
01-22-10-- CD4- 525 VL- 59,000
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Re: How to interpret medical jargon...
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2006, 08:48:28 PM »
Hi Queenie,

Oriented X3 is medical shorthand indicating that a patient is in a cogent state and aware of their surroundings. "Oriented x3" means the patient is aware of person, place, and time (WHO they are, WHERE they are, and WHAT TIME it is.)

The best explanation of CD4% I've ever come across is found here in the Lessons section -  Understanding Your T-cell (CD4) Test


I don't know about the other thing you ask.

Hope that helps.

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Re: How to interpret medical jargon...
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2006, 10:51:42 PM »
Hi Queenie,

Oriented X3 is medical shorthand indicating that a patient is in a cogent state and aware of their surroundings. "Oriented x3" means the patient is aware of person, place, and time (WHO they are, WHERE they are, and WHAT TIME it is.)

The best explanation of CD4% I've ever come across is found here in the Lessons section -  Understanding Your T-cell (CD4) Test


I don't know about the other thing you ask.

Hope that helps.

Ann



Thanks Ann, it did help a little bit. Atleast now I know that my percentage is still good. I'm still hoping someone can clue me in about the BIA. All I really know there is according to my doc report I have no signs of wasting which is a blessing.
Started Atripla/Ziagen on 9/13/07.
10/31/07 CD4-265 VL- undetectable
2/6/08 CD4- 401 VL- undetectable
5/7/08 CD4- 705 VL- undetectable
6/4/08 CD4- 775 VL- undetectable
8/6/08 CD4- 805 VL- undetectable
11/13/08 CD4- 774 VL--undetectable
2/4/09  CD4- 484  VL- 18,000 (2 months off meds)
3/3/09---Starting Back on Meds---
4/27/09 CD4- 664 VL-- undetectable
6/17/09 CD4- 438 VL- 439
8/09 CD4- 404 VL- 1,600
01-22-10-- CD4- 525 VL- 59,000
Cherish the simple things life has to offer

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Re: How to interpret medical jargon...
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2006, 06:55:28 AM »
Hello. I will try to explain this in a way that makes sense once it leaves my brain …i'm not hopeful though  :)

BIA= bioelectrical impedance analysis
Impedance, means resistance. The test uses an electrical current, and measures the resistance and reactance to this as it passes through yr body’s muscle and fat tissue. More fat=more resistance.

The phase angle, is calculated using these results, and given as a ratio. Women, I think range is ideally > 5, men, >6.  Things that’ll cause a drop: decrease in body cell mass (muscle) increase in fluid levels (sometimes called "extracellular mass") , and increase in fat. On its own, this number doesn’t really mean much, as there are a number of things which can affect the result (infection, injury, exercise…etc). You need to look at what past results have been, how much of a change this latest result is, & what might be contributing to the drop.

Body cell mass = approximate weight of muscle & internal organs. Important, and good that yours has increased - if you were experiencing wasting etc, this number would drop.

%fat decrease, well, that depends on you, and your body mass - people who are low body weight/experiencing wasting generally want to see this number going up. If that’s not an issue for you, I think this is a good thing - bearing in mind muscle mass has increased, it would make sense to expect this % drop as a result.

As I said, these numbers need to be looked at in context, all together,with other clinical info to get a clear picture. From what you’ve said though, doesn’t sound like cause for panic ..

keep being O X3  :)

Offline Queen Tokelove

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Re: How to interpret medical jargon...
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2006, 09:46:15 PM »
Thanks for the assist. I think I understand a little better. I have recently attained all my labwork from the time I started going to my clinic, that's going to be a lot to go through....
Started Atripla/Ziagen on 9/13/07.
10/31/07 CD4-265 VL- undetectable
2/6/08 CD4- 401 VL- undetectable
5/7/08 CD4- 705 VL- undetectable
6/4/08 CD4- 775 VL- undetectable
8/6/08 CD4- 805 VL- undetectable
11/13/08 CD4- 774 VL--undetectable
2/4/09  CD4- 484  VL- 18,000 (2 months off meds)
3/3/09---Starting Back on Meds---
4/27/09 CD4- 664 VL-- undetectable
6/17/09 CD4- 438 VL- 439
8/09 CD4- 404 VL- 1,600
01-22-10-- CD4- 525 VL- 59,000
Cherish the simple things life has to offer

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