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Author Topic: Update / Starting Meds This Week  (Read 1300 times)

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Offline cocoboogie

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Update / Starting Meds This Week
« on: March 01, 2008, 04:42:04 PM »
Hello Everyone,

Just wanted to give a quick update.  I am still undergoing chemo treatments. As you may remember, I found out I had KS on the soles of my feet and was unable to walk for the majority of last year.  The treatments are working well.  I am able to walk normal again.  I had lost alot weight, I went from 180lbs to 135lbs before seeking medical help.  I am now at a weight of 150lbs since starting chemo. I am 5'11 height.  Hopefully, I will gain my old weight back.  I have gone from a size 34/36 waist to a size 32 waist and I am unable to fit my old clothes.

I start hiv meds this week. I am scheduled to meet with a nurse educator Wednesday and go over how to take the medications.  I will be taking Kaletra, Viread, and Emtriva. Does anyone have any experience with this combo?

I know everyone responds differently but was curious how others may have handled any side effects. 

On a final note, I want to thank everyone for your posts and the people that run this site.  It has made the last few months alot easier to handle.  I am able to speak with nurses, doctor, medical staff and ask questions while understanding most of the answers especially when they are speaking in medical terms and using abbreviations.  I wish I found this site years ago. Thank you all.
Date    CD4  VL
11/07  20     56,000 started chemo for KS
4/08    12     60,000 started Kaletra and Truvada
5/08    14     820
6/08    19     Undetectable stopped chemo
7/08   149    Undetectable  
8/09   247    undetectable
6/10   498    undetectable
1/11   408    undetectable
4/11   402    undetectable  
5/11   511    undetectable
11/11  599   undetectable
7/12    439   undetectable
3/13     479 undectectable
9/13 645  undectectable

Offline Snowangel

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Re: Update / Starting Meds This Week
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2008, 05:34:19 PM »
Hi Coco-
Glad to hear your chemo treatments are going well and that you are gaining weight back.  I don't have any advice for you combo of meds, but I wanted to wish you luck.  Stay strong!
Take care,
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Offline BlueMoon

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Re: Update / Starting Meds This Week
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2008, 05:38:19 PM »
Coco, glad you're getting better and things are looking up. 

I don't have any experience with your prescribed meds, but anything has to be better than doing nothing.  Good luck.
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05/10-- ......<48.....290.....46
02/10-- ......<48.....481.....44
10/09-- ......<48.....277.....46
07/09-- ......<48.....300.....38
05/09-- ........51.....449.....39
03/09-- Added Isentress
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11/08-- ........62.....242.....40
08/08-- ........66.....212.....29
05/08-- ......202.....217.....27
03/08-- ....5210.....187.....21
02/08-- Began Truvada/Reyataz/Norvir
12/07-- 273,000.....157.....22
11/07-- 229,000.....209.....22
10/07-- Diagnosis

It's a complex world.

Offline Jeff G

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Re: Update / Starting Meds This Week
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2008, 06:25:22 PM »
  I don't know anything about that combo. But like you, Ive been through chemotherapy for Kaposi Sarcoma and started my own combo ,sustiva, truvada. I just wanted to say that It all got better and I am healthyer than ever now. I gained all my weight back and have had very little problems since. let us all know how you are doing and take care...been there myself. 
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Offline BT65

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Re: Update / Starting Meds This Week
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2008, 08:00:01 AM »
Hey Coco, good to see a post from ya.  Haven't seen one in quite awhile.  I'm really glad the chemo is working.  About the meds, check this out and see if it helps:


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