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Offline Torey

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Constant Stress
« on: February 27, 2009, 11:46:17 PM »
Can someone please explain to me the role that stress plays in HIV and AIDS?  As in stress affecting the immune system.

I have lived, and no joke, in a constant state of stress for the past two years - daily heart rate at 90 to 110 off and on.  No telling what my blood pressure is.  I am small - 5'7" (male) 135-140ish pounds. My health sucks in a general sense.  I get mouth ulcers.  All this stress is bringing me down and there's no end in sight.  How is it affecting me?  I had my bloodwork done over a year ago - havent been back mental health problems. :(  I can't get to it.  I can't get it together.  Last Feb I was cd4 = 409 % = 28 vL = 10K.

Please tell me how stress affects HIV I am wanting to know what it does to the body and cells please  :'(
Seroconversion 2006 (?)
Jan 08 - CD4 409 (28.5%)  VL-10,000
May 09 - CD4 297 (19.2%) VL-92,000
October 09 - CD4 244 (15.2%) VL-116,000
December 09 - CD4 239 (13.5%) VL-142,000
(No Meds)

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Re: Constant Stress
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2009, 08:40:27 AM »
Hi Torey,

There was a thread recently about this subject that you may find interesting: Can Excessive Stress Cause the CD4 Count to Drop?? .

Your numbers from a year ago were very good - and they are quite possibly very good currently. PLEASE go get them checked! You should be having your blood work done every three months and this is very important when you're not on meds. I don't know about you, but I know for myself, not knowing is far more stressful than knowing. When you know what your numbers are, you will know when it's time for meds and taking control of your virus.

You won't really know how the stress is affecting you until you go and get your bloodwork done and a general check-up with your ID doctor.

Stress affects us all differently and it's not necessarily detrimental to your health.

You say you've been having mental health problems - do you have a therapist or support group (or both)? If you don't, it might be a good idea to find one or both.

Please, Torey, make an appointment ASAP with your ID doc, tell him/her how you're feeling and get your bloodwork done. Your numbers might still be very good and wouldn't knowing that help relieve some of your stress? Taking charge of your health should also help with the stress. Take care of yourself!

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Offline clsoca

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Re: Constant Stress
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2009, 11:54:21 AM »
It is a proven fact that exercise will reduce stress. You should probably investigate into different exercise routines you either like or can tolerate well. You will be amazed how you feel a month later after beginning an exercise program. It's truly the fountain of youth by any measuring stick. 
10/07 Infected
11/07 Seroconversion
07/08 Tested Poz
07/08 VL 487  CD4 658  (No Meds)
10/08 VL 286  CD4 724  (No Meds)
01/24/09 VL 30,100   CD4 329 CD4 30% (No Meds)
02/06/09 VL 44,000   CD4 367 CD4 36%  Blood Work @ UCLA (No Meds)
02/06/09 VL 44,000   CD4 317 CD4 35% Blood Work @ USC (No Meds)
02/12/09 VL 52,000   CD4 297 CD4 29%
02/12/09  Started Atripla
04/01/09 VL 60  CD4 667   CD4 48%
06-05-09  VL UD CD4 427   CD4 39%


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