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Author Topic: How about some good news!?!  (Read 5027 times)

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Offline aztecan

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How about some good news!?!
« on: July 08, 2009, 01:03:29 AM »
I saw the doctor today and got the results of my first labs since I switched to Isentress and Truvada.

Drum roll please . . . my lipids are NORMAL!  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

That is the first time in a very long time that I can say that. How appropriate it comes in the same month as the 24th anniversary of my testing positive. Is that something to celebrate or commiserate?

Here's how the numbers went:

                                        2/16/09                     3/16/09                     6/30/09

Overall cholesterol       228                              214                           188

LDL Cholesterol            158                              141                           124

HDL Cholesterol            38                                 42                               29

Triglycerides                   158                              153                            177

CPKs                                602                              2,857                         305

So, it looks like switching meds has certainly helped lower the lipids. I am still taking 500 mgs of Niaspan and 6,000 mgs of fish oil, the latter of which is doing a pretty good job holding down the triglycerides.

Since I stopped all statins, the CPKs have dropped nicely, for which I am quite grateful. The normal range should be less than 200, but I don't know if I will ever drop that low again. The doctor thinks I may have permanently elevated CPKs

The lipids are still not as low as I would like, and not as low as the doctor would like, but they are in the more or less normal range, which is good enough for the moment.

Oh yeah, and the other stuff:

CD4s came in at 1,020, so they are still OK. Viral load was undetectable, as it has been for 13-plus years.

The doc wants to check my lipids again in September, see how things are going. I'll get the viral load and CD4 done sometime in December.

My liver enzymes are still elevated, as they have been for a while - (read: NASH). But those results are still pretty close to normal and the doctor hopes that dropping the lipids will help my liver make a comeback.

So, for the moment, I'm doing OK lipidwise. Let's here it for Isentress, Truvada, olive oil, Niaspan, fish oil and red yeast rice.


« Last Edit: July 08, 2009, 01:14:57 AM by aztecan »
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Offline rondrond

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Re: How about some good news!?!
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2009, 01:53:10 AM »
Excellent! Good for you, Mark.

Yes: this is something to celebrate: congratulations of 24 years. You have certainly done your part in making it happen.

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Offline AndyArrow

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Re: How about some good news!?!
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2009, 03:03:50 AM »
Definitely news worth celebrating!!!!
It is not the arrival that matters.  It is the journey along the way. -- Michel Montaigne

Offline BT65

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Re: How about some good news!?!
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2009, 07:04:04 AM »
That's great news, Mark!  And congrats on the anniversary.
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: How about some good news!?!
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2009, 07:34:35 AM »

Fantastic news Mark ! Congratulations !!

Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 20mg of Atorvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
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Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 9/18/2017,  Viral load remains <40
CD 4 @358 /  CD4 % @ 13

 66 years young.

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: How about some good news!?!
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2009, 10:40:38 AM »
Great to hear, Mark.  You must be happy.
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Offline AlanBama

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Re: How about some good news!?!
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2009, 10:48:38 AM »
Great news honey!   Don't you just love it when something actually WORKS ?

I'm so glad.

Many hugs,

Alan   :-*
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Offline Buckmark

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Re: How about some good news!?!
« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2009, 11:17:19 PM »
This is great news, Mark. Congratulations!


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Offline mewithu

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Re: How about some good news!?!
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2009, 02:42:24 AM »
Yep, These numbers look tremendesly Good. Keep up the good work and May you continue tohave Great health for many many years to come.

1997 is when I found out, being deathly ill. I had to go to the hospital due to extreme headache and fever. I fell coma like,  two months later weighing 95 pounds and in extreme pain and awoke to knowledge of Pancreatis, Cryptococcal Meningitis, Thrush,Severe Diarea,  Wasting, PCP pneumonia. No eating, only through tpn. Very sick, I was lucky I had good insurance with the company I worked for. I was in the hospital for three months that time. 
(2010 Now doing OK cd4=210  VL= < 75)
I have become resistant to many nukes and non nukes, Now on Reyataz, , Combivir. Working well for me not too many side effects.  I have the wasting syndrome, Fatigue  . Hard to deal with but believe it or not I have been through worse. Three Pulmonary Embolism's in my life. 2012 520 t's <20 V load

Offline sharkdiver

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Re: How about some good news!?!
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2009, 11:24:13 AM »
Awesome Mark!
Congrats with the numbers (jealous) and here's to continued health!!

Offline Rev. Moon

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Re: How about some good news!?!
« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2009, 09:53:53 PM »
Wow, excellent numbers in every respect.  Congrats!

Cheers to you...

Wishing you continued good health...

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Offline Jeffreyj

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Re: How about some good news!?!
« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2009, 06:53:58 AM »
Nice job chief, could not happen to a nicer guy!
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