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Author Topic: OK, those results finally came in.  (Read 6077 times)

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Offline aztecan

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OK, those results finally came in.
« on: December 22, 2009, 11:43:25 PM »
I saw the doctor today - with an appointment and everything! ;)

He was pleased. You know the news will be pretty good when the doctor comes into the room whistling while he is reading your reports.

My cholesterol level is fine. It is well within the acceptable range. That includes the HDL, LDL and Triglycerides.

All I can say is WHOOPEE!!! ;D ;D ;D

I would give the exact numbers, but the nurse didn't give me copies of those. I asked for copies of my labs, but she only gave the viral load and such. She just forgot the rest. I will get them tomorrow.

More good news!!!  My liver enzymes are normal. Yep, not just down from what they were, but normal!!!

After some poking and prodding, the doc said my liver is in pretty good shape again. The inflammation that is a hallmark of nonalcoholic steato hepatitis seems to have gone away.

While there may still be some hepatic steatosis remaining, the NASH seems to no longer be an issue. Boy, you have no idea how happy that makes me.

This means I will still have to watch my diet and keep my intake of animal fats to a minimum, but that's OK. It doesn't bug me when I can see some good come from it.

It was frustrating to do all of that dieting, etc., and still be cursed with high lipids and a deteriorating liver.

The doctor said I might consider dropping the milk thistle from my host of pills since I really don't need it any longer.

That is what I call encouraging news! 8)

He wants me to cut back on the NSAIDS that I take. He is concerned that too much of them could cause problems.

But, aside from that, all is well as far as meds go. No need for statins, just my 500 mgs of Niaspan each evening.

Of course, the doc did have throw in one zinger. He wants me to have a colonoscopy.  :o

Yep, I'm that age and its that time. I knew that. But I was hoping to kind of ignore it for a while longer. ::)

I guess that will happen sometime after the first of the year.  :-\

But, what the heck. I'm still a happy camper! :P ;D

Oh, and just for the record, I did get my HIV lab results

Viral load <48

CD4 1,140

CD4 percentage 39% (where it has been for a decade, which, while monotonous, doesn't make me unhappy)



« Last Edit: December 22, 2009, 11:46:25 PM by aztecan »
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Offline BT65

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Re: OK, those results finally came in.
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2009, 05:46:07 AM »
That's great news, Mark!  Congrats, and I hope it continues.
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Offline AndyArrow

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Re: OK, those results finally came in.
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2009, 10:03:02 AM »
Happy Early Christmas to you!  I'm glad all your hard work and diet changes have really paid off!
It is not the arrival that matters.  It is the journey along the way. -- Michel Montaigne

Offline bear60

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Re: OK, those results finally came in.
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2009, 02:08:49 PM »
Great news.

Now relax and have a Merry Christmas. 
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Re: OK, those results finally came in.
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2009, 02:20:58 PM »
Great news honey!

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.......


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Re: OK, those results finally came in.
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2009, 02:24:40 PM »
Congrats on the good labs . You have inspired me to work on mine now . I got mine yesterday and I have work to do on that front .
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Offline heartforyou

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Re: OK, those results finally came in.
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2009, 07:30:16 PM »
Good newsMarkie

My percentage starts to rise... it is now at 34 or so..

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Offline RapidRod

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Re: OK, those results finally came in.
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2009, 08:46:27 PM »
Good job Mark....

Offline dixieman

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Re: OK, those results finally came in.
« Reply #8 on: December 24, 2009, 05:32:04 PM »
Its alway Great to hear good news!

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: OK, those results finally came in.
« Reply #9 on: December 24, 2009, 07:05:11 PM »

Looking Good Mark !!!! Wonderful news to end the year on !!

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Offline Jody

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Re: OK, those results finally came in.
« Reply #10 on: December 25, 2009, 08:46:04 PM »
Congrats Mark on the uplifting news regarding your numbers and your overall health...Keep up the good work!

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Offline Lis

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Re: OK, those results finally came in.
« Reply #11 on: December 27, 2009, 06:12:54 AM »
I'm so happy for you... mazel! :)
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Offline pozniceguy

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Re: OK, those results finally came in.
« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2009, 08:02:38 PM »
Mark that is great news... such good results and no real issues....wow.... dont sweat the colonoscopy.   I have had several over the years.  they give you a shot, dream time and you wake up with no memory of it...

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Re: OK, those results finally came in.
« Reply #13 on: December 28, 2009, 08:28:02 PM »
Great labs and great news, Mark!  I dread the colonoscopy thing, too.  Only bec I have never been put under anesthesia.  Let us know how it goes.  When my Iceman went in for his, they gave him pictures and everything!   ;)

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Re: OK, those results finally came in.
« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2009, 08:35:46 PM »

Very very nice report...Plus, a colonoscopy  :P ::) :o :D  to ring in the New Year! I wouldn't joke about the latter except it really is not the worst thing Since Kingdom Come (Where do these phrases come from?).

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Offline denb45

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Re: OK, those results finally came in.
« Reply #15 on: December 28, 2009, 09:29:08 PM »
 **** Kol Hakavod ****  L' Shalom ****

Mark, I knew you'd pass with flying colors  :D
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Offline Theyer

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Re: OK, those results finally came in.
« Reply #16 on: January 02, 2010, 04:08:51 AM »
Mark, that made enjoyable reading, good for you.
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Offline jm1953

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Re: OK, those results finally came in.
« Reply #17 on: January 02, 2010, 09:49:54 PM »
Congrats Mark on your labs.  Your CD 4 # and percentage are remarkable.  I don't think I've ever had those numbers since I became positive in 1987, certainly not since they have been able to track them.  You are doing all the right things apparently.

I had a colonoscopy (sp) a year ago.  It's really not that bad except for the prep.  I waited and waited until I finally bit the bullet and had it done. 

BTW, they don't usually knock you out completely, at least with me, they used something called "Twilight" in the IV which keeps you in LALA land during the whole procedure.

Again, great numbers.  I get my labs in the week.  I hope I can at least remain stable as since I switched meds in June my numbers are all over the place.

Talk soon,

Positive 29 years. Diagnosed 10/1987.  Current CD 4: 720: Viral load: almost 100.  Current drug regimen, Tivicay, Emtriva, Endurant, Wellbutrin, Clonazepam, Uloric, Losartan Potassium,Allegra, Ambien, Testosterone, Nandrolone, Vicodin, Benedryl, Aspirin, lots of vitamin supplements.


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