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Offline aredheadboitx

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scared to death
« on: August 31, 2006, 05:18:43 PM »
I don't know where to begin.  I feel so overwhelmed and scared.  My t cells are at 25 and viral load is greater than 750000.  Doctor says I am too weak to begin hiv meds, on couple of antibiotics for now.  I am scared I am going to get very ill before we start meds.  I am so fatigued.  I know there are lots of good medicines.

Offline pozniceguy

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Re: scared to death
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2006, 05:49:18 PM »
welcome to the best place you can be for info now...I was in your exact situation when first diagnosed...I went through 3 weeks of intense antibiotic treatments in a hospital..until Dr felt the OI's ( opportunistic infections) had cleared sufficiently to start meds....
What you need right now is to calm down.....If you trust your DR. he/she will give you many opportunities to discuss what is happening and what to expect in each instance.     I have been with my Dr since 1994..still trust him.. I am as healthy as ever with cd=385   37% ...vl=<50.......you can be in the same situation with some patience
Once again welcome..you found the right place to ask any question..and get the best info available.
remember the good times...honor the past but don't live there
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Offline newt

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Re: scared to death
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2006, 05:57:41 PM »
Hello Mr red hed, just to say welcome, n sounds like yr in good hands and I second everything said above  :) - matt
"The object is to be a well patient, not a good patient"

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: scared to death
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2006, 08:28:38 PM »
Dear Mr. Redhead sir !!,

I know your scared, and I (we) understand how overwhelmig things can be right now. I was also started on Anti-biotics ( Bactrim and Zithromax) along with Valtrex and prednisone, back in 2003, probably a month or so, before starting on meds, in October of 2003. I also had a low t-cell count back then. It was 16, and the viral load was 500,000.

I understand the fatigue, I also went through some very severe fatigue, once I started on meds, the fatigue issues went away quite fast. The main thing, right now is to take those anti-biotics as prescribed, do not miss any doses of your medication, and drink PLENTY of water. If you have access to filtered water, this will probably be better for you.

And you are right , there are plenty of good medications available, that once you start them, will start to make you feel better soon. Try not to be scared. follow the directions of the anti-biotics you are currently on, try to eat well, and most importantly try to get some rest. Don't go overdoing anything for a little while. Things will get better ....

Take care of yourself/ keep in touch with us------Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 20mg of Atorvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Amlodipine Besolate 5mg-- Updated 9/24/2017

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

 65 years young.

Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: scared to death
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2006, 08:37:03 PM »

Hi. Welcome. I'm glad you see the light - yup there are good meds out there and new ones come out every year. Just wanted to share some hope with you. I was very weak exactly 1 year ago, had only 42 CD4 cells, VL @ 100,000, was wasting from 158 lbs to 134 lbs and I thought I was gonna die for sure. There were times I was so weak i couldn't lift a fork/spoon. I had diarrea for 11 straiht days. I was planning to give all my money away to my brother and I was telling my sister how I wanted my funeral to look like. Well, a year later my recovery is pretty darn awesome so what I'm saying is keep hope alive. You can beat this thing

Offline Eldon

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Re: scared to death
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2006, 11:24:14 PM »
Hello Redheadboi, it is Eldon. First of all, I wish to extend you a warm WELCOME to the family here at AM. Here you will find love, encouragement, support, fun, and many answers to your questions relating to HIV/AIDS. Here we have a great group of individuals for your support and there is a lot of information on this website.

The first place you should begin is here; Go To: http://www.aidsmeds.com/lessons/StartHere1.htm.

I too was overwhelmed and scared when I found out about my diagnosis, you are not alone. We are all in this together. I want to encourage you to think positive, start drinking plenty of fluids, change your diet, and get your proper rest. Just as Ray said; Take your antibiotics as your Doctor has prescribed them to you.

Feel free to come and visit from time to time and vent your concerns and frustrations.

Again, Welcome!

Have the BEST Day.


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