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Author Topic: First Labs are in!!!!  (Read 3741 times)

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Offline numbersguy82

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First Labs are in!!!!
« on: September 01, 2010, 08:24:14 PM »
Hey All,
Well I just got my first lab numbers. I haven't got my resistance test results yet, but that should be next week. My cd4 was 73, VL 300k, and 7%. Not great. I also have hypothyroidism which is currently the cause of most of my syptoms like hair loss, body aches and pains, chills etc. My doc started me on Prezista, Truvada, and Norvir. She hopes this combo would be less likely to have any restistance issues. She doesn't want to treat my hypothyroidism until another month so she can get an accurate gage on my HIV progress.  All in all I'm really excited to start treatment and to get my numbers back up. I'm so motivated, and from reading everyone's numbers here I know it can be done. I just wanted to say thanks for the support and the outlet that these forums have provided. It has been a Godsend. You guys rock :)

Oh and I'm kinda bummed about not being on Atripla... I was looking forward to the dreams lol
8/10- 73 cd4, 7%, and 300k VL *First Labs*
9/10- Started Norvir, Prezista, and Truvada
10/10- 511 cd4, 22%, and 886 VL
12/10- 498 cd4, 22%, and 106 VL
3/11- 529 cd4, 29%, and 101 VL
8/11- 620 cd4, 30%, and 74 VL- Switched to Atripla
10/11- 580 ce4, 30%, and 62 VL
12/11- 684 cd4, 31%, and FINALLY *UD*

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: First Labs are in!!!!
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2010, 08:28:08 PM »
A good strong combo that one, with minimal sides.

Your numbers are at a level where starting treatment is the wisest course to take. You should expect your VL to decrease quite rapidly. Your CD4s will rise more slowly but they will rise. I'd recommend some Bactrim to ward off PCP until your CD4s reach 250 and stay at that level for about 3 months.


Offline peteb

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Re: First Labs are in!!!!
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2010, 08:30:45 PM »
I am glad u are on a great combo ur numbers will improve keep up that positive attitude

Offline Assurbanipal

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Re: First Labs are in!!!!
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2010, 09:02:31 PM »
I've always been jealous of the Atripla dreams too. 

But Prezista is really strong and sometimes can work even if you are resistant -- also since it is newer  the chance of being resistant to it is smaller while you are waiting to find out.  Course, most people don't have any resistance at all.

Here's to better health!
5/06 VL 1M+, CD4 22, 5% , pneumonia, thrush -- O2 support 2 months, 6/06 +Kaletra/Truvada
9/06 VL 3959 CD4 297 13.5% 12/06 VL <400 CD4 350 15.2% +Pravachol
2007 VL<400, 70, 50 CD4 408-729 16.0% -19.7%
2008 VL UD CD4 468 - 538 16.7% - 24.6% Osteoporosis 11/08 doubled Pravachol, +Calcium/D
02/09 VL 100 CD4 616 23.7% 03/09 VL 130 5/09 VL 100 CD4 540 28.4% +Actonel (osteoporosis) 7/09 VL 130
8/09  new regimen Isentress/Epzicom 9/09 VL UD CD4 621 32.7% 11/09 VL UD CD4 607 26.4% swap Isentress for Prezista/Norvir 12/09 (liver and muscle issues) VL 50
2010 VL UD CD4 573-680 26.1% - 30.9% 12/10 VL 20
2011 VL UD-20 CD4 568-673 24.7%-30.6%
2012 VL UD swap Prezista/Norvir for Reyataz drop statin CD4 768-828 26.7%-30.7%
2014 VL UD - 48
2015 VL 130 Moved to Triumeq

Offline newbieguy

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Re: First Labs are in!!!!
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2010, 09:56:42 PM »
Hey numbersguy, seems like you have a great attitude about all this which is definately key! Good luck on your meds, you will be ok. I just started Atripla a week ago and no real crazy dreams yet. Hang in there. Im sure your numbers will rebound quicker than you realize. Best wishes!



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Re: First Labs are in!!!!
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2010, 10:23:08 PM »
Glad you are on track to kick those little buggers butt! Every time I see your smile it makes my day a little better. Good luck buddy!

Offline kev

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Re: First Labs are in!!!!
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2010, 03:21:49 AM »
Your awesome attitude inspires me. Looking forward to hearing when your numbers get better in the near future  :). I am so thankful that we took that first step to get  HIV tested and can then react and get treatment and monitored.

Offline bmancanfly

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Re: First Labs are in!!!!
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2010, 07:33:01 PM »
Wise move to start now.  That should be a very effective combo too.  Best of luck.
"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt."

 Bertrand Russell

Offline phildinftlaudy

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Re: First Labs are in!!!!
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2010, 07:40:44 PM »
Hey Numbers -
I agree with others - you have a great attitude - that goes a long way.

Here, I will share the part of my last night's Atripla dream with you so you can live the Atripla experience vicariously:
I was at an outside campground - the President of the US was there (very friendly guy in my dream).  He was asking if I wanted a hamburger.

I then had to figure out a way to introduce him to the crowd.  I was at a loss for words.  His assistant was getting upset with me - but was also jealous because the President took a liking to me and was ignoring his assistant.

Just as I introduced the President - helicopters started flying overhead - we thought it was the press, but it was actually the secret service.... there was a potential assassin - a lady dangling from a cliff drop off located behind the President - she was covered in mud and tied to the cliff - tangled up.... she kept yelling that she didn't want to do it - but her boyfriend had talked her into it -

I managed to warn the President that she was behind him tangled up on the cliff and the secret service apprehended her - I was somewhat of a hero.

Then I woke up..... ;D
September 13, 2008 - diagnosed +
Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20


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Re: First Labs are in!!!!
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2010, 09:55:14 PM »
Oh, and #'s,   You can come back a long way from those numbers. My CD4 was <20 and VL 500K.  I  have known people over 1 million that made undetectable.   A friend just  made 1100 CD4. :o . He has the happiest wife  on the planet! I never thought he would see 300.  Keep on smiling!


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