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Author Topic: how not to panic over every little illness  (Read 2102 times)

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Offline zach

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how not to panic over every little illness
« on: January 10, 2011, 09:01:30 PM »
Despite the fact that I've overindulged in some off topic threads lately, AIDS has been very much on mind. I've been sick, with what just a year ago I would have viewed as an average cold. Now however, I wonder if my CD4 and VL counts will take a hit from this. This board has been great in helping me understand that life goes on, we're still normal human beings that get sick from time to time. Never the less. This is the first time I've been sick since my dx. Don't Panic, in big friendly letters. I'm sure I'll be ok.
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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: how not to panic over every little illness
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2011, 09:18:12 PM »
zach, yes (generally) your cd4 count will be changed by an illness, but it's just a temporary thing and it rebounds back.  For example, in Oct '09 I was one of those misfortunate souls who got swine flu before the vaccine was available (obviously this is harsher on your immune system than a common cold) and a month after recovering I had lab work done and my cd4s had plummeted and I lost 50% of them.  When I next tested 3-4 months later they were all back.

I realize your cd4 count is low at the moment due to your late diagnosis and OI, but even if you lose half of them temporarily you're assumably on a prophylactic for PCP so you are protected.  It's normal, just like when you were HIV-, to get a cold every year.  You won't die.   And yeah, everyone is weird about this their first year of diagnosis.  At least it's not bronchitis.
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Re: how not to panic over every little illness
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2011, 09:48:15 PM »

There's a great new article on late diagnosed guys in the wirdget just to left right now.  Here's a link in case you don't see this right away:

Reading the article, even if you are having a slow rise in CD4 count, once you are undetectable for a while you are pretty safe.  But, in your case, since you are still in that window right after a pretty tough time, well it wouldn't hurt to be a little over cautious for a few months.  Not for years, but maybe for a few more months.

That's not to say panic.  But perhaps you should call your doctor and ask if you should come in.  If you used to be one of those guys who never went in to the doctor you may need to have a calibration discussion too.

Hope you feel better soon.

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 buginme2

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Re: how not to panic over every little illness
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2011, 12:42:41 AM »
Assurbanipal: Looking at the history of your numbers and how you have responded is inspiring.  Glad you have them posted.
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Offline next2u

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Re: how not to panic over every little illness
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2011, 03:55:58 AM »
practice & time :)
get better soon.

midapr07 - seroconversion
sept07 - tested poz
oct07 cd4 1013; vl 13,900; cd4% 41
feb08 cd4  694;  vl 16,160; cd4% 50.1
may08 cd4 546; vl 91,480; cd4% 32
aug08 cd4 576; vl 48,190; cd4% 40.7
dec08 cd4 559; vl 63,020; cd4% 29.4
feb09 cd4 464; vl 11,000; cd4% 26
may09 cd4 544; vl 29,710; cd4% 27.2
oct09 cd4 ...; vl 23,350; cd4% 31.6
mar10 cd4 408; vl 59,050; cd4% 31.4
aug10 cd4 328; vl 80,000; cd4% 19.3 STARTED ATRIPLA
oct10 cd4 423; vl 410 ;); cd4% 30.2
jun11 cd4 439; vl <20 ;); cd4% 33.8 <-Undetectable!
mar12 cd4 695; vl ud; cd4% 38.6
jan13 cd4 738; vl ud; cd4% 36.8
aug13 cd4 930; vl ud; cd4% 44.3
jan14 cd4 813; vl ud; cd4% 42.8
may14 cd4 783; vl *; cd4%43.5
sept14 cd4 990; vl ud; cd4% *
jun15 cd4 1152; vl ud; cd4% *
oct15 cd4 583; vl 146; cd4% 42
mar16 cd4 860


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