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Author Topic: CD4 drops in half??????  (Read 1684 times)

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Offline hjeffs

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CD4 drops in half??????
« on: September 08, 2006, 12:45:42 PM »
Haven't been here in a while and thought I would check in and say hi as well as ask a question.

I understand T cell counts can vary from test to test but was concerned when they fell from 495 to 200 in one fell swoop. The ratio / % is on track and have been told that is the real measuring gage and not to worry. I trust my doctor. Has anyone else out there experienced this????

I have been on meds 1 year as of August 30 2005. Started with 123 CD4 and 3007,000 VL. I am now undetectable and just dropped to 200 CD4.

Was feeling so good and feel now like a small set back? Guess it is all fine and to keep on moving.

Hello to everyone, even if I don't check in regularly you are all in my heart every day. Let me know if you have experienced this, Thanks


Offline DingoBoi

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Re: CD4 drops in half??????
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2006, 12:57:56 PM »
i had a drop of over 800 once from about 1640 down to 840.   The following test rebounded to 1527. 

It is not unusual for numbers to bounce around, especially at higher numbers.   I wouldn't put too much weight on a single lab which could have been highly influenced by even a small cold or flu.   Were you sick at all before the test?  tired?  stressed? etc?!?.

Your % is indeed more important though I understand the worries about dropping half.  It is kind of a shocking feeling.   But, stay the course and see on the next lab, likely you will see a similar rebound back to normalish numbers :)

Offline gemini20

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Re: CD4 drops in half??????
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2006, 02:43:24 PM »
Back in 1999 when I first went on treatment my cd4 count fell within the first week from 272 to 161 but % went from 20 to 28. Another week later cd4 count was up at 618 but % dropped to 19!

I think it was my body just letting me know it didn't like change!

I wouldn't be too concerned if percentage and viral load are stable. See what happens over time rather than this one drop in isolation.

best wishes,

Diagnosed 11th September 1991
Current CD4 count 484 (26%); viral load undetectable (December 2011).
Restarting boosted Prezista 08/04/11


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