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Author Topic: New Labs / Starting New Meds  (Read 1414 times)

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Offline jackfrost

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New Labs / Starting New Meds
« on: July 19, 2012, 04:46:31 PM »
Had my appointment with the HIV doc today, my CD4 Cells were 640 and my VL undetectable (I have been on Atripla for over a year now). My CD4% was 22%. I told my doctor I hate being on Atripla, I am tired all the time, my dreams are so vivid that I constantly wake up in the night and when I get up for work in the morning I feel like I haven't slept. Then I am groggy and foggy all morning and since I have been on Atripla my short term memory has been horrible. I also told him about the suicidal thoughts I had a few months ago (see my post in mental health for all the crazy fun I went through lol), I told him I wasn't sure if the suicidal thoughts were because of the Atripla or because I was going to support group while waiting to get into group therapy and I was having to discuss difficult things or a combination of both. I said either way I am not comfortable taking Atripla anymore knowing it has CNS side effects and knowing I suffer from major depression. So I am going to start taking Truvada, Reyataz and norvir. I will have blood work done in a month to make sure the virus is still suppressed.

I have been in group therapy for 9 weeks now, it's one of the hardest things I have ever done but also one of the best things I have done in my life. I am addressing a lot of feelings I have about my childhood and a lot of traumatic events that have happened to me, things I never allowed myself to think about or deal with. I had a "family interview with my siblings and my mom" and addressed them about things in my childhood and also told them about having HIV - they were very supportive. I had my "family interview" with my dad this past Tuesday and I also addressed him about my childhood and told him about the HIV, he was very sad for me and felt bad that I didn't feel I could tell him sooner.

I am also allowing myself to be angry at the guy who gave me HIV. I've only ever blamed myself because I knew having sex without a condom could lead to HIV, but I've realized it takes two to tango, and that I can accept responsibility for my actions and also be angry with him at the same time. Just like I can be angry with my parent's even though I understand they did the best they could raising me.

This therapy has been very enlightening, very emotionally exhaustive but I am very happy I am doing it. I still have 9 more weeks to go.

Offline jimbalaya

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Re: New Labs / Starting New Meds
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2012, 05:30:53 PM »
I'm happy to hear that group therapy has had some positive effects on your life and your relationships with your family.....I'm also on R/T/N, in fact I just now took my first dose....first time on meds.....I hope that the side effects are better for you on this than Atripla.....the doc gave me and my partner options on drugs (since we don't have any resistance issues) and we decided not to go with atripla because I was nervous about the side effects.....

Best of luck...I'll be curious to hear/compare how you feel on the new meds.   :)

Offline jackfrost

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Re: New Labs / Starting New Meds
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2012, 01:18:47 AM »
Thanks jimbalaya! I have been on the new combo for a few days now and the only side effect I've had is diarrhea which was to be expected. I slept through the night last night and didn't even have to take a nap today woot woot!

Offline jimbalaya

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Re: New Labs / Starting New Meds
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2012, 06:28:03 PM »
That's good news....!   ;D

It's been 8 days since my partner and I went on R/T/N and haven't had any GI issues at all....we've both had yellowing of the eyes, and I've had jaundice that comes and goes...I'm hoping that goes away soon...I'm a teacher and school starts on the 16th...I don't want to look like a banana on the first day!   :) 

Our doctors is monitoring our liver levels every few weeks to see if the Bilirubin levels go down...I hope they do because otherwise we both feel great on this combo.   

Offline mikeyb39

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Re: New Labs / Starting New Meds
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2012, 07:10:15 PM »
Hi Jack,
I'm Glad the new combo is working for you, Atripla can be hell for some folks, me being on of them....i was switched to isentress/prezista//norvir and i really love it, no side effects at all.   VL IS BELOW 20

I've finally given on the guy that gave me the virus  It was more my fault than his..  he was a very young guy and really  didn't thing he was at risk.  HE APOLOGIZED TO ME ON MUTUPLE OCCASSIONS AND WE ARE SOMEWHAT FRIENDS.   Not much you can do about it at this point anyway.  i was mad at 'me' more than anything else, i knew better being 39 yrs old

Don't hate the guy that give it to you, try to talk it thru and say whats on your  mind and let it go when u can, you will be surprised what will come out of it.
11/02/2010  cd4-251, vl-591000
12/09/2010  started Atripla
02/18/2011  cd4-425, vl-800
06/10/2011  cd4-447, vl-70
10/10/2011  cd4-666, vl-80
01/05/2012  swiched med (prezista,norvir ,isentress, )
02/10/2012  cd4-733, vl-UD  Viread removed
06/10/2012  cd4-614, vl-UD
12/14/2012  cd4-764, vl-UD
09/01/2013  cd4-785, vl-UD
03/06/2014. cd4- 1078, VL-UD
09/05/2014  cd4-850 , VL-UD
09/05/2014 switched meds isentress, prezcobix -still only two antivirals
10/14/2015  cd4-600 , VL-UD


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