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Offline tednlou2

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Lab Question
« on: August 07, 2013, 12:58:47 AM »
I mentioned in another thread that I got my worst labs last week, since I began getting labs in 2009.  My doc moved my appts from 3 months to 4 months.  However, I still wanted to keep my labs as close to 3 months.  Over the last year, this caused a big difference from the date I did labs to my appt.  The bad labs last week caused me to take a look at my labs over 2013.  I've had a few off labs over the years.  Each time, I figured they would be off, because I was having a lot of anxiety. 

February 19, 2013 lab collection (These represent my norm over the years):

CD4- 672
CD4%- 24.04
CD8- 1,629
CD8%- 58.23
Viral Load- 31,400 (this was highest to date, as usually 15-25k bouncing around).

May 17, 2013 lab collection (I was feeling a lot of anxiety)

CD4- 425
CD4%- 25
CD8- 971
CD8%- 57
Viral Load- 51,800
CD4/CD8 ratio- 0.44 (This and the ones below hadn't been given to me before)
CD3- 1,400
CD3%- 82
Lymphocytes Absolute- 1,716

July 29, 2013

CD4- 568
CD4%- 20
CD8- 1,593
CD8%- 57
Viral Load- 27,200
CD4/CD8 ratio- 0.36
CD3- 2,194
CD3%- 79
Absolute lymphocytes- 2,795

I got the last labs today, while meeting with the pharmacist counselor.  I decided to meet with them again, just to educate myself on meds, in case I would need to make a decision, if a trend was becoming clear.  I last met with them in 2009, and there are more med options.  I left thinking while my CD4 was not back in the 600's or 700's, everything else seemed back to where is has been.  Psychologically, 568 is more reassuring than 425.  I always said I would start, when a trend around 500 began to show.  Then, I looked at the CD4%.  While my CD4 went up, it dropped. 

After 4 years, I still don't know how to really read these numbers, to see what is really a change and what isn't.  My main question is are the last two labs basically saying the same thing?  Would the drop in CD4% really make the increase in CD4 no change from my worst labs?  Are the last two labs saying the same thing, basically?  I have always blamed the few "off" labs on high anxiety.  It happened a few years ago, after a fight with a family member.  I was having a lot of anxiety, and my CD4 dropped into the 500's, but then bounced back to where it was next lab.  This is the first time I've had 2 consecutive labs, where my CD4 was under 600.  While the bad panic attacks have gotten much better, I think my daily anxiety has increased. 

I'm just curious whether the last two labs are saying the same thing, so I will know when I compare them to my next labs. 

Offline bocker3

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Re: Lab Question
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2013, 07:57:10 AM »
I see no significant differences anywhere in the 3 -- except maybe the 20% CD4%.  Frankly, I'd just chalk that up as an outlier at this point and happily move onward.  What I would try hard NOT to do -- is keep focusing, worrying about these results.  It certainly isn't going to help your anxiety.
I know you are stuck on that CD4 being below 600 -- sure, you should watch that, as you aren't on meds yet, but even on meds my CD4s swing all over the place at times, but generally stay around 750 (high of 1000+, low of 500).

So -- relax, focus on the happy stuff and enjoy life.
Atripla - Started 12/05
Reyataz/Norvir - Added 6/06
Labs - Pre-Meds
Sep05 T=350/25% VL98,559
Nov05 288/18%  47,564
Current Labs
May2015 969/28% <20

Offline Basquo

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Re: Lab Question
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2013, 09:43:29 PM »
Ted, I would tell a stranger to listen to their body but you are hyper-tuned to yours almost to a fault. I think you a prone to over-reading a value outside the norm and a change in general at that. If you haven't had an illness in the last year that absolutely knocked you on your ass, and if in general you feel pretty good every day, then keep a holding pattern.

You are correct in that anxiety affects your health; I don't want to downplay that. I've been medicated for anxiety since my diagnosis. But I think your numbers are pretty steady. Keep yourself steady. Other than anxiety, have you noticed any other physical manifestations that coincide with the changes in your lab values? I apologize if I've missed anything in other threads.

Offline buginme2

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Re: Lab Question
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2013, 10:12:14 PM »
They don't seem all that different.

You think starting meds would reduce or increase your anxiety?
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