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Author Topic: PCP's  (Read 1718 times)

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Offline virgo71

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« on: January 09, 2007, 09:18:57 PM »
How do you know the difference betweeeen......say a chest cold and a PCP? I've had this on again off again cough for about a week and I'm pretty sure it's nothing.

Thanks so much!

Offline Tucsonwoody

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Re: PCP's
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2007, 09:27:03 PM »
Hey Virgo -

Not an expert but here is a brief description from the Lessons section here on aidsmeds.  You might want to check out the whole article.

"What are the symptoms of PCP?

Fever is a main symptom of PCP, along with a dry cough that doesn't produce any phlegm (sputum). Other chief symptoms include chest tightness and difficulty breathing. Fatigue and night sweats can also occur, often before breathing difficulties appear."


Could be a lot of other things too I guess from minor to major, I know the above description matched my symptoms perfectly.

Good luck on figuring this out - hope you're better soon.
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Offline lydgate

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Re: PCP's
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2007, 09:39:22 PM »
As I understand it, PCP is much likelier to occur when CD4 counts and percentages are on the lower side, below 200 and 14%. If your counts are low, your doctor/nurse would probably have started you on Bactrim, as preventive therapy. (There's a separate recent thread on Bactrim if you're interested.) Share your numbers with the forums if you like. Like you say, the cough might be nothing, but if it persists it's probably best to have it looked at by your...PCP! (Primary care physician; sorry, couldn't resist awful the pun.)

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Offline virgo71

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Re: PCP's
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2007, 10:43:54 PM »
My CD4 actually went from 236 (initial diagnoses 10/18/06) to 184 to 196 (current) and my percentages are stuck at 11%. My doctor doesn't seem concerned about my percentages she thinks by my next blood test they should have gone up.  My VL is undetectable and I'm currently on dapone. 
This is so frigging frustrating.

Thanks again

Offline koi1

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Re: PCP's
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2007, 11:17:27 PM »
Hey Guy,

That is exactly how mine started. Non productive dry cough, sometimes uncontrolable, like when I would laugh. Then I started feeling a tightness and a pain in my chest. My regular doctor said it was nothing. It ended up being PCP. The ID specialist took chest x rays and a sputum sample (spit from the lungs) and it came back positive. She put me on bactrim immediately. She told me I was lucky I came in when I did. Don't let it get out of control and land you in the hospital.

diagnosed on 11/20/06 viral load 23,000  cd4 97    8%
01/04/07 six weeks after diagnosis vl 53,000 cd4 cd4 70    6%
Began sustiva truvada 01/04/07
newest labs  drawn on 01/15/07  vl 1,100    cd4 119    7%
Drawn 02/10/07
cd4=160 viral load= 131 percentage= 8%
New labs 3/10/07 (two months on sustiva truvada
cd4 count 292  percentage 14 viral load undetectable

Offline Eldon

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Re: PCP's
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2007, 11:49:27 PM »
If it persists check with your doctor to be on the safe side.


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