|Hyoeractivated immune system?
Apr 1, 2005
Dear Dr, Holodniy:
My T cells get stranger and stranger. Three plus years of HIV and past 3 sets of labs every 2-3 months, show CD4 % going from 45 to 50 to 56%. CD4's from 740 to 1,050 to 1,500 in the most recent one (I did have an upper respiratory tract infection and herpes outbreak a couple of weeks before the most recent T cell subset and have felt quite ill for some months. But, fact is that my CD4 percentage a few years into HIV is going higher and higher. Could this be a sign of an overactive immune system and explain my symptoms despite a normal CD4 count? Symptoms include muscle weakness at times of day, breathing/asthma difficulties, burning skin sometimes, sore throat, lymph nodes and chronic pharyngitis.
With record high CD4 percentage and numbers three years into HIV infection and with these bad symptoms, might I feel better if I were on a low dose of prednisone? I'd appreciate your interpretation of my trends and situation which seem the opposite of what they should be and wonder if I feel so ill because my immune system has been hyperactivated. Thanks so much!
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
You don't indicate what your HIV viral load results are or if you are currently receiving HIV treatment.
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