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VB
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I told several people in a post a few months ago that I would update them on my EBV and HHV-6 titres.

I apologize in advance for the fact that this probably won't be all that helpful to those that were interested, for reasons mentioned below.

As background info, I have been taking Valtrex (3grams/day)since June.

Please note that I have also been taking things to support my immune system (Maitake, Epicor), and have been treating Lyme and Babesia since May, and Bartonella since October, so all of this could have an impact as well.

Additionally, to further complicate things, I had 2 different labs running my tests (Quest on the first test, LabCorp on the second).

Anyway, these were my FIRST set of results (through Quest on 4/21)

EBV VCA IGG, 1:2560

HHV6, 1:320

And these are my SECOND and most recent set of results (through LabCorp on 10/22)

EBV VCA IGG, 1:1365

HHV6, 1:160

I know this isn't entirely helpful in determining whether Valtrex is effective since I had to use different labs, and also since I was taking other things to help my immune system.

However, my doctor does believe progress has been made and that my viral levels are most likely half of what they originally were.

I will stick with LabCorp the next time I test, so it will be more accurate and indicitave of improvement.

V

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timaca
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Hi VB~ Thanks for posting. How are you feeling?

To be honest, one dilution in a lab test really doesn't mean anything. And both of your results are one dilution in difference. That is because, for example...your EBV could have been 1:2559, but because it wasn't 2560, it gets recorded as 1:1365 (are you sure that wasn't 1:1280?) And your other EBV could have been 1:2561, but because it was just over the cutoff for 2560, it gets recorded as that. So, for instance, the two numbers of 2559, and 2561 are really no different, but they show up differently in the dilutions, making one think there is a big difference, when really there isn't. (I bet this is as clear as mud).

At any rate, I LIKE to think there is a difference, and that you are moving in the right direction....but just know that most microbiologists would say "no difference".

As you say, use the same lab from now on, and if you see a change of two dilutions or more....then that is significant.

Best, Timaca

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Yes, I think I understand--thank you for the explanation!

Well, I'll hopefully get them checked again in a few months and have improvements to report.

Good news is that my CD 57 has gone up from 27 to 65 (steadily increasing along the way... 27, 35, 56, 65), and that was all from the same lab.

So hopefully everything's getting better!

I was feeling a ton better until this past week. Have crashed big time.

Probably due to pushing it too hard for the Holidays with travel, sweets, and sick little germy (but adorable) nephews.

I'm hoping that's the case, at least [Smile]

Will keep you updated!
V

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I hope your continue to improve, and do keep us posted!

Best, Timaca

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