I just found out I am CMV + with a lab value of 5,610 copies. I am just over a cold that lasted 5 weeks. I am just 5 months post kidney tx this week.I do not have any other symptoms than feeling a little tired. My WBC dropped to 1.9 with a neutrophil count of 0.8. I had a Neupogen injection; however, after a brief rise my WBC fell back from 4.7 to 2.7, and my ANC is now 0.7.
The clinic stopped my Cellcept, starting Valcyte 900mg twice a day for 21 days, repeating the Neupogen injection, and unfortunately want to start 5mg of Prednisone supposedly short term (I have been on a steroid avoidance program). My Cr is normal. I repeat labs next week. I am on Tacro 2mg twice daily also. I am small and only weigh 98 lbs (normal weight).
Has anyone had a similar experience? I am worried about starting the Prednisone, even though it is a low dose. Has anyone started at 5mg What kind of side effects did you experience? I am hoping at such a low dose they will be minimal. Were you able to start back on Cellcept and get off the Prednisone quickly?
Thank you to anyone who can share their experience.