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so very tired
Jul 14, 2007

Hi there,

I was diagnosed HIV two weeks agao and have been aparently living with it for 5 years. I stated with ARV yesterday and am feeling debilitating tired. When shall I have some engery back. I could sleep 24/7 but am not depresed. Today I woke up a brilliant shade of yellow.

Response from Dr. Frascino


HIV-associated fatigue is an extremely common complaint among us "virally enhanced" folks. There are many common and even more not-so-common potential underlying causes. Often there is more than one underlying cause working in tandem to zap our zip. Check out the archives of this forum for a thorough discussion of these underlying conditions anemia, drug side effects/toxicities, occult infection, hormonal imbalances, depression, etc., etc., etc.

I'm a bit concerned about your new "brilliant shade of yellow!" This could be due to several factors, including hepatitis or a drug side effect. I'd suggest you contact your HIV specialist without delay. The "new hue" could also help to explain your fatigue!

Good luck.

Dr. Bob

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