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Temperature Changes Causing Problems
Nov 15, 2008

Hi..Il keep it short! 41yrs. HIV Infection age 23...Diagnosis y near death frm Pneumonia age 31...Years since with HAART. CD4 Highest 250..currently 234..VL indetectable(4 last 6yrs same medication) Problem : Been around for a while but now dramatic. If my body senses a change in temp. Up or down (Example-Air conditioned shop/car to natural warm air) I "throw a whitey" start to sweat, stomach normally cramps and sometimes I vomit before I know its happening. This is twinned with a nauseos, dizzy sensation as if the balance area of my ears is not working! Lately this can happen after physical exertion as well. My energy levels have plummeted. i live a natural lifestyle in a rural setting. I notice that one person asked this question in 2000 (under Gastrointestinal problems) but the Doctor answer was vague. I hope you can help as my Doctor is stumped. Thanking you in advance Michael

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello Michael,

Unfortunately, "throwing a whitey" is not something that can be easily diagnosed over the Internet without access to your medical file, complete laboratory tests and a physical examination. I can think of several conditions that might be causing your unusual symptom complex, but explaining them hypothetically is beyond the scope of this forum. Sorry to give yet another "vague" answer, but this type of problem requires a face-to-face visit. If your HIV specialist is stumped, get a second opinion from another HIV specialist or ask for a referral for additional evaluation.

Once this has been sorted out, write back and let us know what the underlying cause turned out to be. I'll post your response, as it may help others experiencing similar problems.

Good luck.

Dr. Bob


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