|After 15 years, My counts are High, But my Body wants to shut down.
May 9, 2000
Good Afternoon, I'm a 33 year old white male. I became Positive when I was seventeen. Having to deal with the trauma of being violently raped and abused. Was hard enough for me to deal with. Then came the HIV positive thing.
But I over came all that, I've only been sick once. Started seeking medical attention in 1992. I've went from cd4 of 25 to now 975. My viral load is undetected. Due to the many medications that I'm on. (Remune Study, Viracept, epivir,zerit,Wellbutrin,and lipitor) I'm always tired,Shortness of breath, and always either constipated, or have the runs. Never normal. My doctor says to just keep taking over the counter things to help control them. But after all these years nothing is helping. I'm also concerned be cause my health is so good. Why can't I seem to get my self motivated to do things. I'm always to tired. I work Six days a week, No problem there. It is just when I get home all I want to do is sleep.
I guess what my question is? What do you recommend for Fatigue? As for diet, and medications????
Response from Dr. Frascino
Fatigue coupled with shortness of breath could be related to anemia. Ask your doctor if your hemoglobin is in the normal range. If not, you should be evaluated for potential causes. Treatment with PROCRIT has been shown to significantly improve not only the anemia, but also the quality of life and energy level of HIV-positive people with even mild to moderate low hemoglobin.
The diarrhea and gastrointestinal problems are most likely related to your medications, probably the Viracept. You could try pancreatic enzymes - Ultrase - which have been shown to help some people with Viracept-induced diarrhea. It will not worsen constipation symptoms.
Are you sure working "6 days per week" isn't contributing to your fatigue? Any difference when you're on vacation?
Anemic with a High Sed rate
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