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a tall dude
Apr 21, 1998

In what ways does AIDS cause fatigue?

Response from Mr. Molaghan

Major sources of fatigue in HIV disease include:

1) Active disease process (acute or chronic). 2) Rising viral load and inadequate response to antiretroviral treatment.

3) Anemia (lack of red blood cells) caused by medication side effects or a disease that hurts

the bone marrow.

4) Depression-a major source of fatigue, that the patient is sometimes unable to identify him/herself. 5) Dehydration-symptoms can be subtle.

6) Hypogonadism in men (decreased production of the hormone testosterone).

7) Inadequate function of the adrenal glands.

8) Weight loss and poor nutrition.

These are a few of the major points to discuss with your medical provider. A thourough history and physical exam as well as a symptom specific discussion can frequently identify the source of fatigue and result in successful treatment and improved quality of life.


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