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Fatigue as a push for treatment
Jan 29, 1998

Dear Mr. Molaghan:

I sought testing, and then treatment, because I experienced severe fatigue for several months beforehand. While I am presently under the care of a specialist whom I believe to be well-qualifed, both he and my equally-intelligent primary care physician seem stumped by my questions about why I had this fatigue, what its genesis was, or why I still have it. I have learned quickly to take a lot of responsibility for my treatment: where can I access laymen's information on this inscrutable phenomenon?

Thanks,

Mark

Response from Mr. Molaghan

Dear Mark

Inscrutable indeed! Because fatigue is so subjective nd personal, it can be very frustrating seeking it's cause and treatment. In many cases,the source of HIV related fatigue can be identified and treated...but some people have persistent fatigue despite interventions. I would recommend reviewing the HIV related fatigue checklist with your physician(s)once again.(see previouly answered question on major sources of HIV related fatigue). The fact that you have a good relationship with your primary care provider is encouraging.

Searching for laymen's information about fatigue can be exhausting...Medlines at medical schools are helpful, but you may need a doctor or nurse friend to decipher some of the lingo.The WEB has some info on fatigue, but the search itself can be fatigue inducing. Good luck, Mark.


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