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Sep 25, 2000

I just have one question. When you are referring to fatigue, do you mean fatigue as in taking out the trash and you are tired or walking a mile and your too tired to do anything else. Or is it being tired and still being ale to have a normal daily routine. Or just wanting that extra hour of sleep in the morning? Thank You

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Well … how about all of the above? Fatigue is a difficult thing to quantify. As Lucy Ricardo would say "Are you tired, listless, run-down? Do you pop out at parties? If so you might need VITAMETAVEGIMIN!"

Fatigue or tiredness is very subjective but most of us can tell if we are not running on all cylinders, so to speak. Fatigue associated with anemia for instance can be both physical -- as in not being able to work out as hard in the gym, and even mental -- as in not being able to concentrate. Fatigue turns out to be the most common complaint of those of us who are HIV positive. The potential causes are discussed frequently in this forum and include -- anemia, depression, hormonal imbalance, lack of adequate rest etc.

By the way, as for wanting that extra hour of sleep in the morning -- I'd have to say that's universal!


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