|EXERCISE AND FATIGUE
Jul 29, 1999
VL now <35 Cd4 320/15%. No OI's or other Medical Probs.
Now my question...
A few months BEFORE I was diagnosed, I started getting REALLY weak at the gym at times. I found that I couldn't lift as much weight as usual and I would get VERY tired very quickly. Heart rate would go up and pound so hard I thought it would jump out of my chest and recovery time would increase dramatically. (3-5 mins. after just one rep)
Now, I get exhausted after only 1 or 2 reps. my strength is WAY down and I find myself sweating profusely with only the slightest exertion. Even a flight of stairs gets my heart POUNDING. It's gotten so bad that I've just stopped going to the gym at all.
My doctor has tried Testosterone (even though Testosterone/Free Testosterone levels are normal) and now I'm on a Testosterone/Decca combo every 2 weeks which I think is helping slightly but not much.
Is there any hope of finding out what is causing this? Especially the sweating. I don't think it's Med. related since it started before I was on any Meds.
I'm also suffering from what I consider EXTREME Lipodystrophy. Since last August, my waist size has gone from an attractive 32 to a disgusting 34+ and I've gained 40 pounds. Is there ANYTHING (short of a meat cleaver) that I can do to get rid of the fat?
Now that you've read the Reader's Digest Condensed Book version.... Any Ideas?
Thanks for all the help this site provides!
| Response from Dr. Fisher
Do you know that your heart is functioning properly...it is potentially serious to have exercise-induced symptoms such as you describe. I would send you for an exercise-stress test and an echocardiogram. If these are OK, then you can worry about other issues such as lipodystrophy (by the way there is a lot of info on lipodystrophy archived at this site).
Alvan Fisher, M.D.
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