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Feb 24, 2004

Dr.Conway, For the past few months I have episodes of profuse sweating followed by weakness and feeling VERY shaky. It happens every day and only last for about 30 min. or so. I am currently on a holiday, been on that since 11-03 VL 200,CD4 504 as of 11-03..I am HCV+, and have Polycystic Kidney Disease. Any idea's on how to stop the sweats, and shakes, it really bothers me espically at work. ANY help would be greatly appreciated!!! RR

Response from Dr. Conway

There are important considerations here.

This could have nothing to do with your HIV, and be due to a number of conditions such as diabetes, thyroid problems or some other endocrine diseases. This could be figured out by a number of blood tests.

A number of infections or, less likely, cancers could be causing the problem. Some tests would be needed to diagnose this. It is correct to think that HCV can cause this. Also, some infection of your polycystic kidneys would also have to be considered.

As far as HIV-related conditions, these would be less likely given your CD4 count of 500.

Good luck figuring this out.

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