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It's Just the Sh*$%s
Apr 16, 2005

I'm at my wits end! I was diagnosed with HIV in 2001 and started taking med's in 2003 (combivir and viramune). Same year (2003) I was diagnosed with Hepatitis C.. Started treatment for Hep C which seems to be successful (albiet gruesome). Started showing signs of extreme fat loss (lipodystrophy) 6 months ago in legs and butt. At the same time as the lipodystrophy I started having extreme diarrhea. 5 to 10 times a day. Uncontrollable. We've done colonoscopy; endocoscopy; and it showed nothing. Numerous lab reports.. findings were no bacteria, no parasites. We switched and stopped med's. The diarrhea continues. Needless to say.. this has wore me down. I'm isolated; I can't really go out in the public.. forget trying to date and have a normal life! I'm now taking Ultrase MT20 for this problem. It hasn't helped! Please.. any suggestions? bob

Response from Dr. Henry

Have you been checked for a VIPoma, ZE syndrome? Refractory diarrhea often can be improved by used of Sandostatin--has that been tried. maximizing nutrition, hormone status is important for maintaining good health status. KH

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