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My Body Is Totally Drained Of Energy!!
Aug 11, 2005

Im a 26yr old lad from N.Ireland been HIV+ A year now. I am on my second course of treatment and for the rest of my life...My meds are Combivir, Norvir and Reyataz and have been on these for 3months now my CD4 count was 220 now 330 and viral load was 220000 now 8000..which is getting there but the past three weeks i can hardy get the energy to even get out of bed i am totally drained i look awful my body is full of aches and pains and i have never felt like this before i keep taking real bad headaches which i never suffer from!! Could u please tell me whats wrong with me?? Thanks Rory..

Response from Dr. Henry

I would be concerned about conditions like severe anemia, low thyroid or testosterone levels, low cortisol levels, AZT-related fatigue or mitochondrial toxicity, and other conditions related to either HIV or one of your HIV meds. Usually a thorough history and examination by your HIV specialist can help sort out what is going on and devise a treatment plan. Depression, stress, nutrional problems, and other medical conditions not directly related to HIV/AIDS could be contributing as well. KH

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