|Constipation and jerking of the body
Feb 4, 2000
Dear doctor, I've been infected for 13 year with 30 T-cells and 500,000 viral load, I am on Viracept and Combivir, I have serious constipation, days at a time sometimes the whole week, could this be a result of the meds, I've tried laxatives but I have to take at least five or six to work and they upset my stomach. Do you have any suggestions on how I could have normal bowel movements.
I also have jerky movements of the entire body hourly during the day, what could be causing this.
Please any suggestion would help.
Thank you very much.
| Response from Dr. Henry
Well you do identify a number of issues that need to be addressed. First, a T cell count of 30 and a viral load of 500,000 would indicate poor control of your virus. I would consider a change in your HIV drugs. You should also be on Septra/Bactrim and Zithromax to prevent infections. You also should consider vitamins (see Jon Kaiser's book Healing HIV which has a good section on gut health as well). Some neurologic conditions can cause jerking so I suggest you get evaluated by an HIV specialist or neurologist. Drinking lots of water and getting exercise are good ways to help the bowels work better (day after day). KH
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