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Re: Big Fat Tummy 5/3/00
May 26, 2000

I also had the same big fat tummy issue. I went from a size 8 to a size 14 in two months on Sustiva. That was my only lifestyle change. People are asking me when I'm due. I just wanted to register that the issue is legitimate, when enough voices ring out, maybe change can occur.

People have commented that I'm also too vain, but this is a real treatment issue. I seriously considered stopping therapy as a result. If I did not have a strong support system, I would probably be off meds. As someone with few treatment options left, this continues to be a real problem for me.

Response from Dr. Boyle

The incidence of lipodystrophy/FRS/HARS is relatively low on the NNRTIs such as Sustiva, and many other factors (age, genetics, stage of disease, etc.) play a significant role.

I know that this is a disturbing problem and has major effects on quality of life. You should discuss your options for treatment with your doctor.

Arthritis like symptoms in joints - due to meds
persistent swollen glands

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