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Dealing With Fatigue When You Have Hiv

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Fatigue

The Bottom Line Fatigue is a very common condition for people with HIV. Untreated fatigue can make HIV disease progress faster. It can be very difficult to figure out the cause of fatigue. Several different factors can cause the same symptoms. Blood tests can identify some causes but not others. The more information you can give your health care provider, the easier it will be to determine what is causing your fatigue and how to treat it.
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Chronic fatigue and HIV (CAUSES OF HIV-ASSOCIATED FATIGUE, 2010) (PROVIGIL, 2010)

I tested poz Jan. 97 and have been and remain "HIV+ asyptomatic". However, as time has progressed, as I've aged (I'm 46 years old now), and as I've had to add medications to my HIV meds for HIV and HIV medication side...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi J in NYC,HIV-associated fatigue is extremely common. That's why we have an entire expert forum devoted to the topic! The cause of HIV-associated fatigue often turns out to be multifactorial. That means there are several contributing... Read more »

Central fatigue and HIV

After more than 12 years of HIV-related fatigue in a good contestual clinical situation (CD 4 > 500; Viral Load below the limit of the method). My doctor have found a possible specifical cause for the fatigue with low levels of some aminoacids,...
J. B. Molaghan, N.P., A.C.R.N.

Response from J. B. Molaghan, N.P., A.C.R.N.

San Francisco General Hospital
HelloThis is the first I've heard of "central fatigue." I'd be very interested in reviewing any information correlating the fatigue with imbalances of these substances. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter and many of today's... Read more »

Hiperbaric oxigen therapy in chronic fatigue-Hiv related

Hiv+ since 1986, I have been suffered from the beginning of a debilitating fatigue and some light cognitive deficit.My lab exams have always been good (cd4 between 450 and 750, Viral load quite always below the limit of detection).Lately a SPECT...
J. B. Molaghan, N.P., A.C.R.N.

Response from J. B. Molaghan, N.P., A.C.R.N.

San Francisco General Hospital
Although neither my colleagues at the clinic or myself have treated or are familiar with hyperbaric oxygen therapy in treating HIV related fatigue, I did locate a reference in the literature that described a small study of twenty five patients with... Read more »

Chronic Fatigue and HIV+

Dr. Bob: I was diagnosed with CFS for the past 5 years and have been HIV+ for the past 7. I am extemly fatigue, lots of chills and getting cold old the time. My T-cells are 550 with 0 viral load but feel horrible constatntly. Is it normal to have...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Fatigue in the setting of HIV disease is incredibly common, but Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is not! I would suggest you read the archives of this forum to gain a better understanding of the common and not-so-common underlying causes of... Read more »
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what is hiv related fatigue like?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
i'm trying to figure out if i am experiencing fatigue or not. i used to work out regularly, until about 3 weeks ago i started getting a headache and stomache ache, so i stopped working out for 3 weeks. today i got to the gym for the first time in... Read more »

tired and fatigue

Posted by Anonymous
How does being tired and fatigued involve HIV ? and when does these two weird acts start to take effect on your life when you contract the virus ? Read more »

Fatigue

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
How would fatigue due to early HIV infection affect a person? Would one have no energy to engage in daily activities, active sports? Feel tired and sleep a lot earlier than usual?

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fatigue

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hi guys-
I have heard lots about HIV and fatigue...when does this tiredness come into play? Soon after you contract HIV or not until you've had it for years? Thanks.

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