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Signs Of Wasting Syndrome

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Wasting Syndrome

Hormone levels can affect the metabolism. HIV seems to change some hormone levels including testosterone and thyroid. Also, cytokines play a role in wasting. Cytokines are proteins that produce inflammation to help the body fight infections. People with HIV have very high levels of cytokines. This makes the body produce more fats and sugars, but less protein. Unfortunately, these factors can work together to create a "downward spiral." For...
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signs of wasting in arms, hand, feet

What are the signs of wasting in your extremities(sp?) arms, legs, feet, hands?? i am seeing these dimple (indentations) on my hands & feet plus I have been losing weight since I dropped the Sustiva & started the PI'sThanks for any...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
Given your advanced immune disease, I would be most concerned about the possibility of something else going on (such as an opportunistic infection)rather than lipodystrophy as a cause for the changes you are seeing. You should talk to your doctor... Read more »

Could this be the first signs of wasting?

I was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in January of 2003. At the time of diagnoses I was hospitalized with a cd4 of 50, viral in the hundred thousands and with PCP. My lowest weight was 137 pounds. I started a drug regime of combivir and sustiva and seem...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
It is fairly common to rapidly gain weight and then lose some of the weight on that regimen even when doing well from the HIV and immune standpoint. An assessment of the distribution of the weight/fat by your HIV doc is important. Optimization of... Read more »

Exercise vs wasting syndrome

I have a question about exercise & nutrition versus wasting syndrome. First my last labs/dr visitwas 1/9 of this year. CD4 was 600, vl undetectable. I am a male, 5'8, slight build and all my adultlife weighed 145 until 5 years ago when I...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Eating healthy/exercising and carrying an appropriate (not excessive) weight makes sense for most patients even in the context of HIV infection. KH... Read more »

Can Wasting Syndrome be reversed?

My best friend has suffered from wasting syndrome for two years and his doctors keep telling him that they don't know what's wrong with him. His blood work is all normal. His major organ functions are all normal(heart, liver, kidneys,...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
If I was losing weight involuntarily with a calorie intake of over 2000 calories a day (I am assuming your friend is eating well), I would talk to my doctor to have my liver blood flow checked to detect any potential hepatic portal hypertension.... Read more »
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Wasting Worries

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Ok. Haven't had really any "symptoms" of HIV. But, it seems like over the last year since my posible exposure, I have lost mass in my legs and arms while gaining weight at my midsection. My cheeks are sunken in as well.

2 questions.

Is it... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Is "wasting" a sure sign of HIV infection? I've lost a lot of weight in the last couple of months and have nausea and poor appetite. It's been a while since my last "questionable" encounter, but I feel my health declining rapidly. Read more »

Wasting severly--HELP

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
My loved one is wasting away, how much weight can a person lose and still get healthier? I am very scared and worried about him. Read more »