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What Does Fatigue Do To You

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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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Side Effect: Fatigue, Fatigue, and more Fatigue

Ive read through the archives and Ive had some workups for potential causes of fatigue (no anemia, no hypogonadism) and remain wiped out. Im 51 years old, female and have been positive since 1988 (yup, eighty-eight). I waited through the horror of...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
I would have a few remarks to make. First, it is clear to me that you are telling the truth about the symptoms that you have. The possible causes of fatigue are too numerous to list here, except to say that, in this day and age, it is unlikely... Read more »

Side Effect: Fatigue, Fatigue, and more Fatigue

Dr. Conway,Thank you for your considered and thoughtful answer. I appreciate an educated opinion from the outside.You mention a program of graded increase in physical activity. That sounds very appealing; what would that look like? What would the...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
As for the graded exercise program, I would suggest 5 days/week, 20 minutes each day. Cardio on three days, weights on 2 days (alternating upper and lower body toning, with core work on each day). After a month, you can build up to 45 minutes/day... Read more »

normal fatigue and re normal fatigue

Hi Dr. Bob. I read through some of your answers to questions on fatigue, but had a hard time finding any dealing with a situationa like mine. I've been HIV+ for 11 years,and have been through many of the different drug therapies more due to...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi Steve,Don't you just hate it when other folks tell us we're supposed to feel terrible just because we have HIV? What's "normal" about progressive fatigue? No, my friend, it is not "just a normal part of the HIV... Read more »

ARS fatigue & anxiety fatigue

Hi, Doc Bob -Are there any differences between the ARS fatique and the anxiety, stress fatigue, such as the ARS fatique is very tired and the anxiety stress fatique is just a little tired? Thanks....
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,And just how would you define "very tired" versus "just a little tired?" Certainly people can feel fatigued during an acute retroviral syndrome (ARS), just as they would with any acute viral illness like the flu or common... Read more »
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fatigue ARS

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
When people refer to fatigue as an ARS, is it a fatigue to the point where someone does not have any strength to carry out activities and a general feeling of weekness to the point of exhaustion or would a general feeling of always being sleepy with... Read more »

fatigue

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I have had recurrent extreme fatigue for the past 21 years. I have neither anemia nor parasites, eat and sleep well, not feeling depressed nor stressed out, taking vitamins. What could be causing this, and what possible recourses to diagnosis or... Read more »

Extreme fatigue and severe night sweats

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hi everyone, the protease inhibitors are not working for me, I have extreme fatigue and night sweats, I would do anything to have some energy back into my life, any ideas about any over the counter herbs or other that could help without the... 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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