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Offline AdverseAdvocate

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I'm Always Friggin' Tired?
« on: October 13, 2008, 01:21:49 PM »
New to the Forums.

Currently on Truvada and Kalerta, Lovenox (liver disease, in check), Mepron (PCP) and a lot of antidepressants and some supplements.  On Friday I slept for 13 hours - that's not right? 

Anything I can eat or NOT eat to health me gain stamina?!   
:) AA

Offline BT65

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Re: I'm Always Friggin' Tired?
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2008, 03:59:08 PM »
Hey Adverse,

Welcome to the forums. 

I don't know what your counts are, but if you're getting over PCP, liver disease etc., they could probably be attributable to your sleepiness. 

I would suggest seeing an HIV nutritionist.  Your doctor should be able to refer you to one.  I'm no expert at these kind of things, but perhaps some other members will chime in.  When I went through wasting years ago, I used Boost to help put a little weight on and keep up a bit of energy.  Good luck.
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

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Re: I'm Always Friggin' Tired?
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2008, 06:04:24 PM »
Hi Adverse

If you are getting over pneumonia, you need that sleep.  It can take a month or two to get to the point where you don't need extra sleep after pneumonia (at least it did for me).

If you are only on a prophylactic for pneumonia because tcell counts are low, that might be a reason for fatigue as well.  Have you been on HAART long?  Many find they get additional energy after the first few weeks.

Other things to check for include:
 - depression
- reduced testosterone levels
- insufficient exercise
- nutritional deficiencies
Its important to let your doctor know what you are going through and to be forceful about the need for a solution.

Hope you feel more energetic soon.
5/06 VL 1M+, CD4 22, 5% , pneumonia, thrush -- O2 support 2 months, 6/06 +Kaletra/Truvada
9/06 VL 3959 CD4 297 13.5% 12/06 VL <400 CD4 350 15.2% +Pravachol
2007 VL<400, 70, 50 CD4 408-729 16.0% -19.7%
2008 VL UD CD4 468 - 538 16.7% - 24.6% Osteoporosis 11/08 doubled Pravachol, +Calcium/D
02/09 VL 100 CD4 616 23.7% 03/09 VL 130 5/09 VL 100 CD4 540 28.4% +Actonel (osteoporosis) 7/09 VL 130
8/09  new regimen Isentress/Epzicom 9/09 VL UD CD4 621 32.7% 11/09 VL UD CD4 607 26.4% swap Isentress for Prezista/Norvir 12/09 (liver and muscle issues) VL 50
2010 VL UD CD4 573-680 26.1% - 30.9% 12/10 VL 20
2011 VL UD-20 CD4 568-673 24.7%-30.6%
2012 VL UD swap Prezista/Norvir for Reyataz drop statin CD4 768-828 26.7%-30.7%
2014 VL UD - 48
2015 VL 130 Moved to Triumeq

Offline Merlin

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Re: I'm Always Friggin' Tired?
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2008, 10:22:02 PM »
Sleep initially is necessary to renew your cells from the battles in your body. Eventually it will stabilise. I still get tired too occasionally after 3 years of being positive. I take a host of supplements to help (I'm not on meds yet). The ones that seem to help somewhat as far as my body is concerned, are:

B12 (FYI Trivia: Madonna injects hers for her energy boost.. ;) )
Bee Propolis & Pollen
Royal Jelly
Lots of juices: Carrots, Beet Root, Bitter Melon
Green Tea Daily

PS: Try not to keep late nights. I found it challenging to compensate for late nights (past midnight) even if I sleep in for extra hours. 8 hrs is ideal but some can live on 6. Good luck.
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Offline auspoz

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Re: I'm Always Friggin' Tired?
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2008, 04:06:02 AM »
Hi Adverse,

I'm not on meds yet so I can't offer perspectives there, but I think that just having HIV is tiring too.

I spoke to my doctor about it and he mentioned that through mild anxiety and just thinking of HIV gives one more to think about in one day, therefore it's kind of like having 2 days in one. That seemed to make sense to me, so am trying to 'forget' about the virus as much as I can; live in the moment.

I know it's nothing compared to recovering from pneumonia and the med effects, but that's just my 2 cents worth.


Offline BT65

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Re: I'm Always Friggin' Tired?
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2008, 10:43:51 AM »
Adverse, if you're thinking of taking supplements, please check with your doctor first.
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow


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