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Offline koi1

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« on: December 30, 2006, 03:38:59 PM »
Hey, Guys,

Still have not started meds. Do any of you remember having nausea for hours after eating a normal sized meal? I just get this full feeling. I can usually only finish half of my dinner. My appetite is really bad. My doctor tells me this will get better after some time on meds. My weight continues to drop.

Is there anything that you guys know is good for nausea?

diagnosed on 11/20/06 viral load 23,000  cd4 97    8%
01/04/07 six weeks after diagnosis vl 53,000 cd4 cd4 70    6%
Began sustiva truvada 01/04/07
newest labs  drawn on 01/15/07  vl 1,100    cd4 119    7%
Drawn 02/10/07
cd4=160 viral load= 131 percentage= 8%
New labs 3/10/07 (two months on sustiva truvada
cd4 count 292  percentage 14 viral load undetectable

Offline poet

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Re: nausea
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2006, 05:06:47 PM »
Hey Rob.  I think we could use some more information?  Is it the smell of food bringing on the nausea or only sitting down to a meal that it starts?  Have you tried 'other' foods, things you might not normally have as a way of tricking yourself into eating?  You appetite is bad so, not surprisingly, you find yourself full after half a meal.  Have you thought about trying lot's of tiny to small meals to keep the food going in?  How about one of those shakes even if tried by the swallow to keep the calories going down?  I have been on meds for too long to remember of time that nausea was pre-meds.  Wishing you success with this! Win
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Offline Christine

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Re: nausea
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2006, 07:29:22 PM »
I don't remember if I was nauseated before meds, but I do suffer from nausea from some of the meds now.

Eating small, frequent meals has helped. Grazing throughout the day instead of large meals. Ginger & hard pretzels helps. I have also used protein shakes, and Ensure or Boost to add calories.

When it is really bad, I have taken medication. For me Zofran helps, and when it was seriously bad, I used an IV med, Aloxi.

Keeping talking to your doctor. Perhaps an appointment with a nutritionist who understands hiv might help.

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Re: nausea
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2006, 07:47:16 PM »

I felt that way for quite a while after being diagnosed. For me, it had nothing to do with hiv itself - it was simply knowing about it. It was the stress of being newly diagnosed, pure and simple. That might be what is up with you as well.

Make sure you mention it to your doc.

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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: nausea
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2006, 07:54:02 PM »
Hello Koi,

I am only speaking for myself...,I never had a problem with nausea prior to starting on meds, either before eating or after. Most of my problem with the digestive tract started about  3 months prior to starting on meds. This is the period of time, when I had esophageal thrush, and it was almost impossible to eat anything, let alone eat a sufficient quantity of food.. But never Nausea

I also have to state, that even after starting on meds, there were probably only two occasions where I had some nausea.

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Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 9/16/16,  t-cells are at 501,   Viral load remains <40

Current % is at 12%

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Offline Eldon

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Re: nausea
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2006, 08:40:50 PM »
Yes, I AM Supporting You!

Hello Rob its me...

This is not a coincidence.

I too have experienced the same thing that you are now currently going through with nausea. There is no need for you to explain any further. I will answer your question based on my experience of what I lived through in this life.

There was a time where I was rapidly loosing weight and I could not keep my food down. Granted this had occurred shortly after my Severe Panic Attack that I had experienced due to a number of years of accumulation from stress, anxiety and mild depression.

Mainly what had occurred was that my body was actually rejecting what I was putting into it due to my raised level of inner anxiety that was not under control at that time. My CD4 counts were rather low and there was so much that was going on with my body's system and its functions.

What I had discovered was that I was mainly Nauseous when I was upset or disturbed emotionally inside of me. This was a direct result of my inner anxiety because of what was going on and what had occurred in my life at that particular point.

Once I got a grip on what was going on inside of me internally, I had then was able to start eating and was able to hold my food down. Once I had started my meds, my weight gained had increased significantly as I had became bloated so to speak.

After a period of adjustment with my body's physical workings, my weight had readjusted to what its normally accustomed to and I was eating like a horse. Since then I have monitored what I eat and I portion it out throughout the day.

So what I am saying is this. There is a lot that is going on inside of your body internally due to the accumulation of stress, anxiety, and Yes, a mild depression due to the impact of the realization of being infected by HIV/AIDS.

There can, may or will be other symptoms that are involved with you right now. The stress of your family and other associations that you are experiencing, your inner anxiety is at its all time high right now. It is up to you to render its erratic behavior right now and to get it back under control.

What worked was Chicken Soup and Saltine Crackers to keep something on your stomach. Your body is in need of its nutrients in order to have your Red Blood Cells carry these necessities throughout your system. By you eliminating the drinking, that also is a factor that is involved because your body is also going through a period of readjustments.

On a rare occasion even now, I may have a bit of Nausea when there is something that disturbs me internally that affects my internal anxiety indirectly. However, overall you will get through this stage that you are dealing with as your body is under a lot of pressure right now.

My advice to you from a friend to a friend is to do whatever you can to let go anything that is bothering you, keep the stress levels at a minimum, try not to keep anything on your chest bottled up inside of you....talk it out, and to eliminate any "What Ifs" if they may be present, and to focus as much as you can on you and to take care of you.

I am honest and open with you today to share this with you as an effort from a real life's truth's experience to encourage you and to possibly give you some sort of insight on the situation that is presently occurring right now in your life. From a friend to a friend. See what you can do in order to get your meds started in order to initiate operation viral load suppression in order to start getting your immune system back on its road to recovery.

Recovery does take time in this case. Hang in there and this too shall pass. You are doing the right things and asking questions helps as well as reinforce you with reassurance. Take care.



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Offline aupointillimite

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Re: nausea
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2006, 08:43:31 PM »
Ginger tea really helps.

As does this stuff called Emetrol... which is essentially a glucose syrup that does a really brilliant job of coating your stomach... I swear by it. 
Your tastebuds can't repel flavor of this magnitude!

Offline skeebo1969

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Re: nausea
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2007, 03:25:38 AM »

    I would get bouts of nausea before I started meds.   Especially if I ate a heavy meal.
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