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Author Topic: HIV Related Anemia  (Read 2328 times)

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Offline caleb4u

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HIV Related Anemia
« on: March 07, 2013, 04:54:26 AM »
I 'm HIV positive. I 've been taking Tenlam and ZDV since February 2004. I got in trouble with Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA) 2011 (HG <7). ZDV was dropped and I was put on Abacavir. The IDA isn't going away. I have to be on Iron supplements. I have diarrhea and abdominal pains even if I 'm off the Iron supplements. Recent Endoscopy test - no ulcer, no infection. Have tried EPO to raise HB with no success. EPO proved very expensive... only had 40 000 IU for three weeks. My Doctor is on the case. Meantime I desperately require advice from specialists: What can I do and what should I not do?

Offline deibster

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Re: HIV Related Anemia
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2013, 11:13:23 PM »
Hi Caleb,
I don't know anything about the medications that you're taking, but I have a few suggestions. Have you met with an RD, registered dietitian, or done research on nutrition? Are you a vegetarian? I suggest you take a multivitamin everyday, a B-complex vitamin, eat LEAN red meat and green leafy vegetables.

I'm borderline anemic, partly because I have nasal allergies & my nose bleeds almost everyday when I blow it. I'm on Prezista/Norvir and Epzicom. I've been poz for 20 yrs & my VL is undetectable, so my Issentriss was discontinued for now. Let us know how you're doing. Best of Luck.
Hugs from gay Provincetown, Deibster
Poz since Dec 1992. Meds since 1995. Disability since 2005. Constantly fighting the Lipodystrophy 'beer gut.'

Prezista/Norvir, Epzicom, Cytomel, Prevacid, Coumadin, pravastatin, Fenofibrate, Remeron, Zoloft, Concerta, Flomax, Allegra180, Nasacort, Centrum, Flax Oil, Fish Oil

Offline caleb4u

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Re: HIV Related Anemia
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2013, 02:06:56 AM »
Thanks deibster

I 've been on B-Complex for a month now and have always respected red meat and green leafy vegetables and fruits.

Let's see how it goes........ looking forward to dropping the Iron supplements.



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