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Feeling tired is common if you have HIV, especially if you have had
the virus for many years. Being severely tired can affect your ability to work,
take care of yourself, and enjoy your life.
There can be many reasons why you are tired. It is important that you
and your doctor try to find the cause. Many of the things that
cause fatigue can be treated, and you may feel better.
Your fatigue may be caused by one or more of the following:
Your doctor may want to do some tests to find why you
are so tired. You may have one or more of the following:
Based on your symptoms and test results, you and your doctor can
make a plan for treatment. You may need a change in your medicines. If you are
anemic or have low hormone levels, your doctor can treat those
Exercise may boost your strength and give you more energy. If you
haven't been active at all, talk with your doctor about starting a walking or
weight-lifting program. Or find another activity that you like to do. Regular
exercise relieves stress. It also keeps your heart, lungs, and muscles strong
and helps you feel less tired. It also may help your immune system work
Make sure you are getting enough sleep. If you have trouble
sleeping, talk with your doctor.
If you are still tired after making changes, you may want to
"budget" your energy. Limit some activities to save up energy for those that
are important to you.
Avoid illegal drugs, which may cause fatigue or keep you from
April 5, 2012
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Peter Shalit, MD, PhD - Internal Medicine
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