Feeling tired is a common symptom if you are suffering from HIV, especially if you have lived with the viruses for a long time. Being severely tired can affect your ability to work, your self-care, and your life enjoyment. Hence, what should you do to manage fatigue from HIV?
Signs of Fatigue
Fatigue is one of the early symptoms of HIV. You will have to experience headaches, fever, swollen lymph glands, and a sore throat. Fatigue is one of the early symptoms of HIV. These signs may vanish after a while. In some cases, people with HIV may believe their symptoms are related to a common flu virus. HIV can also be present detected without any symptoms appearing for several years.
Some other signs of fatigue include anxiety and depression, sleep problems, pain, and other infections or illnesses.
You may have experience insomnia when you get HIV. Insomnia causes you difficulty in falling asleep or difficulty staying asleep. In either case, a poor night’s sleep can leave make you dragging the next day. To help you have a good sleep, remember a few key tips below:
– Try to go sleep and rise at get up at the same times every day.
– Do not lie in bed awake and feel anxious. If you’re you are unable to sleep, move to a different part of your home. Rest and rest until you feel tired enough to try sleeping sleep in your bed again.
– Try to read. Don’t watch TV, or get on your phone, or computer.
– Avoid alcohol right before bed and caffeine late in the afternoon or evening.
– Keep your room dark and cool, if possible, to create a sleep-friendly environment.
– If you’re still having difficulty sleeping after trying these recommendations, contact your doctor. They may recommend a sedative or hypnotic medication.
Idiopathic HIV Fatigue
When the source cause of your fatigue can’t be directly linked to depression, insomnia, drug reactions, or other specific reasons, it’s said to be idiopathic HIV fatigue. Idiopathic is a medical term that means the cause of a condition is unknown.
Idiopathic HIV fatigue is common, but it’s hard to predict. You may experience it at any point time in the day, and you may go have days without having those tired feelings. The use of stimulants such as methylphenidate (Ritalin) and dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) may be helpful. Your doctor may prescribe them for use every day everyday use or just when you start to notice fatigue setting in. If you have a history of abusing stimulants, your doctor may look for other solutions.
Don’t Give Up
HIV is a chronic disease, but with a careful medication medical use and healthy habits,you can manage it. Fatigue is a problem, which many people have to face suffer from, including people with and without HIV. However, there are a lot of therapies and treatments that can help. For many people, exercise can give your mood and body a boost. Maybe starting your day with a brisk walk can give you the lift you need to shake off that fatigue and approach the day with improved vigor.
In conclusion always keep positive thoughts, and it will help you fight against HIV more effectively. Besides, try to have a healthy daily routine with exercises,nutrients and outdoor activities to improve your heath.
Review Date: January 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017
HIV and Fatigue – Topic Overview http://www.webmd.com/hiv-aids/tc/hiv-and-fatigue-topic-overview Accessed on October 31, 2016
Signs of Fatigue http://www.healthline.com/health/hiv-aids/fatigue#FatigueSigns3 Accessed on October 31, 2016