Tiredness and fatigue
Illnesses and drug side effects can contribute to fatigue, but a healthy balanced diet can help. Addressing insomnia and disturbed sleep can also make a big difference in your mood.
HIV as a cause of fatigue
Because HIV is a chronic (long-term) infection, the body mounts a strong immune response to it, people with HIV may expend a lot of energy battling the virus; high viral load is particularly associated with fatigue, especially if your viral load is high.
HIV treatment and fatigue
Anti-HIV drugs can cause fatigue, insomnia, and sleep disturbances, which are most common in the first few weeks after starting treatment. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, it’s a good idea to discuss them with your doctor.
Low levels of vitamins and minerals
Low levels of certain vitamins and minerals can cause fatigue; talk to an HIV dietitian about how to reduce fatigue with dietary changes and supplements. Anaemia, diarrhoea, stomach bugs, and opportunistic infections can all cause fatigue; your doctor can check for anemia with a blood test.
Sleep, stress and depression
Insomnia can be caused by stress, anxiety, depression, or worrying; if you can pinpoint what is causing these feelings, you may find that your sleep improves. Having a baby or young children can have a significant impact on your sleep as well as your health.
Other medical causes of fatigue
Low levels of hormones, particularly testosterone, can cause fatigue. Being underweight or overweight, as well as being pregnant, can make you feel tired. Tiredness can also be a symptom of heart disease and heart failure.
What you can do
There are many things you can do to improve your energy levels, including talking to your doctor about how you’re feeling and getting their advice, eating regular, healthy meals and snacks, exercising regularly, and getting a good night’s sleep.
How long can HIV fatigue last?
Chronic fatigue is defined as fatigue that lasts for a long time (usually six months or longer), is insidious in onset, and is not relieved by rest. How common is fatigue among people living with HIV and AIDS?
Does HIV make you feel tired all the time?
Because people with HIV expend a lot of energy fighting the virus, fatigue may develop slowly as a result of the body’s efforts. You may be more likely to develop fatigue if you have a high viral load, which is particularly associated with fatigue.
Does HIV make u feel weak?
As a result, your body’s cells don’t get enough oxygen, leaving you tired and weak. Contracting other infections that can occur as a result of HIV, known as opportunistic infections. HIV weakens your body’s defense system, making it more difficult for it to fight illness.
How does HIV make you feel?
People with HIV may experience symptoms such as swollen glands, fever, headaches, and muscle soreness at the start of their infection, or they may have no symptoms at all for up to ten years.
Why do I feel so sleepy and tired?
Feeling chronically tired can be caused by a variety of factors, including what you eat and drink, how much activity you get, and how you manage stress. It’s important to rule out medical conditions first, as fatigue often occurs as a side effect of illness. However, feeling excessively tired could be linked to what you eat and drink, how much activity you get, or how you manage stress.
What does fatigue feel like?
Fatigue is a feeling of constant tiredness or weakness that can be physical, mental, or a combination of both. It can affect anyone, and most adults will experience fatigue at some point in their lives. Each year, approximately 1.5 million Australians seek medical attention for fatigue. Fatigue is a symptom, not a disease.