Monday, March 4, 2013


The patient with advanced HIV disease complains of one or more of the following:
  • Agitation
  • Anorexia
  • Chronic pain
  • Constipation
  • Cough
  • Decubitus ulcers or pressure sores
  • Delirium
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Dry mouth
  • Dry skin
  • Dyspnea
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Hiccups
  • Increased secretions ("death rattle")
  • Nausea
  • Pruritus
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Sweats
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Weight loss

       I've had some of these off and on through out my over 30 yrs. HIV.  Plus you have to know getting older can carry aches and pains that can feel severe. Always write down on a pad your pain and what level it is so you don't forget it at your doctors visits. Doctors are human and you have to work out a balance with them. Never let a doctor disrespect you ! Always fight to keep your dignity. Never give up!
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