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Pain in joints and lower back.
Dec 28, 1999

Dr Currier,

My brother has been HIV + for about 2 years, CD4 300+ not on any antiretroviral treatment. He recently has been suffering from excrutiating pain in his wrists and knees. The GP diagnosed poliarthralgea(?) and gave him mild painkillers. He also suffers from extreme lower back pain combined with spasms. Any advice on what causes this and recommended treatment? Many thanks,

Response from Dr. Feinberg

HIV itself does not typically cause joint pain or back pain. Your brother may want to get a second opinion from an internist or rheumatologist (specialist in joint disease). He should seriously consider HIV treatment before his T cells slip farther and he develops AIDS>

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