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loss of feeling

Dec 26, 2000

Dear Sir,

I was infected with HIV about 16 years ago. I rarely take medication. Around 1991 I noticed when I was shaving my legs that I had lost feeling in my skin. what has caused this??

This has persisted and I do not feel with my skin like I once could. It seems similar to multiple sclerosis. Any treatment??


Response from Dr. Holodniy

Medications to treat HIV are the most common cause of this kind of sensory neuropathy, where you get a numbness or tingling in the feet, hands, or legs. HIV itself and CMV have been thought to do this. Other diseases unrelated to HIV, like diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, among others, can also cause nerve damage and result in these symptoms. MH

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