|When Should I Stop Working?
Mar 4, 2012
Dear Doc; I have been HIV+ now for 18 years and am having a hard time now with joint pain. Some days I can hardly make it to work or walk upright. These flare-ups have now become weekly, lasting 2-3 days and then disappearing as mysteriously as they appeared. Is it time to give up the desk job? I am currently 59, viral load undetectable and T-cells hover mostly around 450 -600. Thanks for your input.
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
From an HIV standpoint your are in great shape. It is not clear what may be going on with your joints, as those complaints could be caused by many things, and is unlikely HIV-related. You don't indicate whether you have seen a physician or more specifically a rheumatologist to address this issue. I can't address the work-stop issue as I can't assess the degree of impairment this may be causing.
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