|Legs don't work properly
Oct 10, 2003
Dr. Young, HIV infected for 16 months. Treatment naive. CD 4/CD8 ratio is .9, CD4 percent is 30, CD4 numbers are 900 currently. Virus undetectable currently by bDNA and Roche 1.5.
My legs are however like lead - they do not respond well when I walk. They also get numb and very hot on some occasions. MY ID doctor sent me to a neurologist, but I passed his tests.
Have you seen these symptoms before in HIV patients? Could it mean that the virus is in my central nervous system? Could it be re-activated CMV or some other virus? I have high IgG for CMV, but IgM is normal range on the one occasion when it was tested. Could it be the heart?
I would appreciate your advice here - what could it be and what tests would you do?
| Response from Dr. Young
Sorry to hear of your symptoms.
It appears to me that you have early HIV disease and as best we can measure, a healthy immune system. This is why your symptoms are so puzzling-- It's pretty unusual to see CMV disease in persons with your CD4 count, and I have difficulty in assessing cardiac disease on the limited information that we can review in this format.
I would encourage you to continue to get evaluations by your doctor, stay with it-- if something isn't right, sometimes time is the best aid to diagnosis (and therefore, treatment). BY
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