|neuropathy following primary HIV infection
Jan 4, 2005
Dr. Pierone, I've recently tested positive about 3 month ago. Before that I've tested negative in June. So I know how I got infected (french kissing). I just still can't believe this.. After my last exposure, I've developed symptoms of neuropathy (numbness, pricking and burning pain in my arm and legs) and continues til now. I haven't done the lab work nor am I on Med. Everything is happening so fast and I'm really lost. Is there any chance that neuropathy symptoms will go away on its own or would I need to take med to take care of this problem? I hear that hiv med itself can cause symptoms of neuropathy.. thank you.
| Response from Dr. Pierone
Sorry to hear about your recent infection. Some people develop neuropathy with acute HIV infection, although it is not a common finding. Generally, the symptoms that develop as part of a primary retroviral syndrome tend to dissipate over time. You should have a viral load and CD4 count done to monitor your situation. Best of luck to you.
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