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Horrible upper back & neck pain
Mar 21, 2009

Diagnost + 7 weeks ago with cd4 starting at 207 and VL 13,000. Started Atripla 4 weeks ago CD4 is now 400 and VL undetectable. Problem is I am having this horrible upper back pain near my sholder blades, neck stiffness, headaches, and extreme fatigue. Any idea what you think this might be?

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for your post.

I don't think that your symptoms are related to your HIV medications; rather, they sound like muscle spasms or what is sometimes called "tension headaches"- a painful, but not particularly serious issue.

I'd bring this to your doctor's attention, just to be sure (since you've just started on meds).

Be well, BY

Atripla and T Cell Count
Doxycycline and truvada/sustiva

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