Neurological symptoms/swollen glands....ARS?
Jan 8, 2010
Dr. Bob. How common are Neuro symptoms with ARS? How do they typically manifest? I had an unprotected sexual encounter about 5 months ago. About 7 weeks later I developed Neuro symptoms. I woke up Monday morning with numbness in my left leg only. As the morning progressed it became very painful and I developed severe spasming and twiching in the leg. It was so severe that I considered going to the ER. This gradually improved during the week until Friday when it subsided. I also had a continuing headache. What concerns me also is that by Thursday I developed painful swollen glands in my neck and my armpits along with an unusual rash on my abdomen. No fever or other symptoms. I thought I might have ALS as some of the symptoms were similar, except for the swollen glands and rash. Clearly, it's not ALS. What really scares me is that the painful swollen glands in my neck and especially in my armpits along with the rash have continued till now. Haven't had any fever or night sweats. Just the painful swollen glands, and YES they are real, not imaginary. Dr. Bob, can you please offer some words of wisdom? Thanks!
Response from Dr. Frascino
Can I offer some words of wisdom? Sure thing. STOP HAVING UNSAFE SEX!
Neurological symptoms occur in approximately 12% of acute retroviral syndrome (ARS) cases. These symptoms include aseptic meningitis, meningoencephalitis, peripheral neuropathy, facial palsy, Guillain-Barré syndrome, brachial neuritis, cognitive impairment and/or psychosis.
Your symptoms occurring seven weeks after your risky sex-capade are not consistent with or suggestive of ARS.
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