looking for neuropathy treatment alternatives
Mar 21, 2002
I have been HIV+ for almost 2 years. I have the beginnings of peripheral neuropathy in my toes and the bottoms of my feet. I had it worse 5 months ago while on study drugs involving Videx, Sustiva and either TC3 or Zerit and stopped the study Nov. 2001. Currently I am on Combivir and Sustiva and tolerating it very well with no other side effects. My other scripts are 1mg folic acid and 10mg lipitor (which I have had to take for years) and Androgel (because my testosterone levels were below normal). My viral load has been undetectable for 10 months and T-cell count has increased to over 450. I don't smoke or do drugs and only occasionally drink alcohol. Although my very capable Dr. is trying to treat me with B12 treatments I was wondering about alternative therapies such as Acupuncture, increased aerobic exercise, massage, etc. In the event that the B12 doesn't work, I'd rather have options besides the more intense medicinal treatments - any suggestions, advice would be greatly appreciated.
Response from Dr. Henry
Some of my patients have benefited from acupuncture and/or massage for neuropathy but that has not been a consistent benefit (worth trying). Use of Ca, Mg supplements, N-acetyl carnitine, co-enzyme Q have been helpful in some anecdotal reports (DAAIR website useful on that topic). Other medications that can help include Neurontin and amitryptiline. Often will get slowly better with time. KH
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