|Burning foot? IBS?
Jul 6, 2003
Dear sirs; I am 40 and +ve. Diagnosed +ve on July 2001 my CD4 was 119 and started ombivir+ Sustiva. I am now CD4 290 and VL undetectable (March 2003). My foot is burning all the time specially day times. I have diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and I couldn't understand whether the IBS or the 3TC is the major cause and seek advice on possible meds. I talk to my doc he insists to bear rather than change the 3TC. Please advise. Thank you very much for all the support you are providing.
| Response from Dr. Henry
The IBS would seem to be an unlikely cause of burning feet. A trial off 3TC (with perhaps Ziagen or Viread) would seem reasonable to sort out whether the 3TC is causing the neuropathy (can occur with 3TC but not commonly). I also recommend an evalulation by a neurologist. To pin down the nature of the neuropathy. Neuropathy is a problem that causes major quality of life issues so sorting out the cause and trying to addres the root cause is usually a good idea. KH
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