Rheumatoid Arthritis and HIV Medications
Mar 3, 2004
I was diagosed as having HIV/AIDS in August 2003. At that time I was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia. It was thought that I had PCP, but it was not confirmed. However, during the second hospital stay in September, it was determined that I had Nocardia, a pneumonia that is very rare. Though extensive IV therapy with Septra, the pneumonia has been eliminated.
Since September 2003, my results have improved dramatically.
I'm on Combiver and Sustiva.
T4 Counts up to 290 from 40. Viral load down to 1,100 from being off the scale -- It could not be measured because the HIV was so high.
My question relates to the development of Arthritis at the age of 42. The symptoms developed around Christmas and have gotten worse.
I've been told this may not be related to my medication or condition
Any suggestions on this problem and ways to improve?
I do have an appointment with a Rheumatoid specialist later this month.
Thanks for your help
Response from Dr. Henry
Although there has been some association with HIV and some forms of reactive arthritis which resemble rheumatoid arthritis, it is still unusual to have new onset rheumatoid arthritis linked to HIV exclusively. There are many types of arthritis so a rheumatologist is the ideal person to work with you and youur HIV specilist to pin down what type of arthritis you have and then try to explain and treat it. Details regarding your entire treatment history, other medical problems, family history, and location of pain and physicail examination and lab findings all are important to sort out the issue. KH
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