headaches and dizziness
Apr 25, 2004
I am a 50 year old female who has had HIV for 20 years. Within the last year I have begun experiencing frequent severe headaches, and extreme dizziness as well as balance problems. I have had MRIs, cat scans, even a lumbar puncture and nothing is revealed. My HIV doc thinks its just part of the "disease" process, even though my numbers are good. We even tried stopping all medications (Videx, Sustiva, Viread and Zerit) for 30 days to see if these were side effects, but nothing happened (except my CD4 dropped below 200!). Are these symptoms normal for long time HIV? Is there anywhere to turn? Thanks!
Response from Dr. Henry
Those complaints are frustratingly non-specific at times so the HIV as cause is a diagnosis of exclusion. I assume you have seen a good neurologist and ENT doc to see if they can shed any light on the symptoms. I have had some patients where the work-up failed to find any identifiable cause (we may still be missing something but our knowledge may be lacking) and so we pinned the blame on HIV--it can happen. KH
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