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Hiv and joint pain
Sep 1, 2004

Hi Dr.:

I remember when I first become infected, 7 years ago, I had pain in my knees. Now after 4 year of HIV meds(Sustiva,Epivir,Retrovir,Ziagen), the pain has increased and now is also in my ankles. I had a blood test which ruled out Rheumatoid arthritis. I also take Pravachol for my cholestrol from the meds. This pain and stiffness makes it difficult to sit for long periods, walk stairs, or even walk for exercise. Do I ignore this or is there something that can be looked at more closely? Thanks for your comments. Karen

Response from Dr. Henry

There are many forms of arthritis besides rheumatoid arthritis. I often get a rheumatology consultation (where I work conveniently located in the same hallway) to get help to sort out and devise a treatment strategy that will provide relief. KH

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