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muscle pain
Sep 9, 2004

I'm a 37 year old male, diagnosed abut six yeaars ago. I've been through most of the medicines available, and have suffered through most of the side effects, including lypodystrophy, especially noticeable on my arms and legs. It seems my current regime is beginning to fail, so I've decided to switch my diet to vegan. My question is, I'm now experiencing severe muscle pain, and am wondering if the diet might be a cause. Any help would be greatly appreciated

Response from Dr. Henry

Some vegetarian diets can contribute to some vitamin/nutrient deficiencies. You don't mention which HIV meds you are on (AZT for example can cause a muscle problem) as can other meds in some cases (ie statins). You should have your HIV doc evaluate you. Often I would get some blood tests to check muscle enzymes and other safety labs to pursue what could be causing your muscle pain. KH

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