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Tingling in left arm
Jul 14, 2005

I recently started a combination of 3tc, viread and efavirenz. (4weeks) I occasionally get a mild aching,tingling and numbness in my left arm radiating from my hand to my elbow and sometimes into my bicep. It tends to happen a couple of hours after taking the meds, it's not painful just unusual. Is this anything I should be worried about?

Response from Dr. Henry

That localized sensation in your left arm would be unlikely a drug side effect from your HIV meds (not impossible but highly unusual from the details you provide). I would consider about some form of nerve compression as a likely cause. Your HIV doc or a neurologist could evaluate you to decide if any further testing is indicated. KH

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