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What causes intermittent swollen veins, heavy muscles?
Dec 13, 2005

My current regimen is Videx, Ziagen and Retrovir. I have mild neuropathy in my big toes. I now experience heaviness in my forearms and calves, and intermittent protruding veins. This can occur when I work or just sitting. Whenever I am uncomfortable sleeping and then get up, I notice the protruding veins in my forearms and thighs. I used to think it was from too many covers, but it occurs under all different circumstances. Recently, I also experienced my hands falling asleep in the dentist chair at two different visits. My doctors have no clue, but I have read other questions with the same symptoms. Help!

Response from Dr. Henry

Your current regimen has not been used much. I would be concerned about risk for peripheral neuropathy and fat loss from arms/legs which can make the veins stand out. If other antiretroviral options are available to you then a discussion with your HIV specialist about switch options and your symptoms would be reasonable. KH

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