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Swollen Legs not Feet
Mar 28, 2006

My legs are painful and burning. I am on Efivarenz, Stavudine, Lamuvidine and Pubac.

I use to have big legs but now in the mornings they are very small and during the day they are swollen, painful and burning. They become worse when I wear half socks.They are the same even if I am wearing a flat shoe, comfotable shoe or even high heal shoe. I dont know what is wrong with me as this is frustrating me and its lowering my cd 4 count. Please help

Response from Dr. Henry

I would be concerned that you may be having some nerve problems related to either the stavudine or HIV. Other possible issue might be liver, kidney, or heart problems. Poor nutrition or pressure on lymph or venous drainage can cause some problems like that so a careful history and physical examination can sometimes sort out what is likely causing your problem. I would discuss with your HIV specialist and request any necessary consultation/additional testing. KH

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