Apr 2, 2001
I am on Epivir, Sustiva, and Zerit, and have been for over a year. Within the last month I've started having pain in my knees, I went to my family doctor, and had xrays and recieved an antiinflammatory drug. I had to stop taking the medicine because it upset my stomach, and the xrays came back with no injury and no arthritic changes. The pain went away for a little while, but then my elbows, wrists and ankles and feet started to hurt. It feels like a dull ache and then I get shooting pains off and on that almost bring me to tears. I am calling my Hiv doc tomorrow, but I am wondering if I can find out what this is before then. My viral load has been undetectable for two years, and CD4 300. could this be neuropathy?
| Response from Dr. Boyle
The symptoms you are describing are unlikely to be related to neuropathy or to the medications you are currently taking. I am sure your doctor will order some additional tests to evaluate this problem and a long-acting non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (such as Vioxx or Celebrex) may help until a diagnosis is made. BB
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