Sep 7, 2007
I don't have HIV or AIDS but I do have extreme weakness, pain in legs & feet, nausea. I have had these symptoms for 6 days and have been eating a lot of potassium in those six days. Should I be worried? How long does it take to recover from potassium deficiency? I did go to the hospital about 3 months ago because I was feeling ill and blood tests showed low potassium. I didn't get a follow-up blood test because my symptoms disappeared a few days after they gave me potassium pills.
Response from Dr. Conway
These types of symptoms are noo-specific and can be caused by many, many things other than HIV. This being said, if you have been potentially exposed to HIV in the recent weeks, you should consider HIV testing with perhaps additional PCR testing if the anitbody result is negative.
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