|Severe Sharp pains in legs and arms
Sep 18, 2007
I have HIV 3 years now, and started treatment straight away. I'm on Ritonavir, Kivexa, & Saquinavir. 3 months ago I started getting severe pains in my ankles which then started travelling up my legs to my lower back. I went to my doctor's he did tests and told me to go to my HIV specialist which I did and he did tests and thinks it's not HIV-related but sent me to the neurology clinic to get a lumbar puncture, CT scan and MRI scan. They did nerve tests which came back good and put me Gabapentin 300mg 3 times a day increasing the dose to 600 mg 3 times a day and I'm on diclofenac too. I still haven't had the scans or lumbar, but the pains have now gone to my arms and wrists, it's like some one putting sharp needles into my bones. Can you tell me is this peripheral neuropathy or is it something else? Many thanks.
Response from Dr. Conway
This is a complicated question to answer. The doctors do not think the pains in your legs and back are related to HIV, and they are probably right. The medications you are taking are not often associated with neuropathy or nerve problems, so I do not think they are involved in the process either. I think the issues with your arms may or may not be related and we need to await your doctors opinion on this. For now, continue your HIV meds, go for all your tests and work closely with your doctor and other consultants to get to the bottom of this.
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