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joint noise
Oct 12, 2007

Since starting hiv meds a year ago - I have noticed a significant increase in crunching -popping joint noises. I exercise - see a chiropractor but still this increase in noise - also starting lower back pain . Thanks

Response from Dr. Henry

I have not observed not am I aware of any established common link between HIV medications and bony/joint noises. Bone or joint crepitations or crunching/popping sensation are fairly common in the general population. The source could involve the surrounding tendons or joint capsule, cartilage, or the bone itself. If the joint symptoms become more aggravating X-ray examination and/or referral to a rheumatologist can often help sort out what condition is present and what intervention might be offered. KH

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