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Muscle Mass
Dec 14, 2007

I was wondering about muscle mass. I am 43 years old and had HIV about22 Years and I am on meds for about 7 Years. I work for a window company and I have to lift windows and my shoulder muscles and lower back muscles hurt when I lift things. Would my HIV be causing this? Thanks Michael

Response from Dr. Henry

Many HIV- persons doing your type of work would also have complaints about muscle/back aching so the most likely explanation would not involve your HIV infection. That being said the rate of low testosterone levels and decreased muscle mass may be somewhat increased in HIV+ men that may warrant evaluation. Some HIV and other meds can cause muscle irritation so that also needs to be reviewed by your HIV specialist. There are other conditions that can cause soreness/aching so that a good history and examination are important to sort out the various possibilities. KH



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