HIV related Arthritis
Apr 18, 2001
Is there a HIV related arthritis partiularly in the upper back of a hiv-infected person..?
What causes the gum to turn thinner, tender, and swollen?? Is it the HIV? or the oral candidiasis (the white creamy paste that would stick on the linings of the gums and teeth)??
Hope for your kind reply the soonest. Thank you.
Response from Dr. Boyle
There is no specific arthritis that afflicts the upper backs of HIV-infected patients, but there are many consditions that can cuase back pain in that region. You should consult your doctor and the two of you should decided what further tests need to be done (perhaps a CT or MRI) to get to the bottom of this. The gum problem you are describing sounds like gingivitis that needs to be treated or it can continue to progress causing significant damage. Again, call your doctor,or a dentist, and get this evaluated soon so that appropriate treatment can be started. BB
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