The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Ask the Experts About

Managing Side Effects of HIV TreatmentManaging Side Effects of HIV Treatment
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

Will My Peripheral Neuropathy ever go away?
Dec 8, 2010

I have had HIV since 1984, AIDS since 1998, and peripheral neuropathy since 1986. My viral load is near undetectable. My pain is still bad and I am on Meds for it. Two doctors feels that since I am nearly undetectable I should be have no pain now. Well, tell that to my fingers and feet.

Response from Dr. Henry

Recovery from HIV or HIV-drug related peripheral neuropathy often but now always will occur when switched to an effective regimen with lower risk for peripheral neuropathy. In my experience some patients have persistent peripheral neuropathy despite good HIV control and use of drugs with less risk for that problem. I have a handful of patients who suffer from peripheral neuropathy despite our best efforts and receive mostly symptomatic interventions-a very frustrating situation. Efforts to develop more novel treatments (such as nerve growth factors) have been disappointing but studies/research continues. I often seek help from a neurologist experienced with HIV and a pain specialist to try and find best management strategy. KH

Can a HIV patient get the lapband and will meds still work afterwards?
Recurring illnesses

  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary



This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint