|HIV, peripheral neuropathy and artritis
Mar 27, 2011
I'm 42, had HIV for nearly 20 years; I also have psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. recently, I have experienced intense "pins and needles", primarily at night, almost a "glove" up my left forearm. This can subdue to a really hard to describe sensation; not numbness, not tingling ( I know I'm not helping here!), but a sensitivity or sensation I've not had before. My hand also seems weaker
I'm going to see my dr soon about this; yes, I am worried about it;
My dr's warned me about peripheral neuropathy before, as I'm now having to take folic acid tablets- I have for a while now. I'm worried that I may have progressed to this stage. I'm also worried that my arthritis has progressed from predominantly the right side of my body
I know I have to speak to my dr, but could this mean I have progressed to having PN? Does this mean I have progressed from HIV, to an AIDS diagnosis?
Has anyoneout there experienced, or know anyone who has, something similar, of a combination of having HIV, arthritis and peripheral neuropathy, and an idea of what to expect? How to deal with this sort of diagnosis, work, and independance
| Response from Dr. Henry
HIV or drug related peripheral neuropathy would rarely be localized to your left forearm-usually a local process involving the pathway of the nerve from spinal cord through axillary area and out to skin. A good clinical evaluation and sometimes a special test (such as a nerve conduction study or CT/MRI depending on situation/findings) would be the first part of the evaluation to try and determine why you have developed the symptoms you have experienced in that specific area). KH
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