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neuropathy in legs
May 30, 2012

Hi my name is Todd, 5 yrs ago diagnosed with hiv my level was 800,000. I spent 7 months in the hospital. Today my hiv hospital is undetecable. This is great! My problem was diagnosed with neuropathy and have been in a wheelchair. I can move my legs slightly, but as soon as I stand my legs give out. If i use braces my legs start shaking if my foot touches the wrong way. I am now super sensitive in my feet. I am not sure what can be done. My hiv doctor is not sure about my condition. Thanks.

Response from Dr. Henry

Severe weakness in the legs in the setting of untreated HIV infection can be due to HIV alone (peripheral neuropathy,demyelinating polyneuropathy, myelitis, sometimes myopathy) or associated causes (such as CMV or HTLV-I disease of spinal cord or nerves)as well as other conditions so a thorough neurologic consultation is recommended to make most precise diagnosis and then determine if any other treatment should be offered and what can be expected regarding recovery. KH

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