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Back Pain
Jul 13, 2012

Dear Dr. Keith Henry, You have helped me lot earlier. I am on AZT+3TC+NVP regimen since last year before I got P.N due to d4t then I switch to AZT.My CD4 count 485 ( Feb 2012) Recently in these days I feel lot of lower back pain both sides. I am underweight (40Kgs + 162mm height). Every time I report to my Doctor for this he prescribed Calcium+Vitamin D pills. But there is not much relief I got with these pills. Please access my problem, is this caused due to osteoporosis or Peripheral Encephalopathy or HIV itself.

Response from Dr. Henry

Back pain is very common in the general population and can be a challenge to precisely diagnose the cause and treat. HIV related pripheral neuropathy and/or osteoporosis are not usually the cause of back pain for someone in your situation.. Kidney problems, low back muscle strain/weakness, disc disease, and other non-HIV causes are the most common factors causing back pain. KH

What is neuropathy?
truvada and kaletra

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