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Managing On-going Peripheral Neuropathy with Truvada
Oct 26, 2012

Hi, I was diagnosed advanced HIV in Aug 2012 and started on the meds Sept 2012. Jan 2012 I had triggered Bell's Palsy on the right side of the face, With steroid this was managed and I recovered well. From Sept, I have been on Truvada-Prezista-Norvir along with Valtrex and an Antibiotic, this bounced my CD4 from 28 --> 260 and Viral load from 400,000 to 80,000 Along with this came IRS in the form of Extreme tinglng on face (where my Bell's was healing), right arm and leg and symmetry thereafter where it all came to left arm/leg/face as well. I was started on a month-down Prednisone dose with a month down taper, but even now, the tinglng in face/hand/legs persists deeply wiht some numbness. Since I had this tinglings before the HIV meds started, Its hard to say if Truvada causes it, but I imagine it enhances it completely. How to better manage this? Please help!

Response from Dr. Henry

Unlikely that the left side problems are directly related to your HIV regimen though flare up from immune reconstitution may be involved. A thorough medical/neurologic evaluation looking for nerve compression/impingement or other condition resulting in left side nerve symptoms. KH

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