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ElGringo
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muscle & joint pain
      #240562 - 07/09/08 06:16 PM

Just wondering if anyone else has probs with joint disease or muscle wasting? I didn't have much of an issue til about 3 yrs ago & the cartilidge in my joints started withering away. Did the usual xrays etc & short of joint replacement, only option at this point is taking Percocets like candy. That's fine but that side effect is weight loss & it's a delicate balance at best. Have been on a drug cocktail for about 10 yrs now, Viramune Epivir Zerit and cd4/viral load are finally stable. CD4 was <200 for years, but is now in the mid 400's & vl is undetectable. Plt ct was <5000 for years as well but has rebounded in the last 2 years to around 150,000 which for me, is good. It's the progression of the joint pain & neuropathy, burning muscle cramps that has just about put me into a pasture so to speak. I have probs just going from one end of the house to the other now. Without the pain med, I'd be stuck in a chair all day & not active at all. Was wondering if any otc vitamins or supplements etc could help? Just read that CoQ10 might help some. Tried condrointin etc but that didn't help at all after a year & a half. Local dr has no clue & closest hiv dr is 80 miles away & I have no way to get there, so I'm trying to work this on my own if I can. Thanks for any insights you might have!! 8^)

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raggedyandrew
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Re: muscle & joint pain new
      #240571 - 07/09/08 10:21 PM

Dear ElGringo I too had joint and muscle pain and in my case I was taking Zerit and that was the cause after I stopped taking it the aches and pains went away after about 10 days In my case I would wake up and felt as if my arms and calves were in a "Charlie Horse" I hope this helps Peace and Light Andy

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ElGringo
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Re: muscle & joint pain new
      #240579 - 07/10/08 09:06 AM

Quote:

Dear ElGringo I too had joint and muscle pain and in my case I was taking Zerit and that was the cause after I stopped taking it the aches and pains went away after about 10 days In my case I would wake up and felt as if my arms and calves were in a "Charlie Horse" I hope this helps Peace and Light Andy


Thx! from what i've been reading, seems zerit is the prob cause. time 2 make a change i think 8^)

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Samurai
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Reged: 06/25/08
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Re: muscle & joint pain new
      #240606 - 07/10/08 10:56 PM

I wish I could hook you up with my main doctor. He is a specialist in HIV and teaches new doctors at the VA-Dallas just to treat HIV patients. I get the best care in the world. If your meds are the problem he would know at once. In the alternative, Dr. Bob on the The Body is also brilliant and I would shoot him your problem and get his response. He is also positive himself and takes treating HIV very seriously.
Good luck gringo.
~bob

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ElGringo
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Re: muscle & joint pain new
      #240624 - 07/11/08 06:53 PM

thx Bob! i did post a ? on the meds forum & dr dejesus responded & said zerit is prob a ikely cause confirming what i thought, so will go 2 my local dr & get a med change. have also done some research on the other meds i'm on, namely tricor & tekturna, both of which can cause joint pain etc. will stop those as well. glad i found this site. 2 bad i didn't have the internet 10 yrs ago lol!!!

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Samurai
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Re: muscle & joint pain new
      #240929 - 07/23/08 09:29 AM

You look cute in chaps cowboy.
Do you know how to ride a bucker? hehehehe

love and hugs,
bob

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