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Peripheral Neuropathy

Introduction What Is Peripheral Neuropathy? What Causes It? Who Is at Risk? What Are the Symptoms? How Is It Diagnosed? How Do You Prevent It? How Do You Treat It? Concerns for People Over 50 What Can Help to Ask About at a Doctor's Visit? Access to Meds Research The Bottom Line Introduction Some people living with HIV will develop a disease of the nerves called peripheral neuropathy , or PN. It's a common ...
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Stress And Neuropathy

Dear Dr,Is it possible for extreme stress and anxiety to contribute to the onset of neuroligal problems like neuropathy, or strange un wanted skin sensations like burning skin or altered sensations in the skin.I have noticed when someting hot...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
HIV related neuropathy (or treatment associated neuropathy) rarely presents like what you described. Those symptoms would not trigger any concern on my part that HIV was the culprit. If you are worried then get tested. Knowing you are negative... Read more »

Gabapentin & Neuropathy

Hello Dr. Boyle:In June 2002, I was diagnosed with AIDS. I have been through five hospitalizations/hospice stays since that time. I am considered to be healthy, despite a near-death scare in July, at which time I lost almost 70 pounds. I now...
Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Response from Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Cornell University, Weill Medical College
BrianIt can take a few weeks for gabapentin to start to work. Also, some patients require higher doses than others, so if the initial dose you received doesn't work, talk to your doctor to see if a hgiher dose might be appropriate. If its... Read more »

Is neuropathy a reason to start treatment

Thanks so much for this service, it is a lifeline to my sanity. At my first visit post diagnosis my labs were VL 52,500 and CD-4= 428 (24%). The Dr. said I probably should start meds at the next visit 3 months but i am nervous waiting. During the...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
The tingling and numbness could be due to peripheral neuropathy caused by HIV. It could also be anxiety. Did these symptoms exist prior to learning of your HIV diagnosis? If not, I would be concerned about this being 'nerves' rather... Read more »

Minor neuropathy before taking Atripla...

I developed a very annoying but fairly mild neuropathy in my toes/feet a few months ago but pretty much ignored it due to what I thought was my good health. Routine bloodwork diagnosed me as Poz in late May and almost immediately the neuropathic...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
HIV-related and treatment related peripheral neuropathy generally begins in the toes/feet so the condition you describe localized to the hands is most likely some other condition (could be cervical nerve being pinched, carpal tunnel, anxiety, or... Read more »
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Neuropathy?

Posted by golfguy, 3 Replies
Hi,

I posted before and have really been trying to calm my anxiety....but it's really getting bad.

I'm about 6 weeks post exposure and had a negative ELISA at 5 weeks post exposure.

However, over the last 24 hours I've developed a significant... Read more »

Lipodystrophy and/or Neuropathy?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Is it possible to experience lipodystrophy and neuropathy within 2-3 months of HIV exposure, or are these conditions generally symptomatic of long-term HIV status? I have noticed significant swelling under my arm/ beside my right breast. I'm not... Read more »

Neuropathy?

Posted by billc, 1 Reply
After a high risk encounter I had seven months ago I have developed a burning in my face that comes and goes. It is mostly isolated to the left forehead, but travels down around my eye. It comes and goes. It this neuropathy??
Concerned..
If not then... Read more »

Lipodystrophy or Neuropathy?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Is it possible to experience lipodystrophy and neuropathy within 2-3 months of HIV exposure, or are these conditions generally symptomatic of long-term HIV status? I have noticed significant swelling under my arm/ beside my right breast. I'm not... Read more »