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Peripheral Neuropathy and HIV/AIDS

Table of Contents What Is Peripheral Neuropathy? What Causes PN? Who Is at Risk of Developing PN? How Do You Know if You Have PN? PN Treatments AIMS for PN What Is Peripheral Neuropathy? Many people living with HIV (HIV+) develop problems that involve the nervoussystem. The nervous system controls thinking, movement, sensations, andfeelings. There are two parts of the nervous system: the brain and spinal cord(central...
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Neuropathy? Dementia?

What causes this? And do you have lymphnodes on the back of your head? And should they feel swollen. I am hiv pos and take meds. I am undetectible but ive heard hiv goes to your brain,what does it do to it? Can it make you forget alot?...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
"Neuropathy" in HIV disease is really "peripheral neuropathy"-- a process that affects the feet first, and in some cases, the hands. What you are referring to when you say that HIV "goes to the brain" is dementia (also... Read more »

Is Complera causing symptoms of neuropathy or is it an effect from taking atripla for 6 years and coming off it?

I'm having a huge problem here. I was diagnosed 7 years ago. About 5 months after my diagnosis I started taking Atripla. I've been undetectable with a cd4 count above 700 ever since. Last year I asked my doctor to take me off the...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for posting.Your symptoms are indeed unusual to be associated with your medication switch. One suggestion would be to try switching back to Atripla for a short period to see if the symptoms abate. If they do, then one could be... Read more »

Neuropathy symptoms

Hello, I have had a very light numbness in my arms and back of hand for over a year now, and have informed my doc. However, in the last 4/5 days it has really taken off to be something that is disrupting the use of my hands. I used to only notice it...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hi and thanks for posting.It sounds like the numbness in the hands is worsening (based on the comment that the symptoms at first were "minimal". If your symptoms are now causing functional problems with your hands you should notify your... Read more »

Follow-up To "Neuropathy Suddenly"

I know you often ask for input from readers. The questioner said he was having pains down his leg and into his foot. At first, I thought maybe this could be a back problem, because I've had those shooting pains down my leg due to disc...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Thanks for your feedback-always welcome. KH... Read more »
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Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I have had neuropathy in my feet for 4 years now in varying degrees of pain, sometimes light, sometimes crippling. I had some decent results using acetyl-L-carnetine, which seemed to have helped the pain some, but now it has come back in full force.... Read more »

Neuropathy, anyone?

Posted by Pos_in_Thailand, 2 Replies

I wish everyone well and say thanks to those taking the time to read my inquiry.

I was wondering if any of you are dealing with or have been diagnosed with neuropathy? If so, would you mind sharing what your symptoms are or have been, and if... Read more »


Posted by ScotCharles, 7 Replies
I have developed very bad neuropathy in my left foot that makes it difficult to walk without a cane. Several times recently, I have lost all strength on the left side of my body. My hands are cramped and painful, making shaking hands a wrenching... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply

Peripheral neuropathy is a tingling sensation, pins and needles, that is very, very often quite painful. According
to Dr. Judith Feinberg, it affects the longest nerves first, therefore it always starts in the toes, may progress
upwards to involve the... Read more »