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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 in Head

What can you tell me about neuropathy which may be causing dizziness and headaches? Don't really have symptoms in hands and feet, but am a long timer and doc mentioned that this may be what I am now dealing with.Thankyou...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Standard HIV or drug related neuropathy generally involves the longest nerves first. When there are central nervous system symptoms as you describe the may be concerns about HIV encephalitis/encephalopathy as well as a wide range of non-HIV... Read more »

Another Neuropathy Question?

Hello again. Curious if Neuroapathy is a side effect of certain anti-viral drugs ( Zerit, etc.) and neuropathy is caused by a damage or breakdown of the myelin sheath surrounding the nerves and though the first place it is usually felt is in the...
Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

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

Cornell University, Weill Medical College
The mechanism for the neuropathy that results from certain antiretrovirals is unknown, but demyelination is not a major feature. It generally does not involve other nerves or cause central nervous system disease regardless of the time of exposure... Read more »

Peripheral Neuropathy of both feet

Dear Dr., I have contacted you before on this condition of mine and you have been most helpful.I have had a RMI of the lumbar spine as you have suggested but nothing relevant to the Symptoms showed up(as you anticipated). I...
Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

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

Cornell University, Weill Medical College
Sustiva has been shown to penetrate most areas of the body well, including the central nervous system. I am not sure, however, that continued viral replication is the source of your neuropathy. I would have your doctor check to make sure you are not... Read more »

peripheral neuropathy?????

I was diagnosed with hiv 4 years ago. My t-cell when first diagnosed was 300 put got on meds and numbers jumped up to 750. I have stayed on meds and numbers have stayed betwwen 700 - 800. I am on atripla at the moment and have never had any side...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Atripla overall has a low rate of peripheral neuropathy. The foot pain you describe (acute and short in duration first in one foot and then the other) does't sound much like either HIV associated or drug related peripheral neuropathy. Concern... Read more »
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