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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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Peripheral neuropathy

Doc. Luzuriaga,How comon is peripheral neuropathy within the first few years of infection, say 1-4 years (percent wise)? Is it qite common or would you contribute it to some other illness? I have read many times that PN is most common in more...
Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

Response from Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
Peripheral neuropathy is fairly commonly seen in HIV positive people (up to 30% by some estimates). It is an inflammatory condition of the peripheral nerves (i.e., all parts of the nervous system outside of the head and spinal cord). Peripheral... Read more »

early neuropathy

How early in HIV infection does diffuse infiltrative lymphocytosis syndrome ( dry eyes, dry mouth, peripheral neuropathy) could possibly occur? could it possibly appear in after 6 months of infection? Can the enlargement of parotid gland be observed...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Diffuse infiltrative lymphocytosis syndrome is not very common in HIV infection. It would be very unusual to develop within 6 months of infection-they symptoms you described can be seen often in the general population from other causes so are not... Read more »

Peripheral Neuropathy first symptom??

What are the chances of Peripheral Neuropathy being the first symptoms of HIV? I was tested this past week and waiting for my results. I have mild sensations on the bottom of my feet, mainly in the heel and palms of my hands. I have no other...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
Peripheral neuropathy, whether it's pain or tingling in the feet or hands, is VERY common and can be caused by many many diseases. It would be most unusual for this to be the first symptoms of HIV. I would highly suggest you get HIV-tested.... Read more »

peripheral neuropathy...

Hi Doc.How common is PN in the first 2-3 years of infection?both...1) as a side effect of the medications I may be onand 2) due to the HIV virus aloneAre the new drugs in the pipeline shown to have less side effects when it comes to PN?...
Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

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

Cornell University, Weill Medical College
Peripheral neuropathy is not very common early in HIV disease but becomes much more common as progression to AIDS occurs. Antiretrovirals (especially stavudine, didanosine and zalcitabine) are associated with peripheral neuropathy and rates are... Read more »
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neuropathy

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I'm curious as to how many people have had neuropathic symptoms very early on in the disease and how it manifested ...Also night sweats ??Is that pretty common early on in the disease??


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Seroconversion and Peripheral Neuropathy

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
This is a question for anyone who is living with HIV or who has recently been diagnosed as HIV positive:

Did any of you experience the numbness/tingling in the feet, legs, hands and arms during your seroconversion?

If so . . . for what period of time... Read more »

NEUROPATHY

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
JUST HAD A QUESTION. IS THIS SOMETHING U GET IN EARLY HIV INFECTION? I'VE FELT THIS PINS AND NEEDLES SENSATION ON BOTH ARMS AND BURNING FEET AND NOW IM SCARED I HAVE HIV. MY EXPOSURE WAS A FEW MONTHS AGO (VAGINAL) IM STRESSING OUT SO MUCH AND I... Read more »

neuropathy

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 »