The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol

Explanation Of Neuropathy

Here's a taste of what has to offer on this topic:
Get the Facts
The Well Project

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...
Ask the Experts


I have been taking Atripla since Dec 2008. I have developed severe pains in my breasts. My dr. told me I could develop peripheral neuropathy and that could be causing the pain. Mammogram has shown no abnormalities. Could the pain be a side...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Neuropathy from either HIV or HIV meds would rarely cause pain localized to breast so would seek other explanation. KH... Read more »


I developed neuropathy in my hands 6yrs ago (within a month of starting meds). Since then it has spread to my feet and legs. I have taken all the recommended treatments and been virtually electrocuted by 2 neurologists doing nerve conduction...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
HIV related or HIV drug related neuropathy generally starts in the toes/feet so your experience would be unusual if due mostly to HIV or one of your drugs (you don't mention which HIV drugs you are taking). A review of whether you could... Read more »

Can neuropathy occur with undetectable viral load?

Some months ago i started feeling very uncomfortable stinging and burning in my skin over large parts of my body. It had started as an unusual warmth in my feet but that has largely gone away. Now it is just about everywhere else. I saw a...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Drug related neuropathy usually first involves the longer nerves so first symptoms usually seen in toes/feet and most often in a symmetric manner.HIV drug or HIV related neuropathy is more often seen in persons with lower CD4 counts (not an issue in... Read more »


I have been infected with HIV for nearly a year. T-cell 528, viral load 798. I not taking any medications and am otherwise healthy. I've been having some tingling in my feet and sometimes waist down all at one. It almost feels as if...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
HIV can cause symptoms as you describe but it would be unusual with high CD4 count. The nature/distribution of the tingling shouuld prompt looking for other explanations. KH... Read more »
Connect With Others

Neuropathy??? maybe. Your thoughts?

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
Hi guys. Scott here. Am very new to this forum. I'm very recently diagnosed. Exposed just over 3 months ago. 3 weeks after infection (amongst all the other symptoms) I got tingling in my hands, then an all over hypersensitivity sensation (like... Read more »

Does anyone has dry mouth and neuropathy early HIV

Posted by paranoiafreak, 1 Reply
Does anyone here experience persistent dry mouth and throat and white coated tongue and peripheral neuropathy (Burning, stinging, tingling feet and hands which is persistent?

This has occur after 3 months of lowgrade fever and 2 episodes of hives... Read more »

Explanation for curious patient report?

Posted by renklar, 2 Replies
I hate to keep scaring myself, but I saw this in Dr. Bob's forum:

Does anybody have a possible explanation for high viral load and no antibodies? Read more »

No explanation yet......

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Im still waiting for my infectious disease doctor to give me a diagnosis.......I tested negative 11 weeks post exposure but my cd4 count is at 266 at 27%. I had the EIA 1&2, pcr rna ultrasensitive test at week 11.......I need some advise... Read more »