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How Do I Take Care Of Neuropathy

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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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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 »

best treatment for neuropathy

In your opinion, what is the best treatment for neuropathy? ...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
I can sure tell you the WORST treatment...NARCOTICS. Their efficacy for the control of neuropathic pain is uncertain at best, and they carry a definite risk of addiction for some people, so BE CAREFUL.Assuming that the problem is truly neuropathy... Read more »

Neuropathy

Dear Dr.Cohen,Many thanks for the reply you gave me re Neuropathy (10th May).Sorry for not giving you more details.But here they are: I have chronic bilateral SENSORY Neuropathy of both feet.The nerve biopsy that I had,showed that the axion...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
Dear span - Not much else to say - you are getting care from some who sound like that they are doing what can be done - and I would hope that they can care well for not only your neuropathy but the HIV aspects as well. While I follow the HIV... Read more »

Neuropathy from Statins or Hiv or Hiv meds???

How do I know what is causing my neuropathy? I have been with Hiv/Aids for 20 years, on meds the entire time, and on statins for 3 years. The neuropathy started about 1 year ago. How do I know what is causing it??? I have heard it could be the...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
I am disappointed to hear that your HIV doc does't want to pursue/evaluate your complaints. Neuropathy remains a frustrating problem often requiring special expertise (neurologist) and tests to sort out possible cause. There are many good HIV... Read more »
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Neuropathy

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 »

to confused re:neuropathy

Posted by uhohblita, 2 Replies
confused,
my feet started tingling from about 1 month after the "incident". this continued for a long time and kept getting worse and worse. my feet only stopped tingling if i tied my shoes really tight. i had in the back of my head it was from... 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 »

MYELOPATHY/NEUROPATHY

Posted by Kipling, 2 Replies
I was diagnosed with Aids April 2000. I was very sick at
the time during the 8 and a 1/2 weeks I was hospitalized.
The virus attacked my spine and I am now living with a spinal disease called myelopathy which enables me to walk. I also developed... Read more »