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Neuropathy And Muscle Weakness

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Peripheral Neuropathy

Magnets : A recent study found that socks containing magnets relieved diabetic neuropathy in most cases. However, they were less effective for foot pain due to other causes. Other Resources More information on PN is available from The NeuropathyAssociation at www.neuropathy.org and in the book Numb Toes and Aching Soles: Coping With PeripheralNeuropathy , by John A. Senneff. The Bottom Line Peripheral neuropathy is a disease of the...
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Muscle weakness

I was diagnosed HIV+ two years ago. I wasa wondering if it's normal or is this from my meds(Combiver, Sustiva and I also take Apo-Sulfatrim DS)I used to be a very strong person back in 98-99, I used to lift weights and was able to do squats...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
The AZT in the Combivir can cause a myopathy (muscle condition) that can result in muscle weakness/pain. The lamivudine in the Combivir can cause a peripheral neuropathy which can start off as pain/numbness in toes/feet. Other conditions can cause... Read more »

muscle weakness but no muscle tone loss????

my partner hiv+13 yrs+, cd4 450, v/l 30,000. liver tests ok etc.suffering from unexplained weakness, will be fine for a few days then will do something physical. (lifting,hammering)then loses all strength, comes over faint & sick, weakness so...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,No, these symptoms don't sound like MS to me. Headaches and fatigue are more commonly seen with anemia. He needs to see his HIV specialist and I would certainly check his hemoglobin. The normal range for men is 14-18 g/dL. There are... Read more »

muscle weakness

I have muscle weakness, along with occasional muscle aches and overall lower body discomfort, not pain per say. For example, I will be lying on the couch (a common way to spend my days anymore) and get the feeling I must move my legs otherwise they...
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
It sounds like you have restless leg syndrome. Part of the evaluation of fatigue in HIV is checking testosterone levels. You may have a low one and supplementing it could help. In addition, anabolic agents like nandrolone and oxandrolone can help... Read more »

muscle weakness from combivar

my husband got stuck with a needle and was put on combivar would that make his muscles weak to the point of getting a hernia from lifting...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
A short course of Combivir would be unlikely to result in weak muscles/hernia. AZT can cause a myopathy but from the details you provide I doubt there is a direct effect of the HIV drugs. Many patients might get general complaints such as a... Read more »
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Neuropathy

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Hi. I was wondering if anyone could help me a few questions I have about PN.

I am experiencing muscle twitches, pretty much anywhere. It hits for a few seconds and will turn up somewhere else minutes/hours down the track. I went to the doctor... Read more »

NEUROPATHY

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
i am experiencing what i think is the beginnings of hiv neuropathy. in the mornings, i can see the blood fill my lower legs and standing becomes uncomfortable. standing anywhere for long periods of times becomes uncomfortable. my legs are weak. ... Read more »

Lipodystrophy and/or Neuropathy?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Is it possible to experience lipodystrophy and neuropathy within 2-3 months of HIV exposure, or are these conditions generally symptomatic of long-term HIV status? I have noticed significant swelling under my arm/ beside my right breast. I'm not... Read more »

Lipodystrophy or Neuropathy?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Is it possible to experience lipodystrophy and neuropathy within 2-3 months of HIV exposure, or are these conditions generally symptomatic of long-term HIV status? I have noticed significant swelling under my arm/ beside my right breast. I'm not... Read more »