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Neuropathy In Non-diabetics

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AIDS InfoNet

Peripheral Neuropathy

...difficulty walking or standing. What Causes PN? PN can be caused by HIV infection of nerve cells, by drugs used to treat HIV or other health problems, or other factors. Risk factors for PN include higher HIV viral load, diabetes, age greater than 50, and heavy alcohol use. Other risk factors are the use of cocaine or amphetamines, cancer treatments, thyroid disease, or deficiency of vitamin B12 or vitamin E. A study in 2009 found that...
Ask the Experts

Neuropathy and diabetic-like skin problems in legs/feet

I've had PN for years, mostly numbness in the feet and occasionally leg pain. I'm curious as to whether some of the symptoms associated with diabetic PN would also appear in HIV-related PN. Specifically, my feet have become extremely sensitive to...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...In my experience yes--some of the blood vessels in the legs/feet seem to also be involved in the neuropathic process (there are small nerves that supply the blood vessels) which can lead to more bruising/blistering/discoloration and Read more »

Lyrica for neuropathy

I have recently been denied to receive Lyrica by my Medicare Part D carrier because my diagnosis is non-diabetic/non-postherpetic neuropathy. Can you explain the difference between the above-mentioned type and HIV-related neuropathy? Is there a...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...peripheral neuropathy whereas it has received approval (due to results of studies on safety and efficacy) for the treatment of diabetic and post-herpetic neuropathy. Those conditions share many features of HIV neuropathy so often drugs approved... Read more »

alcoholic neuropathy

Is there any effective treatment for alcoholic neuropathy?
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
...all alcohol consumption helps. Then, making sure there is not something else that is contributing to the symptoms (such as diabetes or deficiency of vitamin B12) that can be treated specifically. If it gets down to treating the symptoms, there... Read more »

Neuropathy - Celery Seed

I have AIDS and have neuropathy in my feet and lower legs. What can I do to treat this or improve it. I just heard about taking celery seed capsules. Do you know anything about that? Any suggestions will be most appreciated.
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...your HIV doc whether a switch to another medication is an option. Vitamins deficiiency and some other medical conditions (like diabetes) can also cause a neuropathy so an good evaluation is needed to sort out the most likely cause and devise a... Read more »
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The Well Project

Peripheral Neuropathy and HIV/AIDS

...certain risk factors for PN: Low CD4 cell counts Older age (greater than 50) Medical conditions (for example, diabetes) Alcoholism Neurotoxic drugs Vitamin B12 deficiency (rarely) Neurotoxic drugs include many... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Understanding and Managing Peripheral Neuropathy

...feet. Diminished ankle reflexes may also be noted. Many clinical conditions in addition to HIV can cause DSPN, including diabetes, alcoholism, thyroid disease, syphilis, hepatitis C, kidney disease, and vitamin B12 deficiency. A careful... Read more »
Being Alive

Manage Peripheral Neuropathy

...tingling or burning) and numbness in the hands and feet. While HIV is one cause of the condition, it's certainly not the only one. Diabetes and cancer treatments (such as radiation or chemotherapy) are also common causes. Sometimes the condition... Read more »
Project Inform

Peripheral Neuropathy

...It's a common condition that affects nearly 20 million people in the US, more often in older adults. About 1 in 3 people with diabetes face PN, and it affects about 1 in 3 people with HIV at some time in their lives. PN can profoundly affect a... Read more »
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Can neuropathy be a sign of HIV.

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...I recently tested negative for HIV at 15 weeks, but I am having neuropathy in feet and legs. If it's not being caused by HIV, then what could it be? 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 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 Read more »

Neuropathy

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Anyone out there suffering from neuropathy in the legs & feet? Give me some solutions as to what helps? Thanks a million. Read more »