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Nortriptyline And Neuropathy

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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 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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Is there a blood test to detect neuropathy?

"Is there a blood test to detect neuropathy?"...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

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

Harvard Medical School
No, neuropathy is diagnosed only by symptoms and by physical examination.People with neuropathy usually complain of burning pain or numbness in their toes, which may progress and involve the feet and legs. There are two important causes of... Read more »


i am hiv+ for 15 years i am currently not taking any medication.i took medication for 6months 2 years viral load is 2400 my t cells are 714 i take b12 injections 2cc per week. i have neuropathy in my feet and i am wondering if it is hiv...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
I think it's fair to say that your neuropathy isn't due to B12 deficiency. Neuropathy certainly can be due to HIV, but it can also be due to other problems such as diabetes or exposure to toxins. There are a number of approaches to... Read more »


I am a 56 year old male who was diagnosed with AIDS 3 years ago. My t's have risen from 44 to 171 and my viral load has been negligable since I started treatment. I am on Sustiva and Combivir. My major problem is neuropathy in my feet and...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Seeing a good neurologist can often be helpful. The 3TC component of Combivir can sometimes aggravate/cause peripheral neuropathy so a switch to something like abacavir or tenofovor in a trial basis may be worth trying depending on the details of... Read more »

Neuropathy and past d4t use

Dr Gallant My partner is currently using protease inhibitors with encouraging results. He had previously been using acombination that included d4t, which he discontinued when he began to develope neuropathy in his legs. The progression ofhis...
Joel Gallant, M.D.

Response from Joel Gallant, M.D.

Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
The tricyclic antidepressants, like amitriptyline, are still the most effective agents around. Sometimes higher doses can be helpful, provided you monitor drug levels. Amitriptyline is quite sedating, so if it's causing too much drowsiness... Read more »
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Peripheral Neuropathy - L-Carnetine

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Greetings! Just thought I would post the following info, it is based strictly on my personal experience and is not a recommendation.

I am a long-term survivor(21 years) and in general good health. Last year I successfully complete a course of Chemo... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Is it possible to have hiv neuropathy (not the neuropathy produced by med but by hiv itself) soon after being infected, that its withing the first year of being infected? How likeky?

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Posted by Anonymous
Is it possible to have hiv neuropathy (not the neuropathy produced by med but by hiv itself) soon after being infected, that its withing the first year of being infected? How likeky?

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What is neuropathy pain?

Posted by bura, 3 Replies
Can someone describe what is neuropathy pain? Read more »