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Nueropathy

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I know this is pretty ironic, but all this worry about peripheral neuropathy I think i actually have it. Im the one who tested negative at 6 months yet now worrying again. Yesterday morning now that i remember i woke up with two sharp pains on both... Read more »

Nueropathy in Houston

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I have lower peripheral nueropathy in my feet and legs. I saw a Nuerologist and he did nothing to help me relieve the pain and soreness I have. At its worst it felt like i had nails being driven into my feet. I have sharp sudden pains occassionally... Read more »

Seroconversion and Peripheral Neuropathy

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
This is a question for anyone who is living with HIV or who has recently been diagnosed as HIV positive:

Did any of you experience the numbness/tingling in the feet, legs, hands and arms during your seroconversion?

If so . . . for what period of time... Read more »

Seroconversion and Peripheral Neuropathy

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
This is a question for anyone who is living with HIV or who has recently been diagnosed as HIV positive:

Did any of you experience the numbness/tingling in the feet, legs, hands and arms during your seroconversion?

If so . . . for what period of time... Read more »

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 »
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About Nueropathy

Does Nueropathy have anything to do with your blood work? Or can it just be the side effects from meds?...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Neuropathy in the context of HIV disease can mean many things though most often it refers to peripheral neuropathy that usually first begins in toes/feet. It is more common as the CD4 count decreases when due to HIV itself. Some HIV medications... Read more »

Does nueropathy lead to paralysis?

Hi Dr,I am a caribbean female positive for at least 6yrs. Been on meds but is currently off as I cannot afford to be on it. I have started getting real bad pains in both my hands especially at nights. There is severe numbness as well. Could this be...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
It wolud be unusual for either HIV or treatment related neuropathy to start in the hands versus the feet. More common would be some form of nerve compression syndrome. Your HIV doc should evaluate the situation. It would be rare for paralysis to... Read more »

gabapentin and nueropathy

2 weeks ago I started gabpentin for extensive and progressive sensory neuropathy in my legs and feet. I am taking 600mgs a day (and on combivir and nevirapine x 4 years) - the nueropathy began after beginning treatment, but my CD4 count was very low...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
That is a very low dose for HIV/drug associated neuropathy (often 2400-3600 mg/day used). If you are on any possibly offending/contributing drugs then an effort needs to be made to see if you can switch off them. L-carnitine or acetyl carnitine may... Read more »

Treating Nueropathy

I am currently on Nuerontin, 400mg, 4 times a day and MSContin 15mg, 3 times a day, with 2mg Dilaudid for breakthrough pain. Is this the best way to stop the painful tingling and soreness I feel in my feet and lower legs? What other treatments...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
In additon to gabapentin (Neurontin), an older class of drugs called tricyclics can be very useful for chronic pain. They must be started at a low dose and increased gradually, so it can take a while to know whether they will work. In your case, I... Read more »
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Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral Neuropathy (peripheral = furthest away; neuro = nerve; pathy = damage) Peripheral neuropathy (PN) -- nerve damage that causes numbness, burning, tingling and sometimes severe pain in the toes, feet and legs, and sometimes in the... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Understanding and Managing Peripheral Neuropathy

Table of Contents Introduction A Snapshot of the Nervous System Clinical Features of Peripheral Neuropathy Development of DSPN Diagnosing DSPN Risk Factors for DSPN Neuropathy Management DSPN Therapies Conclusion Selected... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Incomplete Peripheral CD4+ Cell Count Restoration in HIV-Infected Patients Receiving Long-Term Antiretroviral Treatment

In most HIV-positive patients, antiretroviral therapy can fully restore a normal CD4+ cell count of more than 500 cells/mm 3 . However, the researchers note, it is not clear whether all patients can achieve normalization of their CD4+ cell count, in... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Tips for PHAs With Peripheral Neuropathy

"Over the past six months I've noticed a burning feeling in my feet. It's not too bad, but it is constant. I'm worried about it. Should I mention it to my doctor? Do you have any tips on how to handle it?" -- J.M., Yellowknife, NWT Christopher... Read more »