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Severe Neuropathy Pain Medications

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The Well Project

Peripheral Neuropathy and HIV/AIDS

...paincontinues, your doctor may prescribe opioid-based narcotics (Tylenol withcodeine) plus additional drugs such as antidepressants (Elavil), oranticonvulsants (Tegretol, Dilantin, Neurontin, Lamictal). If the painincreases and becomes severe, stronger narcotics may be considered. Other treatments can include: Topical lidocaine patch called Lidoderm Acupuncture, massage, yoga, hypnosis, and meditation A visit to the...
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pain medications

what pain medication can i take with HIV meds?
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
...This is a very broad question. There are many different types of pain medications depending on the severity of pain. Also, the treatment of pain depends greatly on the cause of the pain. For example, peripheral Read more »

Wide Spread Pain and Neuropathy

Dear Dr.I am experiencing wide-spread pain (mostly neuropathy in my limbs and the base of my skull in the back of my head). It feels as though I was just hit in the back of the head with a baseball bat or something hard as it's numbing and painful....
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello BPS,It's unfortunate that you are not communicating well or able to work cooperatively with your PCP. Is there any option to switch to someone with whom you could work more closely? You should be under the care of an HIV specialist physician.... Read more »

Severe Neuropathy

Dr. Boyle,I was diagnosed in 1986 and took no medication for HIV until I began having tingling in my feet and pneumonia in 1993. The neuropathy became so crippling and severe I was bedridden for two years. I have never taken any of the 'd" drugs...
John A. Bartlett, M.D.

Response from John A. Bartlett, M.D.

Duke University Medical Center
...also help and some patients benefit from yoga or acupuncture therapy. If all else fails, you should discuss increasing your pain medications with your doctor.John A. Bartlett, M.D. Read more »

what do you do to eliminate neuropathy?

Dr. Bob,I am suffering from terrible neuropathy and it is really disrupting my quality of life. It makes me more than just simply fatigued. It makes me tired to try to keep fighting and that's not acceptable, wouldn't you say?Dr. Bob, I am just...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...ointments (zostrix, etc.) haven't been very well tolerated. Lidocaine ointment has not been found to be very effective. More severe symptoms may require phenytoin, methadone. Fentanyl patches, or morphine. While there is not a whole lot of data... Read more »
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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Understanding and Managing Peripheral Neuropathy

...may include foot drop, facial droop, or paralysis of the diaphragm (the sheet of muscle in the chest used for breathing). Mononeuropathies are uncommon in people with HIV and are easily distinguishable from DSPN. Today, many cases of... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Peripheral Neuropathy

...nerve signals. Other treatments include Neurontin, an anticonvulsant drug; and a gel containing the anesthetic lidocaine. Severe symptoms: Narcotic pain relievers such as codeine or methadone can be used. The anti-seizure medication pregabalin... Read more »
Project Inform

Peripheral Neuropathy

...again if you also have any of those conditions listed above. What Are the Symptoms? Symptoms can range from mild to severe and perhaps disabling. Sometimes PN is present even without symptoms. When people first get PN, they normally feel... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Nervous System Problems and Dementia

...of problems is showing up at present. This is now called HIV-associated Neurological Disturbances (HAND), which includes less severe symptoms referred to as Minor Cognitive Motor Disorder. Before combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) was... 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 Read more »

Puzzled

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Would PN at 11 weeks after infection be fairly inconsistant? What I am experiencing started a few days ago and began with tingling feet and arms (not hands). All limbs had pins and needles later that night, at the same time. Since then I have had... Read more »

What is neuropathy pain?

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

Neuropathy

Posted by tol85, 1 Reply
...is, Has anyone had symptoms of neuropahty, then have tested negative and suddenly all symptoms are gone? I've been told that Neuropathy is something usually found in the latter part of HIV or AIDS. Usually cause by certain mediactions. My other... Read more »