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Treatment For Shingles Pain

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AIDS InfoNet

Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

...touched the shingles rash or blisters. How Is Shingles Treated? Several types of drugs are used to treat shingles. They include anti-herpes drugs, and several types of treatment for pain. Antiviral drugs: The standard treatment for shingles is the drug acyclovir, which can be given orally (in pill form) or intravenously in more severe cases. Two newer drugs have been approved for the treatment of shingles: famciclovir and...
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HIV/Shingles & Postherpetic Neuralgia

This is a complicated disease for us to understand and we are still in shock over his diagnosis. Prior to our meeting I had read that AIDS classification is when a patient has a CD4 count <200. When I heard his count was 468, I was thrilled. I...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
My responses are only through this mechanism.1. Yes.2. On appropriate HIV treatment, he can expect his viral load to become undetectable.3 and 4. Yes, and they will.5. Possible. Read more »

Migrating Skin Pain

I have been experiencing migrating skin pain. At first I thought it was recurring shingles that never developed into a rash. Now, I don't know. It's painful, and leaves me extremely fatigued and unable to work out. I've been scouring the...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...It is important for a neurologist or pain specialist to do a detailed history and physical examination in order to determine likely cause and advise treatment so I recommend Read more »


I'm an HIV+ man, I was diagnosed on Dec 16 04. I was put on meds right away (Norvir, truvada and lexiva) due to my low numbers. Recently I have started having pain that has left a few doctors scratching their heads. I'm wondering if its related to...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...Neither your HIV meds or HIV per se have been clearly linked in any clear manner to the pain syndrome you describe. Herpes zoster (shingles) can result in persistent or intermittent pain. When I get stumped with a pain Read more »

pains in body, anaemia

The symptoms I am having...I had strange feeling in my arms, moved from side to side, and moved after disapearance to belly. The skin was irritated but not something I can explain, clothes not feeling good against me, something like mild sunburn. I...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
...relatively high dose ritonavir, and this can cause a number of the side effects you describe, with respect to the various aches and pains. Is there any way you could go off it (using a non-nucleoside drug)or at least go on another protease... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network


...patients. The severity of reaction is variable, and for most is mild to moderate. Symptoms could include itching, swelling, redness, pain or tenderness, hardened skin or bumps. Bumps termed "nodules" seem to occur more frequently and severely in... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Herpes Simplex (Cold Sores and Genital Herpes)

...refers to a group of viruses that infect humans. Like herpes zoster (shingles, see Fact Sheet 509 ), herpes simplex causes painful skin eruptions. Itching and tingling are usually the first signs, followed by a blister that breaks open. The... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network


...Healthcare, 1 (877) 844-8872 Potential side effects and toxicity: Most common include cough, fever, cold, rash, muscle and joint pain, stomach pain, and dizziness. Other potential side effects may include liver toxicity; an allergic reaction... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network


...effects and toxicity: Very tolerable, but most common were diarrhea, nausea, headache, and fever. Less common were abdominal pain, vomiting, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, and lipodystrophy. Other observations with unclear relationship to... Read more »
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When does the pain not feel like pain anymore?

Posted by Survivor, 4 Replies not allowed to ever read it. When I look around the world thru the eye glasses of the net, I see a whole hell of alot of pain and suffering. Friends who helped me initially now are now doing serious battle against a simple infection that a 2... Read more »

What is neuropathy pain?

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

Muscle Pain Fibromyalgia & Myofascial Pain

Posted by NaturalMale, 3 Replies
...survivor here, protease inhibitor usage going on 8 years, with multiple drug resistance and changes. I have been having muscle pain, mainly back and neck, but also all over body pain. I used to be able to exercise and weight lift but now the... Read more »


Posted by tboy, 2 Replies
...doctors or information I needed. Oh sure I recieved a prescription but not much information. I'm taking acyclovir (sp?) It is painful to sleep and my leg looks awfuly angry. Will this go totaly away or will it reoccur? I know it is a virus... Read more »