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Peripheral Neuropathy

Introduction What Is Peripheral Neuropathy? What Causes It? Who Is at Risk? What Are the Symptoms? How Is It Diagnosed? How Do You Prevent It? How Do You Treat It? Concerns for People Over 50 What Can Help to Ask About at a Doctor's Visit? Access to Meds Research The Bottom Line Introduction Some people living with HIV will develop a disease of the nerves called peripheral neuropathy , or PN. It's a common ...
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Can neuropathy occur with undetectable viral load?

Some months ago i started feeling very uncomfortable stinging and burning in my skin over large parts of my body. It had started as an unusual warmth in my feet but that has largely gone away. Now it is just about everywhere else. I saw a...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Drug related neuropathy usually first involves the longer nerves so first symptoms usually seen in toes/feet and most often in a symmetric manner.HIV drug or HIV related neuropathy is more often seen in persons with lower CD4 counts (not an issue in... Read more »

Neuropathy Early On?

I have just changed meds due to my viral load not responding to my first combo, VL=86,000. I started ddI, d4T, and Amprenavir about 3 weeks ago. I've always had somewhat poor circulation in my hands and feet, but I have started to notice a...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
The earliest I have ever seen in within 4 weeks --I wouldn't have believed it of I hadn't observed in one of my patients. Taking supplemental Ca, Mg, B-complex vitamins and perhaps co-Enzyme Q, L-carnitine, and N-acetyl cysteine might be... Read more »

Treatment interuption - neuropathy

I have been on a treatment break for the last 8 months. Viral load is 17,000 and t-cells are 500. I have had peripherial neuropathy for several years but it seems to have really gotten worse since I have been off the meds. Do you think there...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post.Your situation reminds us all that not all so-called "side-effects" are due to medications. Indeed, HIV caused neuropathy long before we had antiretroviral medications.If there isn't another identifiable cause,... Read more »

Severe Peripheral Neuropathy.

Dear Professor Mark, I have been on anti virals for over 18 months now.( Combivir and Neviripine). My viral load at diagnosis,also 18 months ago,was 200000 and my Cd4 count was 500. I had...
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
I would agree that the regimen you are on would be unlikely to cause neuropathy. I don't think I would recommend a drug holiday in this situation. You don't say whether you have consulted with a neurologist, or tried specific drugs which... Read more »
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Seroconversion and Peripheral Neuropathy

Posted by Anonymous, 2 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... Read more »

MYELOPATHY/NEUROPATHY

Posted by Kipling, 2 Replies
I was diagnosed with Aids April 2000. I was very sick at
the time during the 8 and a 1/2 weeks I was hospitalized.
The virus attacked my spine and I am now living with a spinal disease called myelopathy which enables me to walk. I also developed... 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 »

The Failure of Viral Load Tests

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
The Failure of Viral Load Tests
JAMA Study Shakes AIDS Science, Angers HIV Advocates

A nationwide team of orthodox AIDS researchers led by doctors Benigno Rodriguez and Michael Lederman of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland are disputing the... Read more »