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What Is Neuropathy Can You Work With It

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The Well Project

Peripheral Neuropathy and HIV/AIDS

...treatment. Diagnosing PNcan be difficult because the symptoms can vary from person to person, but thereare things your doctor can do to check if you have PN. Your doctor will examine you and ask you questions about your symptoms, workenvironment, social habits, exposure to any toxins, history of alcoholism, andfamily history of neurological disease. He or she may order tests and scans todetermine the extent and type of nerve damage. A test...
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How are people with HIV related neuropathy supposed to exercise and stay healthy if they can barley stand up on two feet without it hurting. I dont want to die young because I have neuropathy and am unable to excercise and stay healthy. really...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...expect them to do well overall health wise for a long time but their quality of life is negatively impacted due to the pain. I work with neurologist, pain clinic staff, alternative medicine/acupuncturists to try and provide the best pain relief... Read more »

Any shoes, socks, special gear to ease neuropathy?

I've been HIV+ for 10 years, and started experiencing neuropathy during the second year after taking DDI and D4T. After a couple of years, I tried neurontin and elavil to relieve the constant pain from the neuropathy. Since neither worked, I...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
If you haven't tried yet I would go see a pain specialist to help design an individualized approach to your major problem. The success rates for a motivated patient are good when managed by a good pain specialist who may employ alternative... Read more »

neuropathy: psych meds vs. pain management meds

I am an HIV Case Manager and am looking for some advice in a complex situation regarding neuropathy. My client who is sitting here with me has been experiencing "fiery painful feeling from his feet up his legs to his extremities, up his arms, and up...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
...Dear Sleepless:I congratulate the PCP (which I assume is primary care physician) on avoiding narcotics here. They almost never work in the long term, and carry a significant risk of addiction.If there are any medications in the regimen that are... Read more »

re: peripheral neuropathy

I too have had horrible experiences with neuropathy. The same meds now helping, however a new neuro doctor put me on cymbalta because it is being used by diabetic patients who have neuropathy. I am so amazed how this med has worked for me! The...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Thanks for your post. I have not yet used this medication but have heard of others who have had positive experiences. Lamictal is another medication that has helped.DW Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Understanding and Managing Peripheral Neuropathy

...allow for appropriate monitoring of viral load and immune status, as well as timely initiation of antiretroviral treatment. Working with a knowledgeable care provider, HIV patients today can construct effective modern combination regimens that... Read more »
The Body PRO

Peripheral Neuropathy Still Common Among HIV-Infected Patients on HAART; Risk May Increase With Age

...explanation of a study he presented at CROI 2009. My name is Scott Evans. I'm with the Harvard School of Public Health. This work is about looking at HIV-associated peripheral neuropathy in the HAART [highly active antiretroviral therapy] era. ... Read more »
Project Inform

Peripheral Neuropathy

...managing PN can be challenging. It may take some time for you and your doctor to treat your PN properly. Certain treatments may work in some people but won't work in others. Even after treatment, PN symptoms may still persist though probably to a... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Peripheral Neuropathy

... What Is Peripheral Neuropathy? What Causes PN? How Is PN Diagnosed? How Is It Treated? Other Resources The Bottom Line What Is Peripheral Read more »
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Posted by ScotCharles, 7 Replies
...ease the pain, but the drug makes me sleepy and stupid, so I avoid taking it unless the pain is too great. I have been able to work through everything else AIDS has thrown at me, but this is more than I can handle. I would like nothing better... Read more »


Posted by James1941, 1 Reply
...permanent, not much but enough to exist on. Lucky because I too suffer from fatigue but, because of the pension I don't have to work. Unlucky because I have to enter the public medical system and there are the good and the bad and you don't get... Read more »

Neuropathy??? maybe. Your thoughts?

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...Codiene does not even touch the pain. I don't want to try stronger narcotics and I have tried Amitriptyline. Cold water seems to work wonders but I can't stand under the shower all day. Thanks in advance Read more »


Posted by ScotCharles, 1 Reply
...the neurologist, a gruff ex-marine named Dr. Philip Marius Girard (no wonder he became a marine, eh?), was prepared to get to work when I came to his office for my appointment. Dr. Girard found weakness in both feet, left lower leg and left arm.... Read more »