What Is Sensory Motor Neuropathy

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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 Neuropathy? Peripheral neuropathy (PN) is a disease of the peripheral nerves. These are all the nerves except for the brain and spinal cord. About 30% of people with HIV develop PN. Some PN is a breakdown of the nerve endings (axons) that send sensations to the brain. Sometimes, PN is...
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Dear Dr.Cohen,Many thanks for the reply you gave me re Neuropathy (10th May).Sorry for not giving you more details.But here they are: I have chronic bilateral SENSORY Neuropathy of both feet.The nerve biopsy that I had,showed that the axion ("wire"...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
Dear span - Not much else to say - you are getting care from some who sound like that they are doing what can be done - and I would hope that they can care well for not only your neuropathy but the HIV aspects as well. While I follow the HIV... Read more »

low blood pressure due to neuropathy

I have been facing many complications due to hiv related neuropathy. Sensory and motor nerve damage in most areas of my body. Now my docotr and I are looking at neuropathy as the cause of my low body temperature in my extermities (feet and hands...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Tough situation. For treatment of autonomic neuropathy with low blood pressure I have had a few patients take Florinef (a mineralicorticoid) with replacement doses of hydrocortisone (i.e. 10-15 mg/day). I also make sure than other hormones are OK... Read more »

Sensory Loss

It has occurred several times recently but it wasn't as serious as this time. It's hard to explain how it happened. I was bending down a little then I got back up too quickly. As a result I began to feel pain and numbness in both my arms. Seconds...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
What is your HIV status and which HIV meds are you taking (this site focuses on side effects of HIV treatment)? Read more »

PN & Muscle Erosion

Will HIV affect both sensory and motor nerves? Wondering if HIV could cause denervation of the left calf muscle with subsequent atrophy. There is mild sensory loss in the left lower leg only, not the right. Some numbness in the fingertips as well...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
...HIV is typically associated with bilateral, symmetrical sensory neuropathy. Since you have other neuromuscular changes, other causes for your problem need to be sought. I suggest you see Read more »
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Peripheral Neuropathy and HIV/AIDS

Table of Contents What Is Peripheral Neuropathy? What Causes PN? Who Is at Risk of Developing PN? How Do You Know if You Have PN? PN Treatments Finding Support References What Is Peripheral Neuropathy? ... Read more »

An Overview of Tesamorelin

...following life-threatening or serious side effects have been reported. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience: Sensory loss Pain Muscle weakness or pain Wasting of muscle in the hands, legs, or feet Diarrhea with fever and... Read more »
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Nervous System Problems and Dementia

What Are Nervous System Problems? What Are the Signs of CNS Problems? What Makes Nervous System Problems Worse? How Are CNS Problems Treated? The Bottom Line What Are Nervous System Problems? The nervous system has two parts. The... Read more »
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Videx EC

Common Name: didanosine or ddI Brand Name: Videx & Videx EC Class: nucleoside analogs (also called nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, NRTIs or nukes) Standard dose: One 400 mg enteric-coated (Videx EC), delayed-release... Read more »
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Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...in the feet and slowly spreads and this hasn't been the case but I wonder if maybe I am experiencing some kind of HIV related motor neuropathy - would this follow the same pattern. Also aware that PN rarely occurs in HIV infected people (usually... Read more »

Thanks Jackie

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...The reason why I was asking is that I know that HIV is associated with a number of conditions such as neuropathy, which affect sensory/motor neurones, and muscles. This is why I am worried. You can see that my symptoms are of this kind. (That's... Read more »

Just another PN question

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Distal sensory neuropathy affects the feet and occasionally hands. Would any of the other forms (e.g. motor etc) affect the face and above Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...all types of neuroptahy? I fear maybe mine is muscular or motor and therefore doesnt follow the same rules as the more common sensory PN does. Also would the doctor have noticed anything to suggest neuropathy if this was the case? I have heard... Read more »
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