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What Works For Shingle Pain

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Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

...cases. Two newer drugs have been approved for the treatment of shingles: famciclovir and valacyclovir. Both famciclovir and valacyclovir are taken three times each day, compared to five times for acyclovir. All of these drugs work best when they are started within the first three days after the shingles pain begins. Nerve blockers: Doctors often prescribe various pain medications for people with shingles. Because the pain of shingles can...
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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 »

HIV and shingles..

My girl friend was diagnosed with HIV 3 years ago and she failed to inform me as she presumed that it was me that had given her the virus. For those 3 years we had unprotected sex regulary even when she was menstuating. One day I found her HIV...
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
Unlikely that the risk of HIV infection is increased with a shingles outbreak, unless the infected bodily fluids were to come in contact with open blisters of the shingles rash. Read more »

persistent pain after shingles

I have recently been tested hiv positive after a mild shingles outbreak. I have not got my viral load and dc4 cell tests done yet, except CBC(complete blood count) , which was normal , except total white cell count was borderline -4000. I am 25 year...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
...low, which is highly unlikely if you were infected a couple of years ago.Take heart-- the new combination medicines for HIV work very well and if you take them correctly, your recent episode of shingles should be the last OI that you experience. Read more »

"Pain Control/Long Term"

I have been on a regular regiment of pain medication for a number of years now and I am concerned about what these drugs do to the body. I am on oxycodone(5mg/325,1-every 2-3hrs), and neurontin(400mg, 1 every 2-3hrs). I am not on any HIV meds yet,...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...numerous patients on long-term oxycodone and Neurontin without obvious problems. The oxycodone is addictive but in the face of pain that is usually an easy decision to continue the meds. Your HIV situation sounds like it needs attention-have... Read more »
Project Inform

Blood Work: A Complete Guide for Monitoring HIV

...Be Done Table of Common Tests and Ranges Interpreting Viral Load Numbers Introduction Lab tests, or blood work, can give important clues about your overall health and HIV disease. Many of these tests should be done shortly after... Read more »
Terri Wilder

Working in the Frontlines of the HIV Pandemic Since 1989

...the end of something amazing. I just found out that the AIDS organization I used to work for is closing. Although I have not worked at this organization in over seven years, some of the happiest days of my life were spent at that place and I'm... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network


...weeks). The follow-up results of 96-week data led to it's FDA approval for this population. Other CCR5 inhibitors are in the works. Please see package insert for more complete potential side effects and interactions. Doctor Selzentry... Read more »
Gay Men's Health Crisis

Working Positive

...engagement, and toward something more stable and satisfying than subsistence level income. More and more of us are thinking about work. I'm a gay man with AIDS. That's one of the ways I can be identified, but it's also true that I've been many... Read more »
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Posted by RL9141, 4 Replies
...Today- I went for my first round of lab work before my first appointment with the specialist. The blood work was a horrible experience. 7 vials of blood- I got sick, sweaty, Read more »

Nothing is working for me, any ideas

Posted by Lifelost, 2 Replies
Not on therapy at the moment, my TC4 count and VL are still good. My problem is that I can not fall asleep. Tried most sleep aid and non has been helpful. I am worried that this is going to weir down my immune pretty quick. Any ideas are... Read more »

Hip Pain

Posted by williamb, 6 Replies
...I was just wondering if anyone else is having this problem. I have intense pain in my hip. I just had an x-ray done and it doesn't show anything. My HIV doc just set up an orthopedic consult. I am taking Read more »

muscle & joint pain

Posted by ElGringo, 1 Reply
...& a half. Local dr has no clue & closest hiv dr is 80 miles away & I have no way to get there, so I'm trying to work this on my own if I can. Thanks for any insights you might have!! 8^) Read more »