When Constant Pain Is a Reality (March 4, 2014)
Part of the series Other Sides of HIV: People Taking HIV Meds Share Stories About Side Effects.
In Other Sides of HIV, from TheBody.com
Neuropathy: Facts and Fiction -- A Blog Entry by Dave R. (May 3, 2013)
"This article is based on some of the commonest questions from people new to the disease and is meant to establish some facts and clear up some misunderstandings, especially in relation to people with HIV."
Monday Reflection: Living in the Right Now -- A Blog Entry by Rae Lewis-Thornton (October 29, 2012)
"Sometimes I feel like I'm between a rock and a hard place. ... On one level, I don't want to make people think you can't live with this disease. ... My honesty could have a negative effect on what they need to do to survive. Nor do I want people to think living with HIV is a one-pill wonder."
Pain, Drugs and the Risks of Self-Medication (February 14, 2012)
"I share this experience to convey that I understand the disabling effects of severe pain and our complicated relationship with the medications that control it. We may need these drugs at times, but they can quickly and all too easily create other significant problems."
Why Do People With HIV Suffer From Neuropathy? A Blog Entry by Dave R. (December 22, 2011)
"It really does seem profoundly unfair: you've contracted HIV and have begun treatment ... Eventually, for most people the situation tends to settle down and you learn to live with HIV as an irritating but constant companion. ... Then, seemingly out of nowhere, you begin to feel strange, new and unpleasant symptoms."
What Is Neuropathy? A Growing Problem: A Blog Entry by Dave R. (December 17, 2011)
"This article is not meant to depress people but it is meant to be realistic. If you know what you're dealing with, then it's much easier to find a place for it in your life. Moreover, worst-case scenarios are just that: you will probably be able to find something to help your own neuropathy experience become more bearable."
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