Hi, I'm a 26 year old male who was recently diagnosed to have peripheral neuropathy which is quite painful.
I've been told that stress & diabetes are causes for PN. Anyways i've done my blood sugar tests & they are absolutely normal. What i'm really concerned about now, is the PN. Are you aware of a forum that deals with PN or do you have some info on it?
I'm right now on medication with a dosage of drugs that i need to follow for 2 weeks. I have sharp tingling & stinging pain in my fingers & feet & at times it's quite painful, especially when i drive & use the computer & these are 2 things i can't stop doing, coz i need to drive to work & then use the comp there! Most of the time alongwith the pain in the fingers, parts of the hand especially, go numb & then when i go & immerse my hands in some warm water they feel better!
I was also quite stressed out recently about having contracted HIV. Infact one of the reasons the doctor suggested the DNA PCR was because i was having severe symptoms resembling peripheral neuropathy which i was diagnosed with henceforth! He said PCR test would helpful in understanding the etiology of the PN i have been having, i.e. to either consider or rule out HIV for the time being since i thought i was at risk.
Now after the Low-risk analysis & the negative PCR test result at 26 days, he feels HIV may not be the cause & he also told me that PN generally occurs in late HIV disease & is generally caused as a medication side effect. Could anyone tell me what could be causing this?...I still have to confirm my HIV result with antibody tests in a few weeks, but i'd really like to know if PN does occur in such early phases of HIV infection.
My doc feels it could be stress related. I do smoke , but I drink very rarely.
I have sharp tingling & stinging/shooting pain in my fingers & feet & at times it's quite painful. I've said stinging or shooting coz that's how best i can describe it. The pain is not debilitating i.e. i'm able to move normally, but it's painful & the fingers & toes also go numb suddenly for short bursts of time & then become normal when i use a stress ball or press on something. Warm water also helps, but the symptoms come back again!
I gave in a sample today for testing at the 5&1/2 week period.(Elisa antibody test) hopefully it will give me some direction......& if it's negative atleast will it confirm that my symptoms are not coz of HIV & needed to be treated separately as a separate problem???