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Old 11-29-2006, 02:57 PM   #1
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Neuropathy or something else?

I've been reading these posts about neuropathy and the symptoms people have, but I am having trouble relating even though I've been told that I have peripheral neuropathy. I do not have tingling or burning sensations in my feet or anywhere else. Instead, I have an aching, sharp pain in my ankles that sometimes goes up to my knees and above. I have had 2 Nerve Conduction Tests by 2 different doctors. One said mild neuropathy traceable to the L5-S1 area of my spine. The other said my nerves were healthy and no signs of damage. I am on neurontin and vicodin for the pain. I have a history of back trouble, namely 2 herniated disks in my lower back. One of the disks, L5-S1, is virtually gone, and I was seeing a neurosurgeon. We were ready to do disk fusion surgery, convinced that the pain was caused by compressed nerves in the back. As part of the preparation for surgery, I went to the Blood Bank to "donate" blood for myself. It was then that I was discovered to be HIV+. After that, my neurosurgeon cancelled the surgery, and said the leg pain could be a side effect of the HIV. However, everything I have read about the symptoms of HIV related neuropathy talks about the tingling and burning sensations in the feet and/or hands. I am pretty much convinced it is still related to my herniated disks, but am looking for other opinions. I have my first visit with an Infectious Diseases specialist about the HIV next week. I am ancious to hear what he has to say, but still would like to hear other opinions.

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Old 12-23-2006, 10:58 AM   #2
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Re: Neuropathy or something else?

I read your post and was courious about what the Infectious Dieasease Dr. said to you about the Neuropathy? Your Neuropathy could be for both the HIV and the DISC problems. One thing is the tingleing and burning may still show up. I know that the burning & aching in my feet comes and goes. It sometimes even feels like cold to me. Keep the board posted as to your progress and Happy Holidays.


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