Managing Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy, a neurological condition affecting many people living with HIV, causes pain, tingling, or numbness in the feet and lower legs. This article from the BETA archive explains what causes peripheral neuropathy and shows how to avoid this painful condition or manage the symptoms.
By Anne Monroe, MD, MSPH
Since the introduction of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in the mid-1990s, the overall incidence of neurological complications of HIV—such as HIV-associated dementia and central nervous system opportunistic infections—has decreased; however, rates of peripheral nervous system complications remain high.
There are numerous current treatment options for peripheral neuropathy and many new candidates under investigation. Appropriate treatment can improve functioning and quality of life for individuals with this common condition….