Neuropathy still a problem

A recent article underscores that neurological problems still plague people living with HIV. For neuropathy, data showed that up to 3 grams (3000 mg) of acetylcarnitine a day can help alleviate symptoms. Data among those living with diabetes show alpha lipoic acid can have some benefit. Altogether, it makes sense to thwart the inflammatory processes, and, though we need more data, NYBC is delighted to have ThiolNAC, which combines NAC and alpha lipoic to help ease these pains (and perhaps as well help with cognitive function). Vitamin B12 is also crucially important.

Debilitating HIV-associated sensory neuropathy remains common
Debilitating sensory neuropathy remains prevalent in HIV-infected patients, despite a general decline of neurological complications with use of combination antiretroviral therapy.

This finding is from a study in which the researchers tested 1,539 HIV-infected individuals for clinical signs of neuropathy and neuropathic pain.

“We were surprised by the high prevalence,” lead author Dr. Ronald Ellis of the University of California, San Diego, told Reuters Health by e-mail.

“Painful neuropathy frequently persists and requires ongoing management,” even when antiretroviral therapy has reduced viral load and restored immune function, he said.
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