Will my joint pain improve with treatment?
22 June 2012. Related: All topics.
I’m HIV positive with a CD4 of 204 and undetectable VL my problem is I’m struggling with my joints now, I can’t even walk properly. It is paining. I’ve tried all the arthritis medications you can think of and it is not helping. This started before I took my ARVs and doctor told me the minute I start ARVs I will be much better. I’m taking tribuss.
Thank-you for your question.
Joint pain is common in people with HIV, and can have many causes. HIV can cause a variety of conditions which could cause joint pain. These include peripheral neuropathy, arthritis and various rheumatic problems. These are more common at lower CD4 counts. Could you tell me what your CD4 count was when you were diagnosed?
If your joint pain is related to HIV it may improve while on treatment. This will not be instant and may take some time. How long have you been on treatment?
If your pain doesn’t improve it’s important to get a diagnosis. If the joint pain needs separate treatment it is important to know the cause. Your doctor may refer you to a rheumatologist – a doctor who deals with joint problems.
Your doctor should be able to prescribe pain relief. Pain killers which reduce inflammation – like ibuprofen- may also help.