Peripheral neuropathy is caused by damage to nerves. Symptoms of neuropathy include burning, stinging, stiffness, tickling or numbness in the feet, toes or hands. These can be mild or severe enough to prevent walking. Peripheral neuropathy can be caused by HIV itself or as a side effect of some HIV-related drugs. Treatment usually involves stopping or decreasing the offending drug(s). However, no drug can reverse nerve damage. If neuropathy is severe, it’s a good idea to consult a doctor that specializes in pain management.
TIPS FOR PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY
- Wear loose-fitting shoes, roomy cotton socks, or padded slippers around the house. Good air circulation around the feet helps.
- Keep feet uncovered in bed.
- Walking helps blood circulate in the feet (a good thing), but too much can make the problem worse.
- Soak feet in ice water to reduce pain.
- Massage your feet to ease pain (or make someone else do it)
- Try ibuprofen or other NSAID.
- Try N-acetyl carnitine to prevent peripheral neuropathy.