About Me: Male, 49, Montreal, PQ, member since Dec 2012
I am HIV + since 1989, so I've been living with it for almost 25 years. I have never had any complications from it even though effective treatments only started 15 years .
[More] But, I just got a second serious diagnosis completely independent from HIV which is Multiple Sclerosis.
Oddly enough, both are immune diseases as one has its immune system being suppressed by a virus, HIV, and the other the immune system is over-reacting.
I got my diagnosis (primary progressive MS) by a neurologist who carefully studied my case through MRIs (presenting lesions), EMGs and other exams who also diagnosed me with peripheral neuropathy.
My MS specialist is obviously very baffled by all this and he is now questioning the diagnosis.
After suffering from the typical MS symptoms for over 2 years and now I am off work, being told that he is not sure... I am completely lost. The symptoms I have are consistent with PPMS which are prickling, tingling, tremors, depression (completely independent from the MS news, I am a very positive person), dizziness, loss of balance and difficulty in walking. And have been getting worse every month. From what I read, this is a relatively fast moving one too being only diagnosed 6 months ago. Needing a cane to walk for distance more than 200M.
The MS specialist want's to rule out the HIV disease that mimics MS. From what I read, this happens when the immune system is suppressed (which is not my case at all) and or have been recently converted HIV- to HIV+ and that's impossible, I caught it 25 years ago.
If anyone can help on shedding some light on this, please do.
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