15 June 2012

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Pain, cancer and HIV/Aids

The majority of patients with advanced cancer and HIV suffer pain. In the case of cancer, the pain is mostly caused by inflammation or pain in the bones. With HIV/AIDS, a patient can suffer various versions of pain, with some of the more common being peripheral neuropathy, meningitis, thrush in the mouth, oesophageal thrush and cramps from diarrhoea. Most medical practitioners only treat patients with anti-retrovirals which takes several months to relieve symptoms such as pain.
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