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Intense localized itching on arms

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Hi.
I have had intense itching on my upper and lower arms on and off since 2007.
This pruritic condition has been non-responsive to antihistamine’s oral or topical.
I have suffered from tense shoulders (they have knots in them) I guess from stress, bad posture, etc. for what seems like forever now.
I once woke up and my neck went out so bad that when I saw a chiropractor for an x-ray she asked if I had been involved in an auto accident (I hadn’t). Anyway, I notice that when my husband works on the knotted areas in my shoulders I don’t wake up nearly as frequently during the night with this itching on my arms. (The itching awakens me normally at about 1:00 a.m. and then about every 2 hours or so after that).
By the way, my arms do not have a rash, lesions or any other apparent abnormal dermal conditions. Could this itching be caused by muscles and nerves triggering in my shoulders and transferring down my arms?
Please let me know if you have ever seen such a case/condition as this would be a great relief to know I am finally on the right track!Thank you so very much for your time.

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    Well it has been a long time since any one has posted on here. Is everyone cured? I wish. I guess this will never go away. I guess I will have to live with staying out of the sun, my neurontin & ice packs when it acts up. Anybody have any news?

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    Wow! So many posts for so many years–I thought I was alone with this problem! Ice is the only thing I have found that can calm down the intense itch on my left forearm. I, too, have tried many creams, etc. It comes and goes–could be related to stress, I think. Also, I have had some thyroid problems. It is supposedly normal now, but the return of this itch makes me think I should have my thyroid levels tested again.

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    Wow, I finally find a post that has my exact itching problem. No one understands exactly what we go through. I’ve been itching for over 16 years on my upper arms & neck and I’ve had many tired days and bloody sheets throughout the years. One night after having no sleep, I threw away all my bedding with the matress. I went purchase a new matress, sheets and comforter. I can’t really say what triggered it but it is unpredictable and year round. Went I went to see an allergist, he said I should get allergy injections. After thousands spent on these injections, I went to see another allergist. He told that only 2% of people that actually receive allergy injections are for skin conditions! That quack Dr took my money for 7 years. I stopped the injections and then went to a demonologist. He said that it could possibly be caused from the sun as a condition called polymorphous light eruption – but I didn’t agree. To this day, I still use dye / perfume free soap, moisturizing lotions, washing liquid, underarm deodorant and more recently dishwashing liquid. I’ve also asked my girlfriend not to wear any perfumes to bed as this could get on the bedding. I’ve tried all antihistamine pills, lotions and potions….none worked. I’ve been taking the following for a few years now and they are effective. You (and whoever is in your bed) will still lose sleep, just not as much.
    Triamcinolone Acetonide Ointment 0.5%. This also comes in a cream. Use as needed.
    Cyproheptadine 4mg tablet. This works for itching. I take 2 before bed. If I wake up itching during the night, I’ll take 1 or 2 more.
    I’ve always taken vitamins for health and I still believe in them. My next phase is to stop taking all vitamins, then begin taking them one at a time to see if maybe one of them makes me itch. I will also try some of these other remedies listed on the previous posts.
    Thanks guys!
    Galen

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    9 10

    I get intense itch in very localized areas on the outside portion (away from the body) of the lower arm. I can relieve the itch with application of a very hot cloth (a wet cloth heated in the microwave) and holding it on that area for 3 to 5 minutes. It needs to be very hot, but not enough to blister the skin. I have also applied vinegar to those areas (easiest is to put vinegar in a small glass (like a shot glass) and hold it against the area. I prefer the hot cloth treatment, but both methods relieve the itch.Basically, I think you are just overwhelming nerve responses til they quiet down. It is NOT A CURE. The itch may (usually will) come back the next day or even the same day, but it is a simple remedy. It seems to be worse in late winter and late spring (when air conditioning starts to be used more), so it may have something to do with dry air, increased pollen, or who knows. It affects me mostly on my right arm, but I have had occurances in the past on the left arm also. Always below (or occasionally AT) the elbow.

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    I am relieved to know I am not alone….8 years ago I had the “arm itch” but put it down to menopause. I saw my family doctor who prescribed creams (no help) referred me to a Dermatologist (no help) had physio on my spine (no help) had a test where they put pins along your arm to check nerve responses (nothing wrong), tried Ativan (no help). After 6 months it just disappeared so I was sure it was due to menopause which was also occuring at that time. It is now 8 years later and the “arm itch” is back (no rash), sometimes upper arm, sometimes elbow area, sometimes lower arm. Menopause is long gone, so now what??? Any ideas??

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    I cannot believe there are still people commenting on a post that dates back to January 2015! I had no idea that so many other people were suffering from the same thing I am. My itching first started a few months ago on the bottom of my right arm. I could find no relief from creams, etc., and scratched until I have scars from it. It went away only to return about two weeks ago, but on my upper right arm, and heading toward my shoulders. I have found ice to be the only thing to help. I thought maybe it was a skin condition and was thinking of going to a dermatologist. I cannot imaginie dealing with this condition for years! I will lose my mind! If anyone has found anything that might explain what it is, please help!

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    9 10

    hi all, I’m a `newie`, in that my intense seemingly non-stop itching started almost a month ago.. So far I’ve tried anti-histamines and highly salted cold water, (an old wifes tale type thing) nothing so far has eased it in the slightest.However, I have been told by a friend of a friend that there seems to be a strong connection with this to stress, but especialy in those whom suffer from any form of sleep disorders, (im a chronic insomniac 20yrs) hence the majority here mentioning that it mostly happens at night time or if your feeling tired/low/down, and not able or in a position to sleep/rest. Mine suits this model of thought, thoguh I have to say, it is getting worse. My only `get-out` is ZIMOVANE, or ZIPCLONE in usa and some other contries. Its been puting me to sleep for twenty years…neggative is that I am now dependant on them for ANY sleep. But iassure you, its not the way to go.Please mail me if you find a cure.(for the itching that is)

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    9 10

    I have had the same itch for 27 years. It comes and goes, sometimes ongoing for many days, months, years @ a time. Most always at bedtime or when I start t o relax. I have been awakened by it lots and lots of times. I have even put scalding hot wet towels on my arm(s) to stop the itch. The pain is much more bearable. Ice is a nightly bedtime companion for me.

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    It is amazing that people everywhere seem to have this nightmare itch and not one Doctor has been able to help us. I have intense itching of one or both of my arms and sometimes even includes the shoulders for 14 years. I have been to every dermatologist in the area along with my primary physician. I have had multiplebiopsies, have been worked up for Lupus and all the other connective tissue diseases. My ANA titer is extremely high and one of my Aunts died of lupus. I met some of the criteria, but not enough for the diagnosis. I have tried every cream and pill known to mankind to relieve the itch without success. Mine seems to become severe late August thru Sept. I went through the allergy path without an answer. It is unbearable as you well know. Ice or towels soaked in cold water help-that’s it!! You would think that in this day and age there would be at least one Dr. who could help us!!

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    I had the same problem for years. Dermotologist couldn’t find anything, thought it was the sun exposure, no hope. Then it stopped for about a year (blessing). Then it started again. No apparent lesions, bumps, rash etc. I finally narrowed it down to a common denominator; Lipitor (for high cholestral). I had just switched back to Lipitor because the Crestor I had been taking was not on my retirement insurance. It was just a hunch but I quit Lipitor and went back to Crestor. It’s now gone for good. Amen.

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    I am posting a update on the Neurontin.
    I told you all my dr & I discussed this because I had taken her some info on brachioradial pruritus & she seemed to think this might help. It has helped more than anything I have tried. The only problem is it is almost summer & that is when I really itch. I guess I will have to keep my arms covered up. I do still have some itching especially at nite, but I just get out my ice pack. I only take my Neurontin at nite now(2). I might have to start taking more when I get out in the sun. I will have to say this has been a better year than the past. One horrible thing is my dr, who is the only one that has really spent time listening to me & trying to help, has moved to Florida. I really almost cried. Now the search begins for another dr. It seems the women drs are more sympathetic to this also.
    You all might do some research on the brachioradial pruritus & see about these symptoms.

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    9 10

    I agree with Theresa-I am ready to amputate!! I have been to every discipline I know in three different states. I also have a list of auto immune disorders. I love it when I am asked ‘is it tolerable’? R U kidding me? The only choice out is not an option for me so I guess the answer is yes except I do feel sometimes that I don’t know how long I will be able to stand it. I have researched and am going to explore with my current docs the idea of liver disease. The symptoms fit me and I know they don’t like self dx but come on now, HELP ME!! If you are a doctor checking in, please do not tell your patient it’s in their head. It’s humiliating and it lacks committment on the docs part and it should be unacceptable! I feel like I am being skinned alive – that is not in my head – it’s in my arms!!If I find an answer, I will check back in!! Thx for listening! I feel all of your pain!!

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    9 10

    I too have suffered with intense itching on both my arms for more years than I care to think about. I have been told by many different Drs. in no particular order,that I have dry skin, am allergic to the sun, that it’s all in my head,that I am suffering from severe depression “NOT”, and the list goes on. The other day as I searched yet again for a product to relieve the “itch”, I came upon “Glove in a Bottle” It has only been 2 days (and nights), but I already feel some relief. To all of us who have gone this route over and over, I say give it a shot,can’t hurt and am praying it continues to help.

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    9 10

    I have had itchy arms for prob 5-7 years. It doesn’t really feel like pins and needles though, more just a prick or two but like others there is nothing on my arm. At the moment it is just on my upper arms, though it moves from time to time to my lower arms or shoulders. I always thought it has to be something in my diet. I Started to cut out acidic foods but that didn’t make a difference. The only thing I have noticed it that it is worse when I drink red wine or too much coffee or if I am dehydrated. Has anyone else noticed this?

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    9 10

    I have had this intense itching on my right arm on and off for twenty years. The first time followed a sunburn. My arm develops small, intensely itchy bumps, one at a time, with episodes lasting for a couple of months. My dermatologist prescribed Zonalon cream. It’s the only thing that relieves the itch. Hope this helps!

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    9 10

    Hi, it is interesting to see so many people suffering from the same symptoms. I have had that since about 1990 and like with all you fellow sufferers – it can disappear for months and then come back. I don’t think chemicals can help here – the STRESS factor is probably the cause – with me, it seems to come back with high stress levels – now I am having massages on the upper arm muscles, which are completely knotted – and it also helps the itching. Probably a good de-detoxification of the body would also help. Through my profession, I have had a lot of contact with chemicals – mainly cleaners etc. – I am wondering if that could also have been a cause of this. However – we hear the situation, but apart from a few test medicines, can any professional give advice on this website please.
    I hope someone can come up with a good solution, without having to depend on tablets.

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    9 10

    I have had this on one arm for a month. I have scratched bruises, scratched off moles etc…. I have done research and found a condition that can be cause by nerves in the spine, mostly cervical. I have NO visible rash etc… it feels like “pins & needles” UNDER the skin. NOTHING topical or oral relieves this… I am at my wits end… even my pain management dr,(spine) had never heard of this condition…it’s called Brachiaradial puritis

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    9 10

    I can’t believe I am one of so many. I’ve been itching off and on since ’96 following a very stressful period. Unlike many whom seem to have it at night mine is in full bloom during the day and evening. I have sat with ice packs on my arm and head, during meetings, to counter the intense itch. I have ice packs at work, home and would in my car if I could refrigerate it. Mine follows its own course and will pick the wrist, elbow,upper arm etc to drive me insane. It used to just come intermittently and focus in one area and go away but this year it has been fairly steady since June. I also have restless leg syndrome and pray to be out of my skin just for a break. I still can’t believe that ice is the only effective treatment. I’m being referred to an acupuncturist to see if it is nerve related (which I now believe) and then I’m going to amputate.
    Kidding Theresa

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    I have had THE ITCH for 5 years more or less, drives me crazy, and friend of mine has it to, doctors, etc, have no idea it seems, I thought it was a parasite and when they lay eggs it brings on that unbearable itch, then herpes as I have had shingles my friend too…feels like that sort of itch without the pain, are minds are going all over the place, pollution, radiation, what is this itch that so many people have, I live in Portugal and know of two others with this horrible night mare cos that’s what it is and I loves to come in the night, that’s when the ice bag comes out, on top of that I have tinnitus humming in my ear..

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    I am overwelmed at the number of people with the same problem of itching on the arms. My itching started back in 1979. It comes and goes and is in different places on my arms. I too have tried most everything that several Dermatologists have prescribed, but to no avail. I have tried first cleansing with Sea Breeze astrigent and then applying Aloe Vera Gel. That helps sometimes. I would love to know what has caused this and how to get rid of it before I loose my mind.

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    I saw a new physician yesterday for a general checkup and told him about my arm itch issue and he immediately identified it as NEURODERMATITUS. I Googled that today and found the exact symptoms that I have been suffering from for the past 3 months and intermitantly for 4 years. He perscribed 2% Hydrocirtisone cream and Benadryl cream to stop the itching. It seems that it is a form of excema that gets worse with itching !! It become chronic. So, use ice instead of scratching!! Hope this helps you and me !

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    9 10

    Somebody please help! At least now I know i’m not alone.

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    9 10

    My e mail address is over the character limit!! So, I left the s off of the jewels, just to get my note posted. I do want to be contacted if anyone finds the “Cure”. I too have the “maddening itch”. Every post I read is the same. So many of us with the same thing. I know we will get relief one day soon.

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    9 10

    OK where to begin. I’ve wrote in before-use to go to dr & get cortizone shot, allegra & zantac & it would take care of it. Then it would come back usually bad in the summer. So this summer I got sunburned & the itching came back with a vengence. So I started doing research with some of the posts on here & I do think this brachioradial pruritus is what I have. It has something to do with the sun damaging the nerves in the arm. why? I don’t know. So I went to dr this time armed with copies of some posts & the research I did on brach pr. & she read it all & was very sympathetic. I told her we are all desperate for answers. She put me on neurontin–it is used for many things, but for nerve pain among them. Also for fibromyalgia. So asked if it was like lyrica. my husband takes for back & headaches. It makes him he tired. She started me on small doses. I started at night. what a miracle, I finally slept all night. I usually get up at least 4 times to replenish my ice pack. I have started taking it at supper time too & at bed. It has been great! Will give another update after I have been on it for awhile. Also mine isn’t as bad in the fall & winter so maybe it will go away for good !!! wishful thinking !!

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    OMG, I’m not alone! For me this started a year or so ago. It started at that time it on both forearms. Like many of you it comes and goes. Sometimes it’s both arms but most ALWAYS my left. The perscribed cortizone did nothing. Now it’s mostly on the top/outside of the elbow and there is no rash until I cause one by my frantic scratching. I’ve used anything I could get my hands on including keys, combs etc. Now I never go to bed without my natural bristle bath brush. I also have a bunch of ice packs in my freezer which I get in the middle of many nights. Ice really is the only relief. This is SO WEIRD. Does anyone have an update????

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    I have had this problem for almost 30 years. I am almost certain it is caused by stress, at least in my case. I went to doctors for years who, like someone else said, treated me like I was crazy. One actually tried to give me orange colored coated aspirin to prove it was all in my head. I asked the nurse what it was and when I found out it was aspirin, I never went back to him. My friend’s daughter has this. They just put her on Plaquenil and she says its helping. For me, the only thing that helps is ice. As I’m typing this, I can barely hold my head up fron lack of sleep. I have not slept through a night for 15 years.

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    OH MY GOD!!! I am almost in tears just because I am so happy to find out I am not alone. I have intense itching on my arms anywhere from the wrist up to the shoulders. It oftens switches arms. It gets much worse at night. There is absolutely nothing visible on my arms. Scratching makes it worse. I have tried every lotion under the sun and the only thing that works is ice. Doctors treat me like I’m insane. I have also have had neck and shoulder pain for many years although I have no idea whether I have issues with any of my discs. I also have restless leg syndrome. It is the middle of the night and I am seriosluy considering taking a knife to my arm. There must be a doctor somewhere that can help us!!

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    I have had this same condition on and off for about 5 years. I had it every year for about 3 years for about a month each time. Then,no reoccurance for 3 years and it was back again in my left arm this summer. I went on a detox diet this summer with no effect at all, so I don’t think that it is an allergic reaction. the onlyt thing that helps is icing. I did have a very stiff neck on the left side ( due to tennis and golf, most likely) and had two massages in my shoulders and neck. I considered getting a chiropractic adjustment as well. The condition is subsiding, however, and I have not had a tingling, stinging sensation for a few days now, so I think that it may be subsiding. I am thinking that it my condition be caused my nerve impingement. I will definitely go to a chiropractor soon, and hope that I don’t have another reoccurence in the near future. It is so frustrating !!!

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    9 10

    try taking vitamin A – since taking it for better eyesigth I no longer have this itching!!!

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    9 10

    SO glad to know I am not going mad – thought I was the only one suffering this. Have now checked out brachioradial pruritis on the net and its great to have a possible diagnosis if not a cure!!

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    9 10

    My arms have been itching for nearly 7yrs, the only relief is ice packs, I am slowly going insain, it is most severe at night, sometimes (I have no idea why) it stops for a few nights (bliss) but then comes back with avengence…HELP

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    I’ve had the itching from my wrist up to the top of my arm for about 3yrs on and off now, I was told scabbies, poison oak, ivy, etc. then I was told an allergy to the sun. After that I did allergy tests ‘negative’ only ice helps and I am going crazy. I actually itch soo much that I cause a rash consisting of a small bump here and there that resemble small pimples. then it disappears……this time its been going straight for 5 months with only ice helping at all. I’m thinking of just cutting them off……the funny part is that it kind of picks and chooses which arm, when, and how bad on its own. what to do now

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    9 10

    Try putting antiperspirant/deoderant on the arms, especially in the creases, anytime after the arms get wet or anytime you might sweat from perspiration, being outside or anxiety.

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    9 10

    I have had this bad arm itch for years. I tried lotions, creams and ointments. Nothing worked. Recently I have been putting powder on my arms when they itch. It seems to work. I know it sounds simple but so far it has worked every time. I hope it works for others.

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    9 10

    I too have this itching and have for about 3 years. Cold packs have been the only relief and I’ve spent alot of money trying prescription and OTC creams,sprays,ointments. If I don’t find relief SOON I’ll WILL go crazy. PLEASE HELP!!!

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    9 10

    Doctor’s in UK are equally dismissive of this miserable condition. I too have felt like I am going crazy and I’ve found it difficult to desribe the itch as it feels as though it’s inside my arms. It’s a comfort and help to read everyone’s comments and I’ll certainly be trying some of the suggestions.

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    9 10

    I can’t begin to tell you the dermotologists, neurologist, general practioners, alergist I have been to during the past 10 years. Neurotin helped for awhile. Atarax helped for awhile. Ice relieves the itching. I have nights when I think I have to go to the ER the itching is so bad. How can we can someone, somewhere to do some research on this condition.

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    9 10

    i began taking generic Celexa about 2 months ago. I noticed around week 3 that my arms, back of scalp, upper back/shoulders began itching so bad that I was bruising myself. my ob/gyn (who prescribed it) and my regular doc are puzzled. the regular doc just took me off of it and told me to take Zyrtec for 7-10 days. i’ve been off of the generic Celexa for 6 days and i’ve not noticed ANY relief. should they be looking for something else?? there are a few bumps, but no redness or rash-like evidence. i’m going crazy with the scratching!!!

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    9 10

    It’s 4 am and I’m writing to keep from scratching. Last week I scratched so hard someone asked me if I’d been beaten.Just knowing you’re also doing this makes me feel better. Thanks for posting. I’m going to try some of the suggestions.Lucy

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    9 10

    Hi everybody,
    First of all,I’m from The Netherlands and a blonde so pls have a little mercy with me for my English. I’ll give it the best I can to make you all understand me :)).
    I have the same problem with my upper arms for several years now and never knew what the exact problem was that was causing me these itching arms. It made me go insane just like many of you especially during the night time. A few days ago I was searching the internet if there were more ppl with this problem in Holland, officially called “brachioradiale pruritus” and the answer was yes. One of the women wrote on a forum about her experience. She took sinc capsules for it and a miracle had happen to her. No more itching within a few days after she started to take these sinc tablets. You can guess what I did….of course.. I went to a pharmacy and bought me sinc minerals and started to take them myself. And YESSSSSSSSSSSS it’s working…no more sleepless nights, no more blue spots on my arms from scratching etc etc. Everybody with this problem will imagine how happy I feel right now, so I decided to spread the good news into the wide world and hope that I can help other people out of their missery as well.
    So much pain solved within a few days for only 9. All it takes is one ride to the pharmacy and one tablet (capsule)per day…piece of cake :). This is what I bought: “NEW CARE” ( name of the firm)… supplements Care for life…minerals sinc

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    Hi everybody,First of all,I’m from The Netherlands and a blonde so pls have a little mercy with me for my English. I’ll give it the best I can to make you all understand me :)). I do have the same problem with my upper arms for several years now and never knew what the exact problem was that was causing me these itching arms. It made me go insane just like many of you specially during the night time. Then a few days ago I was searching the internet if there were more ppl with this problem in Holland,officail called “brachioradiale pruritus” and the answer was yes. One of the women told on a forum about her experience and that she took sinc capsules for it and said that a mirracle had happend to her. No more itching within a few days after she started to take these sinc tablets. You can guess what I did….of course.. I went to a pharmacy and bought me sinc minerals and started to take them myself. And YESSSSSSSSSSSS it works…no more sleepless nights, no more blue spots on my arms from scratching etc etc. Everybody with this problem will imagine how happy I feel right now, so I decidet to spread the good news into the wide world and hope that I can help other people out of their missery as well. So much pain solved within a few days only for only 9. All it takes is one ride to the pharmacy and one tablet (capsule)per day…piece of cake :). This is what I bought: “NEW CARE” ( name of the firm)… supplements Care for life…minerals sinc

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    9 10

    I have had this condition recently and I checked out the responses here. One person mentioned stopping Coke and Pepsi. It triggered a thought. I exercise at a club in the am. I sit and read outside by the pool after exercising. They provide free coffee and I usually have 2 or 3 cups of de-caf. One morning I took regular by mistake. I liked it better and I began drinking regular every day. Then the itching started and I thought it was a sun condition. After reading about Coke and Pepsi, I stopped drinking regular and the condition stopped. My guess is that my body was over-reacting to the heavy doses of caffeine. Same as Coke and Pepsi (caffeine).

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    I posted regarding taking Atarax as a way to help the itching. I am telling you – I felt insane too. Sratching till my arms bled…using anything sharp to scratch…keys, knives..etc. Like you…the itching would be dormant for months and months at a time and then I would have an attack. I tried everything too…antihistimines, lotions, steriods (ice was the only thing that really helped before the Atarax)…etc. Then I stumbled across this site and someone else mentioned taking Atarax. I had a feeling that I what I was experiencing was stress or anxiety related…a lot of my stress is manifested at night…teeth grinding and then the uncontrolable itching. I went to a regular Dr instead of the dermatologist and explained it all to him…then I mentioned the Atarax – and he thought it was a brillant idea. I swear the stuff is GODSEND!!! I feel in control…and if I start itching I take a pill and with in about 20 minutes I am back to normal. Please consider giving Atarax a try.

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    I have had this for 2 years now, it follows no pattern, it affects the top of my arms, sometimes one sometimes both! allergy pills do NOT help, nor creams, my doctor says I must be allergic to something but there is no rash or redness untill I give in and scratch this year it went to my fingers for 2 weeks, now for the first time in months it is back on the tops of my forearms, it goes dormant for months on end, at least I do not feel insane anymore, lots of posts with people with the same but no cures? anybody had success with anything the have tried? other than accupuncture, can’t go there in the middle of the night!!Thanks

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    9 10

    I get intense itching around my whole body when I take adderall. And its also worse when I’m in the heat. In addition, everytime I run the itching starts up.

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    Hi,Over the years of searching the web for answers to intense itching arms, no rashes, etc. I have come up with nothing except relief. I was always concerned that I had a liver problem but nothing obvious on a cat scan (I had for a different reason). One doc told me to use moisture cream every day and when I finally agreed to I must say I had relief for several months. I use Loccitane Shea Butter body cream. I had used others in the past but nevereveryday religiously. After about 2 weeks of constant use I was itch free for several months. Then came the summer and sun, which seems to be the trigger and it happened all over again. I continue my search but Ice packs help the most. I noticed that when the itch is at its worst my skin in the itchy area seems hot and heat worsens it. So I use ice packs and get relief. I even have ice packs at work! I have had several theorys – one being the nerves and disks in my neck area – I had a serious car accident years ago and some back pain on occasion. Another theory is that I sun damaged my skin when I was young and maybe damaged the nerve endidngs??? Arms are probably the most exposed to the sun. Anyway, I will read all the other posts and hope that we can help each other. More help then the medical profession has been. Thanks for sharing, Diane

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    9 10

    I have only been suffering with this for about 3 months now. I have gone as far as to use a knife to scratch my arm. I have no signs oy other symptoms besides the itching. I have tried benadryl oral and topical, prescription cortizone, ice, calymine lotion. Nothing works. My physician recently tried to say I have no answer so maybe its scabbies but I researched all night to find that scabbies has a visual affect besides itch tracks. I have scratched so much I leave blood trails down my arms. I have no sores, no bumps. I have an appointment with the dermatologist but there is no telling what she will say. I just want relief adn it’s nice to know I’m not crazy.

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    Acupuncture, acupuncture, acupuncture, had intense itching on left arm for 6 months tried creams, ice, etc. only temporary fixes, had 2 acupuncture treatments and have been itch free for 2 months. It works!!!

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      Try probiotics. My chiropractor/natural dr. has worked with me on food allergies and ultimately avoiding these things (wheat, sugar, etc.) plus taking probiotics and digestive enzymes also cleared this up! When I slip up and eat something I’m sensitive to (like Hot Tamales candy!) my arm starts itching in the most intense way (on the inside of my elbow joint)! Nothing stops it! If I’m more regular with the probiotics/enzymes I can keep this under control. Check with your health food store of compounding pharmacy for recommendations.

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    Janet jake

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    I agree… Acupuncture works! I have suffered with this for about six years and this year it came with a vengence… Out of desperation I sought a chiropractor who also practiced acupunture… After several adjustments without any great success I told her I was open to ANYTHING she had that might help… She did acupuncture and while I expected no relief on the firt attempt I am here to tell you I was wrong…. It works!

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    I am one of you. I cannot believe that there are so many people who suffer from this bizarre phenomenon,and yet no cure or even real diagnosis exists. I suppose that I can take some comfort in the fact that I am not alone here. I will go to any lengths to solve this nightmare. I have been to primary practitioners, chiropractors and neurologists ( even tried acupuncture) all to no avail! Please advise if any of you all find an answer.
    Best wishes, Lance

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    I’m going to the dr. on WEd. I do hope she will give me Atarax, because I am suffering from the itching, its an itch that hits in the night or day, that you feel you can’t relieve, it disrupts my whole life, I need relief!!!!!!!!1

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    I HAVE HAD THIS ITCHING FOR ABOUT 10 OR MORE YEARS. I WENT TO DERMATOLOGISTS & OTHERS. FINALLY I WENT TO MY FAMILY DR BECAUSE IT WAS GOING TO TAKE A MONTH TO SEE DERMATOLOGIST & I TOLD HER MY SYMPTOMS. SHE SAID I WASN’T CRAZY(I JUST FELT LIKE IT). SHE SAID MY SENSORY NERVES WERE OUT OF WACK?? I GOT A CORTIZONE SHOT & ALSO TOOK ONE OF EACH TWICE A DAY OF ZANTAC & ALLEGRA? I SWEAR IN ABOUT THREE DAYS MY ITCHING WENT AWAY. I COULD NOT BELIEVE IT. IT STILL COMES BACK ESPECIALLY IN SUMMER, BUT I GO & GET MY SHOT & MEDS. I’M GOING TO GO TODAY AS A MATTER OF FACT.

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    I cried in relief when I found this site and saw that other people TRULY understood what I was going through with the itching on the arms…down to explaining in detail the strange skin sensations and scractching until I bled at night (and sometimes during the day) – I read that one man used his car key to scratch his arms – I did too. I really felt like I was insane and when I tried to explain to others – I was made to feel like it was something that I could control and I needed to get over it. AND the only thing that ever really worked was icing the area – just today I was cleaning out my old bedroom at my parents house and found 7-8 gel ice packs that I has used in the night and forgotten to put back in the freezer. I called my boyfriend, my sister and parents when I stumbled onto this site in a moment of despair. I am so glad that I found this site – I read the posts to whomever would listen because I was so excited that I wasn’t going to insane. I truly believed that the itching was anxiety related but Xanex didn’t help at all – neither did any of the other anti-anxiety pills I was given. I visted numerous dermatologists and have a drawer full of creams and lotions that didn’t do a darn thing for me. As soon as I read the post about the ATARAX I made it a point to go to the walk in clinic in my area. I explained my symptoms and what I had read here and he said he totally agreed with the choice of care and prescribed me the 25mg of ATARAX. You can take it up to 4x a day…and up to 2 pills at a time – but 2 pills made me feel really sick to my stomach – and it takes a lot for that to happen. I have been taking one pill a night and sometimes I increase it to 1 1/2 pills. It makes you sleepy – which is great – because I haven’t felt so darn rested in months. (I have to mention that this itching thing happens in spurts…sometimes it doesn’t happen at all for a long time and then it hits me like a brick wall)… I did have to take a pill the other day while I was working but I didn’t feel overwhelmingly tired or sleepy at all…and within 20 mins – the desire to scratch was gone. I finally went back to my newest dermatologist last week and told him about the Atarax…and he was pleased that I found something that was helping and gave me 2 more refills on the pills. Please…if you think that the itching might have anything to do with anxiety – see your doctor (any doctor) and ask about ATARAX. My arms are healing beautifully… I am sleeping soundly and through the night (and I have lost 10 lbs because I am not eating in the middle of the night while icing my arms)….Try it. I hope it helps you like it has me. God bless the women who posted the suggestion of ATARAX…and I forever grateful!!Mahalo nui loa from Honolulu, HAWAII!!!

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    Folks,
    I agree with Bonnie – after reading her blog, I did a lot of research on BRP and the conclusive symptom is that it is ONLY RELIEVED WITH ICE PACKS. I immediately made an appt with my neurologist and he prescribed Neurontin. I had a very restful night of sleep last night and the itching is fading fast. He has it taking 300mg at nighttime now, and it will be 300mg twice a day shortly. This is a fantastic drug for relief and very inexpensive – you can get the generic form. Do what I did, research BRP, and find a neurologist. He listened to me and we are following up with an MRI on my cervical spine this week to ensure that no tumors are causing this, too.
    You are NOT crazy folks – this is REAL, but RARE, so it is rarely reported. It is also a generational disease – those of us who grew up in the 1970-1980 era of no-sunscreen and all babyoil in the baking sun are primary sufferers…..there is a link to spinal damage/disease, however.

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    I have had this condition for about a year now. My dermotologist tried everything last year (x-rays, bloodwork, sunscreen) until she told me to go see my allergy dr. and get retested. I spent an hour w/my allergist last Friday and she had extensive bloodwork done. Will know in 2 weeks if I am crazy or not. I am convinced that this is a reaction to some sort of mold (I live in Houston, TX – very humid climate, and this ONLY happens to me during the warmer months). I walked into a gymnastics facility today with my daughter that had the blow-in insulation all over the ceiling and my arms went NUTS. I have to soak daily in Aveno bath and it has to be COOL water. Warm water only makes it worse. I am glad that there are others out there like me. Would like to read more from you.

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    I’m going to give Capzacin a try. Sarna doesn’t help. I did find some relief with Biofreeze. My Dr. isn’t any help. She just looks at me as though I don’t know what I’m talking about since there are no outward signs of a problem. Thanks for the info.

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    Yes, it’s available OTC as Capzasin, in a red plastic bottle. However for me it was no help, turning my agonizingly itchy arms into burning, agonizingly itchy arms. I’ve gotten some relief using mentholated lotions such as Sarna and it’s generic equivalents.
    Mike

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    Is capasin sold over the counter. I want to give it a try as I haven’t found anything to work on my arms yet and i’m going crazy.

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    Oh, I feel like I am not insane. Although I hate for anyone to go through this, it helps so much to know I am not alone. I have kidney failure and in the early days (nearly 20 years ago(, I itched everywhere and was told it was from tooo much phosphorus. I had a transplant for ten years, no problem and for eight years back on dialysis, no problem But around Christmas of 2016 it started and lasted a month or so. Byt my phosphorus levels are always normal or a little low Exactly what you all describe, wishing it would hurt instead of itch, scratching myself raw and feeling nuts. Then it suddenly disappeared No problem for a year. It started in Januray this year and is still ddriving me nuts. I did ask my dermatologist during my annual last summer (when there were no problmes!) and he said it was nerve damage from the fistulas (shunts)) I had in my arms for dialysis. But he just recommended Sarna Ultra which hasn’t helped much. My kidney dr. gave me atarax and that only helps if I take enough to knock myself out which I don’t want to do. I will try this capsazin cream. It does help to know I am not crazy!

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    Oh crikey thank heavens for this..its 3.14am in the UK and this itching has been driving me crazy since 1am. I’ve have it for 2 years now…Going armed with some of this information off this site to my GP on Monday.. Thanks everyone its nice to know I am not alone. Screammmmmmmm

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    YES! same thing. intense itching untill I bleed on the arms and sometimes on the shoulder blades. thias has been going on for almost 7 years. Started when I was pregnant and always in the pool and sun! Yesterday I bought the capsazin cream and it seems to be working.

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    I have had this insane itching for over 20 years. I have tried everything. I have scars on my arm from scratching and bleeding. I finally know what it is. Brachialradial Pruitis. BRP. The best treatment for it is Thalidamide, which is discontinued in the US but still used in other countries. The next best thing is Neurontin. I plan on getting a prescription asap. Hopefully my doctor won’t think I’ve lost it mentally, due to the fact that Neurontin is normally for seizures. So many of us have this condition, why isn’t the medical community doing something to help us??

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    As others on here have mentioned I am on Prozac. I also have lots of tension in neck and shoulders. When I roll my neck and shoulders I hear all sorts of crackling. I have started excersizing and stretching neck/shoulders and my itching stopped. Also, my husband was massaging my back and we heard a big crack and that helped. I have traced mine to poor posture habits, and tension. Especially when I have to sit on bar stools or bleachers, things without a back support, for a long time.

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    I went through this intense itching for years and tried everything that everyone has mentioned. I thought that I would go crazy from its intensity. Last year I went on vacation and drank one diet coke on the Saturday that we arrived and experienced itching that day. Then, just by luck, I had not cola until the day that we returned home. Just before boarding the plane, I had a diet Pepsi, and clawed at my left arm for the 2 1/2 hour flight home. I consequently gave up all cola products, diet and regular, and have not itched since. I know what you are going through. If you drink Coke or Pepsi or any other cola product, it is worth a try. For me, it was a miracle.

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    I have had this itching for over 10 years. I’ve tried everything and been to 3 dermatologists. They always say “there is nothing there and send me home with cortizone cream” (doesnt’ work). I put ice directly on it, that numbs it. I tried the capzasin as suggested on this site. That worked really well. It took about 15 minutes to take affect and then there was a slight burning. But it worked. Also, menthol helps some. Three weeks ago the “itch” started on the back of my right shoulder and is now in the upper arm. I have read on other sites where it can occur on the shoulder blade. I am thankful mine is not there as it can’t be reached. My thoughts are that it is a virus that travels the nervous system and flares up. I have kept track and there is no rhyme or reason to when mine will flare up. Thank you to those who suggested menthol and capzasin, when I can’t get ice these will work well so I won’t go crazy.

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    I tried the cream and it works. IT deadens the nerve endings. I have been symptom free for 8 months now. How did it work for you?

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    After 7 years_you need to try capsazin cream/roll on for arthritis. IT works – I am finally off my allergy pills, etc. This lotion deadens the nerve endings to give you the relief you are looking for. Honestly, you need to try it. I am itch free after 7 years.

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    I had the same itching on my arms. Someone suggested lutein. I took lutein in the product DermaSilk and the itchiny stopped for about 2 months, now it is back and I cannot sleep. Does anyone know the answer to this problem? I am going crazy. Shirley.

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    I am going out out of my mind again due to this insane itching, and I was hoping to find someone who knew what to do. I have an appointment with a neurologist soon and I hope he can do something for me. My itching started in May of 1997, right before my son’s wedding. I went to a dermatologist who diagnosed it as brachioral pruritus (or something like that) and said it was from nerve damage due to overexposure to the sun. Hey, I grew up in sunny Southern California-what do you expect!? Anyway he recommended the capsician(sp) cream and it has helped somewhat, but not completely. I have learned to run VERY hot water over my elbow areas or use an ice pack. Pain is preferable to the crazy itching. In my mind I feel like running down the street screaming, cutting off my arm, crying, or just losing my mind. I feel like I am on nerve overload when this happens. I do have a compressed nerve in my neck (an MRI showed this). I am on a low dose of generic Prozac which I started in 1996. Maybe a connection? Is anyone out there that knows about a remedy? Ten years is enough. Oddly enough, I go through periods of remission and am not bothered at all. Please tell me that I won’t lose my mind over all this. Thank you for taking the time to read this. It is nice to know there are others out there like me.

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      I have discovered Zantac 150 helps. It is a histamine suppressor in the stomach. I also stopped taking Relafen and Glucosamine sulfate for Arthritis at the same time I started the Zantac.

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    Don’t think you are crazy. Get the capsazin cream (not sure of spelling – it is for arthritis – it is the ingredient in red chili peppers). IT will deaden the nerve endings and give you the relief you are seeking. I have been symptom free now for 8 months after a whirl wind of 7 years of crying and sleepless nights. I don’t know why the cream works, I just know it does. Very rarely, do I still need an ice pack – but I am not on any allergy meds anymore and no more shots.

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    Thanks Brent – I had read your suggestion a long while ago and got the capsazin cream and I went all summer, fall and now winter symptom free. AWESOME. Thanks.

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    applying the capsasin enough to overload the nerves? that’s the idea, to wear out the transmitters. have had you neck adjusted? once a week!

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    I just read one posting after another and each one was MY story. I’m sorry to hear that there are so many of us and glad at the same time. I carry ice packs with me because I never know when it will hit. Ice is the only thing that works for me. My family can’t believe that I can leave ice on my arms for as long as I do; but in order to numb the nerve I have to leave it on for long periods. Some of the other postings mentioned menopause and Susan Summers bio-identicals. I think I’ll give that one a try! Hang in there. . . .together surely we will find something that works!!!

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    i have the same… for years. new dermitoligist has prescribed me lyrica… it’s scary to see what this drug is prescribed for (epilepsy) but, it helps me sleep for sure. he also has me applying a mid strength cortisteroid, not sure of it’s effect.

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    I could not stop reading these postings! My jaw was on my desk…. I could not believe how many people were describing my EXACT same nightmare (and goulish fantasies of cutting off my left arm!) Starting in the fall the last 6 years is this insane cycle of horrific itching….always worse at night and the last 2 nights I have woken up dreaming about THE ITCH and raking at my arms (which starts the whole cycle of NO SLEEP and trying desperately to not itch)Thank you for the reminder about the capsaisin creme (I ‘ve used Zostrix)it seems last year it provided some relief. I will also try the Biofreeze instead of my usual ice packs WHO ELSE HAS TRIED THE ATARAX AND THE STUFF FROM ITCHSTOPPER.COM? As I type this, I am aware of the mild “buzzing/itching sensation on my left arm….. It will stay calm until I getting ready for bed and then the HELL begins. I am flirting with danger and taking Benedryl tableta and Ambien to try and knock myself out just to get a good night’s sleep….did not work last night. I am still incredulous that there is a legion of sufferers out there. Let’s share any help we find!!!!!

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      You need to try capsazin cream/roll on for arthritis. It will deaden the nerve endings. I lived like you for 7 years and then on this message board someone recommended this lotion/cream and I swear to you, I am symptom free – no joke. I no longer take Atarax, allegra, itch creams. You need to use it 3-4 times a day for about a week and it will have a burning feeling, I am now down to just occassionally here and there needing it.

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    I’ve been doing some research and have come up with possibly taking Capsicum which is the ingredient in Red Hot Chile Peppers which dulls nerve endings. Wish me luck and I’ll let you know how it works for me.

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    I just read where Jewelweed and Olive Oil might help. I’m going to try it.

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      hi, I was at the gym about a month and a half ago and my upper arm started itching for no apparent reason. It got to the point I scratched it till it bleed. the whole surface scabbed over and then flaked. I went to my dermatologist because it was still very itchy after it scabbed over. The weird thing is there is no rash before hand or after. It was so itchy. I was crying. literally the intensity of it was driving me insane. anyways the derm told me it was soriasis, he thought. Well the medicine he gave me isn’t helping. My scabb is gone now and there is one bump in the middle of the white skin that I scratched off. And it itched intensely all the time still. I also have an overall itch all over my body. Please help me. Do u know what this is?

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    anybody ever heard of brachioradialis pruritus upper arm itching nothing helps

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      To Marg & Stephanie, I also have intense itching at the upper and lower outer areas of my arms. I’m not sure, however, I have been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy (PN) and am wondering if this could the reason. My feet are greatly affected by the PN. I am in complete sympathy with you as this has been a condition my dermatologist, internist, and neurologist have not been able to answer with certainty. Please let me know if you have found anything that helps. Kathy

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    What a relief to know that I am not alone with all of my itching. I did have extreme sun exposure this summer and had a beautiful dark tan but with what price? I noticed that when my tan started to fade, my itching started. I thought I had pinpointed it to when I started on BetaCarotene about month ago, so I stopped taking it. I did notice relief the next day which lasted for 2 days but now I’m right back where I started. I’ve always had neck problems and did see a Chiropractor years ago. I’ll probably have to start back up now. I did notice that some of you (or most) mentioned stress, hormones (I’m going thru menopause and have horrible hot flashes too), neck problems, sun exposure which I’ve had all of the above, so there must be a connection. I can’t believe that if doctors can say what they think it is, then why on earth haven’t we a cure yet? This itch is driving me crazy and sometimes it’s very very embarrasing when I’m at work. I’ll start to itch the area and then notice welts under the skin and then finally one small welt that erupts and I itch it until it bleeds and that’ll be it for a while. I’m getting scars on my arms. I had noticed that cold feels good on the area, but my cure is to run the water as hot as I can stand it and put my arm under it to burn it. I burn it about 3 times in a row and the itch stops for hours. I hope I’ve helped someone else get some relief. If anybody else has any remedies, I’d love to hear them. thanks for listening.

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    oh my gosh…it’s like reading my own diary here…at least it would if I stopped itching long enough to write in one! LOLi think i’ve been having this for about 3 years…seems to me it started after I had a full hysterectomy at age 39…a LOT of things changed after that…i’m still trying to sort through the hormones to solve issues and just started seeing a new dr…the only relief I find for the itching is to put ice packs on my arms…maybe i’ll try a chiropractor…can’t hurt!

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      I have had this itching on my arms for years! I’ve tried everything. I’ve been to every doctor and they ran test after test. I now just live with it although it makes me crazy at times. If anyone finds a treatment please let me know!

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    I did a research on Brachioradial Pruritus and it does seem to be the case in the majority of situations discussed above. This means that the cause of itching is a neurological condition rather than dermatological. To summarize,
    “Brachioradial pruritus is itching or burning on either or both arms. The affected skin appear normal, all the changes arise from scratching.Brachioradial pruritus is due to nerve damage or nerve compression. It is more often reported in sunny climates. It has been suggested that long term sun exposure is responsible”.
    After doing this research I realized that all antihistamines and steroids are completely useless.
    Here is a summary of medications to cure brachioradial pruritus Medication to treat nerve pain (Anticonvulsant agents) Neurontin/ Gabapentin
    Antidepressants: Amitriptyline (chronic pain and itch) Elavil
    Other treatments: Cutaneous field stimulation (CFS)
    I myself went to the doctor yesterday and got the prescription for lidocaine (local anaesthetic) and Elavil. I also got Capsaicin which can be bought over the counter. Yesterday for the first time over the last month I didn’t wake up bc of scratching! Capsaicin gives you a very warm (almost hot) sensation (which can be a little uncomfortable but beats itching by far!), and lidocaine has a numbing effect. I applied them interchangeably and it really worked!! I don’t recommend Elavil though – it made me extremely drowsy and caused severe dehydration – I could hardly make it through my ballet class today bc of it. I think that these two creams (which are durected to treat nerve pain) are enough.
    I hope this info helps! However, if some of us do have BRP, it means that we need to see a chiropractor ultimately to try to find out where that compressed nerve is hiding causing all this horrible itching )):
    Good luck to everyone! Daria

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    I also have trouble w/ intense itching, it used to be only around 10:30pm into the night now it’s almost all the time. I read Susanne Somers book Ageless and it talks about hormonal imbalance, which made sense because I was having two or three cycles a month, so my OBGYN put me on the pill ,the itching subcided, but being on the pill @ 40 didn’t seem to safe to me so I went off and the itching began again (coincidence) I think not. I highly recommend this book (it’s an easy read too). Bioidenticals!

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    After reading some of the responses, I have seen some common links. I know the exact time this “itch” began for me. In July 2011, I had been laying out (tanning) in the lake for several days. At first I thought a bug or fungus had got under my skin and was eating me alive. Also around that time (2011) I began seeing a chiropractor. I don’t see a connection in med’s, for I have been on a multitude of different kinds. I do have food allergies to chocolate and tomatoes. I have asthma, rhumatoid arthitis, and spondylosis in my neck. I have 4 sister’s and this only affects 2 of us. We have both had great emotional grief in our lives. (We both had to bury our baby girls). I don’t know if this “itch” is due to sun, spine, nerves, or emotional, but it is affecting my life. If anyone out there has anything in common with me, please respond. I had NO idea there were so many of us out there. Thanks so much.

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    I have read some of the reponses you have received and have noticed some common links. I know the exact time this “itch” started for me. In July 2011,I had been laying out in the lake for several days tanning. At first, I thought some kind of bug or fungus and got under my skin and was eating me alive. About that same time (2011), I began seeing a chiropractor. I don’t see the med’s being anything for me, because I have been of a multitude of different kinds and the itch is always been the same. I do have food allergies to chocolate and tomatoes. I also have asthma, rhumatoid arthitis, and spondylosis in my neck. I have four sister’s and it only affects two of us. We both have had great emotional greif. (We both have had to bury our baby girls). I don’t know if the “Itch” is due to the spine, the nerves, sun, or emotional, but, I do know it is affecting my life. Is there anyone out there that has anything in common with me on these things? If so please respond. I had NO idea there were so many of us out there.

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    I too have had intense itching on upper arms, since 2011.The itching is so bad at times that my arms bleed. It is usually worse in the middle of the night. That is why I am up now at 3:40am. I am looking for relief. I have tried all kinds of creams and lotions, but still no relief. Would love it, if someone has found a cure or itch relief, and would share it with me. I would be forever grateful. Until then, I’ll pray. Lorie

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    I guess I’m not really surprised how many people deal with the itching and can find no doctor to find out what the cause is. Mine is the same as everyone else. Have been to all the docs with no relief. Most just want to try to mask and aren’t too interested in the reason for the itching. I’m beginning to feel the same way, don’t care what the problem is “just stop the itch”! I have read all the posts today and really appreciate the people writing with relief. Will try some of these things and report back.People who have found answers are a hugh help to us who have not. keep posting! Thanks

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    I have only just heard that I am not the ONLY person who is SUFFERING from itchy arms. mine has been going on for 6yrs and has nearly driven me insane. Nobody seems to understand, mine usually only happens from sept to march but this year started bit earlier, if I don’t start itching in the evening you can guarantee it will start in the middle of the night, sometimes wrist to elbow or elbow to wrist. I have used talcum,body sprays,perfume I think anything and everything to try and get some relief. I have of course gone down the antihistimine route

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    I, too have had this bad, bad itching… It is exactly as everyone explains and in the exact same places… However, I only have it when we are in our midwest home.. NEVER in our Florida home of which we spend 5 months there. I’m trying to convince my husband to relocate to Florida. I’ve had this about 5 years… The minute we hit Florida, it is totally gone until we get about half way home in the spring.. It starts in immediately.. I’m going to ask my Chiro about this.. Gotta be a weather thing..

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    It happens to me also. And to my mother. And her mother before she passed away. An awful itch behind our upper arms, associated with no rash. Suddenly appears waking me up at night, stings so badly that pinching my skin to make the pain feel better ( pain which feels internal or underneath the skin) “freezes” the painful sensation. Ice helps also, and Benadryl spray. It has happened for a couple of years, but only a couple of times a year. Appears seasonal, not related to sun. Maybe to stress. wonder if it is allergies sometimes. Cannot offer a reason, just support to those that think they are crazy. You are not. I feel your pain.

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    I scratch until I bleed please help . Someone told me it was probably to do with my Liver ,someone else said its my nerves> Could you please help

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    BTW, I too have had my hand allergies for over 30 years, weird but they only effect my hands. My daughter has had her ear canal rash for the last 8 years, she’s 13. Ours are mostly internal allergies, we’ve been tested with an allergist ie: things we eat, I know this for a fact, I will wake up in the middle of the night itching to death I think, scratching my hands off, my daughter? scratches her ears intensely………Allergies internal or external, can appear at any time in your life……. So that is the hard part, but when you are older, they stay with you for life, so far as I have dealt with, oats for me, sometimes you don’t’ realize cereal has oats and I know when I’ve had something I’m allergic too, whether something on the list I’m aware of, or something new. Some remedies do help becuase the allergy doesnt’ last forever and eventually will subside anyway, but ice packs, cools showers, meds, whatever, can help until the allergy subsides…….

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    My duaghter recently started having this problem but hers is on her lower arms, at the wrist and upwards halfway to elbow. Has anyone ever considered that they have an allergy to something? My other daughter has allergies and it only effects her ear canal, not the drum, and I have allergies and it effects only my hands, we both break out in a rash though in those areas, so I was assuming, well for the most part, that the arm itching was allergies. I am searching the net to see what else is out there and am amazed at the people that have this arm itching. I just begun my search this evening, will be checking back in to see what else comes up on this site.

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    I am so glad I am not crazy!!! I have the same thing. Usually my upper arms. I noticed it for the first time almost 5 years ago. I was pregnant at the time and it was in Sept. I thought it had something to do with pregnancy. I would swim allot to try to stay fit during pregnancy and so I was in the sun allot! I noticed a few weeks after my daugher was born it left me. Then every year in Sept I get it again. I spend allot of time swimming in the summer and then in Sept I don’t spend as much time in the sun. I also go to a tanning bed in the early months of the year and don’t notice anything then. I wonder if it is my skin uded to daily sun and when I am not in real sun it needs it? I have tried everything like everyone else. I am just glad that mine doent happen all year round. It really affects your whole life!! You don’t get the sleep you need. I am really glad to know I am not a crazy women!!

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    I have had these symtoms for about a year or more. I have tried all kinds of treatments and the thing I have found to work so far is ,,When the itching starts avoid going in the sun, drink lots of water (bottled water) and I mean alot of water 6 quarts is the amount I drink. Stay indoors in a cool invironment keep the area clean and cool. Most important keep busy doing something to keep your mind busy.

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    I began this intense itching – mostly on my left upper arm, only sometimes includes my right, a few months ago, and only at night. Last night I only slept from 3AM to 5:20AM. I used cold wet cloths (after Noxema, Benadryl spray gel, and cold soapy water). The thought that this could last for YEARS terrifies me!

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      NO – try the capsazin cream for arthritis. Brent on the message board suggested this and 8 months ago I tried it. I went all summer, fall and now winter symptom free. It deadens the nerve endings to give you the relief you need. It must be something in the neck as suggested. BUt I am now off my allergy pills.

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    It’s interesting to see the little differences in what we’re each dealing with but even more interesting, and somehow comforting, when we see someone that is dealing with exactly the same thing. Yours is little different than mine in that mine itch at any time of the day or night. I’m fortunate that it doesn’t keep me up at night much and it’s both arms. It’s such a mystery but I’m hoping that, one day, it will go away as mysteriously as it came. It’s my understanding that our chemistry changes every 7 years so maybe that’s our window of hope. Take care & good luck!

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    Good luck Bruce!!!! Keep us posted on your progress. I have an appointment with a dermotologist this month and am tempted to cancel it as, by all accounts that I’ve read, I don’t think they will be able to help me. What an odd affliction! I’d love to know what causes it, even if I can’t fix it, just to know what’s going on. Take care.

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    I have had this problem for almost 20 years.Mine started when I was pregnant with my daughter.
    When it first started I went to several doctors they were no help. I have just lived with it.
    My itching is anywhere from the top of my sholders down to my wrists, both arms, and no rash, If I scratch it get 100 times worse. I try not to, but sometimes I scratch in my sleep and then wake up in a frenzy. Ice can help (a little) but I would love to know what the cause of this is.

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    Just to follow up…..After over a decade of this problem I may finally have found something that works for me. After reading several posts and googling “Brachioradial Pruritus” (BRP) I asked a friend of mine who is a doctor about the drug Gabapentin. It is used to prevent epileptic (sp?) seizures but apparently also helps with this type of itch. I am only four days in to the presciption but have improved. I have not itched AT ALL the last two days…the first time for the entire summer. I will post again to let you all know what the results are. (It is a thirty day prescription) I’m cautiously optimistic! Good luck to everyone.

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    I, like everyone else, am sooooo relieved to see that I’m not the only person who has this problem and, so, maybe I’m not crazy afterall. I am sorry, though, that anyone else has to endure this. Mine is on both arms, upper and lower and has been doing it for about 3 years now, as far as I can remember. It seems like it occurs in the spring through fall and I literally scratch the skin right off of my arms. I have not tried ice so I’ll give that whirl and hope it helps. I read on another site today that Hepatitis C can cause itching and I’ve had that so am considering that as a possible cause. I’m due to go to a dermatologist in August but I don’t really hold alot of hope. I go, fairly regularly, to a chiropractor but I don’t think it’s related to my spine. I also have a crazy, iritating feel in my shin area when they’re touched/and when bending down. That started somewhere in the same time frame as the itching. Does anyone else have that? I went to an orthopedic doctor for both about a year ago and he just looked at me like, “what are you doing here”. Creams are minimal help and claritin/benedryl help alittle, I think. Mine can happen at any time of the day or night and don’t seem to follow any rhyme or reason. I started to keep a journal to see if I can find a commone denominator but am not too faithful at keeping the journal. I’m starting to feel the itchin alittle in my right hand these last couple of days and it scares me.

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    Similar story, but some success, doing several things – mine was triggered by a flea infestation, which was unbearable – the exterminator mentioned a menopausal symptom of itchy skin (I overreact to even the adolescent fleas, and to virtually all insect bites), so it’s probably partly hormonal; I have back problems off and on, although not in summer for the most part, which is when I have the itchy (upper) arms, so I don’t think this is a major contributor. I have hyperthyroidism, but it’s in remission. Sun and sweat seem to aggravate it considerably. I stopped a medication with itching as a possible side effect, which helped a bit. It felt to me like my nervous system was overly alert – more “jumpy” than anxious (no dread). I got high blood pressure, and was put on a low dose of beta blockers, which really smoothed it out. In addition, I installed a chlorine filter in the shower, use warm, not hot water, on my dermatologist’s recommendation (and moisturizers, used lightly and right away after drying, are hypoallergenic), baths usually include a little epsom salt or Aveeno if it’s really bothersome, antihistamines are used if allergies are bothering me, and I sometimes use baby powder, which is s/w soothing – and of course ice. My dermatologist had never heard of beta blockers affecting this, but they were effective for me (and my brother).

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    I just finished reading all the post about this condition.Funny but on a whem I entered itching arms and found all you guys suffering with the same experience as me. I have an appointment with a Dr.in 2 weeks so I will see if he has an answer for the “BIG ITCH” then I will report back. Keep those fingers crossed maybe there is an answer .

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    I find I get reasonably consistent relief from Sarna (a menthol lotion) or it’s generic equivalent available at Walgreens. It works best if I thoroughly wash and dry my arms just before applying. I did go in and get that neck x-ray that my dermatologist recommended and found out I do have considerable arthritis in my neck, which was news to me. Now whether that is causing the itching or not could be determined by an MRI (the x-ray couldn’t show that). I’ve not done that yet.

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    Wow….. I can’t believe how many of us there are. I have the intense itching as well. My son suffers from it too. Both arms from elbow to wrist. I recently tried a product called FIRST ON Anti itch.(medicated Anti-itch Stick) It may take a couple of times after you rub it on the first time…..but I am finding some relief. Purchased it in Walgreens. Small enough to carry in a purse. Hope this helps.

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      Count me in as one of the “nice to know there are others out there” group. I have had this problem (I refer to it as THE ITCH) for over a decade…. It is a sensation that feels as though a mosquitoe and bee are inside my neck to my wrists tickling and stinging from the inside out. I wouldn’t waste time with neurologists, allergists or doctors as a whole. I’ve tried them all and they just don’t know. I’ve also tried EVERY anti-itch product with very little relief. The only sure fire way is ice until you freeze the sensation. Otherwise there is a recent glimmer of hope…Biofreeze gel. (Someone else mentioned this as well) It at least “overwhelms” the brain with a menthol cooling sensation….a welcome relief to the almost frost bite I give myself from ice. Try that and just pray for winter when it seem to improve. I do think it is tied in with nerve or spinal damage and exacerbated by sun, heat and maybe even sugar/caffeine. I’m even trying yoga. Good luck to you all! In solidarity to the fellow cursed…. Bruce

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    Wow… I am not alone….Both me and my brother have had this problem for years. No neck or back problems for us. My brother has been to doctors for this and he too has had no success. Steroid shots, cremes etc… I have never bothered with doctors since he has not had any luck.
    “Band-Aid Anti -Itch Gel” works most of the time for me for temporary relief. It is hit or miss though. Sometimes I have to apply several times and then I usually get the ice pack out if it doesn’t go away.

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    I suffered from intense itching on the arms for 10 years, but only in warm minths. I am outside a lot. It was triggered by exposure to the sun, and then from getting too warm. Nothing helped much (other than a summer out of the heat and sun) until I tried a product called Miracle II, or Miracle 2. It can be purchased online. Get the Neutralizing Gel. I used it about 3-4 days, and now I almost NEVER have the itch!!

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    Has anyone looked into this? Let me know if it works before I drop $40. http://www.itchstopper.com

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    Nice to know I’m not alone. Mine is located on my left forearm, occasionally on my right arm in exactly the same spot. Occurs anytime of day but mostly late afternoon and evening. Fortunately it’s not caused sleeplessness. I feel sorry for those of you it has. My Dr. initially Rx’d a creme to no avail. Then prescribed a 10 day regimen of antihistamine and steroids. That helped but a week after the treatment ended it came right back. I see a dermatologist in a few days but after reading these posts, I doubt I’ll get any relief. I have suffered from occasional neck pain and tension headaches so maybe that is where I should investigate for some relief.

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    I have been experiencing this mind-numbing itching for about 10 years now. Only over the past year have I found someone with a useful suggestion to control this insanity. I have seen a naturopathic doctor who suggested Psorinoheel. After trying it orally (which is the recommendation), I began to use a few drops directly on the itching areas of my arms and have found that more often than not, it works!! Just recently it has been classified Rx only, but we’ve all been the route of physicians anyway. Occasionally, I have had to “dose” myself a few times in a row, but it’s just a few drops, and the relief is worth it many times over!!!!

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    I wake up every single night with both arms itching. I have tried everything from prescription allergy meds to over the counter, I have had numerous allergy tests with no conclusion, and I use ice packs every night on my arms. What is your diagnosis?

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      I too have been suffering with these symptoms for the last 5 years or so – primarily during the summer and early fall months. I finally visited a dermatologist who said it sounded like Brachioradial pruritus – a nerve condition caused by a spinal injury or abnormality in the neck, and agrivated by exposure to sunlight. She recommended I get a neck x-ray and maybe see a chiropractor. She also said that some have found varying degrees of relief from topical capsaicin, menthol lotions, and/or antihistamine lotions. It was only after my visit that I found this discussion group. Do a web search on brachioradial pruritus for more info. I intend to try some or all of these recommendations, as nothing else has helped.

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    I have had itchy arms for over 10 years. I’ve used ice, Benadryl, Sarna lotion, Gold Bond lotion, Cort-aid and many other products. My itching is seasonal and always worse @ nite. Currently I am taking 180mg of Allegra each day (reliously) and Beconase (an inhaled steroid) twice a day. Not only do I notice that my allergies are better, I’ve noticed that my arms barely itch at all. I just have to be very faithful in taking my medication.

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    My doctor is now prescribing atarax along with my Clarinex – seems like a lot of antihistamine. “Jessica” stated in her follow up that she is taking it 2-3 times a day. My doctor is prescribing that I take it at night – does anyone know the best combination of the drug? I don’t like the sound of it knocking me out, but maybe with some sleep I will feel better. I see a lot of similarities with back problems, etc. But mine is only during certain months. I do get “some” relief in the winter.

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    Unreal – never knew I was in such a large group. Mine started 5-6 years ago. The itching starts in the spring and continues until the weather gets colder. I have tried every prescription and non-rx allergy medicine, lotions, you name it. The intense itch wakes me up 2-3 times a night. My pharmacist told me yesterday to have my doctor prescribe atarax – I have also been to an allergist and dermatologist. They did a biopsy, but nothing showed up. The allergest did tests and I am allergic to a lot of outside plants, grasses, trees, etc., but no one understands why it is only on my arms and ice packs are the only thing that give me enough relief to go back to sleep for another few hours before it starts up again. I do take thyroid medicine and I do have back problems, but since this only happens in the spring and summer, I don’t see a connection. I have tried steroid shots, creams and they don’t help either. Sometimes a product called Biofreeze helps – my chiropractor gave it to me for my back. Oh well, at least when I am up at night I will now know I am not alone.

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    I’ve had this intense itch to for just a few yrs now. Just like Julie I feel the sensation to itch and it also turns into a nightmare to where I’m using keys to scratch leaving my arms completley torn up. One night two yrs ago I woke up clawing myself and got on the computer at 2am to find any kind of a cure or home remedy or anything that would help. I ran across this product (www.itchstopper.com) I was deperate for any help I could find. I ordered the product and it arrived in about two days. This has been a god send to me. I purchased the deluxe model. I take it everywhere it’s ac/dc powered. For those that are looking for some solution to this problem I highly sugggest giving this product a try. Take care and good luck.

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    I have had this problem for over 10 years. For me, the problem begins in Sept and lasts for months. The itching begins at night and I cannot stop scratching. I cannot wear long sleeves in the evening and night, only cap sleeves. I use gold bond extra strength medicated lotion with menthol, for temporary relief. Also, taking two Advil helps the itching. I’ve been to two Dermatologists and neither one had an answer. I recently went to an Allergist. He gave me samples of zyrtec. This medicine seems to help.

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    I also have had the same symptoms as all of you for about 6 yrs. and was wondering what it is we all have in common. Something that stands out here is the thought of having your arms cut off rather then have to endure another attack. That definitely is a common thread that stands out with unusually high number of us. I’ve also noticed that being in an area with cat allergens seems to intensify the itching; that petrolium based ointments make the itching almost unbearable. One of our dogs has obsessive itching problems with the forelegs,front & rear toes,and it intensifies when mine does. It is not unusual to hear him whine as he chews the affected areas. He smells like a yeast factory if not washed often. Could there be a connection here? What about common drug histories? I had to take the following drugs for periods of time over 10 yrs: Amitryptelene, Elivil, Paxel, Ritalin, & Levoxyl. How about the work place? Any contact with Trichloroethelene (Inhibisol) or other degreasers? Foods and environment do not seem to have an effect as the itching occurs anywhere, anytime, with no reguard to what I eat. Please email me if any of you have something in commmon with me other this damn itching.

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    Everyone should read Jessica’s email about Atarax; it worked for her, I have tried it and it has worked for me too. Some of you guys should check out the emails posted on this page and you may find you can get some help/cure.

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    I get intense itching usually just above my elbow on the top/front of my right arm. I used to blame it on an insect bite as after I have scratched the area a single small open sore seems to emerge. The itching is about 3 or 4 sq. inches and begins early in the evening. Could it be a reaction to dairy products perhaps -or? Wow – there seems to be aan army of us “scratchers.”

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    wow I have had Horrably itchy arms to for about 5 years always starts in winter and at night I wonder if some sort of vitamin defficency ?? but I scratch until my arms bleed and hair is gone

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    WOW! I can’t beleive there are so many of us that suffer from this, and yet doctors have no idea what we are talking about. I have suffered on and off for years, as well as my mom. I have also met two other people who have it too. Same symptoms…EXTREME itching (to the point where the thought of just cutting off your arms sounds better) it gets worse at night, and ice seams to be the only real help. I take an antihistime as soon as it starts and it helps a little. If anyone ever finds a cure….PLEASE pass it on. I am soooo tired of living like this!!!

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    Ditto here. I am laying in bed with my ice packs on my arms. My husband said to me tonight it is hard for us to do things because we don’t know when my itching will start. I often will spend my day exchanging ice packs and have to strap them to my arm with my headbands. I teach school so the kids know when they look at me with my ice packs that I have started itching again. I truly want to cut my arms off if I have to live like this forever. It’s nice to not be the only one who suffers from this but I wish someone would help us! Thanks for letting me vent.

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    i have intense arm itching that comes and goes. nothing I have tried works to get rid of it. I have to ice them alot. It comes and goes. It gets worse at night most of the time. I really want help!!

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    I have had this same thing going on for years….itchy upper arms…maybe 25 years or so…have no idea why it comes or goes, but really has me feeling like I am “over the edge”. I have gone to many doctors over the years and no one seems to even empathize with me. I think they believe it is in my head, but truly it is in my arms. Ice is the only thing that helps, but I would truly like to get some sleep without the ice for a change… also, a cold, wet cloth helps. Mine seems to start when I might get an insect bite of some sort or work out in the yard. I am afraid to go near a bush. have tried to cover arms to keep out of sun, etc. nothing helps. I am desperate. Funny thing is, two female pharmacists where I go both have the problem, too.

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    I started last week with the Atarx drug, thanks to the recomendation of Jessica and it seems to work; however it knocks me out completely even though I am only taking 25mg at bedtime. BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS I DON’T HAVE UNBEARABLE (OR ANY) ITCHING. I forgot to take the tablet one night and the next day, the irritation came back with avengeance. My doctor has suggested that if Atarax doesn’t work, then an orally taken anaesthetic to control the sub-cutaneous nerve endings might work. He has no idea why I get this problem, but thinks that it may be compression of some nerve endings in my neck, which would explain why it is only in my arms, and maybe manifests when I’m tired. God knows, but for the moment I am happily itch-free.

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    I can’t believe I have finally found others with this problem. I have been to every sort of physician, and nobody has ever made a diagnosis. They all think it so strange that it starts end of summer, affects only arms, the skin appears fine (until it is bloody from my scratching), does not respond to local or oral antihistimines, and is so intense that it wakes me up and that I describe it as horrible. My itching begins about 9 PM at night, lasts through the night, and is fine during the day.

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    I have had this problem now for about 8 years. The only things that helps, and stops it, is a drug called Atarax. It’s an antihistimine that is used to treat anxiety and itching. If I take it 2-3 times a day for a few weeks, it will get rid of the itching, which comes back around the end of the summer. A steroid cream also helps, but treats the symptoms. The Atarax seems to be a cure. You will need a prescription, but it’s worth it.

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    I have had this problem not for about 8 years. The only things that helps, and stops it, is a drug called Atarax. It’s an antihistimine that is used to treat anxiety and itching. If I take 2-3 times a day for a few weeks, it will get rid of the itching, which comes back around the end of the summer. A steroid cream also helps, but treats the symptoms. The Atarax seems to be a cure. You will need a prescription, but it’s worth it.

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    I had a massive itching arm problem for several months. it was so bad that my arms were bleeding from scratching. the only relief I found was ice. I started wrapping my arms with ace bandages every night before I went to bed, which helped, because the less I scratched, the better it was. my dertatologist told me it was something to mdo with a pinched nerve in my neck so I went to my chiroprator for a series of treatments and it went away completely. I also switched to a regular down pillow from the tempu-pedic pillow I had been using for many years. I think that may have had something to do with it because the itching stopped immediately after I switched.

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    it does semm that a lot of us have back/spinal/neck problems. What would this indicate I wonder?

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    I have exactly the same symptoms as you all, like a prickling and itchy sensation. When I scratch so, it escalates into a nightmarish and uncontrollably intense feeling of like something crawling sort of under the skin. I put on ice water and stick my arms into the air and it subsides slightly leaving a nasty feeling of tingling and burning. There is nothing to see until I have scratched holes in my arms. The sensation moves around from time to time mostly switching from one upper arm/shoulder area to the other, but sometimes on the lower arm and wrist too. I have had this for about 15 years and when its intense have actually stuck my arm into the freezer. When its bad it makes me want to scream and I can hardly bear the sensation. I’m now trying a diet free from nuts and gluten and detoxing liver and kidneys and staying away from yeast products. So far its no better. I also have spurs on my backbones and a pretty bad neck ache most of the time. I’m 59 and going bonkers with not finding a silution to this manic itchy horrible horrible thing. But also releived that I’m not the only one!

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    My right arm, from elbow to wrist itches intensely. Ice does help. Lotions do not. I am trying to connect it to something else, because it just started about 2 months ago and is getting worse! I do have back and neck problems, and also have had carpel-tunnel/nerve surgery 12 years ago. Think it is connected to one of these. Glad to know I am not crazy and alone!

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    I TOO AM A SUFFERER AND IT CAN ALSO OCCUR AT ANYTIME. THE ONLY THING THAT HELPS ME IS AN ICE PACK DIRECTLY ONTO THE ITCHING AREA

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    Just found this site and So glad, I know now that I’m not alone. I can,t stand the intense prickly, itech that feels like a thousand spiders with wire legs are running about under the skin on my arms. I have tried everything and like everyone else, I feel a freak going to bed with ice blocks as that is the only thing that eases it enough for me to get a little sleep. I don,t know about anyone else but it makes me have a sickly feeling aswell? I have no back problems however I did break a bone in my ower back about 7 years ago? I am having a blood test on Monday next and the doc has just prescribed tablets which just dope me but I still wake up to itch. It would be nice to feel refreshed when I wake up in the morning instead of going to work like a zombie. I do feel better that at least I know I’m not itching alone.

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    I am part of your world! I have suffered with intense itching on my arms for several years. I take HYDROXYZINE 20MG TABLETS it takes about 20 minutes for it to bring relief it works for me. However it “does not” cure it. The next night it will be back again, sometimes I have flare ups in the daytime as well. I have tried to connect different foods,stress situations to the cause but it doesn’t matter it will appear at the best of times. What a nightmare !

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    I too have suffered for the last 15 years with this problem. I noticed the onset around the time I discovered that I have nodules in my thyroid and was wondering if anyone else may have been diagnosed with nodules in the thyroid. I also thought this might be hormone related as the itching let up when I was taking hormones for another condition.I’ve also been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and was wondering if it could be related to that which no one seems to know how to treat either.

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    If so many of us have this problem, why do the dermatologists act like they have never heard of it? Mine is the same as what others have mentioned but it seems to be from July through January or so. Ice is the only relief I get as well. It is pathetic that I have to take an ice bag with me when I am going to be gone from the house for more than a couple hours.

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    I found this information by doing a search on my browser. BRACHIORADIAL…. sure sounds like me and maybe many othere. I will bing it to my Doctors attentin on next visit. Right now I am so tired…eyes closing, but arms are itching so damn bad right now. It is after 2:00am

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    I thought I was going crazy. So glad to find this site and learn that so many others are experiencing the same thing. I have uncontrollable itching on my upper arms, primarily the right. I’ve seen a dermatologist who referred me to an allergist who referred me back to the dermatologist who worked diligently to find a solution, but did not. Eventually referred me to one of his colleagues at Tulane University. Hurricane Katrina hit two weeks before my scheduled visit. Since then I found this website. No need to drive 5 hours to another dermatologist. I have suffered from this for years. Happens every day usually later in the evening, but not always. Starts with several sharp pin prick sensations followed by uncontrollable itching that can’t be relieved when scratched because it seems to be below the skin surface. I’m afraid I’ve damaged the skin on my right arm from all of my attempts to treat the itching, not to mention the desperate measures to scratch my arm including using a hard bristle hairbrush. Like many of you the only thing that brings some relief is ice. It’s a sad state when you have to get your ice bag ready before going to sleep at night. Has anyone found the cause of this or better yet, just please give me a solution.

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    It sounds as if you have dermatitis herpeteformis which is caused by gluten intolerance. Have you been diagnosed with Celiac Disease? You really should check into it.

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    wow…. I have just been breaking down to realize that I am not alone! applying baby oil before I get out of the shower helps, Aveeno lotion with menthol for itchy skin helps, ice of course… but actually what had made the biggest difference in the last 2 weeks is my ADD medicine “Adderall XR” I have stopped drinking all caffeine and no more chocolate. As soon as the Adderall wears off after the 12 hours, I am itching again. I was told by a neurologist that is was nerves since it was just on my arms. He believes it is anxiety based. after reading some of the comments I do believe that the summer heat and sun make it worse. We are out on the lake all the time and it is always worse in the sun. I also want to check into back issue. I have had problems with my lower back discs L3 and L4 are too close together. Please keep me posted with anything you find! Also, I noticed that this is mostly a woman thing… I started itching when I was pregnant with my 2nd child similar to other postings I read… that was 5 years ago. My husband thinks I am allergic to him because it usually flares up right as we are going to bed!!! I will continue to check in and let you know if I find a cure! thank you for all your info

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    I have the exact same thing…itching upper and sometimes lower arms…been to dermatologists at major universities…no cure…the only thing that works is ice….first comes the itch,,,arm gets hot then little bumps occur …some of the bumps end up with little divets in the middle that itching arises from periodically until it goes away…. I have had this for about 8 years… I recently met a girl at work who has the same thing…we are nurses and people think we are crazy when we start itching!!!

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    I have had this itchy feeling on the upper part of my arms ever since my second son was born 5+ years ago and it is getting worse. The weird thing is that it does not feel like it is on my skins surfsce. it is almost like it is under my skin and scratching it only relieves it for a few seconds, but also aggravates my skins surface. I notice it happens a lot at night and it drives me crazy, but lately it is happening more and more frequently. What type of Dr. does one go to? After I itch it for awhile it feels like little bumps come up, but then when the itching finally subsides the bumps go down again.Help!

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    Same thing here…had MRI on neck, MRI and x-rays on back, orthopedist, neurologist but not one can find a reason. I have severe pain in my neck area and test show I do have stenosis but not severe. Both recommend physical theraphy..next week so will see. So far as many of you have, the only think that helps is ice pack. Will keep looking to see if anyone finds a “cure”.

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    After reading info on this site, I decided to make an appt. with the dermatology clinic at our local medical school. I took all the copies of dermatology reports, etc for their review. One very bright resident(already an MD) suggested takiing an x-ray of my spine. This showed bone spurs and damage near the C5 & C6 area of my spinal column. They are referring me to an othopedic surgeon and also possible physical theraphy. Terms used were cervical spine disease and Brachioradial. All these years going to dermatologist or having topical treatment on the skin, when it may have always been a nerve problem. You guys who suffer like I have might want to check this avenue out as well.

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      This site is just unbelievable to me! I cannot believe we all suffer with the exact same thing and no one knows anything about this, (Dr.’s) I have the same thing everyone else describes, but mine normally starts in August and goes for a couple months, however, my husband and I went to Belize for 10 days (June) and I got back and started suffering horribly already. I also have neck problems and bone spurs on my spine, so their has to be something to this. Thank you all for putting your comments on here, as it sure does feel better knowing that your not the only one and you’re not crazy either!!!

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    Do any of you have Celiac Disease? I have been diagnosed for 8 years now and to my knowledge have never experienced the skin condition part called dermatitis herpeteformis. Celiac disease is a gluten intolerance (gluten is in wheat, rye barley and oats) that can cause many symptoms if not treated. Most people have intestinal issues but there is a skin component too. May be worth looking into for some of you. I am not sure if the symptoms are exactly the same. I have just recently had the same intense itching on my arms, especially at night. I too, experienced the itching during the last trimester of pregnancy. At that time, my doctor said it was hormonal. I have been guessing maybe it is now too, although I am not pregnant. This has been going on for about a month now and I am scheduled to see a dermatologist. Maybe I can get some answers. I sure hope so. Good luck.

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    I really did think that this itching was all in my head until I found this site. I have severe itching only on my left fore arm. I work at a prison and have thought maybe it came from an inmate. I too have tried many things and ice is wonderful. Benadryl Extra Strength Itch Relif Spray helps some. I thought my skin was dry from washing so many times a day. But lotions only seem to make it worse. There is not a rash or bumps or any visible reasons why it itches. It drives me crazy at times trying to ignore it. Hopefully someone can help. My cabinets are full of cortizone’s, calamines and any over the counter anti itch medication out there Nothing Works! I hope this is something I have to learn to live with

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    Sooooo glad to hear I’m not alone. This is so strange! Wish one of us knew what it was and how to fix it. So strange that it’s worse at night and on upper arms for most of us. Mine started during my second pregancy. Thought it was hormonal but it’s almost 2 years later and it’s still here. Getting more frequent actually. If someone finds a cause/solution I’d be thrilled!

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    bile salts deposited in the skin can cause itching. I had my level checked as part of a liver panel: the result was 3 times the normal upper limit. Next up for me is a complete physical.

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    My itching arms are horrific. Keep my up nights. I can watch the red bumps appear and the prickly sensation starts under the skin, then the intense severe itching that makes me wish I was dead, because NOTHING stops it. I have tried every cream, prescribed and over the counter, oral medications, EVERYTHING. The only thing that relieves it a little is rubbing ice on my forearms. I also have small round eraser-size bruises appear up and down my arms when the really bad episodes occur. It is so intense right now I can barely type. I can’t take much more. Please help if anyone can. I just keep getting the same ezcema, dermatitis, blah, blah and the medicine given doesn’t help. One theory I have is that when I had surgery 5 years back and was given constant potassium IV’s, my veins in both arms broke down. Had to do cutdowns in my feet and shoulder. Could this be a long term problem…the vein break down?

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    What a relief, I’m not alone! Same deal. My itching has been on my right shoulder only for about 3 years on and off. It has just recently moved lower down my arm and now intermittenly itches on the top portion of my arm near where the elbow bends or on the shoulder again. I just had a blood test and everything was quite normal.

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    I also have the itching on my upper arms that seems to start at night. I would love to find the cause and not just doctors that want to write a prescription. Has anyone heard of a link to hormone levels or blood count? I sometimes think when I go to a doctor concerning this, they think it is all in my head. Unless you suffer from this, you can’t explain it.

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    I have suffered from this abominable itching, but I did get it sorted!! I visited someone who dowsed for allergies, and I took various things out of my diet and it stopped! Oh bliss! Two years later I drank a can of caffeine free diet coke – one of the items on the list of allergans – and the itch started again within the hour! It is possible that you all are taking something in your diet that is causing this – it is worth exploring!

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    Ditto ditto ditto ~~~~ I’ve been dealing with this for 25 years. The first doctor (in college) told me I had scabies… that kept me up for many a nites… ice is the only thing that provides major relief and I try to take proactive action by taking aspirin which helps. I would love to find a doctor that would look into treating the cause in lieu of the symptoms as numerous visits to various professionals have not provided me the feedback I am seeking. I did find a post wherein a person found her blood sugar glucose/insulin levels were off balance so there may be some insight from that respect. If anyone has a solution, feedback is greatly welcomed…

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    I too have had this crazy itch for years and years and I can remember my mother having it when I was a little girl. Like others, the only relief I have found is ice, benedryl (to sleep) and strangely enough, vicks vapor-rub, but all of these are slight and temporary. I have tried numerous prescriptions – pills, creams, ointments – every herbal and folk remedy imaginable.

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    I am no closer to finding relief from my intense itching but boy it is such a relief to read about others who have exactly the same problem. I also was told by two skin specialists that it was “brachioradialis syndrome” . The treatments suggested were physio, chiropractor and pilates, all to improve posture I guess. Five years later I have tried all, still do weekly pilates but the problem persists. I find ice the only reliever and get up several times during the night to change ice packs. It rules my life at times.

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    What is the casue of this, and what can be done? I have the exact same thing…word for word… I too, have been to my Doctor countless times. Ice is the main remedy….. I have had it for four plus years….

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    Thank goodness I am not alone. I have been suffering for a month now and nothing works! This started the day after I sat in a hot spa bath, and the day of a flu vacine and is as intense today as it was then. How odd. I have tried many creams and potions, and yes it is slightly worse at night, or when I wear a wool jumper. I was told today that the authorities have recently topped up the water? With what I asked chemicals I am told. Could it be something in the water?

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    Well, I guess I’m not crazy after all…. I thought I was the ONLY one with this bizarre condition. I’ve had this upper arm (mainly) INTENSE itching for about 6 years now. Mainly it’s at night too. I’ve scratched holes into my skin from scratching so much and now I have a few scars to prove it. Sometimes I think I would rather feel actual pain than this horrible itching. I feel almost like the itching goes all the way to the bones. The ONLY thing that helps me is Sudafed. It takes about an hour to ‘kick in’ but it really does help!

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    Just when I was starting to think that I was crazy, I read your posts. I have been experiencing these same symptoms(on my upper arms,) off and on for 2 years now. No rash or redness, just intense itching that worsens when I scratch. My doctor can not tell me what is causing this or what to do for it. I have tried creams, pills, sprays, etc. with no relief. I have also noticed that a cold cloth offers more relief than anything else.If anyone finds a cause or relief, please pass along the info, as I will do the same.

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    I’ve been in the same unfortunate boat for several years now with intense, i’m going crazy, night-time arm itching. With the lack of sleep on top of it I’m getting pretty desprate. The lotion “Sarna” with menthol and camphor helps. But icing my arms through the night really seems to take off the edge. My concern is that this is a symptom of another problem (this certainly can’t be normal). A dermotologist has discussed that this could be brachioradial puritis- a result of some type of back/disc issue. Looking for REAL answers too…

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    I too am experiencing intense itching on my arms, upper mostly, which worsens at night, making no sense whatsoever. Antihistimines do not work, nor do any topical ointments which actually seem to make it itch more as though the skin cannot breathe. It also seems to be preceeded by a prickling sensation under the skin and then the itching begins. The only thing that seems to help is to use cold bottled water on a cotton cloth and then rub it over the affected area, however this relief does not last long. I fortunately enjoy seemingly good health except for this annoyance, which began about a year ago and does appear to be easing up. Any insight would be most appreciated and I feel for you both. Here’s to a good night’s rest!

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    Do you take Lipitor or any other statin? This can cause localized itching.

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    I have the same kind of itching that occurs to my hands and wrists. At the moment both of my thumbs are begging me to scratch them, but if I do it only gets worse. Sorry I don’t have a remedy for you, but wanted you to know you have some company. Maybe someone can respond for both of us.

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