What's Up with this ITCHING?

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erin.K
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   Posted 2/7/2007 12:18 AM (GMT -7)   
hey ya'll
 
yeah it's me again. lol. as you can tell...been having a lot of problems lately.
okay...what is up with this CRAZY ITCHING all over the arms, legs, and abdomen?
the only "new" meds that have been introduced recently have been mercaptopurine, Entocort, and Arthotec (arthrotec i stopped last week).
so i have been on the new meds for over 2 weeks about.
liver labs checked out as fine sunday at the ER...i know sometimes with liver involvement there can be really bad itching.  but mine are fine.
Benedryl isn't helping at all.
 
no itching occured when i initially started them.
GI dude said on rare occasions he had pts complain of itching on the 6MP...but he doesn't know why this is going on & doesn't think the meds would do it.
i had some problems last week along witht he itching that worried my doc & made him concerned about kidney deterioration...but sunday at the hospital all tests ruled that out...so i'm stumped.
 
now, this isn't just an "itch...ok go scratch it."  it's a persistant ongoing annoyance that's starting to really damage the skin on my torso. eyes
 
anyone go through this? what works/helps besides Benedryl?
thanx for any info.
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Meds: Remicade infusions 300mg Q3weeks; Intra-articular knee injections when needed; Mercaptopurine 50mgQD plus 75mg weekly; Mesalamine 4GramsQD; Prednisone 20mgQD mantainance; Entocort 9mgQD; Meclizine; Augmentin; Reglan; LidoDerm Patches; Diazepam 5mg for AS back spasms; Restaril; Dilaudid 4mg tabs for pain. 


CaMama
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   Posted 2/7/2007 11:40 PM (GMT -7)   

did they check your liver enzymes? that would cause itching as well.

you've been through a LOT of meds lately, your body may be retaliating.

If you are having hives or something, maybe some calamine lotion - something topical? Other than a strong allergy med (like an rx) I don't know what else to suggest.

Good luck.

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elcamino
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   Posted 2/8/2007 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Erin--I've gone through something similar. It's like an itch under the skin that gets worse and worse the longer you scratch it? the only thing that provided TEMPORARY relief was lotion--preferably a thick one, as opposed to a thin and runny one. I tried calamine lotion, too, but it didn't seem to help any more than other types of lotion. I also assumed it was med related, but I never followed up with it. After a few months it gradually got better and better and eventually went away on its own. It happened with ultracet, relafen, and plaquenil. No issues on the enbrel or mtx? For me, I just think it was an adjustment period for my body to get used to the new medication. If it hadn't gone away between rheumy appointments, I would have mentioned it to my rheumy. Now that I think of it, I also had this severe itching reaction to the epidural I had for my c-section several years ago. Anesthesiologist told me it was a reaction to the medication. Went away, but I vaguely recall getting an IV med for it (perhaps benadryl)? It might be that benadryl would help you, but not at the low doses you would take OTC. You might need IV benadryl?

Hope it gets better--cool water was very soothing, but then it was August at the time. Not sure that would do well for you in February.

El
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Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan


erin.K
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   Posted 2/10/2007 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks!
eyes  hmmm?  could be the 6MP i think.  it's the only thing that's "new", everything else i stopped. seems to be getting less itchy.
liver enzymes are fine, thank God...so it's most likely something i think will go away. not as worried now as i was last week.
thanks again
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Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures (under control!). MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions 300mg Q3weeks; Intra-articular knee injections when needed; Mercaptopurine 50mgQD plus 75mg weekly; Mesalamine 4GramsQD; Prednisone 20mgQD mantainance; Entocort 9mgQD; Meclizine; Augmentin; Reglan; LidoDerm Patches; Diazepam 5mg for AS back spasms; Restaril; Dilaudid 4mg tabs for pain. 


Harley Diva
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   Posted 2/11/2007 5:08 AM (GMT -7)   
HI Erin.............................Sorry Your iiiiiiiichy. Have you seen an allergist. I go to one for asthma. he told me peole can develop allergies at any time. Auto immune disorders put us at risk. Maybe you have developed a new allergy. You have been through so much lately. I hate to hear you suffering. Hope you feel better soon dearie.

Harley Diva
 
....RA, HPT,  drugs: Sulfasalazine, MTX, prednisone, bp meds


momto3
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   Posted 2/12/2007 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Erin,
 
So sorry you are itchy! I have been deaing with some weird rash on my back, that is a bit itchy, but more hurting.  I have been using a hydrocortozone cream and it helps some.  I'm not sure what you have tried, or if it is better.  I'm a bit late posting to you on this one.
 
If it isn't one thing it's another eyes :-)
 
Hugs, I hope you are feeling better soon!!

erin.K
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   Posted 2/12/2007 2:30 PM (GMT -7)   
hey thanks guys
the sores on my back that sprouted up last week...those suckers itch too! showed em' to my GI guy & everything. most likely just the scratchies from the meds that'll go away in time.
this too shall pass
:)
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Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures (under control!). MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions 300mg Q3weeks; Intra-articular knee injections when needed; Mercaptopurine 50mgQD plus 75mg weekly; Mesalamine 4GramsQD; Prednisone 20mgQD mantainance; Entocort 9mgQD; Meclizine; Augmentin; Reglan; LidoDerm Patches; Diazepam 5mg for AS back spasms; Restaril; Dilaudid 4mg tabs for pain. 


EveSasser
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   Posted 2/12/2007 7:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay, don't laugh, but have you changed your laundry detergent? Is someone else washing your clothes in perhaps a different manner? My mother had this terrible itching all over. We were taking the clothes to a local laundry where they were using cheap detergent. Her itching has cleared up now that my brother is personally washing the clothes with Tide.

Also, are you using a new shampoo in the shower? If so you could be allergic to it, and it could get all over your body during a shower.

Hope you find out soon what is going on. Itching is awful.

erin.K
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   Posted 2/12/2007 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   
eyes  Hiya Eve. eyes Nope, nope eyes no change in detergent, soap or shampoo (lol... I do not like change! lol)  Since Friday the itching has eased substantially...now only left with some raw skin.  After talking & showing this problem to my doc & some nurses, I think it's safe to say it's a topical reaction to my meds (like a systemic reaction).
I'm happy as long as it stays this way & doesn't come back.
Thanks!
:-)  
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Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures (under control!). MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions 300mg Q3weeks; Intra-articular knee injections when needed; Mercaptopurine 50mgQD plus 75mg weekly; Mesalamine 4GramsQD; Prednisone 20mgQD mantainance; Entocort 9mgQD; Meclizine; Augmentin; Reglan; LidoDerm Patches; Diazepam 5mg for AS back spasms; Restaril; Dilaudid 4mg tabs for pain. 


Ducky
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   Posted 2/13/2007 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Woo-hoo... just glad something is finally going your way! :)
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Ducky
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   Posted 2/13/2007 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Uh oh, maybe it was some of the lotions I sent? Do you think?
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Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs
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Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots
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