itchy ankles!!!????

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smile1967
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   Posted 2/29/2008 4:41 AM (GMT -6)   
OK! Here's a weird questions: I have woken up in the night with such extremely itching ankles mostly towards the back of my ankles? The itching woke up and I cannot stop scratching them. Small little hives like welts are breaking out from where I have been scratching and they feel very hot and swollen. Does this have to do with Crohn's? I have not taken anything out of the ordinary food or med wise. I am only on Pentasa and have been for a few years. Any advise?
40 yr old wife and mom to two boys 8 & 10
symptoms since the age of 19
officially diagnosed with crohn's Feb/2006
meds: pentasa 500mg 2 x 3day
Surgery-Feb11/08 (resection)
 


sammies
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   Posted 3/1/2008 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Best to see GI or Dermatologist. Crohn's can certainly effect the skin --some signs are boils or lesions on the legs. For me, it was emptigo on my ankles--hives that blistered and became sticky. Good luck!
23 years with moderate Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; pentasa


bentwistle
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   Posted 3/1/2008 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I get itchy ankles and calves too - and I notice little red dots or else big raised red bumps (especially just after a shower). I'm going to follow this post with interest. Thanks for statring it!

Bev

timmysang
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   Posted 3/1/2008 4:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I have the same thing. Every once in awhile my ankles get very itchy and I scratch them until I get the little red bumps too.
I have Crohn's but I also have vericose veins. I alway thought that the itching was related to the veins and not the Crohn's but maybe I am wrong.
I too will keep following this post.

Marie-Claire
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   Posted 3/1/2008 11:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I have the same problem from time to time....the itching is unbearable. I have crohns related psoriasis so I always thought this was just part and parcel of the same thing although my psoriatic patches are on my hands ....none on my feet or ankles but the itchiness feels the same.
50 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.
 
 


spuddie
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   Posted 3/1/2008 11:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I also get itchy ankles. I thought it was a reaction fom working in the garden in the evening( I can not handle being in direct sunlight for any length of time). I will also watch this with interest as I often scratch myself silly. I use sting goes but that does not work. I also have had itchy shins and have scratched the lumps until they bleed.

Spuddie

Not2Spunky
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   Posted 3/2/2008 2:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello, Im new here but I have had Chron's for about 4 years and I had itchy ankles and it turned out to be granuloma annular. They started out as itchy bumps then looked like ringworm but would not go away so they did biopsy. I don't think I would have had it if I didn't have CD. I have also had iritis of my eyes due CD. I don't know if this helps. It was just a thought. KC

45 yo not to informed mother of 1. Dx with CD of the TI in 2004 with partical obstruction. Anemic, constant elevated ESR. Tried Pentasa in the past and had just as many flare-ups on as off so I quit, but need to get back on. Meds: Vit B-12 shots monthly, zinc, multi vit, Vit E and soon Pentasa and iron again.


jdryan
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   Posted 3/2/2008 5:24 AM (GMT -6)   

hi! i also have itchy ankles and i always thought it was due to poor circulation or that i might have diabetes but i got tested for diabetes and i do not have that, Thank God!! so now i have no idea what the itchy ankles are from but i can't wait to see what others say it might be....

jacquie


thirty-something y/o female
dx crohn's 1987 dx UC 1999
Rx: colazal 9/day, imuran 150mg/day, prednisone 20mg/day, cymbalta 60mg/day


nikki0294
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   Posted 3/2/2008 7:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Me too!!! I thought it was winter dry skin but I notice those little red bumps even on my thighs...what the heck is it????

Chris

smile1967
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   Posted 3/2/2008 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   
wow! I can't believe all the replies. I also get when I am not feeling well (mild flare etc) a small itchy spot on my upper belly that I scratch and then in the morning all that is there is a tiny red spot. It is very interesting and I can't wait to read more posts.
Shelley
40 yr old wife and mom to two boys 8 & 10
symptoms since the age of 19
officially diagnosed with crohn's Feb/2006
meds: pentasa 500mg 2 x 3day
Surgery-Feb11/08 (resection)
 


inflamed
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   Posted 3/2/2008 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been having this everywhere. My entire body itches and I can't stop scratching. Mostly bothers me in the evening. Any area I scratch ends up with raised red bumps, but the same thing-- in the morning there is just a little red spot or nothing to show for it. I'd been just dealing with it for months, but am about to give in and go to the doctor. I'll let you know what I learn. Someone here mentioned that itchy can be a sign of liver problems, so I decided to take it seriously.
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bentwistle
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   Posted 3/2/2008 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I'll be really interested to hear what your doctor says inflamed! I also find I'm most ichy at night, get raised bumps, but are hardly there later (except for when I shower -then they reappear). I'm scratching like crazy now, and I'll draw blood if I'm not careful (with little red dots).

skeptical
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   Posted 3/3/2008 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I've gotten this for years. I just assumed it was from my dry skin as I don't really get it in the summer, just the winter. I put hydrocortisone cream on it and that helped a LOT. I know if I start scratching it, I can't stop. It's maddening!!

OHMY
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   Posted 5/29/2008 11:03 PM (GMT -6)   
BOTH TIMES I HAD ITCHY ANKLES THAT KEPT ME AWAKE AT NIGHT WAS WHEN I WAS IN TENNESSEE.  I WOULD SCRATCH SO MUCH I WOULD BREAK OUT IN A RASH.  I USED CORITZONE AND THAT HELPED.  IT LASTED about ONE WEEK BOTH TIMES.  I WENT TO THE DOCTOR TODAY AND WE TALKED about IT.  I TOLD HIM I SAW POSTS ON THE WEB.  HE SUGGESTED I ASK WHERE PEOPLE LIVE.  I LIVE IN CALIFORNIA AND DON'T HAVE THE PROBLEM HERE....ONLY WHEN I GO TO TENNESSEE.

pb4
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   Posted 5/30/2008 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I had issues with this for about 3 yrs...my dermy told me it was a form of eczema (which I'm well familiar with since I had it quite severe as a kid), he had to give me about the strongest cream out there for it and said if it didn't completely clear it up then we'd do the cream and steroid injections into each little itchy red bump....and the ankles would be a pretty sensitive area for injections.

:)
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jmcarter9t
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   Posted 6/30/2008 9:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Couldn't help but post, based on the Tennessee comment. I do not have Crohn's Disease. I do have DH, related to Celiacs. I don't think this is related to that. I do live in East Tennessee and my itchy ankles has struck again. Cannot sleep; hydrocortisone works. No visible marks. The itching is pretty bad. Very bizarre thing. I am 40, very healthy, and have no other medical problems. I am wondering if it something that contacts my skin during lawn mowing??

Illy
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   Posted 6/30/2008 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
this is weird--I don't have this BUT my husband does and I never had Crohn's (which he does not) until we were together.  I have to wonder if there is something communicable here.

jmcarter9t
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   Posted 7/2/2008 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Update to my original post. Don't know what this itching is, but some hydro cortisone cream has really helped. I tried normal lotion but that made things worse. The hydrocortisone cream seems to be the answer. It would be nice to know the cause.

Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/2/2008 9:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I have Pyoderma Gangrenosum
This is a very painful disorder that eats my skin from the inside out.......rare but finding more ppl with cd or UC getiing this

There are so many skin disorders related to CD and UC

Why not do a search on skin or issues of the skin to see if anything comes up from back threads in search engine at top
Eczema(sp) lol
I am not sure how to spell erthynodosum but I' m sure others will know

I do know it sure doesnt sound like PG as it is on the body and mostly on my legs and arms fingers and had a coupl on face...........

I wish you all the best in finding out what this is
'I know I will follow this thread too

LYN
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zoozoo75
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   Posted 8/26/2008 2:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I am thrilled to hear I'm not crazy!  I've had itchy ankles a few times a year for years now.  I am healthy and don't have anything mentioned below.  I also don't get red bumps.  I just itch my ankles until they are raw.  I did do something crazy that seems to help.  I saw the healing powers of urine, yes, I mean pee.  I saw a story on TV that it helps take the sting away from jelly fish and bee stings, so I figured I'd try it...and it works!  I poured my urine all over the area and it took the itch away.  Problem is, the next day after I wash, I have to do it all over again.  I let it dry on my skin with a towel under my foot and it doesn't smell, but who's going to be at my feet.  LOL 
 
If anyone knows what causes this I would love to know and maybe I can take a pill instead.

vidoska
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   Posted 8/26/2008 5:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes I have itchy ankles among other itching things. With me something is always itching it changes with time.

38 years old female, Dx'd July '06, Crohn's collitis and terminal ileitis,

Used Meds: Cipro, Flagyl, Sulfasalazine, 5ASA, 5ASA Enemas, Probiotics,B12 and Iron shots, blood transfusion, Urbason 60mg, Prednisone 20mg - Irigography, X-Ray Intesinal Passage, Colonoscopy in April 06, July 06, Hospitalized - Symptoms long before diagnozed (diarrhea, weight lost, fatigue, exhaustion, pain, subfebrile temperature, joint pain, especially knees)

Current meds: probiotics, prednisone tapering 30mg, sulfasalazine 3x1g, B12 shots, folic acid, omeprazole, xanax 2x0,25mg, alternative: royal jelly, tea mixture,

No surgery so far- History of Graves-Basedow disease in 1995


Pat in MD
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   Posted 12/10/2008 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I occasionally have itchy calves at night but thought it was dryness. Then last night for the first time I had the itchy ankles (no bumps/red spots), so went to the WWW for answers. (I live in Maryland.) Anyway, what worked for me -- and this works for me on poison ivy and the like as well -- is running water (as hot as you can stand) over the area for several seconds at a minimum. Although you have to do this as needed, no meds are needed, and it works.

Sniper
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   Posted 12/10/2008 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I am joining the ranks, fellow itchy people. Have been fighting this for over 5 years and I have rash spots everywhere. All meds have done nothing and all the docs say is that it is crohns related. Even the dermatologist is at a loss.
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Mar1anneC
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   Posted 12/10/2008 10:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had terrible itchy feet and ankles ever since I was a kid. My Dad has excema and has itchy feet too. I've had the itching so bad I thought I was going to flip my lid! When I was pregnant it was particularly bad. It gets bad after I take a hot bath too.

Lanacaine creme helps. With the numbing agent in it. I have no idea what causes this. I just chalk it up to my freaky body/allergies/ etc.

By the way... I had to stop taking Pentasa due to itchyness all over my body. I take Colazal instead and that is fine. Prevacid also made me itch. Prilosec does not. My doctor said it might be a reaction to some filler in the medication rather than the medication itself since these are very similar drugs to each other.

Wellguy
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   Posted 1/13/2009 3:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I recently got itchy ankles. They were preceded by stomach problems and loose foul smelling stools and excessive gas. I have been researching this on the internet and have come to the conclusion that I have
intestinal parasites which are very common in the developing world. In the U. S. 15%-20% of the population is infected. There are numerous websites regarding parasitic infection and the related health problems associated with this. They are easily tested for and treatment takes about 3-4 weeks with good results. There is good information regarding parasitic infections at this link: www.jonkaiser.com
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