Itching all over the body

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   Posted 10/11/2008 6:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
I have an itch all over my body, and its driving me crazy. Can any one tell me what is actually going on in my body, and what i should take stop it?

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   Posted 10/11/2008 9:14 AM (GMT -6)   
What medications are you on, querty? Usually all-over itching like that is caused by a medication, whether it be a sensitivity or an allergic reaction.

I usually take generic Benadryl to stop the itching. It's cheap and easy on my tummy. Just make sure you get the kind that has ONLY the antihistimine in it... not all the decongestand/allergy stuff.
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   Posted 10/11/2008 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
i was on azothioprine, but stopped it last week, because i was having terrible side effects, and the doctors assumed that it may be causing pancreatitis, so i stopped both the pentasa and azothioprine. so currently am not on any medication. The itching just started from yestoday, and i cant seem to control it.

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   Posted 10/11/2008 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I'd take benadryl to stop and get to the doctor and get some blood taken. Do you have any hives or swelling around the itching areas? Are you currently flaring? Do you have any upper right side pain?

What is your history with chrons?
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Currently tapering prednisone(35 mg from 80 mg).  Also just starting 6mp again and lialda.   I definately am not liking these drugs.  Maybe surgery one day?

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   Posted 10/11/2008 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Diagnosed with Crohn's 5 months ago, since then i have been on prednisone and tapaered of it two months ago. Health never fully recovered to normal, and i still had good and bad days. a month back i decided i should go on azothiopine, but after 3 weeks it had to be stopped. I was on pentasa since my diagnosis, but i stopped that last week, as i felt that it may be the cause of me feeling unwell and not fully recovering.

ill go out and get some benadryl for now, until i see the doctor next week.

I dont have hives, but i get bumps in areas from scratching, but that goes down after a while

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   Posted 10/11/2008 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Does it help to scratch, at least temporarily? I ask because 'under the skin' itching all over can be a symptom of liver problems.
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Current meds: 100 mg 6MP. Just finished prednisone taper. Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion).
Betaine, digestive enzymes, Candicin (oil of oregano capsules), Beta Sitosterol.

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   Posted 10/11/2008 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
scratching does help a little, but once i start i cant actually quite worrid now, but cant do anything until the weekends over, so i can speak to my doctors.

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   Posted 10/11/2008 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
In the mean-time, some aloe vera gel might help you. Just smear it on the parts of you that itch, and see if it helps.
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   Posted 10/11/2008 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Is your skin flaking at all? With Crohn's disease, it's very easy to become dehydrated... and if you're dehydrated, you will start having dry skin... and dry skin means itch, itch, itch. I would definitely still follow the advice the others have given you here. But if you're skin is flaking and seems dry, I'd suggest drinking more water, too.
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   Posted 10/12/2008 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I have all kinds of skin "issues" that arose after my diagnosis of Crohns. This time of year is the worse for me when humidity levels drop. I have to take cool showers and drown myself in baby oil BEFORE toweling off to control the itch. Otherwise I have to turn to the steriod creams & benedryl myself. I with the others, it warrants getting it checked out. Sometimes I itch so bad it makes me nauseous! Hope you feel better your dr. tomorrow.
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   Posted 10/13/2008 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
thank you all for your reply, im seeing my doc tomorrow, and hopefully get some bloods the meantime ill be taking your advise. thank you again :)

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   Posted 10/13/2008 3:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Qwerty, I've experienced the exact same thing. It started while I was pregnant and off all of my meds. We tried to blame it on being pregnant, but it has returned after the baby. I was the same way about scratching too. Once I started I needed to keep scratching and scratched my whole body until I was covered in red raised streaks (I learned to try really hard no to scratch).

We never figured out what caused it. Taking benadryl helped but it put me to sleep. Aveeno oatmeal baths helped too. Mine was bad last winter/spring, went away, and is now back. My GI, OB and PCP are still all stumped. I was tested for liver problems (used to be on 6mp) but that was normal. If you figure it out keep us posted. Until then, I hope you get some relief soon.

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   Posted 10/13/2008 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I, too, have nonstop itching all over. I've become reliant on Benadryl to sleep, since in the bed I really focus on the itching and will scratch myself crazy.

My docs have decided it's just my allergies, which of course no one can get under control.

Constant itching is miserable -i feel like I'm going mad. Scratching sometimes helps becuase I scratch myself until it hurts. THe pain is better than the itch! =)

I hope you get some answers.

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   Posted 10/13/2008 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I REALLY feel for you. I had this on and off for the past 2 years and it was awful. Mine felt like it was itching under my skin - like no matter what I did or how hard I scratched, I could not make the itching stop. I was on Remicade at the time, but the itching would come weeks after the treatments so they didn't think they were related. Although I did get hives from Remicade from time to time.

Either way, I would suggest that you take as much benadryl as possible (I mean don't overdose but just plan on sleeping) You can take cold oatmeal aveeno baths (as cold as you can tolerate) or you could try using epson salt. Aloe vera smoothing is all over the skin or actually there is a lotion I would use...I can't think of what it's called but there is commercials on TV for it all the time. It's an anti-itch lotion and that actually helped the most if I would get out of the cold tub and lather that on.

Also you might want to try taking Zyrtec every day (that's what I do). Again just the antihistamine not all the other stuff. I have hay fever so that might contribute but who knows. My GI gave me steroids to help during the bad itching and they did somewhat but you have to wean on and off those - u could try prednisone though see if it helps that is prolly what the doc will do. Otherwise I would def. try zyrtec everyday its over the counter now. Also you should get bloodwork done to check for liver problems because that is a sign of liver problems. They checked my blood and ruled that out though.

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   Posted 10/14/2008 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I just went to a naturopath yesterday and I too was having horrible itching. She said it's the toxins in my liver (I was just taken off 6mp due to elevated liver levels) and told me to do Castor Oil Packs. I'm sure if you google it you can find the directions, but I did it last night and my itching is down 80% today!

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   Posted 10/14/2008 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
thank you all, saw my GI today, he says its most likely a reaction to my medicines( i was on pentasa and azothioprine). although the symptoms seem to come a week after i went off the medication. He told me to use betnovate on my body and hydrocortisone 1% on my face. and also told me to think about going on prednisone, something which i dont want to do unless desperate. i also got some blood tests done to check for liver problems, although he seemed very keen to rule out anything wrong with the liver. ive got awful red blotchy patches on my face that dont itch, these seem to put me down, as there is no way to cover it, i just hope the hydrocortisone works!!
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