Post Edited (okie) : 3/16/2008 10:57:26 AM (GMT-6)
Me too! I get the itchies a lot...even my nose itches My doc said it was a side effect from the pain pills I was taking vicoden etc. I'm not sure if he is right but aside from scratching I try and rub the itchy area (like my arm right now!) gently sometimes it helps make the itching go away...and I try to make sure I have lotion on so I don't have dry skin to aggrivate it. It is a pain though because scratching leads to bruises and cuts and its not like our skin needs any more problems you know. Hope this helped.
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Hi Debbie, Ginny and Catzz. Thanks for the comments. I had heard that vicodin could cause it and I had been taking it the last time I was batteling the itchies but I havn't taken it this time and I got the itchys everywhere. My back my side my neck. yes it does make you crazy. Than with all the other meds bruising is so easy to get. I look like I got in a fight or somthing all over my legs. Glad it's not shorts weather out yet. I'll try to find some good lotion. I have some that I carry in my purse but it's just some cheepy stuff. Maybe aloe would help?
I was reading about scleraderma because my pattern is nucleolar and the spots once on my hands back and neck are now on my face and chest. I just got a new one that is purple on my lip.
Anyway while I was researching it I ran accrossed an interesting article re: scleraderma and itching.Sorry I couldn't get the link to work so I copied and pasted. If somone can fix the link for me so it doesn't take up so much space please fix it. thanks here's the link but it doesn't give me the right thing.
In scleroderma, this outer layer often gets thinner so there is less oil. Finally, in the early phase of scleroderma inflammation in the skin release histamine and other chemicals that cause the skin to itch.
Without treatment, itching from inflammation normally occurs in the first 6 months to 2 years of the disease and then gets better as the inflammation disappears. However, when the skin is thickened and damaged then it may have the problem with itching for many years.
I thought it might be of some interest to some of you even if you don't have scleraderma. I havn't been DX'd with it but I have several of the symptoms. I have a rheumy appt next month with yet another new rheumy. I'm wondering if this is some type of flare with all the new spots and the chronic itching.
anyway I hope this helps someone
Post Edited (okie) : 3/16/2008 11:25:00 AM (GMT-6)
I hope you get some relief soon. I itch alot too, but I have very dry skin. Please take care and keep us updated. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Hi Suzanne, Bab's Judy,Victory, Karen, Redrose,and Harmony. Looks like we got enough to start a baseball team! We can be the Itchy Scratchy's. I'm shocked that so many people suffer with this. I was more shocked to find out it's a normal side effect from A/I disease.
Judy yes I believe that the boils is also another symptom of this lovely disease. :(. Your precious baby continues to be in my prayers.
Victoria it's sounds like you went thru H*ll with this. I'm so sorry. Thanks for the info though. There is so much I can't take with my lung problems. Benadryl will close my lungs up in a heart beat! Mucinex is about the only thing I can take and I don't think that would do anything to help the itchies.
I have to admit I sweat profusly too so I wonder if all the sweat that dries on my body if that would cause a problem?
Karen, yes the aveeno and menthol were on the list of things that we can use. Unnfortunately my itching its mostly at night in my sleep and if I take a shower at now it tends to wake me up instead of relax me. I do get rashes on my face that the aveeno oatmeal bar really puts a quick stop to. They are usually gone within 2 days. It's nice to have somthing that works. Please let us know what your rheumy saids.
Harmony, I'm sorry you have to deal with this too but I'm glad that you got some new and useful info. Hopfully your doctor can find somthing to relive your suffering.
Again thanks everyone for responding I apreciate all of you.
Its insane how some people can have the same identical issue and one thing works for one and not for the other.
Vicodin or percocet actually stops my itching. I take a half of one before bed. If I take more than that I can't sleep. It keeps me from scratching while I sleep. Then I wake up in the morning and first thing take a Claritin Hives pill. Its a newer type of claritin and hard to find but it really works. My hives and itching are from scalp to feet and it works for me.
hopefully it worls for others as well
Hi Redrose, Judy,Glory, Dumplin,Jenn,Denise.
Redrose, I'm glad you found somthing to help. Wow that sounds absolutely horrible! I hope the doctors can keep you out of the hospital and continue to keep you and the little one healthy. Just try to rest as much as you can.
Judy thanks for the picture of Jenna Grace! she is so beautiful. She continues to be in my prayers.
Gloryroad, I don't normal get a rash that itches it's just like my skin itches and the bruises look like I got beat up! Mine are mostly on my thighs as well.
Hey Dumplin, I don't know that Lupus itself would cause sweating but I have read about other organs that my become inflamed could cause sweating. I also read that predisone causes it too. I know many people here have said that they have issues with sweating. I can't even make my bed or anything like that without everything from my hair to my feet breaking out in a sweat! It's awful. I can be in a room with a hundred people everyone is fine and I'm dripping wet!
Hi Jenn, I used to give hives really bad. It looked like I was hit with a baseball bat. Thank goodness I don't get those any more. I have trouble sleeping when I take percocet as well but the vicodin doesn't really keep me awake.
Hey Denise, I may try the ice packs but I think that would wake me right up! I don't do cold real well. I usually have a heating pad going.
love ya all