This itching is driving me crazy!

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sore42long
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   Posted 10/11/2011 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Seem my surgery has worked but my chest and arm is so itchy on the inside ,so scratching outside does not help.I know its healing which is a good thing but ,sure not feeling too good up all night and little sleep from itchy feeling .Ifound it hard to belive that a rib removal would hurt so much,its been 2weeks from surgery date and I'm barley out of bed much ,just too much pain  and discomfort.I often wonder have Ibecome Lazy?Iwas doing more before surgery then now!I sure hope this doesnot last long !Iwas going to book physio this week but ,it has to wait ! Ican tell my old pain is much better ,I sure never expected recovery to be this difficult? I had lots of surgery and always recoved faster .It also could be age !OH yes my joke !I've reached the age where happy hour is nap time ! Take care everyone  from Michele

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   Posted 10/11/2011 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Michele-
I can't say I know exactly what you are feeling, but I had my esophagus repaired and the went though my left side chest and It's been over 7 months and I still am dealing with the itching inside. I have only started to get feeling back in my left side about 2 months ago though. I don't get any relief by scratching, but I do get some relief by rubbing hard or trying to pinch the skin. It drives me nuts at night for some reason.

I don't believe you are lazy, just takes time to heal. My ribs are still somewhat sore from just being spread apart, I can't imagine how painful removing one would be.

Take care,
Bill
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   Posted 10/12/2011 7:27 AM (GMT -6)   
 
        Good morning Michele!
 
            I'm glad the surgery has worked for you! Don't be too hard on yourself, as your still in recovery, and the surgery was a major one. It may take several months for a full recovery. Age can certianly be a factor as well.
 
      Were just glad that all went well, and that you are already seeing positive results from it. Give it some time, and then hopefully you can resume the activities you want to do again.
 
       Take care,
 
      SE wink
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Chutz
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   Posted 10/12/2011 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Michele~

I spent some time reading out on the web to see if I could find something to help your itching. Didn't find much but there were a few suggestions and ideas.

First, some of the itching might be from internal scar tissue and of course from healing. Another person commented that during surgery nerves can be severed and that alone could be the source of itching while they are trying to heal. Makes sense. But when the itch is internal it's miserable since you can't get to it to relieve the irritation!! smhair sad One suggestion was to take benadryl but you might want to check with your doctor or pharmacist before you do. It might not mix well with other medications you are taking.

Another idea is to apply either hot or cold packs. It might help even if it doesn't go deep enough. Just calming down the tissue above the area might 'distract' those nerves enough to back off a bit. One thing I wondered also is the use of a TENS unit. Here's some reading ... you can see what you think.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transcutaneous_electrical_nerve_stimulation#Medical

Hope something here can help...
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stripey
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   Posted 10/12/2011 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
When I had one of my surgeries for Crohn's disease afterwards I have terrible itching along the central incision line. My surgeon explained that it was the nerves knitting back and cutting them sends them a bit nuts and when they regrow and reattach can make you feel really itchy. It drove me mad for about 6 months afterwards, I would have to go down to the ladies toilet at work and literally use both hands and scratch like a mad woman for about 5 mins to get some relief. Boy did it feel good but my skin was terrible as I have really long nails so had to cut them all and make sure I only scratched over my clothes to try not to do any more damage to the healing skin.

Hope you find some relief soon.
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shelrox
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   Posted 10/12/2011 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sore
I am guessing from whatg i have read that you have TOS?  How did you manage to find a doctor to remove the rib?  I am undergoing acupuncture right now and so far so good, but I do have limits even with that.  This TOS is worse then dealing with the fibro, DDD, DJD,  and hte whole other list of problems but just wanted to say hi and get hope from someone like you.

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   Posted 10/13/2011 8:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Sure hope you feeling better soon, give yourself some time to
heal up, sometimes it can be a slow , ribs hurt a lot...it took me
a long time to heal after I broke two ribs due to pneumonia last
year and that's nothing to what you've just had done, so Prayers for a speedy recovery
for you...Call your doctor maybe If you could try to apply Cortizone 10 creme to
the itching area...hope this info can help...Hope your feeling better soon.
Prayers...
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   Posted 10/13/2011 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   

 

         Good morning shelrox!

          I happened to see your reply to Michele here, and realized that you are a new member!

    We want to Welcome you to the CP forum, and the other members would like to greet you. I think it would be best to have you start your own thread, and introduce yourself there. Not all members check every one of these post, so again, if you start your own thread, you would get a lot more exposure to the members.

      Take care, and hope to see you there!

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sore42long
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   Posted 10/13/2011 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Everytime I read posts from all you people ,not only are the ideas fantastic but it goes along way in helping me understand myself.I tend to be hard on myself ,at times and we all know non CP friends don't totaly understand and don't need to be burdened with hearing about pain .I tried cold packs and spray solarcaine,it seems to be helping some.I thought healing would be much easier than this ?I guess it will take longer ,Ido see some improvments everyday ,so I'm greatful for that!I can't wait to get out of the house soon ,even with the cold weather setting in.Ithink my 1st planned outing will be to get the flu shot.I read afew people here have unfortunately got colds ects. So remember the flu shoots! thanks everyone and take care from Michele
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