Does anyone itch all over from stress?

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   Posted 1/3/2010 4:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been bipolar for 10 years, and suffer from depression.  In the beginning, before I was diagnosed, I had hives from stress but haven't had that problem since.  I'm under a bunch of stress now, recooperating from surgery, waiting to heal for another surgery, and getting a new boss.  Have any of you got the itchys everywhere from stress?  I'm using Gold Bond creme for it, but I'm still scratching everywhere.  I have not changed soaps or laundry detergents.

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   Posted 1/3/2010 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I used to itch like that. I read it was a reaction to stress. I used to take baths to relax and that helped. You can get cream from the Dr. Can give you any specific kind because I never got any. With me it just comes and goes. Hasn't been so bad lately. Wow a good thing.

Hope all that stress settles. It sounds like a lot to deal with. Rest lots has helped me lately. Hope you can too.
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   Posted 1/3/2010 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Trigirl, are you on the ostomy site, too?  I had a colectomy for colonic inertia in August 2007, but it quit working last spring and I was constipated again.  I had surgery for an ileostomy in May 2009, but it didn't work and I had to have emergency surgery in June 2009.  I was in the hospital for 52 days and now have a leg bag velcroed to me with a tube connecting it on my abdomen to my small intestine.  I'm having 5 tests, 1 every other week, and see my surgeon back in March to see if my small intestine has healed enough for a traditional ileostomy.  I am so worried about surgery and being in the hospital again.
On top of that, my favorite uncle passed away and my supervisor whom I really liked retired.  Who knows who my new boss will be?
And now, I have this terrible itching to deal with.  I think that your advice is good and I'll call my doctor tomorrow.  Maybe, she can give me something that will help.  Gold Bond creme is not stopping the itchys.

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   Posted 1/3/2010 9:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I get like that when I am just over the top with the stress level. Usually oral Benadryl will make the hives go away (though it can make me feel more awake & anxious, so it's a bit of a double-edged sword). The other thing that helps me a lot is ice packs. It's really uncomfortable & probably should be something you run past your doctor to make sure it won't cause you heart problems or anything but my sister-in-law is super allergic to peanuts & when she has a bad allergic reaction, my brother puts as many ice packs as possible on her for the trip to the ER. She suggested I try that for my hives & wouldn't you know, it worked! None of the anxious feelings from Benadryl, it just gets the hives to go away and then I'm good for a while (until I work myself back up into a state). Fortunately, it doesn't happen very often -- just when I'm facing anesthesia. I get quite panicked.

feel better,

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   Posted 1/4/2010 3:04 AM (GMT -7)   
me, i use a 10% olive oil extract creme. i use it for all of my itchy stuff, including diabetic sores, skin rashes, and stress pimples on my head. all the best, jamie. yeah got it from the doc!! fantastic stuff.

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