Burning Sensation in Armpits

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   Posted 5/15/2018 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello all.

I am new to the community...and fibromyalgia smile Have been dealing with FM for about 5 months now, and it's no fun. When my symptoms first began, I thought I was dying. I experienced tingling/burning sensations in my legs and my arm. I was back and forth from the ER to my PCP at least 2-3 times in the first 3 months only to have doctors tell me that everything was fine based on all of the blood work, x-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans that were done. But my body was saying otherwise. I experienced panic attacks and rapid weight loss from stress due to my symptoms and not knowing. It wasn't until I began to google all of my symptoms that I came across FM. I asked my doctor about it, but he dismissed it and didn't want to diagnose me with it or treat my symtoms(I have since found a new PCP). Once I started seeing my new PCP, she prescribed me with gabapentin, although she hasn't formally diagnosed me with FM. The meds have helped out a lot, but I am still experiencing this burning, bee sting like sensation in my armpits, mostly on the right. I also notice it in my groin area and tingling down the back of my legs and knees. I check for swollen glands, but they're not swollen. This drives me a little crazy at times...is any of this familiar to you all?

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   Posted 5/15/2018 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, and welcome KSB. I'm sorry you're going through all of this. I'm afraid I don't have the answers but I am looking forward to what some of the more knowledgeable people have to say.

Fibro people can have very sensitive skin. In my case I have area that are always itchy.

You might want to consider going to a rheumitaligist (sp). They are specialists although I've also heard that in some area's it is now neurologist that are handling fibro.

Do you have other symptoms of Fibro?
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   Posted 5/15/2018 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, KSB, and welcome! Yep! Tingling, burning and stinging sensations can happen with fibro. It has to do with our nerves. I will get hot spots and cold spots. I have felt like water was running down my leg or that a bug was crawling in me, but of course there is nothing there. Our tests all come back like we are the picture of Health. This is a weird illness.

Lendi mentioned seeing a rheumatologist and that’s a very good suggestion. Do make sure they are board certified and also treat fibro patients. There are still doctors out there in the Dark Ages when it comes to this illness. A good rheumy will run a lot of different tests to rule out illnesses that share many of the same symptoms as fibro...things like Lyme disease, lupus, and MS. They have good tests for these illnesses but no good test for fibro. If you do not have any of the other illnesses, a diagnosis of fibromyalgia is usually given.

Be sure to read Fibro 101, the first thread on the forum. There are links to good info about fibro and you will learn a lot there.

I’m looking forward to getting to know you better. Don’t hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you. Hope to see more from you soon.


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   Posted 5/15/2018 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to get the bee sting type pain on my shins..i would actually jump as though i had just gotten stung..

I rarely get this now, it was a phaze? I guess..sometimes just randomly , as far as i can tell, i will get itchy

Our symptoms can vary widely and change over time..at times i am sure even my dr.. has no idea why i have a particular symptom..and i rarely even go into some details with him..

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   Posted 5/15/2018 4:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi again.

Thanks so much everyone for your responses. It's good to know I'm not alone with these fibro symptoms.

Lendi, my doctor has done THD test, ANA, Vitamin D testing, and maybe some others (there have been a few). But she has yet to refer me to any specialists. My previous PCP refused to refer me to specialists as well. Not sure what that's about.

Other symptoms I have are dull achy, and sometime burning, sensations in my elbows, back, hips, and knees. I have to sleep with a pillow between my knees at night because it hurts when they touch. I sometime experience joint pains that happen all of a sudden. I've even had chest pains that have been so severe it woke me up in the middle of the night and I rushed myself and my kids to the ER because I thought I was having a heart attack. Of course, the EKG and xrays came back fine.

I never thought I would be going through this at 34 years old. Especially since I was in good health. This has taught me age doesn't matter, and not to take life for granted.

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   Posted 5/15/2018 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi ksb,

I had the same thing happen with chest pain and my dr asked me to go to the ER..but it was actually pain in the chest wall muscles..

I still get this occassionally..often with barometric changes..

Are you weather sensitive? Most with fibro really feel worse with barometric changes..

We have strong storms tonight so pain is up..


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   Posted 5/16/2018 4:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ljm,

Yes, I am weather sensitive. Am currently having chest pain as we speak. When I go to pay down, it feels like something heavy right in the middle of my chest. I have to lay down slowly. I'm also having a little pain in my joints...ugh.

Do you know if dry mouth and eyes are common with fibro? I experience both a lot...


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   Posted 5/16/2018 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes on dry eyes and mouth, very common ..

Many use the artificial tears..i like the eye wash..

There are some conditions that mimic fibro and there are at least 7 variations that i had read about. My sister has a different type than i do..

Ask any questions you have, nice people here to answer


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   Posted 5/16/2018 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi and welcome, KSB!

I also get the dry mouth and think it's from the meds, though I'm not sure. I was getting more cavities and my dentist said it could be from my medical condition. But I have a feeling it's from the Flexeril and Neurontin I take.

He suggested taking an oral rinse and drinking lots of water throughout the day to keep my mouth moist. I use the Equate Dry Mouth Oral Rinse from Wal-Mart, especially just before bed. It seems to help. I believe it's found in the toothpaste, floss, toothbrush, etc. aisle.

I don't get the dry eyes. Have you ever been tested for Sjogren's?
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   Posted 5/16/2018 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Luvz,

I've had an ANA test done which came back negative. I'm not sure if Sjogrens is a part of this testing...

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   Posted 5/26/2018 5:47 AM (GMT -6)   
My armpits itch and burn. I thought it was from using deodorant. I stopped using deodorant and the itching and burning remained. It was validating to read that another member has these symptoms, too. Thank you!
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