Severe Scalp Itching

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   Posted 10/15/2006 8:33 AM (GMT -7)   
nono  I'd like to know it anyone has experienced severe scalp itching.  I have suffered from constipation and migraines ever since I can remember.  I used to take all kinds of laxatives and pain-killers for my migraines.  Six years ago my entire body began itching and when that went away my scalp started to itch and it has been itching ever since.  As time went on it started to itch more and more.  I went to every dr. imaginable and took all kinds of medications, both orally and topical.  I had every kind of treatment done; western and alternatives.  I was willing to try anything and spend whatever I had to just toget relief.  Absolutely nothing worked.  My sister recently went on Zelnorm for stomach aches and suggested that I try it.  After a visit to the dr. and requesting Zelnorm I finally am getting relief.  The very first time I took it, my itching was relieved after 1/2 hr.  I am supposed to take it twice a day (6mg. each pill) but I have to take it 4 times per day.  I am so desperate that I take it every time the itching starts.  It's been a miracle to me.  After re-visiting my dr. I was told to try just taking 4 pills a day (3 mg. each), because my dr. was worried about toxics.  The 3 mg. aren't working as well.  When I first started to take Zelnorm, I had D and headaches but that soon seized.  My stomach does get upset and I am dizzy at times, but I'll take it.  I was losing my hair from scratching so much and was so frustrated because I couldn't keep my hands off of my head, especially in the evening.  I am thinking that this is maybe a digestive problem or something.  Again, has anyone ever heard of this?  Thank you.  Kendal

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   Posted 10/15/2006 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kendal,
Welcome to HealingWell! :-)
I have not had severe scalp itching with my IBS. In fact, no where does it say it could be a symptom of IBS. Are you on any meds that this could be a side effect of? Do you have any allergies? You may just be allergic to your shampoo. Have you tried switching to a pH balanced shampoo? Olive oil has been known to soothe scalp itch. Severe scalp itching can also be a sign of Psoriasis. We know you've been to the doc for Zelnorm, but have you gotten this itching checked by a Dermatologist?
Take care. Hope you get some relief....
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   Posted 10/15/2006 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   

7Lil, Thanks for replying to me.  I have been to every dr. imaginable and have tried everything.  After 6 years of many different drs. and many different medications, both topical and oral, the drs. decided that it was not topical because absolutely nothing worked.  I was on allergy pills and shots for 5 years and it didn't help at all.  I have been to 4 Dermatologists and we have changed everything, shampoo, hairspray, deodorant, etc.  Have even tried not using products on my body.  Please believe me, if it's out there, I've tried it.  The drs. are amazed that the Zelnorm is helping me.  One of my dr's. says that there are nerves in the stomach to relate to the brain and Zelnorm is relaxing these damaged nerves.  I don't know it's a mystery to me.


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   Posted 10/16/2006 9:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Have you tried going organic? Like Lil, I am prone to believe that your severe itching is a sign of an allergic reaction, but if you are allergic to a food that you are eating, allergy pills and shots won't help (not that I have heard about, anways). Also food allergies/intolerances result in digestive tract problems. And allergy tests don't always catch everything (for instance, they don't test for allergies to pesticides or food dyes that I'm aware of). If you can afford it, try going totally organic, including avoiding food preservatives and dyes. It's helped other people with weird symptoms before; maybe it will help you.
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