itching...please help

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   Posted 11/10/2011 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
my mother is 84 has always been healthy up to last year, when she was hospitalized for almost 5 months. They finally came up with the diagnosis of LUPUS, and since has been extremely depressed, weak, ill. She was on steriods 40-60 mg for many months, and it completely damaged her.
She is now home, and suffering from insomia, depression, pain, and terrible itching. We have gone to many doctors, and they seem very carrying but no solutions. We are besides ourselves,
Does anyone have a solution for the itching?????

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   Posted 11/10/2011 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Dry skin? Neuropathy? Maybe a dermatologist?
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   Posted 11/10/2011 11:16 PM (GMT -6)   
We have been to both with no solution

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   Posted 11/11/2011 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
It might be an reaction to the steriods. Have you discussed this with an allergist?

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   Posted 11/12/2011 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
what steriod(s) is she on?
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   Posted 11/13/2011 1:10 AM (GMT -6)   
if it is not diabetes kidney problems thyroid or liver problems or allergies then it might just be the meds shes on . TRY USING dr. bronners peppermint soap and a good heavy duty moistiurizer.sometimes a soap usinh oatmeal soap is good but can be drying . Moisturizer that is unscented will help .You can also take what ever moisturizer you use for example cerave or vanicream [in 16 0z tub ]and take 1 cup of moisti
urizer  and add 1 tube [1oz] of store brand hydrocortizone and mix with plastic fork and use this s in dry skin . Dr.bronners soaps are great and the peppermin soap relieves itching [yes it really does ] If  skin is broken out then use the baby mild  dr. bronners soap. you will love all dr. bronners bar soaps .   cathy from ma

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   Posted 11/15/2011 5:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I get kamikaze itching attacks, the worst when I try to go to sleep. If they're particularly bad, I get up and take a hot bath, then slather on lots of moisturizer. Sometimes it helps, sometimes it doesn't.

One night a couple weeks ago, I ended up taking 3 baths in one night. I don't know if it finally worked or if I just wore myself out, but I finally did get to sleep.

Oh! Check your laundry detergent, too. I have to use the non-perfumed non-dyed stuff. Regular detergent makes me itch like crazy.

Hope that helps!
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rx: plaquenil 200mg/day, methotrexate 10 mg/week, NSAID for pain, zoloft 200 mg, folic acid
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