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   Posted 9/17/2017 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone else suffer from severe itching thru out their body? Started about month ago at night with my legs, now it is everywhere at anytime. I am taking Benadryl daily to keep from scratching myself bloody and possible going crazy. Do u think this from lupus, or my MS or Fibro

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   Posted 9/18/2017 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I haven't heard of that as a Lupus symptom -- doesn't mean it can't happen.

Are you taking any new meds? It could be a reaction to something.

Also itching is one symptom of irritated nerves, which sounds like a MS symptom to me.

Since it's been going on more than a week, I would definitely see your MS or Lupus Dr as soon as you can.
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   Posted 9/21/2017 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi TAS-MS/lupy. I have had a problem with dry skin for years, but years ago I learned something that helps: Take baths or showers in warm water and before you dry off smooth all your most itchy area with oil. I use Baby oil, but any mild oil works. Then towel dry by gently blotting. The oil seals in a protective barrier that helps keep water from escaping. I read this info in the Sjogren's Book and when I tried it the itching stopped within days. Now it has become a routine part of my bath.

Now as Lynnwood mentioned many medications can cause itching even after long periods of using the med. The only way to determine which med is causing the itching is to stop using a med for 1-2 weeks and see if the itching stops. You will need to consult with your doc before starting this because he may want to substitute a med while you're searching for a cause. Many meds that cause itching fall in the category of anti-cholenergic meds and these often have meds that can substitute. I hope this info helps! Love, Butterflake
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   Posted Yesterday 5:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I struggle with itching allot. I have Lupus and associated issues. I am myself trying to figure out if the itching is coming from
the flare, the headaches, stiffness, muscle pain and sleeplessness it's self or the drugs trying to manage the flare. I use prednisone and Tylenol 3 mostly. Sometimes I feel like I could scratch my skin right off my face and scalp, and the heat! No fever just heat! So uncomfortable. Tuffymason
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