Why does my skin hurt to touch?

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   Posted 10/10/2011 7:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been having pretty severe pain in my neck/shoulder area these last few days. The pain is in my neck and is affecting the muscle that extends down into my shoulder blades. It's so bad that I'm having pain radiating to my shoulder and arm.

I took an Amrix that my LLMD prescribed me nine months ago. That did nothing. So, I took an antii-inflammatory with a pain pill day before yesterday...did nothing. Then yesterday I decided what I needed was a muscle relaxer. So I took three yesterday (six hours apart) with some pain pills. Finally was feeling a little better. Today I wake up and my stiff neck and the pain is back in full force but now also, my entire body hurts to touch it. My skin is soooo sensitive. What could this be from? I'm thinking it might be the toxins from all the medications and now I'm afraid to take anything.

I will be calling a regular doctor today about my neck but any thoughts would be appreciated.

Thank you.

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   Posted 10/10/2011 8:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Carrie,
I am so sorry that you are feeling so poorly. What you are describing sounds just like the Lyme neck thing that a lot of us go through! I know it's back in full force for me lately! eyes So I can really feel for you! I frequently have it affect my arms and even clear down into my wrists and into my hands as well. I haven't found anything pill wise that really helps this. about the only things that have helped me is heat - which I always try first as it usually will help the most if I catch it early, or ice packs. I use the ice packs after I've tried heat and find that it hasn't helped a bit because I let it go on too long before trying to do anything. Sometimes even a good soak in a nice warm bath or detox bath helps as well.

The skin thing is a neuro symptom as well. It's weird, but some of us actually have enough skin pain to keep us from wearing certain clothing - or as in my case, showering or wearing any clothes every once in a while! I really hate it when my skin gets super touchy! It seems to complicate everything! Even the water hitting my skin can be too much some days.

These are both symptoms of Lyme and/or other TBI's. Are you detoxing? As these symptoms can be caused by the die off of bacteria and your body not being able to get rid of these toxins very well. That's why we kind of push detoxing here. It can really make a difference when you are able to do it!
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   Posted 10/10/2011 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Carrie, did the heat from your sauna help it any?   tongue or did you forget it again?  lol
If you did already try it, let us know if it helped.
As for the skin sensitivity, I never had that but my nephew was bitten by a tick, then a day or so later, he was in the ER because he couldn't bear to put his jeans on.  He said it was excruciating pain.  Well he got better of course and now he will not even consider that he might have lyme!  That scares me for him. 
I saw in the list of lyme symptoms that it is a common symptom.  I had no idea.
I sure hope you do get some relief soon.  And definitely try some heat of some type if muscle relaxers seem to help

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   Posted 10/11/2011 6:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Carrie,
All that you describe is soooooo Lyme!    Before I started ABX treament my skin was so ultra sensitive that I couldn't even stand to have my hair touching me.   I had to wear it pinned up all the time. 
I can totally relate to the neck/shoulder pain.   This is my most frustrating symptom-- it flares up badly when I'm due for an ABX change once I plateau.
On the very rare occasion NSAID's helped with the pain. Muscle relaxers did nothing.
Only movement and exercise alleviate it for me, followed by the good ole' detox soak.  Sitting still for any length of time just aggravates it.  I'll stiffen right up-- so I try to be as physically active as I can.   
Sometimes I think my arms could be pulled right off at the shoulder with a good tug.  Joints, muscles, tendons feel so fragile.
Lyme inflamation is certainly a doozy!   To put it mildly.   
Anyway....you're not alone with these symptoms!  

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   Posted 10/11/2011 7:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning:

Went to chiro and doc yeseterday and she prescribed me some Lodine (an anti-inflammatory). You are right Cat, the pain is much worse if I'm sitting for a while and in the morning when I wake up (if I sleep with this) is horrible! I need to keep moving for sure.

The sensitive to touch skin though....I really wonder what is happening when that happens. I also get this when I....hmmmm ummmm...drink too much. When (which is not very often and I'm not drinking at all now while on these meds because of my dizziness) I'm hungover, I always get this same sensitive skin the night of day that I'm hungover. Even today, my skin is sensitive to touch and the only thing I took yesterday was one Lodine. It's not as bad as it was yesterday though.

DX with Lyme and Erlichosis in January 2010. January-August: Biaxin and Amoxicillian. September 2011 - ? on Rifampin and Zithromax. Symtpoms mostly neuro and have 20 small lesions on brain.
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