First of all, let me say your brother, as well as, you and the rest of your family are in my prayers. I am w/ you in that I think the itching is stress/nerves. I know when I was diagnosised and I felt briefly that they were trying to take away everything in life I enjoy, I began itching on my upper right tummy around the lung area all the way around my back on the right side. Since I have had time to accept my UC and change of life style, the itching is almost gone.
It is amazing what stress and nerves can do to our bodies.
Again, my prayers are with you!
Diagnosised 8/25/08 GRRR
Currently Flaring GRRR