Its not uncommon for me to go through itchy phases - just generalized itchiness, & unfortunately I do suffer from numbness in my hands & arms. The numbness has its moments where it's accompanied with pain but I have a new symptom. Would like to know if anyone out there also experiences it. I have been quite itchy on my left side torso around to my tummy. It's the kind of prickly itch that you just have to scratch. I realized today, that the same area is numbish. Odd that it can have reduced… read more
I have what you describe, the numbness and pricklies and the itch you have to scratch. Showering and using a gentle washcloth and non perfumed soap or oatmeal based lotions in the shower help. Outside of showering, calamine lotion helps, me as does pure aloe Vera and if it's extremely bad then taking an oral one day dose of an OTC antihistamine. The place in particular that I have reduced feeling with the itching is in my thumbs. Not a single medical professional has identified it but I strongly suspect it's peripheral neuropathy and the state is a precursor to worsening symptoms. Sometimes medical descriptors jump over the incremental stages and describe the end result so the stage or phase we experience isn't "captured" in the summaries and then doesn't get validated or documented.
Wow, I just thought I was losing my mind. I don't get really bad itchiness but occasionally I do at night on my back where I can't reach so I have to keep us scratching thing in my nightstand drawer. I have sensations of bugs crawling on me frequently or single raindrops falling on me... the raindrops are odd because if I'm outside I'll look around to see if it's raining or if anyone else is feeling water. Sometimes I'll ask my husband if it's raining or is it about to rain and he looks at me like I'm crazy. I do get that numbing feeling. I hate it.
I get the feeling like something is crawling or landing on my skin but there is nothing there. I also have itchy spots with no bites that I have scratched to rawness. Mine just pop up anywhere then itch so bad I can scratch them raw then go away. I have been fortunate that they only last a day or two. Long enough to make sores which is dangerous for me. I am also a diabetic.
I bought anti itch cream to help with the itching and take Lyrica which might help since it is for neuropathy. Just another fibro fun game to play: The Itchy-Scratchy Game! ;)
I know I have itchy moments way more than say a non fibro person would. The numbness, & creepy crawly feeling...yeah, I was blessed with that when most of my symptoms became much worse-right after the birth of my son. This was long before the Fibro diagnosis. First was hand & forearm pain, then a hot sensation in my hands particularly my left hand. After weeks of a hot sensation, then cold, like my hands were outside in freezing temps...they weren't necessarily cold to the touch, but the sensation was that they were. Then numbness & lastly, one evening as I was sitting, I freaked cuz I felt a spider crawl across the back of my left hand. I was shocked when I saw nothing there. I did see a Neurologist who did tests & found I did have numbness even into my arms. I think this is all pretty common with F along with the itchyness. With any chronic condition, its difficult in that with the laundry list of symptoms, when do you know to see the doc? When do you know what's a F symptom & what isn't?
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