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Patrick Cotter

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Brachioradial pruritus. (severe itching on forearms and neck, no rash).

Posted by @patrickcotter, Mar 19, 2012

Does anyone know of this. I think its rare but does exist. My neurologist does not know about this. I have compression between my c5 and c6 cervical disk and have had alot of sun damage to my skin.



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Posted by @castlemac, Aug 8, 2012

Hello, I have this exact diagnosis – same everything, no rash, severe SEVERE itching on forearm(left only) issues with my neck, and sun damage. I want to find out all I can regarding this – I am going INSANE with the itching. Only thing so far that TEMPORARILY takes the itch away is ICE…..


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Posted by @darlia, Oct 20, 2017

I’ve had his for years. (Same exact symptoms) Does anyone know what it us? Darlia


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Posted by @donnany, Sep 16, 2012

I have had this condition for about a year. My Dr. has me on Gabapentin and it does work. I am trying to get off it. I am down to two pills a day instead of 3.
I would like to try Chiropractic. Has anyone else tried it with any success. It is hard to find a Chiropractor that knows anything about BRP.


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Posted by @cropsey26, Nov 30, 2016

what can i take to stop the non stop itching it never goes away i feel like i want to rip the skin off my arm i have tried evereything over the counter but it does nt work i can not take much longer of this what can u suggest for me todo


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Posted by @donnany, Fri, Jan 12 3:41pm

Ice packs work temporarily. Chiropractic neck adjustments worked for me. It ha something to do with C5 and C6 in your neck.

Posted by @colleenyoung, Nov 30, 2016

Welcome to Connect, @cropsey26
I moved your message to this existing discussion where you can read messages from @donnany @castlemac and @patrickcotter. While they haven’t been on Connect for a long time, I’m hoping that someone will return to share their experiences with you. In the meantime, here is some information about the condition from Mayo Clinic, including treatment options.
– Itchy skin (pruritus)

Cropsey, have you had any prescribed treatment?


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Posted by @thedinnymurph, Oct 4, 2017

Hi I’m a sufferer who sympathizes completely with this maddening disorder. After pursuing treatment with dermatologists without success I did research on my own and found the cause (I think) for this horrible condition. I was already taking Neurontin for neuropathy. I have Sjrogrens and Mixed Connective Tissue Disorder. Noting it treated a weird skin itch also, I convinced my rheumatologist to order an x-ray which showed cervical spine problems…..long story short, this led to neurologist for MRI…he sent me for a cervical spine epidural. NO symptoms for 2 weeks….then a slow return.. This was in July and I’m due for a second on Oct 18
I’m as I said convinced this awful condition results from cervical spine inflammation. BUT saying that, the sun doesn’t help. I live in FL and try never to be in the sun.
The only treatment beside the epidural that ever helped is a steroid cream mixed with lidocaine. Provided only some relief. Promoxine (sp?) also helped somewhat. Icepacks remain the most effective. Hard to sit in meetings, restaurants, etc with them. This condition is very limiting socially. It’s made me cry, scream and have meltdowns not attractive in an adult!

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Posted by @salemm72, Oct 17, 2017

Felt compelled to reply… I stumbled to this site looking for new info on BRP (=bracchioradial pruiritis)… as it is making me go mad, mad, mad! I can totally relate to “cry, scream, meltdowns” too. It is so maddening!! For those looking for temporary relief, my go tos, here in Canada, are: Xylocaine 5% (which I think may be Lidocaine in US)… this numbs your arms (but takes an hour to take effect, i find) and Stopain!, which is a strong menthol-type roll-on cream that feels super cold… so cold that it hurts a little (but at least you don’t feel itchy). Hope this helps someone.
As for next steps, for me, I’m booking an appointment at chiropractor. Hopefully he’ll take xrays and see something? Or perhaps an “alignment” of my spine will help? I’m desperate! Keep looking for answers people!!

Posted by @colleenyoung, Oct 18, 2017

Welcome to Connect, @salemm72. Thanks for sharing tips for relief. I understand that physical therapy or even acupuncture may help some people who have cervical spine disease. (Reference: Do you have issues with your cervical spine or neck?


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Posted by @thedinnymurph, Oct 20, 2017

I’m so happy to hear from you salemm72. Glad to hear of your remedies like Stopain!….that’s a new one for me. My dermatologist also recommended capasain which I never personally found helpful. Irritated skin even more.
Yesterday I had a second cervical epidural. Believe it or not, I’ve not itched all day!! Now that could be from the anesthesia, we’ll see. I hope your idea of a alignment works for you. Makes sense that it might help. My xrays clearly showed cervical spine arthritis so the impingement clearly was there causing the BRP.
Good luck in your search for relief. Some people can’t understand the horrible discomfort this condition causes….and I think discomfort is a mild description for it. It makes me NUTS!!!!


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Posted by @darlia, Oct 20, 2017

Hmm. I have Cervical disorder of certain disks so maybe it IS connected


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Posted by @jigglejaws94, Dec 1, 2016

Is this like notalgia paresthetica?


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Posted by @froglegs, Oct 18, 2017

Benzocaine comes in topical forms (also called lidocaine). I buy Solarcaine but it can be in a generic form, too. I get the spray so touching the skin is not necessary. It also comes in a gel form, for dry skin that’s oily.

US Brand Name

Canadian Brand Name
Baby Orajel Nighttime Formula
Dermoplast Maximum Strength


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Posted by @thedinnymurph, Nov 4, 2017

Hi. Update on my last… on oct 18 had second cervical epidural right side for BRP. 90% resolved. As of yesterday, results were at roughly 60%or less with a very severe episode of itching/burning/stabbing pain lasting for hours. Am pretty disappointed. I’m rethinking my treatment plan for the left arm now.

I’m really hoping to hear from anyone out there who has had a successful resolution of BRP with epidural treatment. I asked doc what if these are ineffective and he then said lyrica. Well I’m already on 2400mg of gabapentin which certainly doesn’t seem to be helpful and aren’t they about the same?? And why is Lyrica a controlled substance?

I’m itchy and miserable. I scratch all night and my 1 million count thread sheets have blood stains. Have to carry ice packs wherever I go. The pain and burning is very intense.
Doc also suggested medical marijuana and naltrexone which can cause bad nightmares!!


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Posted by @wanttoscream, Nov 4, 2017

Hi. I feel your pain for sure. Inam so tired. I just dont know
What to
Do. I finally past out last night with a freezing ice pack on my forearm.

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