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

Posted by Patrick Cotter @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.

@coolkat

I'm new here and just stumbled upon this site while looking for answers as to why my left arm won't stop itching… It started about 2 yrs ago on one forearm and lasted about 3-4 months… Then it went away for a few weeks and came back on opposite forearm and lasted a few months as well…. Then went away this winter… And now it's back again on left arm , and has been itching for about a month now…. I have scabs and sores on my arm and is now scaly and bumpy and dry from scratching so much…I don't have the spinal issues like lots here do… But I do get a lot of sun…. I see there is different procedures for the spinal issues that can help … But what about people that don't have the spinal issues… I'm going nuts with all the scratching…. It almost always only itches at night when I'm going to bed…

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Read my two posts

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See my posts it may help.

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@donnany

You got that right. It is not a skin disorder. It is a nerve thing. C5 and C6 in your neck.

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See my posts they will help u

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clove oil and look up brp on facebook many suffers there

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@noeley

Please let us (in the painful BRP club) know how u get on?

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Hi again. I ordered the cervical traction device by overnight from Amazon, and I'm wearing it as I type. So far so good. It's a soft, 3-level inflatable collar with a hand pump to inflate it. It's quite comfortable to wear. It feels fully inflated and it's definitely keeping my head up. Strangely it came with no directions at all, so I'm going to follow @sgmjohnny's advice and wear it for maybe an hour twice a day. So far there's no itching while wearing it, and I had bad itching last night and this morning that required an ice pack.

I will definitely keep everyone posted on how it's working.

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I really hope it works for you. Please keep us posted.

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@donnany

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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Try Amatzu

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@colleenyoung

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: http://www.clinicaladvisor.com/dermatology/brachioradial-pruritus/article/593588/) Do you have issues with your cervical spine or neck?

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Please try AMATZU

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@darlia

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

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Again I recommend AMATZU (the treatment goes back hundreds of years) and it really works.

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@predictable

This discussion about Brachioradial Pruritis is just stunning to me, because I may have slipped into that world myself. My arms itch this December as they did a year ago. The itch also affects my legs (up to about mid-thigh) and my waist and belly. Two dermatologists gave me prescriptions for the same ointment, with instructions to use it sparingly and not ask for more. As an A-fib patient using blood-thinners to prevent blood clots, the scratching to alleviate the itch draws blood spots on both arms and legs.

The dermatologists are unsure of a diagnosis, never mentioned BRP, and asked about humidity in my house. I focused on that, because of the seasonal itching — starting and worsening as the weather gets cold and my home gets heated with a gas furnace. But humidity is not the problem! I have a good large humidifier on my forced-air heating system. So, the dermatologist asked, whaddaya use as laundry soap to wash your underwear and your socks? He was suggesting a chemical allergy, and I took that as a serious possibility and have used nonallergenic laundry soap since then. But allergy is not the problem! I still itch (although not as intolerably as others in this discussion).

My latest tactic gave me some relief: I scrubbed my arms and legs with a soft wash cloth using nonallergenic bath soap. That gave me one day of relief. I have used moisturizing skin lotion and also got a day or two of relief. My next tactic is a total chemical analysis of our public water supply. Then (if the water seems innocent) long soaks in the tub rather than long showers. I’ll keep you posted.

Now for quick read of the material that Kanaaz introduced last Monday.

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Try clove
Oil mixed with a little water. I believe from all I have read that it is
Nerve endings from your spine and neck and the nerves are attached to ur arms etc. Try using the oil and keep ur skin moisturized all the time and keep all problem areas away from light as this problem seems to be photo sensitive. I always ware long sleeves as my problem is on my arms. I TRULY got great comfort from taking amitriptaline (sorry about spelling) which was prescribed by my GP. Thank God for them they have
Made a big difference and of course u know to use ice when the itch is very bad.

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@thedinnymurph

have you ever tried the amitriptyline/ketamine compound?
has anyone who has BRP?

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Yes I have and I have to say the amitriptyline really really works about 85%of the time. May I also suggest clove oil mixed with a little water and rub it on arms and keep skin moisturized and away from sun light In fact keep area covered. I can manage my problem now but I am going to have Amatzu treatment on my back and neck will keep u informed.

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