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.

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@njcarolnjn

There are two FB Groups in BP. i have tried everything. Atlas chiro. only thing left for me is diet and the Amastsu. no here in NJ knows what that is at all

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Amatzu is a very very old Japanese treatment – the practitioner works on pressure points on the body starting at ur head and finishing at the feet. For example my friend told me she had bad pains going from her lower back down her leg, I recommended that she should go for Amatzu treatment and she was told it was her jaw being out of line which was causing the pain, she had 3 visits and never looked back. It’s an excellent treatment for the whole body. Google it.

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@noeley

Amatzu is a very very old Japanese treatment – the practitioner works on pressure points on the body starting at ur head and finishing at the feet. For example my friend told me she had bad pains going from her lower back down her leg, I recommended that she should go for Amatzu treatment and she was told it was her jaw being out of line which was causing the pain, she had 3 visits and never looked back. It’s an excellent treatment for the whole body. Google it.

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cant seem to find the Amatzu around here?

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@njcarolnjn

There are two FB Groups in BP. i have tried everything. Atlas chiro. only thing left for me is diet and the Amastsu. no here in NJ knows what that is at all

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on FB there seems to be so many BP groups; can't seem to find the one for brachio-radial pruritis

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not spelled that way. no seems to spell it correctky

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Hi – I've just registered as I wanted to pass on what I tried to stop this awful itch. I read on here that someone suggested petroleum jelly can help and someone else mentioned menthol rub. In desperation on Wednesday night I rummaged around in the medicine cabinet (having tried everything else I could think of) and found an old pot of Vick Vapour Rub (it's called Vick here in England). Anyway, I lathered this on my arm and the itching stopped! I did the same last night and no itching. This seems ridiculous, but it worked! I had previously been waking up every night and scratching my arm furiously for hours – no scratching at all and the lumps and bumps on my arm are disappearing. Please pass this on – I tried to join the discussion after registering but couldn't for some reason. Many thanks and good luck. Angie

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I have this agonizing condition. It is definitely aggravated by sun, so I don't leave the house without spraying 30+ on my arms. When I don't, it flares up. For flares, I whip out the ice pack. Not easy to do if you aren't close to an ice pack! lol So, best way for me to prevent flares is to protect from sun. I do have Osteoarthritis of spine with radiculopathy, cervical region, and Upper Motor Neuron Syndrome (spinal cord injury of some sort). I get trigger point injections in my muscle spasms (neck and upper back) from my Pain Specialist at UCSD Medical Center in La Jolla, as well as Neurofrequency Ablation procedures to heat up nerves in the facet joints so they shut down and prevent pain signals from being felt. That helps a lot, but sometimes the pain comes back and they just redo the ablation procedure. Ask for an anxiety med if you try this procedure. I am not adverse to the worst pain imaginable, but this procedure caused me to almost faint on the table due to involuntary autonomic nervous system reactions. It was not fun at all and I was sweating profusely, losing Blood pressure rapidly, asking for O2 etc, so please, please just ask for the anxiety med, and your body will thank you! You will just need a ride home.

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@bobbiellen

WOW! What a relief to find this! I had to diagnose myself from research on the internet, since most docs are clueless, and don't even know to refer or who to refer to. I think the last four years of posts on here cover about every possible treatment out there…..

Only relief for me has been icepacks and Biofreeze. Over the years, I have purchased mostly cortisone but also various anti-itch creams, natural creams, etc., however it wasn't until this fall that I realized there is more to this than the skin. My research revealed the terms brachial radial pruritis, neurogenic itch, etc. I am not keen on drugs or meds so I am trying acupuncture. I just convinced my doc (that I am leaving) to order spinal xrays. They revealed the narrowing at the C5-6, some entrapment, etc. I am skeptical of chiropractors but the ones that specialize in the neck, the NUCCA ones that know what they are doing, might be worth a try. I checked out the Amazon neck devices and there are so many – those inflatable ones look uncomfortable, compared to some of the other similar ones – so not yet sure what to try. I like the natural routes so I wanna look into the doterra stuff – the Deep Blue, the DDR and the Copaiba Oil.

Since my life has finally slowed down quite a bit and I have the time to think more deeply about this, I do remember that the end of the summers were always triggered the itching – I only get it on my upper arms, bilaterally, shoulders to above elbows only. Then it seems it would just go away, but this time I spent more time in the sun that usual, not realizing it would later turn into this. I never had to use ice packs before, never that bad.

In any event, I am at the point now, after 3 months of this, that I need to find a solution so I have been relentless in this online research and am paying out of pocket for acupuncture that I may stop. I have had about 4 treatments with one doc and two with another. I think the one that I have had the 4 with is better and he feels that it will take 10-12 treatments, but I am just not too sure about it all. At first I thought it might be the miracle cure, but not so sure now.

Going to speak with my physical therapist tomorrow and give her all the low down, to determine best exercises and neck device. Then I would like to consider a NUCCA chiropractor or the Japanese Amatsu.

I have moved to a more holistic lifestyle in the last three years, more plant based, sugar limited to Stevia 98% of the time, etc. I am semi-retired now and am also part of a centering prayer group. I do believe that what we eat and how we de-stress is critical. I also cut out med's – stopped the Lexapro, and the Lisinopryl. I was basically borderline HBP and find I don't really need it now. As for the Lexapro, same thing, or else I am just treatment resistant. In any event neither of them are worth the money or the side effects. I prefer to live presecription – drug free.

It is pointless to scratch, because it only makes it worse, so it is better to keep hydrated with lotion, and then when unbearable, apply the Biofreeze or the icepacks. But the constant and then fluctuating sensations of burning and stinging are a major life disruption and I find myself a bit on the OCD side to get this resolved. From what I have read, many have it far worse and I don't see now they have lived with it for soooo long.

My mother-in-law was over radiated from treatment for skin cancer on her legs and she has been complaining of itching on her legs but then sometimes she claims it is everywhere. Initially I thought it might be the radiation that damaged her nerve endings, at least in her legs, but not really too sure now. Maybe the neuropathy came from the over radiation…..in any event, I can pass this information on to her. She might benefit from that gabapentine drug – as she isn't weird about medications like I am.

BTW – I couldn't find the FB page that you all referred to. I saw a few FB pages related to BRP but none looked like it was like this, but more linked to someone promoting their services. There seems to be much more information here.

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Look up info from Noeley

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@bobbiellen

WOW! What a relief to find this! I had to diagnose myself from research on the internet, since most docs are clueless, and don't even know to refer or who to refer to. I think the last four years of posts on here cover about every possible treatment out there…..

Only relief for me has been icepacks and Biofreeze. Over the years, I have purchased mostly cortisone but also various anti-itch creams, natural creams, etc., however it wasn't until this fall that I realized there is more to this than the skin. My research revealed the terms brachial radial pruritis, neurogenic itch, etc. I am not keen on drugs or meds so I am trying acupuncture. I just convinced my doc (that I am leaving) to order spinal xrays. They revealed the narrowing at the C5-6, some entrapment, etc. I am skeptical of chiropractors but the ones that specialize in the neck, the NUCCA ones that know what they are doing, might be worth a try. I checked out the Amazon neck devices and there are so many – those inflatable ones look uncomfortable, compared to some of the other similar ones – so not yet sure what to try. I like the natural routes so I wanna look into the doterra stuff – the Deep Blue, the DDR and the Copaiba Oil.

Since my life has finally slowed down quite a bit and I have the time to think more deeply about this, I do remember that the end of the summers were always triggered the itching – I only get it on my upper arms, bilaterally, shoulders to above elbows only. Then it seems it would just go away, but this time I spent more time in the sun that usual, not realizing it would later turn into this. I never had to use ice packs before, never that bad.

In any event, I am at the point now, after 3 months of this, that I need to find a solution so I have been relentless in this online research and am paying out of pocket for acupuncture that I may stop. I have had about 4 treatments with one doc and two with another. I think the one that I have had the 4 with is better and he feels that it will take 10-12 treatments, but I am just not too sure about it all. At first I thought it might be the miracle cure, but not so sure now.

Going to speak with my physical therapist tomorrow and give her all the low down, to determine best exercises and neck device. Then I would like to consider a NUCCA chiropractor or the Japanese Amatsu.

I have moved to a more holistic lifestyle in the last three years, more plant based, sugar limited to Stevia 98% of the time, etc. I am semi-retired now and am also part of a centering prayer group. I do believe that what we eat and how we de-stress is critical. I also cut out med's – stopped the Lexapro, and the Lisinopryl. I was basically borderline HBP and find I don't really need it now. As for the Lexapro, same thing, or else I am just treatment resistant. In any event neither of them are worth the money or the side effects. I prefer to live presecription – drug free.

It is pointless to scratch, because it only makes it worse, so it is better to keep hydrated with lotion, and then when unbearable, apply the Biofreeze or the icepacks. But the constant and then fluctuating sensations of burning and stinging are a major life disruption and I find myself a bit on the OCD side to get this resolved. From what I have read, many have it far worse and I don't see now they have lived with it for soooo long.

My mother-in-law was over radiated from treatment for skin cancer on her legs and she has been complaining of itching on her legs but then sometimes she claims it is everywhere. Initially I thought it might be the radiation that damaged her nerve endings, at least in her legs, but not really too sure now. Maybe the neuropathy came from the over radiation…..in any event, I can pass this information on to her. She might benefit from that gabapentine drug – as she isn't weird about medications like I am.

BTW – I couldn't find the FB page that you all referred to. I saw a few FB pages related to BRP but none looked like it was like this, but more linked to someone promoting their services. There seems to be much more information here.

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Go to brain and nervous system. next page press on BRP

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@njcarolnjn

not spelled that way. no seems to spell it correctky

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Brachioradial Pruritus

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@bobbiellen

Do they do that in the US? On the east coast? Anywhere near the mid-Atlantic? I couldn't find it anywhere around here.

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Sorry I don’t know as I live in Europe.

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@njcarolnjn

There are two FB Groups in BP. i have tried everything. Atlas chiro. only thing left for me is diet and the Amastsu. no here in NJ knows what that is at all

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As far as I can assertain you do not have Amatzu Treatment in the USA. In one of the statements written by “Angiemm”he or she reported that the use of Vick’s Vapour rub (usually used for a cold) helped greatly and I tried it, and yes it did help, and the itching stopped for several hours. Try it. The most important thing is to exfoliate and above all keep ur arms moisturized all day long applying many times, it really does work that and keeping ur arms covered. WITHOUT A SHADOW OF DOUBT THE DRUG MY GP PRESCRIBED. “AMITRIPTYLIN” was without doubt the help I needed – yes I know, drugs – I don’t want to take drugs ever but you know what, I can’t live with this terrible terrible itching and pain. I may have to stay on the drug for a few years, in the hope that the way medicine is going they will find some help for all of us in the BRP family. Quality of life wins over length of time every time. I hope one or two of my suggestions will help at least one person, particularly exfoliating moisturing and covering ur arms with long sleevs. The very best of luck.

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I have this, just found out why I have scratched my arms bloody since 1988. My whole vertebrae is a mess, severe narrowing and compression fractures the whole length. Spinal stenosis, others. Pain Dr said I have a lot of company. I only use ibuprofen really helps with pain, will not touch pain pills, except for surgery, broke my ankle last week, he took out a plate from previous break and put in a bigger one. Had a ,seizure and dropped. Not one dermatologist could help me but a doctor recommended expected on the skin. It really helps, burns at first, stops the itching, would rather have pain. I have been on hydroxyzine since 2000 when I begged for something. Originally I was getting 8 a day, drs have dropped it to 5. It can cause somsthing, do you think I care, what something else? 4 rare diseases. Triamcinolone also helps

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