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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I see I should have investigated the subject. All I noticed was the pruritis. Please delete my comment if possible.

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@froglegs

I see I should have investigated the subject. All I noticed was the pruritis. Please delete my comment if possible.

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Your post is still relevant @froglegs. What is your experience with pruritus?

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@colleenyoung

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) http://mayocl.in/2fFJrKD

Cropsey, have you had any prescribed treatment?

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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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@castlemac

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

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@colleenyoung

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) http://mayocl.in/2fFJrKD

Cropsey, have you had any prescribed treatment?

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

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@colleenyoung

Hi @froglegs, welcome to Connect. Please meet @salemm72 who also recently joined Connect and posted about brachioradial pruritus (BRP). How long have you been dealing with BRP?

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20 plus years.

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@froglegs

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
Anacaine
Chiggerex
Mandelay
Medicone
Outgro
Solarcaine

Canadian Brand Name
Baby Orajel Nighttime Formula
Dermoplast Maximum Strength
Topicaine

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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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@colleenyoung

Hi @froglegs, welcome to Connect. Please meet @salemm72 who also recently joined Connect and posted about brachioradial pruritus (BRP). How long have you been dealing with BRP?

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Hello @wanttoscream,

Welcome to Connect. I cannot imagine the frustration of dealing with brachioradial pruritus (BRP) for 20 years!
Could you share a few more details? Do your symptoms get worse at certain times of the day? How have you been coping thus far? We look forward to getting to know you.

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@froglegs

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
Anacaine
Chiggerex
Mandelay
Medicone
Outgro
Solarcaine

Canadian Brand Name
Baby Orajel Nighttime Formula
Dermoplast Maximum Strength
Topicaine

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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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@colleenyoung

Hi @froglegs, welcome to Connect. Please meet @salemm72 who also recently joined Connect and posted about brachioradial pruritus (BRP). How long have you been dealing with BRP?

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Yes.

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