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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@noeley

You really must must see a good dermatologist, as my symptoms mirrored exactly the same as everyone else on this site who think they have BRP, maybe they do, I thought I had BRP for over 10 years and after 10 minutes with Professor Ryan (Dermatologist), she said, no, you do not have BRP. My success story is in my article. Noeley

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That diagnosis doesn’t look related to a neurogenic itch.

Do you not feel a burning sensation after scratching what you feel is an itch?

Is your itching confined to the arms?

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@bobbiellen

That diagnosis doesn’t look related to a neurogenic itch.

Do you not feel a burning sensation after scratching what you feel is an itch?

Is your itching confined to the arms?

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Yes I feel a burning sensation after itching and then I ice my arms. Yes the itch is confined to my arms. and back of my neck when sleeping.

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@noeley

I think all the drugs mentioned are part of the same family. if one is not working then try another. Also google the difference, eg, WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AMITRIPTYLINE AND THE DRUG YOU ARE TAKING ? IT WILL TELL YOU. I have great relief with amitriptyline but most importantly KEEP KEEP moisturising I also find (don’t laugh) Vick’s vapor rub a great relief and ALOE VERA PROPOLIS IT’S SOLD WORLD WIDE. The PRoduct is made By
“FOREVER LIVING” you may need to ice sometimes but 85% less than before. One last tip, as BRP is light Senitive ware long sleeves even in bed or keep arms under sheet. Good luck

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keep arms under sheet i can’t stand anything on my arms

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@noeley

I think all the drugs mentioned are part of the same family. if one is not working then try another. Also google the difference, eg, WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AMITRIPTYLINE AND THE DRUG YOU ARE TAKING ? IT WILL TELL YOU. I have great relief with amitriptyline but most importantly KEEP KEEP moisturising I also find (don’t laugh) Vick’s vapor rub a great relief and ALOE VERA PROPOLIS IT’S SOLD WORLD WIDE. The PRoduct is made By
“FOREVER LIVING” you may need to ice sometimes but 85% less than before. One last tip, as BRP is light Senitive ware long sleeves even in bed or keep arms under sheet. Good luck

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it’s interesting but no matter how hard i try i don’t understand why everyone feels antidepressants are the cure for everything

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@njcarolnjn

it’s interesting but no matter how hard i try i don’t understand why everyone feels antidepressants are the cure for everything

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I don't think people believe antidepressants are a cure for everything; however for this neurogenic and and other brain related conditions, for some reason (?) the antidepressants calm down the nerves and minimize or reduce the symptoms.
CASE IN POINT: I went off Lexapro last spring, after being on it for years…….I didn't think I needed it and I seemed to be fine. However, in the fall, this itching came and was very intense, so much so, that I had to go to great lengths to trouble shoot it. After I tried many things and read that folks were being treated with antidepressants, my first thought was to go back on the Lexapro and BINGO….my symptoms were reduced significantly and only after 4 days. I am using the TKAL cream at night, because I feel the symptoms more so then than during the day…….but NO MORE ICE PACKS……My guess is when I am back on the full 20 mg. I won't need even the TKAL cream. Still seeing the neurosurgeon this week.

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@noeley

You really must must see a good dermatologist, as my symptoms mirrored exactly the same as everyone else on this site who think they have BRP, maybe they do, I thought I had BRP for over 10 years and after 10 minutes with Professor Ryan (Dermatologist), she said, no, you do not have BRP. My success story is in my article. Noeley

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I do go to a Hopkins dermatologist – very good.

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@njcarolnjn

it’s interesting but no matter how hard i try i don’t understand why everyone feels antidepressants are the cure for everything

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It's a lower dose than when you use anti depressants for other issues. They find they really help. I took inipramine for the fibro for a few yrs. I have never been depressed in my life, Dr's are amazed with all the diseases I have4 rare ones and 5 autoimmune etc. But they all agree I have no anxiety which I tell the new ones.and they tell me I am fine

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@bobbiellen

I don't think people believe antidepressants are a cure for everything; however for this neurogenic and and other brain related conditions, for some reason (?) the antidepressants calm down the nerves and minimize or reduce the symptoms.
CASE IN POINT: I went off Lexapro last spring, after being on it for years…….I didn't think I needed it and I seemed to be fine. However, in the fall, this itching came and was very intense, so much so, that I had to go to great lengths to trouble shoot it. After I tried many things and read that folks were being treated with antidepressants, my first thought was to go back on the Lexapro and BINGO….my symptoms were reduced significantly and only after 4 days. I am using the TKAL cream at night, because I feel the symptoms more so then than during the day…….but NO MORE ICE PACKS……My guess is when I am back on the full 20 mg. I won't need even the TKAL cream. Still seeing the neurosurgeon this week.

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I have been on hydroxyzine since 2000 when I begged a Dr for help really helps. It was originally 8 25 mg a day but Dr's. always get worried slowly cut back to 4 but newer Dr upped it to 5 a days. Have a stash of extras I take as needed.My Dr says they worry with Beers in elderly, keep telling them not falling from this but from the ms. I am frustrated with all the illnesses I have. Kidney Dr. Said she hopes in 10 yrs what is causing everything.

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@anniemaggie

I have been on hydroxyzine since 2000 when I begged a Dr for help really helps. It was originally 8 25 mg a day but Dr's. always get worried slowly cut back to 4 but newer Dr upped it to 5 a days. Have a stash of extras I take as needed.My Dr says they worry with Beers in elderly, keep telling them not falling from this but from the ms. I am frustrated with all the illnesses I have. Kidney Dr. Said she hopes in 10 yrs what is causing everything.

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frustrating isn’t it they say i have couple auto immune diseases but which ones. no one knows no cures anyway. i’m trying food

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I have read on an autoimmune site that fibro is not an auto immune. But have ms, sjogrens, chronic fatigue, lupus not active, something else cant remember, too many diseases & syndromes.

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@noeley

Yes I feel a burning sensation after itching and then I ice my arms. Yes the itch is confined to my arms. and back of my neck when sleeping.

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I have to many top dermatologists since 88 when started itching forearms mainly some upper arms. Scars all over forearms. Head of skin dept univ of Mich put me on something can't remember what now but was on it for 16 yrs because I was getting severe staf infections, since staf is everywhere. Those have calmed down. I have used triamcinolone cream for several yrs I go back and forth with the aspercream(not roll on causes itching), same as pain cream at rite aid that Dr suggested. Has lidocaine, anything with lidocain works numbs area. I am way past ice caused itching. Without anything I scratch so bad I bleed. So the hydroxyzine has saved my day. Whatever works for you is great. I have some burning without lyrica for right arm from severe tingling. Have tried to stop but arms get worse so cut in half. Was getting lyrica from manufacturer by moved and no longer with Dr. So co pay is $37 as the hydroxyzine. I have the best part D & the best supplement, only good part for Medicare

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Hi. I am struggling. For the past 3 years I have suffered severe itching on both forearms.. the first 2-3 years it seemed seasonal and I thought it was allergies. This past year has been the worse, constant sores on my arms from scratching. I have tried all sorts of creams, steroids, oils, etc. Ice is the only thing that has helped. I have recently seen a dermotologist who gave no answers other than I am not allergic to anything… I have been struggling with my doctor (who I just fired) who hasn't been of help.. I was requesting to be referred to a neurologist but instead she prescribed me gabopentin which I have read works but I'd really prefer to know what is wrong over just taking piils? what is causing this? I am only 28 years old.. I am more of a "natural remedy" type.. trying to avoid most medicines unless necessary. I used to think my arms were beautiful and now they are scarred and rashy. It is hard to concentrate and sometimes hard to sleep. Any recommendations for how to seek further help? There doesn't seem to be anything wrong with my neck.. I tried chiropractics a few times but it seems expensive for the 10 minute process… I wonder about getting an MRI to see if there is something going on with my cervical spine? I feel defeated by my doctor who scolded me and chalked it up to me "not taking proper pre-cautions in the sun". I wear sun screen but you can't tell me to wear longsleeves for the rest of my life?! Right…? Thanks for hearing me. No one seems to understand and tries to tell me to do a juice cleanse or something.. I am very healthy and active, great health other than this disorder…

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