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.

@jenniferhunter

@bobbiellen Nerve entrapment can happen in the body because of tight muscles or fascia, and a physical therapist who does myofascial release work can find those and release them. There are some common places where nerves pass through small canals inbetween muscles, bones or joints. It's not the same thing as massage, but it is like a push when you knead bread dough and just hold the push against the body. That creates a shearing action which stretches the fascia, and you just hold it and wait until the fascia remodels and releases itself. The fascia is changing from a semi-solid to a liquid state to do this, and this is how yoga works when you hold a pose for a long time. Internal scar tissue can cause lots of problems like this, and can be treated with MFR therapy. I've done a lot of this with my physical therapist for thoracic outlet syndrome which is a nerve entrapment between the collar bone and rib cage. Some surgeons recommend this therapy, and others don't understand it, and sometimes surgery can be avoided altogether with MFR. See myofascialrelease.com for information.

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Good point. I have heard of this. I just wasn’t able to find a knowledgeable and skilled PT in my area.

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@enoughalready

Not sure if you saw any of my posts. My dermatologist too only wanted to put me on the typical meds that don't seem to work. However I have gotten almost complete relief from using CBD lotion or oil. Also, because I already have one auto immune issue, the believe this is another auto immune problem.

I also have found a terrific chiropractor who did an adjustment in my neck, and that has seemed to help. Good luck

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That is good! I tried CBD oil internally and as a topical lotion but didn’t notice any improvement.

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@bonnie1969

Is it a drug they are injecting?

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No, only a natural sugar dextrose (sugar) solution, naturally occurring in the body. Google Lyftogt – and it explains it all

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@needahelp

That’s so encouraging! I had no idea! Thanks for the information.

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If you have time, go back and read earlier posts in like the last few months if not more. It is all in there, even though you might have to sift through some stuff

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@bobbiellen

No, only a natural sugar dextrose (sugar) solution, naturally occurring in the body. Google Lyftogt – and it explains it all

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I’m diabetic, so I doubt that I could try this.

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@bonnie1969

Thank you for the feedback. What is a functional md?. I never heard of that. I live in Charlotte maybe I can look for one. I finally got an appointment with my neurologist Thursday. Hoping they do an MRI. You mentioned a specific MRI how is that different from a normal MRI. I know about the compound cream . I will have her write a script for it. Have you heard of pit injections? What are your thoughts?

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Google functional medicine doctors. There is a whole site explaining it. These docs treat the whole person and ty to get to the root of problems rather then just giving meds and doing surgery- they are open to what works for people.

Yes, I have done my first PIT injection treatment and going back in two weeks. Google Lyftogt and there is a list of physicians who are training. Charlotte should have some nearby. You have to call first though and ask questions to make sure they understand your symptoms are have experience.

A neural MRI looks at the nerves- whereas the regular MRI can’t see the nerves but rather the bones and organs.

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@needahelp

Please get back on the Gabapentin-you will adjust. I take one with breakfast, lunch, & before I get ready for bed. I shower fully every other day, but wash the needed areas the other days. Not getting the burning area in too much water seems to help( try to use cooler water). I’m seeing a Neurosurgeon on Thursday, so I will let you know what he says. Someone mentioned that Lexapro helps-maybe your regular doctor can help. I can’t imagine having to wait so long for help. Are there any large cities nearby where you could see a Neurosurgeon sooner? I have a hot/cold wrap that I keep in the freezer. This gives relief. Please keep in touch. I’m praying for you!

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I live in Charlotte. Unfortunately all the neurologists have long wait out. They just called today with a cancelation for Thursday. I will insist on MRI etc. I wrote down lots of stuff that I got from this forum. I do the ice all day and night.

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@bobbiellen

No, the calm the sensory nerves- used for nerve pain, which can include itching due to neurotic itch – inflammation at the sensory nerves can also cause itching.

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Thanks . Will bring this all up to the Nuerologist on Thursday.

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@enoughalready

Not sure if you saw any of my posts. My dermatologist too only wanted to put me on the typical meds that don't seem to work. However I have gotten almost complete relief from using CBD lotion or oil. Also, because I already have one auto immune issue, the believe this is another auto immune problem.

I also have found a terrific chiropractor who did an adjustment in my neck, and that has seemed to help. Good luck

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What specific brand of CBD cream or oil are you using?

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I saw a Neurosurgeon yesterday. I cannot do myofacial release because Medicare will not pay for it & they won’t let me pay for it myself! He uses it himself! I will have physical therapy. Instead of taking Gabapentin, he is putting me on Cymbalta (which helps all types of nerve pain). I’m anxious to hear how Bonnie’s visit went.

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Many of you have posted about the challenges you were facing with severe itching from brachioradial pruritus in this discussion. It would be great to hear an update on how things are going for some of you, and I'm sure your responses will benefit others in this thread.

@darlia – are you still itching? If so, are you still using the steroid from the dermatologist, or what are you using lately to control it?

@thedinnymurph – you'd mentioned pregabalin (Lyrica) was working pretty well for you. Are you still taking it? Any itching?

@njcarolnjn – you'd talked about MSM, and I think you meant methylsulfonylmethane? You'd also talked about trying some diet changes to see if it addressed the itching. Have either of these helped you?

@oldkarl – how are things going with the itching and oozing you were experiencing?

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I just had my last of 4 series of PIT shots. I have now been completely off gabapentin for almost 7 weeks after being on it for over 6 years. No itching. I’m hopeful and optimistic it stays this way, but only time will tell.

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@bjmart

I just had my last of 4 series of PIT shots. I have now been completely off gabapentin for almost 7 weeks after being on it for over 6 years. No itching. I’m hopeful and optimistic it stays this way, but only time will tell.

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That is awesome! I am glad to hear your update!

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between the clove oil for energencies dietary changes and msn i am itch free? 3 months this season as opposed t0 6. i amhopefully optimistic. The MSM. i will see for sure this august

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@bjmart

I just had my last of 4 series of PIT shots. I have now been completely off gabapentin for almost 7 weeks after being on it for over 6 years. No itching. I’m hopeful and optimistic it stays this way, but only time will tell.

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That’s wonderful!

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