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.

I have this and have suffered from this on and off for a few years…I wanted to reply here to give back…very frustrating disorder…a couple things that worked for me…1.) changing my pillow!! I spent $160 on a new pillow and felt almost instant relief… 2.) chiropractor 3.) get a vitamin deficiency test! You could be low in vitamin B! 4.) accupuncture to the affected area with electricity hooked up to the needles..get your arms massaged out a couple times per week for the next month. 5.) cover up in the sun

I’ve had MRIs, and seen dermatologists and general doctors…they’ve given me very little info on the disorder…the only thing that ever helped was ice!

Let me know what you come up with and if these help…I can’t for sure say which of these helped the most bc I was desperate to find relief so I tried everything…but I can say the pillow, Chiropractics and vitamins are on my top 3. Hopefully this doesn’t come back again but I’m being hopeful…doing yoga and chiropractor to try n keep it at bay.

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@jcb01

I have this and have suffered from this on and off for a few years…I wanted to reply here to give back…very frustrating disorder…a couple things that worked for me…1.) changing my pillow!! I spent $160 on a new pillow and felt almost instant relief… 2.) chiropractor 3.) get a vitamin deficiency test! You could be low in vitamin B! 4.) accupuncture to the affected area with electricity hooked up to the needles..get your arms massaged out a couple times per week for the next month. 5.) cover up in the sun

I’ve had MRIs, and seen dermatologists and general doctors…they’ve given me very little info on the disorder…the only thing that ever helped was ice!

Let me know what you come up with and if these help…I can’t for sure say which of these helped the most bc I was desperate to find relief so I tried everything…but I can say the pillow, Chiropractics and vitamins are on my top 3. Hopefully this doesn’t come back again but I’m being hopeful…doing yoga and chiropractor to try n keep it at bay.

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@jcb01 What brand of pillow did you buy? I’m not sure why that would make a difference! I have noticed that cooler water on my arms ( in the shower) seems to help. I tried on two sweaters the other day & that started my arms stinging again.

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@montana_mom8

FYI-2nd session of PT with needling, traction, manipulation and mobilization of C 5/6/7 and T1&2-NO MORE ITCHING! It’s been a week post treatment and what a relief after 3 mos of non stop itching!. I have 4 more sessions scheduled. My opinion that the BRP was caused by cervical pathology was correct for me. Whew! I decreased using the topical ketamine/amitriptyline to 1x a day and none today. I did get a “zinger” early this morning but it went away, confirming the need for ongoing Rx. I stopped my workouts for my upper body and stopped running for a bit. All to allow my bones to settle down per the PT. I don’t know if this will work for anyone else, just stating what worked for me. Took tons of patience and finding a skilled PT is crucial.

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@montana_mom8 What is T1&T2? What should I suggest to the P.T. guy? I’m on Cymbalta (it will have been two weeks on the 15th)& I’m not sure that it’s helping. Have you changed soaps, detergents,etc.? Does that make a difference?

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Just wanted to let you all know that this discussion, "Brachioradial pruritus. (severe itching on forearms and neck, no rash)" has now been moved to the Connect Skin Health group.

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@lisalucier

Just wanted to let you all know that this discussion, "Brachioradial pruritus. (severe itching on forearms and neck, no rash)" has now been moved to the Connect Skin Health group.

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Because this a a nerve condition, not a skin problem, why is it moved to skin conditions? We’ll get a ton of emails that don’t deal with our problems.

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I’ve had this itching for years on and off but never this bad. I finally got a diagnosis by my dermatologist when I told him the topicals weren’t working and that I was putting ice on it. I don’t know why I did that but it worked. When I said ice, he asked if I had problems with my neck and I said yes. I had several epidurals over the last few years. He said there wasn’t anything he could do for me. He did mention gabapentin. So when I went to see my neurologist for my migraines, I told her about it. She had never heard of it. We talked and she prescribed me gabapentin. It was like a miracle my itching stopped! That lasted for a month and now it’s back. She increased the dosage just a few days ago but it’s still going crazy. Prior to the meds I was using ice and a mixture of essential oils that helped, especially when ice wasn’t available. This is the most frustrating syndrome.

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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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Hello I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM AND NOTHING IS EASEING IT. ITS MY NECK AND UPPER BODY THE HOT WEATHER MAKES IT WORSE. I WOULD LIKE TO FIND OUT. MORE ABOUT IT. WHAT I CAN DO TO GET RELIEF I AM ALSO GOING INSANE.

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It’s been 1 month after weekly PT Needling, manual manipulation and myofascial work of C5/C6 extended to T1and T2 and NO MORE itch, (NOT chiropractic). Off all topical Rx and no meds except for ocassional Advil.
As a medical provider myself, my research (and this blog, so many thanks!) led to my conclusion that my severe itch was neurogenic, not dermatological. For me, treating the root issue vs mitigating symptoms worked-I hope others do not give up hope.

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@pfym

I’ve had this itching for years on and off but never this bad. I finally got a diagnosis by my dermatologist when I told him the topicals weren’t working and that I was putting ice on it. I don’t know why I did that but it worked. When I said ice, he asked if I had problems with my neck and I said yes. I had several epidurals over the last few years. He said there wasn’t anything he could do for me. He did mention gabapentin. So when I went to see my neurologist for my migraines, I told her about it. She had never heard of it. We talked and she prescribed me gabapentin. It was like a miracle my itching stopped! That lasted for a month and now it’s back. She increased the dosage just a few days ago but it’s still going crazy. Prior to the meds I was using ice and a mixture of essential oils that helped, especially when ice wasn’t available. This is the most frustrating syndrome.

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@pfym. I have been very fortunate that I found the chiropractor that I have. He does the Pierce method of chiropractics. He did adjust my neck which surprised me since I had no pain there. I have also had GREAT success with CBD lotion on my arms. I have not had to take or use any prescribed medication thank God.
Best of luck

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Hi there, has anyone considered if mental health affect their “itch”. I suffer from anxiety, and the relentless itching definitely increases my anxiety and irritability. Initially I was convinced it was only my anxiety as the cause but since learned that sun damage is a contributer. Unfortunately I work in the sun all day everyday, in the hotter months it definitely gets worse. I was put on an anti depressant, but stopped after reading the side affects. Also iv become immune to cortisone creams like “itch ease”. Any other recommendations for creams or gels?
Thanks.

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@mattdane

Hi there, has anyone considered if mental health affect their “itch”. I suffer from anxiety, and the relentless itching definitely increases my anxiety and irritability. Initially I was convinced it was only my anxiety as the cause but since learned that sun damage is a contributer. Unfortunately I work in the sun all day everyday, in the hotter months it definitely gets worse. I was put on an anti depressant, but stopped after reading the side affects. Also iv become immune to cortisone creams like “itch ease”. Any other recommendations for creams or gels?
Thanks.

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@mattdane I have had success with CBD lotions or oil

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