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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@jal333

What type of doctor is a DO? Assume they are not like a chiropractor..right?

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A DO is trained in a medical school that has a more holistic approach to treatment. They do a residency in a hospital with MD residence. No difference. A DO is not a chiropractor. , he is a doctor and practices the same. My medical doctor has both in his group practice

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Yes, my doctor believes that I have the same thing, although stress can cause itching as well. Dr. Amar Dhand, Neurology Department, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA has written a paper on this published in 2014 in BRAIN, Journal on Neurology, entitled "The neurology of itch". see page 318.
Dr. Dhand recommends wearing sun protective clothing covering my neck and arms. I wish you luck, I have been suffering with this for over 20 years. Ice packs, the kind that stay cold for several hours have provided temporary relief.

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@dll0

I have had this condition for years now and I am just figuring it out now. Self diagnosis through research. This condition for me usually starts late summer and goes through the winter. Usually I get a break in the spring and early summer. Not this year. Worst year ever! That is when I started really trying to figure out what was really causing this. I have had x-rays indicating 4 different problems with my C5 & C6 vertibrae. Previously I have seen dermatologists and had light therapy. Used lots of different creams and steriods and nothing really helped. I recently emailed my doctor about trying Gabapentin after reading that it may help. It is helping a bit, but I'm still suffering. Ice is the only thing that helps, but when you have a break out on both arms in several locations at the same time it makes it hard to ice.

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Hi, I write this on behalf of my wife who along with BRP is also legally blind. She says the BRP is worse than losing her sight. She had tried Gabapentin but could not take it. I think she said it made her feel -"dopey" if that's the right word. Being blind she needs the use of all her senses n order to function. She was also told that she should not try the chiropractic route as sometimes they are too rough and could cause more damage. Through trial and error she found her own solution to help her. Primarily it is Capzacin. .But using just the Capzacin (I know I am spelling it wrong) causes a real burning sensation. So she uses a numbing cream by Ebanel with 5pct Lidocaine along with the Capzacin..

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@ilyne

Hi, I write this on behalf of my wife who along with BRP is also legally blind. She says the BRP is worse than losing her sight. She had tried Gabapentin but could not take it. I think she said it made her feel -"dopey" if that's the right word. Being blind she needs the use of all her senses n order to function. She was also told that she should not try the chiropractic route as sometimes they are too rough and could cause more damage. Through trial and error she found her own solution to help her. Primarily it is Capzacin. .But using just the Capzacin (I know I am spelling it wrong) causes a real burning sensation. So she uses a numbing cream by Ebanel with 5pct Lidocaine along with the Capzacin..

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I am so sorry. The itching can be terrible. I would trade it for pain any day! Over the years I have tried Lyrica, capsaicin cream 4 times a day, massive doses of Benedryl, accupuncture, etc…
I currently take 400 mg of Gabapentin 3 times a day and an antidepressant.
Ice packs help temporarily.
Being legally blind is terrible on top of this.
Perhaps try the Calm app for daily meditation/relaxation. Yoga too.
You sound like a sympathetic husband which is a huge help to your wife.
I wish you and your wife all the best.

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@mannix

I am so sorry. The itching can be terrible. I would trade it for pain any day! Over the years I have tried Lyrica, capsaicin cream 4 times a day, massive doses of Benedryl, accupuncture, etc…
I currently take 400 mg of Gabapentin 3 times a day and an antidepressant.
Ice packs help temporarily.
Being legally blind is terrible on top of this.
Perhaps try the Calm app for daily meditation/relaxation. Yoga too.
You sound like a sympathetic husband which is a huge help to your wife.
I wish you and your wife all the best.

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I don’t know why I got extremely lucky with the Chiropractor that I found. I had suffered with this on and off for 5 years, always went away around the end of September, then it didn’t. Ice was the only relief, until I found Eric Jaszewski, D.C.in Lawrenceville NJ
Best of luck to you

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That’s wonderful! What did he do that helped?

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@needahelp

That’s wonderful! What did he do that helped?

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I actually went to him because if my lower back, but apparently I had issues in my neck as well. So with that adjustment , it just went away.

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@enoughalready

I don’t know why I got extremely lucky with the Chiropractor that I found. I had suffered with this on and off for 5 years, always went away around the end of September, then it didn’t. Ice was the only relief, until I found Eric Jaszewski, D.C.in Lawrenceville NJ
Best of luck to you

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What did the chiropractor do? How often did you have to see him?

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@jal333

What did the chiropractor do? How often did you have to see him?

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I saw him 3 times a week for about 2 months, then 2x a week for a month then once a week for about a year now I see him 2x a month

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@enoughalready

I saw him 3 times a week for about 2 months, then 2x a week for a month then once a week for about a year now I see him 2x a month

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Have you tried accupuncture?

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@mannix

Have you tried accupuncture?

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Yes tried that first. Didn’t help

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@mannix

I am so sorry. The itching can be terrible. I would trade it for pain any day! Over the years I have tried Lyrica, capsaicin cream 4 times a day, massive doses of Benedryl, accupuncture, etc…
I currently take 400 mg of Gabapentin 3 times a day and an antidepressant.
Ice packs help temporarily.
Being legally blind is terrible on top of this.
Perhaps try the Calm app for daily meditation/relaxation. Yoga too.
You sound like a sympathetic husband which is a huge help to your wife.
I wish you and your wife all the best.

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Thank you so much for your kind reply. We are both in our 70's – me being older 🙁 but we have managed this problem for a long time now and we do what we can. Thank you again.

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@ilyne

Thank you so much for your kind reply. We are both in our 70's – me being older 🙁 but we have managed this problem for a long time now and we do what we can. Thank you again.

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Try Beta-Alanine. You can buy it at GNC or on Amazon. A member of the group Aquagenic Puritis came across it by accident. Aquagenic Puritis has the same symptoms and conditions, but is caused by exposure to water or sweat. I take one tablet in the morning and one before a shower. Good luck to you both.

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@davef

Try Beta-Alanine. You can buy it at GNC or on Amazon. A member of the group Aquagenic Puritis came across it by accident. Aquagenic Puritis has the same symptoms and conditions, but is caused by exposure to water or sweat. I take one tablet in the morning and one before a shower. Good luck to you both.

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And let the group know if it helps.

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I have had the horrible skin problem of brachial radial puritis for over 10 years. The itching, burning, biting and constant daily dealing with this is terrible and painful. Many times I have to head home as I cannot be in public- it is overwhelming. I’ve tried Gabapentin with no luck, every possible anti-itch cream, specially formulated prescription creams, several other drugs and Lyrica. Nothing helps except for ice. I sleep on ice packs every night and keep emergency ice packs in my car. I have seen 5 dermatologists from USC and UCLA with no real solutions although they tried. My neck has crushed vertebrae C3 & C4 which causes some of my problems. Living in CA Los Angeles heat does not help but I’m very active and kind of have to be outside to live here in our sunny weather. If only someone could help all of us with this.

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