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.

@ilyne

Thanks for the info. my wife had a compound prescription with Amylripoline with some type of cream. . (I know I misspelled that). It worked for her but then the drug plan would no longer pay for it because they said they could not guarantee the safety of the compound since it came from another source. I think another reason was the cost was about 700.00 a month. I would be willing to pay out of pocket for the medication you suggested – any idea what it costs?

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I used a compounded cream that worked with ketamine, amitryptaline and lidocaine. Was about $65 for a small amount. Most compounding pharmacies can do this with a script.

FYI – I eventually got off of the cream and the CNS drug, by taking the right magnesium product- which not only resolved the itching but does a lot more. See Remag product on Amazon.

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@ilyne

Hello All. First time I am on here posting anything, Looked over the site and I have to say my wife has the same problems that many of you have. She would be typing this but she is nearly blind, so I am doing this on my own. At first it was thought maybe she was Gluten intolerant and after eating gluten free foods for a few months that did not help at all. My wife has been suffering from BRP for I would have to say at least 25 years. It took a long time for someone to diagnose it . Once diagnosed she tried the acupuncture, light therapy and neither of these worked. . Went to about 3 different Dermatologists and two different allergists. Eventually someone said it was BRP. She had a list of chemicals to avoid and a list of products also. many shampoos, soaps, skin creams you name it. We purchased only those items in health food stores and read many labels. So after many cremes, lotions, medications taken by injection still nothing helps. The results are temporary. Add to this my drug plan dropped some of the items she used. So injections were costing the drug supplier 2K a month for 2 injections. These did not help. SO Ilyne decided to experiment on her own. She found that Capzasin ( someone on here mentioned it) worked temporarily for her. That along with Physiogel (recommended by the Dermatologist) only found on Amazon and comes from Asia or Europe depending which vender was filling the request. Those two together do offer relief. Then it was suggested she try Medical marijuana. That did not help other though some of the Derms other patients were successful with it.,

Last night t as I was passing t he bathroom, my wife was putting some medication on and I noticed her shoulders and upper back had so many sores, she had scratched them raw. I told her I would help her, got CBD oil – its only temporary but she said that with the Capzasin seemed to help..

Someone on this mentioned : Saniona announces successful completion of preclinical development of SAN711- I am sending this link to her Dermatologist for his review.

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This is my first time on this site. I was recently diagnosed with brachio radial pruritis although I think I’ve had it for a few years now. My dermatologist prescribed s compound which sort of helps but she suggested seeing an orthopedist for cortisone shots in my neck. I had severe whiplash years ago and am pretty sure my neck is a mess. Does anyone have experience with these shots? I’m hesitant but the itching has spread all the way down one arm and halfway down the other and at times it’s just maddening. (Can’t carry icepacks everywhere.) I’d like to know others’ experiences with cortisone.

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@sfallon

This is my first time on this site. I was recently diagnosed with brachio radial pruritis although I think I’ve had it for a few years now. My dermatologist prescribed s compound which sort of helps but she suggested seeing an orthopedist for cortisone shots in my neck. I had severe whiplash years ago and am pretty sure my neck is a mess. Does anyone have experience with these shots? I’m hesitant but the itching has spread all the way down one arm and halfway down the other and at times it’s just maddening. (Can’t carry icepacks everywhere.) I’d like to know others’ experiences with cortisone.

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A few years ago a doctor was frantic to help me. He said try pain relief you get at Rite Aid under there label. Come to find out it is really Aspercream, and it was working. So was thinking could this be pain not itch. Forget ice. So between the aspercream and the triacinolone a prescription I was covered.
CURED of the brachioradial, after 30 years. I was seeing a DO doctor for gentle omt's. She was working on my right arm for an injury, I noticed 2 weeks ago I am itch free on my arms. First time in 30 years. Since this is a cervical vertebrae issue, only logical you should get a doctor to do these gentle omt's. So she was working around my arm, shoulder, shoulder blade for a bad twist of my arm. First time in 30 years. Stopped.

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@sfallon

This is my first time on this site. I was recently diagnosed with brachio radial pruritis although I think I’ve had it for a few years now. My dermatologist prescribed s compound which sort of helps but she suggested seeing an orthopedist for cortisone shots in my neck. I had severe whiplash years ago and am pretty sure my neck is a mess. Does anyone have experience with these shots? I’m hesitant but the itching has spread all the way down one arm and halfway down the other and at times it’s just maddening. (Can’t carry icepacks everywhere.) I’d like to know others’ experiences with cortisone.

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I suffered with this for several years, and this year it ran rampant. After seeing a good chiropractor and using the CBD cream on my arms it has completely disappeared. Good luck

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@anniemaggie

A few years ago a doctor was frantic to help me. He said try pain relief you get at Rite Aid under there label. Come to find out it is really Aspercream, and it was working. So was thinking could this be pain not itch. Forget ice. So between the aspercream and the triacinolone a prescription I was covered.
CURED of the brachioradial, after 30 years. I was seeing a DO doctor for gentle omt's. She was working on my right arm for an injury, I noticed 2 weeks ago I am itch free on my arms. First time in 30 years. Since this is a cervical vertebrae issue, only logical you should get a doctor to do these gentle omt's. So she was working around my arm, shoulder, shoulder blade for a bad twist of my arm. First time in 30 years. Stopped.

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What are omt’s?

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No one knows not even my doctors after severe itching on my foreams for 30 years, ugh. Well miracles do happen. I see a DO doctor for gentle OMT'S (they are trained in this). 3 weeks ago had one, I suffer from many problems, found this disease myself almost a year ago on this site. So noticed 2 weeks ago almost all my hair on arms disappeared and no itching. My skin is perfectly healed, all it shows are the scars. Its so odd to see my skin like new. Not one red spot. She was working on my arms and shoulder. For a shoulder issue. Primary doctor set up mri for me this week. The thinking is a torn rotator cuff, separate issue, but primary thought pinched nerve on neck. Because of arms which would bleed from scratching. So when the doctor did the the gentle manipulation she must have released the pinched nerve which stopped the itching. I took hydroxzine since 2000 25 mg.5 pills a day to help control the itching, one dr thought it was pain, not itching. He said use aspercream lotion. For some reason the roll on makes it worse. So put on arms, would burn a little cause skin we was raw, ok it stopped the itch

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@bobbiellen

I used a compounded cream that worked with ketamine, amitryptaline and lidocaine. Was about $65 for a small amount. Most compounding pharmacies can do this with a script.

FYI – I eventually got off of the cream and the CNS drug, by taking the right magnesium product- which not only resolved the itching but does a lot more. See Remag product on Amazon.

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hi went on Amazon and found so many different Magnesium products. Care to share which you used? I can then get a better idea of what we should order. ( I type this for my wife as she also is nearly blind)

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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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Believe it or not, Vagisil works best on my forearms. It may work for pain as well, as it numbs the area. A prescription pill, Hydroxyzine also helps as it is associated with anxiety. Keep your arms covered in the sun with white sleeves. Heat triggers it as the original cause may have been caused from excessive heat as with scalding hot water. Sun exposure while in the car also causes it.

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@realtor123

Believe it or not, Vagisil works best on my forearms. It may work for pain as well, as it numbs the area. A prescription pill, Hydroxyzine also helps as it is associated with anxiety. Keep your arms covered in the sun with white sleeves. Heat triggers it as the original cause may have been caused from excessive heat as with scalding hot water. Sun exposure while in the car also causes it.

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Thanks for the reply. Wife rarely goes out and when she does her arms are ALWAYS covered due to the outbreaks. Right now she is using a numbing crème and Capzascin. She has tried every topical crème and has tried many drugs that were created for other problems but may help with the itching. Going to try Magnesium now.

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@ilyne

Thanks for the reply. Wife rarely goes out and when she does her arms are ALWAYS covered due to the outbreaks. Right now she is using a numbing crème and Capzascin. She has tried every topical crème and has tried many drugs that were created for other problems but may help with the itching. Going to try Magnesium now.

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I have tried it all nothing works in fact it makes it worse. Does your wife's itch start with a burning sensation under the skin first?

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Yes. It starts with a burning sensation, then erupts into a lesion of sorts. Some things take away the burning others the itch. Like you nothing works. it is all over her body. Started with her left arm and gradually spread. Had been seeing numerous Dermatologists and no one could help no matter what was prescribed. The one thing that did work for her of sorts was Amatripoliin compound with another crème. Was costing 700.00 per month then the drug plan no longer paid for it. Many topicals, injections of some drugs over the years and nothing. Also she is nearly blind so cant take a medication that can cause drowsiness as she needs all her senses to be alert. Really appreciate your understanding and like her nothing works.

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@ilyne

Yes. It starts with a burning sensation, then erupts into a lesion of sorts. Some things take away the burning others the itch. Like you nothing works. it is all over her body. Started with her left arm and gradually spread. Had been seeing numerous Dermatologists and no one could help no matter what was prescribed. The one thing that did work for her of sorts was Amatripoliin compound with another crème. Was costing 700.00 per month then the drug plan no longer paid for it. Many topicals, injections of some drugs over the years and nothing. Also she is nearly blind so cant take a medication that can cause drowsiness as she needs all her senses to be alert. Really appreciate your understanding and like her nothing works.

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Has she gone to a spine specialist yet? I just went and had a steroid shot not working yet but they say it could take 3-7 days to work

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