FAY GOTREAUX

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#352 Sep 16, 2007
i have the same thing and usally happen when i get scared, nerves, bad news, i been having hot
flashes with it and was fixing to go to doctor, now that i read, i think i would be going for nothing, this is strange because before i read,
i thoughtit was menopause or high blood pressure.
Mike

Nottingham, UK

#353 Sep 24, 2007
Hey again guys.

I HAVE FOUND MY ANSWER.
I believe this is the cause and explanation of what we are experiencing.

I spoke to my GP today to get some information on this condition, and he confirmed my theory was pretty much right. Note that this might not apply to all of you, but ceartainly does to me,

It's a physiological condition, similar in a sense to "prickly heat". Essentially, what's happening is that our sweat glands are too tight. We all describe the pain occuring when we experience a change in temperature, or in an anxious situation, with nerves, or at night. Well, these all have one thing in common - they cause us to start sweating.

Now personally, if I exercise, I often find prickly pain at the start of the period, only to then subside and then be fine for the remainder. This is what led me to believe it is to do with the OPENING of sweat glands.

The pain we feel is the sweat glands being forced open as we begin to sweat. If it was just a couple of glands, we wouldnt really notice it, however on a larger scale, it can cause much discomfort, as we are experience.

Sadly, this means there's nothing we can do to really "cure" this condition. It's physical, it's how we are (unfortunately). However, I was recommended that things such as saunas and steam rooms can be of help in getting the glands to work better. I might try this, although to be honest, I think I can learn to live with the pain. Personally, I have only experienced it in the last couple of years - my GP explained that things like this can develop at random, out of the blue.

My brother experiences the same thing as me. This would suggest it is a inherent physical condition.

I hope this is an answer to most of you - I personally, am satisfied as it explains my symptoms 100%.

Cheers,
Mike
Speckopolis

Broken Arrow, OK

#354 Sep 24, 2007
I have it too- thought it was an allergy to detergent, my doc said I was very allergic to the pollen, grass, trees.. etc. After looking for a few years for what this could be, I think it's just "prickly heat." I would get so bad I would feel like I was laying on a bunch of needles. It would itch so bad, I would wish my sheets were made of sandpaper. I swear, it's the worst feeling. I don't know if prickly heat gets this severe, but I do agree with the first poster- it's like there is sweat being trapped.
Nee

United States

#355 Sep 27, 2007
I first noticed my lower inside lip below the teeth was rough and extremely dry. Now my whole mouth is so dry at times it sticks to my teeth. This started the week after my master's degree comps last summer. Doctors think I'm crazy. They gave me 3 different kinds of medicine for thrush (yeast) for 2 weeks,'cause I had gotten a steroid shot and antibiotics the week before. But is didn't help. Now every antibiotic I take breaks me out. I then noticed my eyebrows kept itching. My hair was thinning and I couldn't touch my head without extreme pain. It seems to be certain spots on my head that sting and are itchy only at times. I have looked and see nothing, maybe a little red or possibly a bump under the skin...but I can't see for my hair. Now, in front of the ear (face side) is itching and stinging terribly! I have been to 5 doctors and they don't know. My mouth is really bothering me, especially as I have to sing in my profession every day. Sometimes I get the stings in weird places. I am under extreme stress in my personal and business life..but that's not new. Can anyone relate to this? Thanks!!
Charles

United States

#356 Oct 1, 2007
Does your condition seem to be seasonal. Does it get worse in certain seasons or in higher or lower humidity levels?
Mike wrote:
Hey again guys.
I HAVE FOUND MY ANSWER.
I believe this is the cause and explanation of what we are experiencing.
I spoke to my GP today to get some information on this condition, and he confirmed my theory was pretty much right. Note that this might not apply to all of you, but ceartainly does to me,
It's a physiological condition, similar in a sense to "prickly heat". Essentially, what's happening is that our sweat glands are too tight. We all describe the pain occuring when we experience a change in temperature, or in an anxious situation, with nerves, or at night. Well, these all have one thing in common - they cause us to start sweating.
Now personally, if I exercise, I often find prickly pain at the start of the period, only to then subside and then be fine for the remainder. This is what led me to believe it is to do with the OPENING of sweat glands.
The pain we feel is the sweat glands being forced open as we begin to sweat. If it was just a couple of glands, we wouldnt really notice it, however on a larger scale, it can cause much discomfort, as we are experience.
Sadly, this means there's nothing we can do to really "cure" this condition. It's physical, it's how we are (unfortunately). However, I was recommended that things such as saunas and steam rooms can be of help in getting the glands to work better. I might try this, although to be honest, I think I can learn to live with the pain. Personally, I have only experienced it in the last couple of years - my GP explained that things like this can develop at random, out of the blue.
My brother experiences the same thing as me. This would suggest it is a inherent physical condition.
I hope this is an answer to most of you - I personally, am satisfied as it explains my symptoms 100%.
Cheers,
Mike
Mike

Caterham, UK

#357 Oct 1, 2007
Charles, yes. I'd imagine it's the same for others too. Seasons will mean different temperatures, and hence we will sweat differing amounts in them.

Higher humidity (I suppose) will make you sweatier - as you sweat more, your glands will be under a more regular strain and hence you'll experience more frequent pain.

I'm quite convinced this is the explanation to almost everyone who experiences this prickly pain with no visible rash/inflamation on the skin.

Mike.
Nee

United States

#358 Oct 1, 2007
I don't know if mine is seasonal, I just got it. But it did start this summer. I'm beginning to think I have scalp psoriasis. I still am stumped as to my dry dry mouth, though.
Jack

Bensalem, PA

#359 Oct 1, 2007
I have been experiencing the prickly sensation for two years now; it occurs in the spring and the fall. My allergist says it is due to pollen. Why is it bothering me now at the age of 64? I have had allergies to ragweed, grass, trees and dust mites for decades but only experienced itching eyes, nasal congestion and sneezing, never a prickly itching sensation or a feeling like bugs are crawling on my skin. My allergist has no solution; I think he would like to put me on a antihistmine stronger than zyrtec; I don't like taking any meds. I don't take zyrtec for my allergies, it doesn't do anything to relieve allergy smyptoms for me; I take it to stop itching. If I'm off zyrtec for three days I itch unbearably all over. Some times I think the itching is due to the zyrtec, but I can't get off of it due to the itching, catch 22; crazy. My GP introduced me to zyrtec 10+ years ago when I first started intching in Seotember, I've been on it since 10 mg every other day. I was taking it every day but i cut back to every other day because I thought zyrtec was causing the prickly sensation (like pins and needles). The itchiness I experience if I come off of zyrtec is entirely different that the prickly sensation I feel in the spring and fall. This past May I want to Sannibel Island Florida for 5 days and the prickly/pins and needle feeling stopped, I attributed this to the fact that I was surrounded by water and there was no pollen so maybe my allergist is correct, it is due to pollen allergies. The itching came back on my flight home. By the way I am not an anxious person so it is not do to stress or anxiety. I do exercise strenuously 4 times a week and some times I think it is due to sweating, but why did it start now, I've been exercising strenuously all my life. I know the prickly sensation, which I am currently feeling on my arms, legs, head and back will pass until next spring once we get a good frost. By the way, I was taking a diuretic for blood pressure, hydrodiaril (?) which is a sulfur based drug, this caused me to feel the pins and needles all over all the time very strongly, regardless of season, nothing helped; I stopped the taking the drug and that prickly sensation went away after I was off the drug for 3 days. However, as I originaly stated I still experience the prickly sensation in the spring and fall. Hope this information helps someone.
Nee

United States

#360 Oct 2, 2007
I can't take Zyrtec because it gives me weird, vivid, in color dreams (I'm serious) AND it gives me a terrible headache. I quit taking it, forget why and when I do it again the same thing happens! The sensation ya'll describe is what I feel when I get very nervous or take anything with phenylproponalamine (Sp?) such as found in many flu medicines like Comtrex. High doses of Sudafed do the same for me as well as Allegra-D. I have had to wean myself off of sinus medicines because of all the side effects. It's tough because allergy season has started again!
Snappy

United States

#361 Oct 3, 2007
I have been getting prickly sensations on my skin for a few months now right when I step outside and get that initial perspiration. My hands have been going numb also. And I have been noticing a bunch of small bumps on my hands that are painful and practically invisible. Can't think of anything I've been doing different that could cause this to happen. Think these things are related?
Claudia Southwest MI

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#362 Oct 6, 2007
At first I thought I had been bitten by something, but this prickly sensation is recurring and is definitely heat, not anxiety, correlated. I wondered if it could be hormonally related? Has anyone else had thoughts about this? Thanks in advance for any input.
Nee

Jackson, MS

#363 Oct 10, 2007
I went to the dermatologist yesterday and he said it is sun damage. I have had several pre-cancer sun sports burned off before, as I am very light skinned and freckled. He gave me Hylira (sodium hyaluronate) and Salex (salicylic acid) to use twice a day on my skin and Claritin for itching. As for my scalp, I have an infection of cysts and was given an antibiotic and shampoo (which pharm had to order.) A total of about $200 (thanks to Blue Cross for not paying for non generic.) If this helps I will let you know!
Charles

United States

#364 Oct 11, 2007
Mike wrote:
Charles, yes. I'd imagine it's the same for others too. Seasons will mean different temperatures, and hence we will sweat differing amounts in them.
Higher humidity (I suppose) will make you sweatier - as you sweat more, your glands will be under a more regular strain and hence you'll experience more frequent pain.
I'm quite convinced this is the explanation to almost everyone who experiences this prickly pain with no visible rash/inflamation on the skin.
Mike.
I tend to agree with you regarding a sweat gland condition. However, my condition gets worse the colder that it gets. So Jan,Feb and March are my worst months. It is like my pores close up due to the low humidity, and thus make it harder for me to sweat. When my skin attempts to sweat, that is when the pins & needles sensation begins. I wonder what role humidity plays on the changes in our sweat glands.
peteruk

Germany

#365 Oct 16, 2007
I posted about 11 months ago after living with this nightmare prickly wierd skin needle like pain I even had it in my eye balls,well I also posted how I cured myself. After having a severe panic attack ,I went back the gym went on anxiety meds I also had a full blood count/ urine /ect in the hospital, afer the using the treadmil and sweating like I had never before,I seemed to be 90% better until about january this year and my symptoms went away yes went away completly,until yesterday I has what I would describe as another anxiety attack and the needle like pain is back all over my body.but this time it aint going to take over my life for months on end.

I know its anxiety related my doctor has been brilliant and explained its the brains way of coping with anxiety the fear of serious illness feeds the anxiety and so feeds the needle pain,I am gutted its back but this time I am going to fight it from the off and not stay awake with worry, no ,not anymore.
peteruk

UK

#366 Oct 16, 2007
Jay

Markham, Canada

#367 Oct 18, 2007
Has any1 else tried "sweating it out"??

Since: Oct 07

Markham, Canada

#368 Oct 18, 2007
sean, how do i find the image on imageshack, you help mcuh appreciated
help

Corbin, KY

#369 Oct 23, 2007
Sean and whoever else, the post of the imageshack link disappeared could someone please post it back here? no one seemed to comment on it, so you must have been cured and forgot about this whole thing. let us know, people are still suffering! Thanks
Victor

Australia

#370 Oct 24, 2007
Hi again everyone. Just an update on my progress.
It's warming up a little over here where I live, and my symptoms seem to be a lot better. I don't know whether or not to attribute it to the weather.

I can happily say, though, that exercising, working up a sweat and then taking a cold shower will help with the symptoms like nothing else. I've been working up sweats every couple of days and for the next day or two I might not experience any symptoms at all. While the prickling used to be unbearable, it's now almost tolerable.

Yes, starting off with the exercising was very painful at first, but it got easier as time went on, less and less prickling. I strongly recommend that everybody try this.

I definitely think it has something to do with underactive sweat glands. I've found some sort of negative correlation between using your sweat glands and pain - that is, the more you use them, the less prickling you'll get. Makes sense that it gets worse in winter since you'll be using your sweat glands significantly less, meaning more pain when you do open them up.

This is just for me though. But if you haven't already, why not try it? Exercise is always good for overall health anyway.

All the best!
John Yorkshire UK

Russia

#371 Nov 3, 2007
I have had this prickly skin problem for about 10 years now and when i scratch it i go a lobster red colour, i was told it was a liver problem and had an ERCP which found stones in my bile duct which were removed and they thought this would solve the problem but it made no differance, i then went in for a liver biopsey which found i had fatty liver but nothing that would cause this problem, them it was the turn of an imunologist which also came up with nothing, they just washed thier hands of me after that and i have been taking antihistamine every day for the last ten years which just keeps it bearable but still very uncomfortable and i cant see it ever changing.

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