Weird prickly skin
john

Carlisle, UK

#757 Nov 9, 2009
Hi Christine

Glad the neurontin works. RLS is a syndrome though, not a real diagnosis.

Did you have an infection of any kind prior to getting the nerve thing? Could have been a few weeks before the onset.
christine wrote:
I have had this itchy prickly tingly sensation in my legs and arms and chest and sometimes feet. I finally went to a neurologist and he diagnosed a rare form of RLS (restless Leg syndrome) which only has these symptoms. He put me on Neurontin (gabepentin) and it cured it. Sometimes I get the nervouse legs too but rarely and more often it is the pricky stuff. thank god for Gabepentin which I usually take 300 mg at night but sometimes I need an extra 100 mg.
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Nicksmyname

Kirribilli, Australia

#758 Nov 10, 2009
I had this problem and recently solved it:

I have had these symptons for years on and off; terrible itching when hot or stressed and no rash. Recently I am pretty sure I've found the solution; I changed my deoderant / antipersperant and it stopped. It took a few weeks to stop completely, but I left it a while and went back to the old deoderant and within a day or two it restarted. Once I swapped back again it took about a week and a half for the itching to stop happening.
Since then I've been very hot, stressed etc. and not had the same intense prickling at all.
I don't have any other allergies etc. but obviously there's something in the deoderant that makes me so sensitive to heat. I've listed the ingredients below in case someone has the smarts to understand them and also so you can match against your deos.
The deoderant I stopped using was:
Sure Original Men 24H Anti-persperant roll-on from Unilever.Ingredients are: Alcohol Denat, Aqua, Aluminium Zirconium Pentachlorohydrate, Parfum, Hydroxy Propyl Cellulose, Silica, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Evemia Prunastri, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.
The new deoderant is Cusson Imperial Leather Sensitive 24 hour anti-perspirant (also roll-on). The ingredients are: Water, Aluminium Chlrohydrate, Steareth-2, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Fragrance, Stereth-21.
My advice is give up your anti-persperant completely for at least two weeks to let it get our of your system. See if it helps. So you might get a little smelly, but give me a few anti-social smells any day rather than the agony of the itching. If it helps, then try an anti-persperant for sensitive skin and see if the itching comes back. If it all works why not post the ingredients of your deo on here and maybe we'll pick up some common ingredients.
Good Luck!
Nick
JM from NY

Syosset, NY

#759 Nov 13, 2009
Nicksmyname wrote:
I had this problem and recently solved it:
I have had these symptons for years on and off; terrible itching when hot or stressed and no rash. Recently I am pretty sure I've found the solution; I changed my deoderant / antipersperant and it stopped. It took a few weeks to stop completely, but I left it a while and went back to the old deoderant and within a day or two it restarted. Once I swapped back again it took about a week and a half for the itching to stop happening.
Since then I've been very hot, stressed etc. and not had the same intense prickling at all.
I don't have any other allergies etc. but obviously there's something in the deoderant that makes me so sensitive to heat. I've listed the ingredients below in case someone has the smarts to understand them and also so you can match against your deos.
The deoderant I stopped using was:
Sure Original Men 24H Anti-persperant roll-on from Unilever.Ingredients are: Alcohol Denat, Aqua, Aluminium Zirconium Pentachlorohydrate, Parfum, Hydroxy Propyl Cellulose, Silica, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Evemia Prunastri, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.
The new deoderant is Cusson Imperial Leather Sensitive 24 hour anti-perspirant (also roll-on). The ingredients are: Water, Aluminium Chlrohydrate, Steareth-2, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Fragrance, Stereth-21.
My advice is give up your anti-persperant completely for at least two weeks to let it get our of your system. See if it helps. So you might get a little smelly, but give me a few anti-social smells any day rather than the agony of the itching. If it helps, then try an anti-persperant for sensitive skin and see if the itching comes back. If it all works why not post the ingredients of your deo on here and maybe we'll pick up some common ingredients.
Good Luck!
Nick
I have also changed deodorants due to skin problems/allergies. You are right on target, Nick. I either us Crystal Rock Salt natural deodorant or Tom's of Maine, unscented. If I feel I need to use powder, sometimes I sprinkle a little corn starch (baby powder has fragrance).
I've also switched to any unscented product possible and no fabric softeners (use vinegar instead!).
JM from NY

Syosset, NY

#760 Nov 13, 2009
Anyone with mysterious itching should try a detox diet for awhile. Ideas for this can be found on-line. I was surprised I had ANY food allergies. When you are in a sensitive state, sometimes a food that never bothered you in the past will cause a reaction. Stick with the detox diet for as long as possible. Also, avoid scented products. This may mean not entering a store that smells.....and there are lots of them! I have changed seats in a restaurant because of someone else's perfume! Take Benadryl or Zyrtec if needed. Eucerin makes some great anti-itch lotions. Plain or diluted (50:50 H2O) white vinegar is good for itching, too. Eventually, you will become more tolerant. I was itchy for almost a year after I spilled some perfume on myself, which caused my skin to go beserk, and am almost back to normal now. Good luck to everyone.
William

Regina, Canada

#761 Nov 13, 2009
I didn't know that so many other people experienced this! I've been having random prickly skin episodes for years. It happens when my body gets warm and it feels like I'm being pricked with a thousand cactus needles. The discomfort only lasts for a few minutes, the it stops. It doesn't bother me too much - it's definitely an annoyance, though. I can't help but scratch myself everywhere when it happens and people look at me strangely.
I might speak to my doctor about it. I have anxiety issues, so I wouldn't be surprised if it was the cause.
Scot

Leicester, UK

#762 Nov 29, 2009
Nibs wrote:
Its an awful thing to have. I am amazed the doctors have no real solution to this problem. I have finished my course of antibiotics and again the symptons are coming back but thankfully not as strong.
I keep looking for outbreaks of rash and spots on my skin but there never seems to any at all.
I find it very fustrating.
previous to this i used to have what they called restless leg syndrome which came and went depending on the weather but lately i seem to have no signs of that. i have had nerve and muscle tests done and all came back clear.
i just want to go back to normality, and these symptons make me feel like i'm not
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I seem to have the same symptoms , although not as bad, Quite annoying realy was in the shops the other day and had to rush outside twice as the sensation was unbearable and i have no idea why this is happening. Had that restless leg thing aswell but not so much now, havent changed anything in my life to make the symptoms less regular, but i do feel it may be related to anxiety or something as it quite often happens when i get a bit wound up about something.

Lesley

Calgary, Canada

#763 Nov 30, 2009
Scot wrote:
<quoted text> I seem to have the same symptoms , although not as bad, Quite annoying realy was in the shops the other day and had to rush outside twice as the sensation was unbearable and i have no idea why this is happening. Had that restless leg thing aswell but not so much now, havent changed anything in my life to make the symptoms less regular, but i do feel it may be related to anxiety or something as it quite often happens when i get a bit wound up about something.
I am so happy to have found this site. I thought I was going mad. This itching just started about a couple of months ago. I am stressed about aging parents, so I will take some meds from my doc. He thinks it's all stress related. I will also change my deoderant too...I will try everything, this is driving me nuts....
Lesley

Calgary, Canada

#764 Nov 30, 2009
Lisa in Calgary wrote:
I have had terrible itching on my arms and neck every since I was pregnant with my first child, he's 19 now. It almost always occurs only in the months September thru December.It prickles and itches and nothing topical helps. I have scars from scratching - I just can't stop. I have seen my doctor and a dermatologist. They are baffled and don't seem to think it is much of a problem. I wake up at night scratching! Interesting that so many people have these symptoms and yet the doctors say they have never heard of it before. Sometimes I get some relief from antihistimes.
Hi Lisa, I just started with this itching and it's not a nice thing. Thought it was maybe the fryness in Calgary. Am on some anti stress meds from my doctor to see if that helps, I will also try the allergy pills.....thanks
Lesley

Calgary, Canada

#765 Nov 30, 2009
Lisa in Calgary wrote:
I have had terrible itching on my arms and neck every since I was pregnant with my first child, he's 19 now. It almost always occurs only in the months September thru December.It prickles and itches and nothing topical helps. I have scars from scratching - I just can't stop. I have seen my doctor and a dermatologist. They are baffled and don't seem to think it is much of a problem. I wake up at night scratching! Interesting that so many people have these symptoms and yet the doctors say they have never heard of it before. Sometimes I get some relief from antihistimes.
I meant dryness.....in Calgary...
Sandra Wisconsin

Pulaski, WI

#766 Nov 30, 2009
I am very happy to let all of you know that I finally figured out what my prickly skin is from.
You know that I have been dealing with this for the past 15 years or so. I love milk and have been drinking it since I was little.
The other night I had some chips and I drank a big glass of milk and within a half hour my right side was driving me crazy with the creepy crawly itchy skin. The next morning I asked myself what I ate and drank and decided that I would not have anymore milk not even in my coffee!!!!! I have not had one minute ney second of creepy crawly itchy skin.
I really miss milk but I will never miss that feeling!!! Check it out!!
RussBrisbane

Chapel Hill, Australia

#767 Dec 17, 2009
I have started with mild itching a couple of weeks ago after cycling to the gym in the crazy heat.
It went away for a couple of weeks but this week came back.

I have been reading all the posts and think its definately a combination of things.
I have had candida due to a bad diet in the past and found out I was allergic to wheat and dairy, i love wheat and dairy and put up with the swollen stomach.
But the last few weeks has been run up to xmas and all the xmas parties, bad food and way too much alcohol and I have started to get this itching along with more stressed out feelings, pretty bad insomnia and allsorts.
So I am going to get on the melonin for the lack of sleep, already started on the vit b tabs again, would suggest looking into magnesium supplementation also but get on some strong candida busting tablets and change the diet for a while.
Its hot in Brisbane and I thought it was prickly heat but without the rash it cant be. I am putting my bet on candida as most people dont even check that (especially doctors), it can cause all sorts of symptoms and drive your body crazy. It can also cause people with anxiety like me to experience higher anxiety problems.
Hope this helps.
Bovered France

La Courneuve, France

#768 Dec 18, 2009
I have suffered from a burning feeling in my forearms, upperback,the back of my neck and cheeks on and off for the past 6 months.
I know exactly when I had my first, and most severe attack. I was suffering from Whooping Cough and I woke up at night practically choking and I think I may have hyperventilated too. As I lay down to try to get back to sleep I had the most frightening experience as my arms and the back of my neck heated up like I was in an oven. My mind was foggy too, I wasn't talking correctly, I couldn't think straight.
The symptoms continued, but not as strong as the first time, until I took Solupred and they stopped for 2 months.
They came back, moving all over the body, still feeling like a sunburn and not so prickly.
I started taking Vitamin B1 and B6 a few weeks ago and it seems to be getting better.

Since: Mar 09

Spokane, WA

#769 Dec 20, 2009
Glad to find this thread. I had never known anyone with similar symptoms; I am not even sure doctors really have a grip on them. I may have a milder case of whatever this is, since I do not share all the symptoms mentioned, such as a burning sensation or skin eruptions, or rash/redness. My main symptom is a strange itching. I would describe it as "itching from the inside out" rather than the usual itches that feel like they occur on the top of the skin. It does involve most of my body, except the face, hands/feet, and short-hair regions. Heat (either external or internal), sunlight, frustration, and a few other unconfirmed situations seem to trigger the itchy episodes. Like at least one of you, I can occasionally work through the situations and the symptoms will recede to a tolerable level. The worst times of the year seem to coincide with the change of seasons, especially spring/summer and summer/fall. The closest any dermatologist has come to a diagnosis is the term "dermatographism", which is descriptive but not particularly helpful. Zyrtek can control the outbreaks to a large extent but not completely. By the way, Costco has had Zyrtek for about 5 cents a pill. If I come across any information about the cause or treatment of this truly wierd condition, I will update this post. Thank you all again for speaking up.
mike

Trussville, AL

#770 Dec 28, 2009
this is the same thing i have been experinceng for a year now. I had to give up my sports becouse of it.It seems when im to hot my body goes crazy with the needle like icthes all over even when i sleep if its to warm i will wake up feeling like bugs are crawling beneath my skin i also belive it has somthing to do with my body not sweating it doesnt matter what i do i cannot sweat i belive thats the issue. Im finnaly going to the doctor
Janie

Vancouver, Canada

#771 Dec 31, 2009
Mine also seems to be most noticable in my legs - when I sit it feels like I'm sitting on wool. When it's bad it also in my arms and it feels like burning. I've had this for about fifteen years - got better for awhile and then recently bad again. Allergies perhaps - I also suffer from anxiety so who knows - the flu shot seemed to really trigger it again this year in a big way.
john

Carlisle, UK

#772 Dec 31, 2009
hi janie

I think this is all a virally induced neuropathy.
that y the fku shot made it worse.
john

Carlisle, UK

#773 Jan 1, 2010
Has anyone seen a Dr who has any idea what causes this skin prickling?
joan

Birmingham, UK

#774 Jan 2, 2010
I had an appointment last wk with the dermo dr he was useless he didnt seem to get the drift at all what i was trying to tell him he took a short history of my pass 10 yrs why i dont know because he made no reference to anything i told him he didnt even check my skin he gave me some cooling cream with menthol in it which made my skin turn bright red and uncontrolable itching i had to stand under a cool shower to stop the itching and get the cream off my skin myself i think they cant be bothered because they cant see any rash the dont want to know, he did say that a lot of people itch for no reason. I dont think so there has to be something going on inside i am now waiting for an appo with a neuroligist.im not holding my breath on a diagnosies but if i do get a little further ill write back till then all bye
M Lowery

Rotherham, UK

#775 Jan 2, 2010
I haven't had the prickling for a while now, but 2 days ago i got very stressed out and when i went to bed it started again, the same last night, i'm covered in scratch marks, i did take the vitamin B50 tablets, but stopped them when i thought i had rid of it, but will now start them again.
joan

Birmingham, UK

#776 Jan 2, 2010
ive been taken the B50,s for a while but im still itching plus 3 lots of antihistamine 1 for during the day and 2 at night there suppose to knock you out so you get a good nights sleep but i still wake up scratching i take a cold wet flannel to bed and use that on my arms and back when the itching gets too much it calms it down but it doesnt go away i just get too tired and fall asleep untill the next surge of prickling

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