Weird prickly skin

Yorba Linda, CA

#817 Mar 14, 2010
Wow. I never thought other people had this. It's a horrible thing and I feel it most when it's hot or humid outside. I've had it since I was a kid. I've never liked the sun a lot because of it. It feels like a million needles all in random places and I HATE IT. Someone needs to find a fix for this!!

Ilford, UK

#818 Mar 16, 2010
had this problem for about 6 months. My skin reacted with the heat and didn't sweat. Skin doc Tried all sorts for it. Then one day a locum came in to my GP.S he said it was dermographism prescribed me fenoflaxidine. Within days it had stopped..and now i'm sweating and stinking again. Hope it stays that way too. Good luck

Birmingham, UK

#819 Mar 17, 2010
I just looked up dermographism and it is saying that you get welts or raised bumps on the skin when presure is applied well counts me out again as ive nothing to be seen at all just prickly,burning,stabbing ,itching pain.I,ve just been to see a neurologist and hes sending me for a MRI scan whats the betting thats theres nothing to see.I,ll keep you posted but dont hold your breath if only one of us could win the lottery we could get a team of doctors working for us,it would be fantastic to help so many people who are suffering with this
trevor uk

Yeovil, UK

#820 Mar 17, 2010
Recently went to the doctors coming in from cold outside had p.s. whilst in surgery sitting next to the radiator I told the doctor all the symptoms I've experienced over the last 20 years. Whilst I was having p.s. attack he examined me.
He told me I have urticaria but I haven't any rash, bumps, spots or redness, he said that not everyone has an external show. I was asked if I cough, sneeze or struggle to swallow on a regular basis I often cough for no reason and occasionally I feel as if my throat is closing this is a classic sign of urticaria. Apparently the throat can swell which starts the cough, I have never linked the two together but looking back I've had a throat issue for about 20 years — but not very often.
He said changes in temperature and certain foods can trigger prickly skin, the foods can change over the years with different foods affecting different people.The condition can suddenly start or stop for no apparent reason.
Most sufferers only have the condition for few days, weeks or months, the unlucky few can have p.s. for years.
I asked if he knew the cause and is there a cure? Its all down to anxiety rather than stress, it can build up and be released as p.s. and guess what there is nothing anyone can do about it.
He said keep away from offending foods-in my case salt, cheese, beer and certain sweets and keep taking B100 complex if it helps.
The important fact is that it isn't sinister or dangerous.

Birmingham, UK

#821 Mar 17, 2010
I went to a dermotoligist and he had never heard of any skin condition that i described he said it sounds like something else might be wrong and its my body telling me so ,surely if it was urticaria he should have known this as hes meant to be a skin doc i am beggining to wonder if any of them know whats what or are they just given us stuff to make us go away.Im not anxious about anything apart from being prickeled to death i get ps not matter what i eat or not eat so i still think something else is going on

Wilmington, DE

#822 Mar 20, 2010
I have the same prickling burning pain then itch.
I am going to a allergist, he is running tests and blood work. Will keep you all updated. Thanks
Hoope we all get cured soon.

Wilmington, DE

#823 Mar 20, 2010
Oh yea the Doctor told me to stay away from the drink PROPEL, which I was drinking 3 or 4 a day.
Drink plain water.
Thanks - any information please let me know.

United States

#824 Mar 20, 2010
I have a similar problem. I have the prickly skin with pain when the areas are touched but not the burning or itching. I haven't been to the doctor but I'm starting to think I should. I first noticed this when I was pregnant with my son (he's 4 now). I have the prickly feeling on the back of my legs and on the bottom of a couple of my toes and sometimes on the on my arms. My skin is very sensitive when I have this feeling.I don't know if it has anything to do with anxiety because I haven't felt anxious or been under much stress. I wish I could get some relief. Its nice to know I'm not in this alone.

Atascadero, CA

#825 Apr 2, 2010
Charles wrote:
<quoted text> You appearently have the same exact thing that I have. However mines effects my entire body. Sometimes all at one. I've had blood tests, nerve test, and MRI's nothing is showing positive. I've been taking prescription medication which has help alot, but as soon as I stop taking it (for even one day) the pain comes back.
What is the medication?

Atascadero, CA

#826 Apr 2, 2010
What is the medication
trevor uk

Glasgow, UK

#827 Apr 4, 2010
Been getting so much prickly skin this year also been getting headaches back ache and neck ache. I'm usually quite fit and healthy although always had problems with back and neck.
I recently had shiatsu treatment from japanese lady she relieved pressure from my neck shoulders and back, headaches have stopped but more importantly prickly skin has disappeared !!!
Is it the Shiatsu treatment or is it the milder weather ?
M Lowery

Edinburgh, UK

#828 Apr 4, 2010
I also have problems with my back and neck, i'm just wondering if anyone else has the same, i'd be curious to know if there is any connection to this and the prickly skin.
Good to hear the Shiatsu treatment worked for you Trevor.

Niceville, FL

#829 Apr 4, 2010
If you use computers at work and then at home you may want to google electrical hypersensitivity (EHS). I have itchy, prickly skin on my feet and legs plus itchy scalp when I spend too much time on the computer.
EHS is an emerging illness that is under study by the World Health Organization (WHO). I started having sensations about 1 year ago, went through all kinds of medical tests including dermatology, and could find nothing out of balance. One day I was speaking with my IT folks at work and one referenced another IT employee that was having similar skin problems. My condition worsened when I subscribed to high definition
(HD) TV. One night my wife suggested moving the HD box connected to our HD flat screen TV out of our bedroom to see if it made a difference.
Overnight my symptoms abated and then I stopped using the home computer to see if there was further relief. After about 1 full week of no computers (except work) and no HD TV all symptoms abated. I blocked off my computer at work with a metal cabinet but when I used the home computer at night the prickly sensations on my lower torso return plus the itchy scalp. I have also learned that B12 supplements help somewhat but I experience total relief when I use the computer as little as possible. My symptoms increase greatly when I use my laptop computer.....knee joint pain plus constant prickly sensations. If this sounds similar to your situation, look into EHS and let us have some feedback. Good luck.
M Lowery

Edinburgh, UK

#830 Apr 5, 2010
Ive always said that my laptop sets mine off, but everyone at home thought this was crazy, i bought a laptop tray to use, but i can still feel the heat from the laptop through it, mine is much worse after ive spent a long time on my laptop. I truly believe this is the cause. I am going to look EHS now.
trevor uk

Birmingham, UK

#831 Apr 5, 2010
I can't find a link to computer use doesn't seem to affect me, I've also had p.s. for just over 20 years well before I started using pc's.
However I am always open to anything that may help will also check out EHS.
One very interesting fact that the shiatsu lady found out was that my chest was tight with stress/anxiety which compensated by pulling my shoulders forward which in turn straightened my lower back this gave me headaches, lower back pain and sciatica and prickly skin always starts from my chest !!!
I' d like to say that I'm not a stressed out person but work does give me some sleepness nights.

Huddersfield, UK

#832 Apr 9, 2010
I am having the exact same sensations. It only lasts for seconds to a minute at a time and sometimes feels like it travels up or down my torso.
Very strange, most forums I am reading are putting it down to anxiety. This may be the case, though I dont often attend the doctor, so I will self diagnose it to that.

Birmingham, UK

#833 Apr 9, 2010
i dont think mine is from stress as i have other symptoms such as heartburn,pain and stiffness in joints,headaches and these are but a few to mention i am having a MRI scan next week so hers hoping ill have a result of some sort i have just found out too that my aunty has the same symptoms plus nearly ever other woman in our family has restless leg i am wondering if there is something in the genes that connect us all if i find an answer ill be back

Janesville, WI

#834 Apr 9, 2010
I had RLS, Restles legs, but several years ago I read that taking vit B complex would help. It did help me, GONE. I take complex 50, but the article said maybe up to 100. My grandmother had the RLS too.
Something I've wondered, as Joan suggests, is it in the genes? I've noticed that many of the postings are from the UK as well as the US. I am half Norweign, 1/4 French Canadian, 1/8 English and 1/8 Irish. Is this prickly skin thing mostly a caucasian afflication?
The last time I had prickly skin was about 2 hours after eaten some peanuts, I haven't had peanuts since, I fear the sensation again, but I guess I'll have to experment with it.

Birmingham, UK

#835 Apr 10, 2010
I am on the 50 complex and 2 differnt sort of antihistamine it has,nt stopped my PS ive tried all sorts of creams but nothing helps some days i can go with just a small amount of PS i am heat intolerant but funny enough the sun does,nt bother me clothes and other things touching my skin makes it feel as if its burning .i find if i am in pain a lot from my joints and muscles hurting the PS is worse

United States

#836 Apr 13, 2010
Thank you to the reader who suggested drinking cold water right when you wake up! It worked immediately!I was getting freaked out about the "needle" pricking I was getting in my legs. Afew times I felt it in my upper back shoulder area. I had this going on for about 3-4 weeks, so I went on line and found so many other people had it. I did have increased anxiety at that time and some weight gain and was eating too much sugar and white flour products. I have since cut out white sugar and white flour and my anxiety is less than it was and I'm loosing weight. But before I made those changes, I did the cold water and it worked! Give it a try!

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