For the past several months I have been suffering from a scalp issue - initially I tried anti-dandruff medicated shampoos, then the dr said my scalp was too dry so I tried treatment conditioners, then oil (suggested by dr as an old remedy), then methylated spirits plus valium, also calamine lotion.
Everything works for an hour or a day but then it starts again. It is worst at night but even during the day I find myself just scratching away at my scalp even when it isn't itchy - but then it gets worse & gets itchy - a really viscious circle.
Does anyone have any suggestions for a solution/cure aside from locking my hands up out of reach of my head!!
It could very well have a lot to do with nerves. You have ocd, right? I do and I sometimes "pick" at my scalp. The more I do it, the more my hair falls out (i am not balding or anything :d ) and the itchier it gets. Try catching yourself scratching. Punish yourself for it. For example: if you catch yourself scratching your scalp when you are not itchy, then don't let yourself eat dessert or something. (for lack of a better idea!)
maybe if you can quit scratching and keep using the oil and conditioner then your scalp will re-hydrate itself.
I started "blinking" all of the time. It is so annoying. I never ever did it before, but when I quit drinking and smoking last november I started this new habit. I started smoking again and I still cannot quit blinking! No one has said anything to me about it yet, but I know they have to notice. If you have any ideas for that, please let me know!
Yes, I hadn't though of that - the itching (which actually only becomes itchy when I start scratching may well be to do with my ocd, especially as a couple of other aspects of my ocd have been stronger lately (still survivable with but definitely around more.
I pair letters in words and sentences together so this would become
ip ai rl et te rs wo rd sa nd se nt en ce st og et he rs ot hi sw ou ld be co me >>>>>>> & I have to keep going till it all works out even. Now I have this largely under control but recently it's been trying to break free & control me.
Blinking - that would drive you nuts (i have a small idea of what you mean because sometimes when I try to relax much the same happens, although only for a short time) my only suggestions would be -
1) eye drops (may keep them lubricated & so less sore) which may help reduce it.
2) meditation/relaxation which may help you in other ways too but logically if you can find a way to learn to relax almost on command this relaxation should impact on the nerves that cause the blinking.
I will have to try that! That is only one of my ocd's as well. I count everything, and I mean everything. It has to equal an even number or I will count it over and over adding other things until it is even. (i don't know how to explain it) it is also so annoying. I have done this for years.
Kind of on the line of pairing your letters!
I found that with my need to pair everything & having to keep going till I got it all even that I was able to largely overcome this by inserting some humour, laughing at myself, after all every whole thing or number has 2 halves so I can get 1 dress but it has 2 halves!!
that said my kids both know that I get an even number of kisses or i;m very upset!!!!
I have tried to find a cbt group in my area and have had no luck whatsoever.
I haven't tried eyedrops but my eyes are not dry at all. It is just a nervous thing. Plus, I cannot put anything in my eyes. I am a big baby. But I will try.
I don't know how to meditate? Any suggestions?
Cbt groups are often found running in colleges/universities or hospitals either free or cheap (ask a dr or maybe phone a hospital or college).
I understood that your eyes aren't tired or sore but blinking is often associated with both & with dryness as well as lots of other things & I thought that eye drops might help, if in fact you're blinking because of an airborn allergy that you're not even aware of then drpos might help. Also if the blinking is annoying your eyes (again you may not relize it because you're intent on the annoyance of the blinking) then drops might still help.
Meditation, I can only do it in a group. My daughter hates group meditation & has never found a tape that she gets relaxed listening to, but she does have a dvd & a tape of yoga both of which have relaxing exercises & at the end of each section there's a meditation section which she finds great.
So I would go to a library & see if they have any books, tapes, dvd's etc on relaxation, yoga etc & then try them, you might also find a good yoga programme on tv - which you could tape. You do need to give the different types a go (unless the voice is gross!!) before casting it off & trying another. The yoga exercises might also help with some other problems, my daughter finds them (the ones meant for these things) great for releasing stress, digestion of food (especially if she hs over eaten) & to stress & relax tired muscles to name a few.
I had a similar situation but it's now under control. Never learned what it is or was. I now use 100% natural oils that combined make a triple-a barrier: antibacterial, antiprotozoal, and antiviral. It will kill mites (demodex), and bacteria that is in the root of your hair.
I can send you a long-lasting sample for free, but as I was sending left and right, I realised that the cost of shipping is too much to bear. I am asking $8.00 for that.
This is a very old thread, but in my search I came across it . I had this problem - none or very little dandruff (which appeared to be from scratching); no shampoo or even a prescription fungicide seemed to have any effect; the itching was always present but extremely bad at night; an allergy to any detergent or bath product was ruled out. I tried several evenings of a strong (and super smelly) tea tree oil solution, T-gel so strong that it made my scalp peel, a lotion/scrub for poison oak, and of course, the prescription fungicide shampoo, and none made any difference (except to wreck my hair).
It turned out not to be from anything outside of the scalp at all. After being diagnosed for a seemingly unrelated problem, I was prescribed Atenol - a beta blocker that reduces high heart rate (mine had been constantly over 100 at rest) and lowers blood pressure. Within about two hours of taking the first one, my scalp calmed down, and from the next day onward the problem has gone away. I'm not sure if it will come back when I run out. It was the only medicine I was taking for several weeks, so I am very sure that is what made it stop.
You can check your heart rate and see if maybe yours is high by downloading a free heart rate app onto your smart phone (Azumio makes one). It isn't supposed to be over 60 most of the time at rest (when you're sitting calmly in a chair in the evening reading a book for instance).
I haven't seen anything other posts about Atenol helping this problem, so I'm posting it here because for me the relief was so fast and so dramatic. Good luck to all.