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I am right in the middle of menopause....Every now & then I get very itchy , usually on my arms & legs. It lasts awhile & goes away, but when I have it , it's awful. Does anyone else get this? :cry:
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replied July 2nd, 2005
Hypothalamus
It's your brain hypothalamus thermoregulatory center freaking out over lack of estrogen, it's a useless symptom and it takes time for it to adjust

keep telling it to chill out and get used to things cuz this is how they're gonna be from now on!

At the other end of this, you'll be adjusted to estrone from your fat stores...It's another episode of life...Cry it out, it's ok, use whatever means to make yourself feel better, even very low dose hrt if you venture there, for the shortest time possible to minimize adverse effects

estrone alone for the crone!! (sorry that's crude but true!)
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replied July 2nd, 2005
Rx
Effexor is the ssri most used for this

but soy isoflavones can help reduce hot flashes, don't use dong quai (carcinogenic) or black cohosh for more than 6 months (can raise risk of aggressive breast cancer), promensil has red clover and has some effectiveness, estroven has soy and other phytoestrogens, including black cohosh and kava...Kava can cause nausea and skin problems in some people it is sedating somewhat
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replied August 12th, 2005
Itching
I can relate to rainey. You're the first person that i've found with these symptoms. They are exactly what i've been going thru. I've been to various doctors, ie allergist, gynocologist & hormone specialist with no results. I've been told it's my nerves, that I have anxiety and have been prescribed anxiety medication. However, I don't feel I have anxiety and it's not in my head! It started around the time that I started getting menopausal symptoms. Its been a year that i've been going thru this !!! Please help!!!
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replied September 18th, 2005
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Itching And Menopause
This is a normal part of menopause for some women that is basically caused by our skin drying out from the decrease in hormones. It will ease up sooner or later. Try using gold bond cream and powders to help get through it. Good luck!
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replied October 6th, 2005
Itching
I'm glad to hear that others are having itchy skin problems,too. For the pase few days my arms and legs have been itiching like crazy. Since I haven't eaten anything new or used any new bath products or detergents etc, I knew it couldn't be an allergic reaction. I wondered if the itching could be related to menopause and I guess i'm right/
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replied October 6th, 2005
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Menopause And Itching
Menopause can be really bothersome for many women, but pretty easy for others. Just in case anyone needs to know, here are some other symptoms that go along with menopause. Insomnia, change in mood or personality, thinning hair, headaches, burning stomach, pimples, vaginal dryness, the list goes on and on. Some of these things can be signs of other illnesses, but if you are going through the change, and notice something that you never had before, then it's a good bet that's the reason for it! Good luck all!
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replied October 15th, 2005
Itching In Menopause
I'm almost 52 and have been experiencing very itchy upper thighs for over a year, not all the time, but a lot of the time, especially if I wear pantyhose or any kind of stretchy material that doesn't breathe. I'm quite sure it's related to menopause, but it was very nice to find this site and hear from other women having similar itching issues. I'm just going to hang in there and hope it subsides soon. I'm now going on my 10th month without a period, hot flashes are less frequent, i'm sleeping through the night again and my energy level and mental clarity are a lot better than they were a year or two ago, so there is light at the end of the menopausal tunnel. Now I just have to deal with lower libido, osteopenia, thinning air, wrinkles and creaky joints! It's all good, i'm enjoying being a crone!
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replied October 16th, 2005
Itchy Skin & the Menopause
I have suffered from itchy, crawly skin on my arms and shoulders for 13 years now. It started when I was 40 and it has never been diagnosed by my gp as relating to the menopause, I have been prescribed various medications from cortisone creams, anti-histamines, eczema creams, sedatives etc., the list goes on and on, nothing actually stops the itching, it just has to run its course (usually about twice a year and lasts a couple of months each time). It is only the last year or so that I felt sure it was related to the menopause and mentioned this to my gp who dismissed the theory. I find the only thing that helps me get some sleep it a rich moisturiser and nytol tablets (i take just half a tablet when the itching is at its most intense).
I would love to hear if anyone has any other suggestions.
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replied May 27th, 2011
Menopausal Itching
I am 55 and have had this itching problem for 10 years now. I have told my gp about it every time I go for my check up. It comes about 4 times a year lasts about a month. Its horrible and won't stop! I have to take a benedryl to try and sleep. It seems most annoying at night and/or after a shower, although often during the day as well. They have told me its nerves....well no, its not nerves and I have believed from the begining it was something to do with my cycle or peri menopause, which my (first) gp said there no such thing...ha ha, yes, I fired him. So I just want to say, sometimes lotions help a tiny bit . I have been one year without a period and I wish the itching would stop.
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replied September 28th, 2011
Stop Itchy Arms
Hi...I'm 51 and just now realizing that hormones have something to do with my itching arms. But, prior to this discovery..I can't eat wheat or guess what the first reaction is? Severe itching on arms. For the last few years this has worked for me but now the itching is back and I suspect potatoes.
I strongly suggest you try a wheat-free diet for a week...you might notice a difference.
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replied September 28th, 2011
checking to see if this goes to my email...notification of a reply.
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replied October 9th, 2011
Nytol is brilliant isn't it! I have just googled 'itching and the menopause' and am so glad I now realise I probably haven't got some kind of skin cancer!
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replied February 23rd, 2012
I thought i was going crazy till i found this site. I am 52 and until last sepember had regular periods. Then it was like switching a light off without warning signs of any kind. Now i feel dreadful and have the same symptoms as yourself.I am so relieved as none of my friends feel this way. I sweat day and night, my skin feels alive with what sometimes feels like sunburn. My doctor says she has never heard of this before and my husband thinks its all in my head. At least now I can stop worrying that i am either crazy or have some terrible desease. and instead try to remedey it. Hope you soon feel better.
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replied March 12th, 2012
itch
Hi all
I am 55 and have had this debilitating itch for approx 10 years. It mainly affects my arms and legs. I have googled and found a very helpful support group which has given me some strategies to help manage as the itch affects my life. try searching acquagenic pruritis. its a yahoo group. there is about 1000 people and there is a lot of reading material to help.
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replied October 24th, 2005
Itching
Finally, an answer! I have been suffering with this since july and only just had my gynocologist admit that it's 'probably due to hormone fluctuation.' complicating things, I have an underlying congental skin condition called iychtheosis. Not fun. Since I am unwilling to do hormone replacement, she just suggested I supplement my diet with omega three fish oil capsules and eat more fish. I don't know if that will help, but I pass it on to the rest of you in that hope. Can't hurt, right? In the meantime, I am just trying to 'hang loose' and cat nap during the day when the itch keeps me up at night. Thank god I have a schedule that allows me to do that. Even ten minutes here and there seems to help, though i'm feeling very disoriented living a 24 hour day. No family history of challenging menopause, so for a long time this was misdiagnosed as stress. Believe me, having someone suggest this was 'all in my head' was stressful! At least now I feel as if I can cope with this rather bumpy transition to crone-hood!
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replied October 24th, 2005
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Itcching
Crone-hood? Now ladies, please! We are not turning into crones! We are beginning what is supposed to be the best years of our lives! Once we make it through the battlescars of menopause, we can make it through anything! Crank up the aspirin, anti-itch lotions, valium, etc... And go for the rewards! If you made it through without killing anyone in your family, you aced it!
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replied November 5th, 2005
Menopause
I have experienced itching for the last 6 years. Been to my family physician, allergist, dermotogist. The itching has controlled my life until recently. I have over the years been prescribed sleeping pills. Topicial creams ( which cost a fortune!) the list goes one. Recently I broke out it an severe rash and the itch was uncontrollable....Couldn't sleep all night long and the itch was uncontrollable throughout the day. I'm not retired I still work (fortuntate to be self employed and love my work) my gp suggested I do a de-tox.... I had been researching this. I knew that my body wasn't right. I commenced the univasive detox (you need to research this to make sure it's right for you) and after detoxing for approximately two weeks I immediately started having hot flashes (i call them moments) I feel fantastic! They only last a few minutes, but during the night can be more severe. But I do feel like a totally new person since the flashes began. The flashes don't last long and I don't care if I have to fan myself for 5 minutes or so as long as I feel great most of my 24 hour day. It's a normal progression in the life cycle. My skin is clear, i'm losing weight as my body readjusts, and I feel great and my husband has noticed the extreme change in me. Husbands/partners go through this with you and don't know what to do. I recommend if you're experiencing severe itiching...Try the detox route as your body is trying to break into menopause .....An it isn't all that bad once you actually know what you are dealing with.
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replied December 21st, 2005
Menopause Itching!
I am sooo glad to read many others have this problem. I'm 52 too and in the midst of the pause. I have been itchy on my upper arms, especially inside my elbows and behind my knees. I've never had eczema or psoriasis, and don't think that's the problem. I've developed these conditions only very recently. My upper inside thighs also get itchy, but it goes away. There is no lasting rash or bumps. I put it all up to menopause. I've had other weird skin rashes in the past couple years too. I am trying to boost the good oils in my diet and keep my skin moisturized. Hot flashes and sweating skin probably don't help either!
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replied June 7th, 2006
Menopause, Sweating And Itching
I am sooooo glad that my co-worker told me to search the internet regarding this. I told her that the itching seems to go hand-and-hand with hot flashes.

I have also been to the dermatologist, used creams, put on allegra and been told it is probably nerves. I am so glad that other people are having this. I have also tried some rx sleep medications and thought this was a side-effect. Now maybe I can try them again. This has been going on since december and sometimes worse than other days.

Yes, it does effect you spouse. My husband asked me the other night if I could sit still. I said that I am not sure; I itch all over. I wrote down some of the suggestions and I am going to see what may work.

Thanks everyone!!! You made my day.

Kenda
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replied July 30th, 2006
Eyelid Itching & Itchy Welts On Body-menopausal Symptoms
I am a 55-year old woman who started with menopausal symptoms about 3 years ago. In addition to sleep disturbances, nausea and hot flashes, menopause brought with it a horrible side effect: creepy crawly skin and the eruption of itchy welts I first thought were mosquito bites, but which turned out to be a symptom that has plagued me off and on for three years. When my hot flashes flare up, I get these intensely itchy welts all over my body, most often on my abdomen, buttocks and arms.

My newest symptom are dry, intensely itchy eyelids. I can't tell you what pain this has cost me for the past 6 months. After visiting several dermatoligists who can't tell me its cause, I have begun a self medication using extra pure olive oil (my daughter's recommendation, a homeopathic subscriber) and it has worked. But the problem is, I have to smear my eyelids with olive oil every few hours, day or night, to get relief. I really don't know how my eyelids can absorb this much olive oil, frankly, but they do. When they are "dry" they are like leather. This is so hard to accept. My eyes were always my best feature, so you can image what this is doing to my self esteem. I haven't been able to wear eye make=up for 6 months.

As you can imagine, having to smear my eyes 10 times a night with oil causes a sleep distrurbance that impacts my life. If I didn't have a job working out of my home, I would have to go on disability. As it is, it is so difficult to face people or even have a normal life with all this itching and pain.

I'm going for another round of tests next week (for lupus, etc.) but the doctors have not been able to find anything conclusive up to now.

In addition to all the above, I also have such intense muscle pain each morning, I can hardly walk when I get out of bed. I was a dancer all my life, so this symptom is also hard to chew, but nothing beats the itchy, dry, leatherly eyelid problem.

Sorry that this missive is so long, but if I can get some feedback from others who have similar symptoms and perhaps have found a cure, I would be immensely grateful. Thank you, karinat
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replied June 27th, 2011
Hi Karina T,

I have had exactly the same problem for the last 8 months. itchy eyelids and the same symtoms as you. I am scared to take HRT due to the heart failures in the family and cancers.....but I started taking 1000mg Flaxseed oil tablets 3 times a day, 5 days ago which has worked wonders, no more itchy eyes and I have been wearing make up which hasnt effected me. I could not wear make up before with these symtoms without going mad with itch...please try it and let me know. Flaxeed is used for estogen difficiency.
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replied July 11th, 2011
Itchy eyelids and dry eyes.
My eyelids are so itchy I have the Flaxseed oil tablets but I've only taken one a day, so I'm going to follow your example. I sure do hope it works for me too.
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replied September 27th, 2011
hormones
Dear Alpaco
I also had the dry eyes, skin that I almost tore off, alleries and allergic to nothing and all of a sudden everything. I had the skin problems until my eye lids peeled, my hair fell out, I was scared to wake up in the mornings I lost over a 100 a day. For 25 years I went through all of this. I finally went to an out of network dr on hormones, cost me $2,000 all together but no one else could help me I should of done this years ago. Anyway he treated my sympthoms, the blood work on my hormones was always normal but it wasn't normal for me. I needed estrogen and progesterone. I am happy to say I did the bio identical hormones through a compound pharmacist and I now can do everything, my hair came back and still is, no more eye problems, my skin stopped itching and I can sleep without slipping pills. I tried the herbs and vitamins and you need or I needed much much more. I do regular exams and the estrogen is a cream so a little goes a long way, more breast cancer is caused by syntheic pills not bio identical and the foods you eat that have hormones in them. The progesterone I take is 100MM and everything stopped at once and I now have a normal life. I also did the steriods until they ruined my skin but at the time the relief was welcomed. My dr said I ran the gammet on my hormones hopefully this will help you. Also this started in my early 40's but never received help from a dr or gyn until I went out of network. I am now 57. Good luck and I hope this helped you.
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replied August 20th, 2006
Re: Eyelid Itching & Itchy Welts On Body-menopausal Symp
Hi, i've posted in another thread on itching, too. I've had some problems like this, but it's turned out to be food intolerences. I'm not sure yet why these have suddenly come up, but maybe it's thinning of the gut tissue or something.

Anyhow, the welts sound like hives and i've had the itching eyes and pain, too, which all turned out related to the food problems. I've identified several foods that i'm suddenly sensitive to (grains, milk, eggs, coffee), and if I avoid those, then I feel much better. It's worth a try, anyhow.

Btw, try plain tea for the itching eyes. It works for me.
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replied August 24th, 2006
Itchy Crawly Skin
Oh? So it's not just me!!! I started with the itching a year ago at the same time I quit smoking. I put it down to withdrawal symptoms but as it's been over a year now, I figured it can't still be nicotine withdrawal. Sometimes it does feel as if bugs were crawling on my skin (which can be a drug withdrawal symptom).

I have zero symptoms of menopause otherwise but maybe this is the first one??? Like the other women mentioned, the itching comes and goes and is worse in the extremities especially the inner arms. I have tried oatmeal baths, all kinds of mositurizers, lotions, etc. To no avail. When it gets really bad and interferes with sleep I take an anti-anixety pill. I know that is not the solution but sometimes I just can't take it anymore! Then again I can go for days and sometimes even weeks without it happening.

I shuddered when I read about one woman dealing with it for 13 years!!! Oh my! I feel for ya and can only hope that it finally stops one day. I can't see dealing with this for that long.
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replied August 25th, 2006
Re: Eyelid Itching & Itchy Welts On Body-menopausal Symp
midnightrain wrote:
hi, i've posted in another thread on itching, too. I've had some problems like this, but it's turned out to be food intolerences. I'm not sure yet why these have suddenly come up, but maybe it's thinning of the gut tissue or something.

Anyhow, the welts sound like hives and i've had the itching eyes and pain, too, which all turned out related to the food problems. I've identified several foods that i'm suddenly sensitive to (grains, milk, eggs, coffee), and if I avoid those, then I feel much better. It's worth a try, anyhow.


Btw, try plain tea for the itching eyes. It works for me.


thanks for the suggestion, but it is definitely not food intolerance. It always is at its worst when my hot flashes are their worse, so I know there is a correlation with hormones. Thanks anyway for your response.
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replied August 26th, 2006
Itchy
Hi,

i have never posted here. I never knew this site existed.

I was wondering if anyone knows if I could actually start with menopausal symptoms 7 years after my last period. I have the extreme ichiness and hot flashes but did not think they were related.

I thought that I had some skin disease, but aside from the extreme itching and some swelling where I scratch there is no sign of skin disease.

When I realized that the hot flashes and the the itchiness started about the same time I thought it might be related to hormones.

Besides that I think I see more rapid signs of aging omg.

Does anyone have any idea?

Terrics
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replied September 8th, 2006
I Don't Have Menopause And I'm Getting These Symptoms?
I was searching the net for a strange, itchy, burning sensation all over the body, that drives me insane for an hour or two every other day. This is the first site where I see similar symptoms by other people.... And they're all menopausal. I'm 20! And I still have my period and every other womanly thing... Could this be some sign of a hormonal imbalance? I'm begining to think so.
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