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I've developed a mysterious prickly itch all over my body. It hits in random areas, from my scalp to my ankles (feet are okay, so far). This just started happening w/in the last 2 weeks after a trip to vegas and denver.

My 1st thought was I had picked up something in a hotel, but I was meticulous about looking for critters in the beds, like bedbugs. 2nd thought was a reaction to something I ate, but that's not it. 3rd is menopause, which i'm going thru right now.

It's keeping me awake at night and benadryl doesn't help at all. At this very moment, part of my left arm, inner right thigh, waist, right side of neck, back of left knee are prickly itchy. If I scratch or sometimes just touch the area that's itching, the sensation goes away temporarily. Sometimes i'll see raised bumps, but most times nothing.

I've eliminated contact dermatitis, food allergies, and i'm on no meds. My dermatologist is baffled especially since he can see nothing wrong.

Updage: within the last 2 minutes since starting this thread, the itchies have moved to my right inner arm, left wrist, left hand (upper), right index finger, right lower leg, front of neck, no visible bumps, and as I write this, all these locations are changing (stomach, left butt check, left inner elbow, right upper back)! It's driving me a little crazy, so if anyone out there is having same symptoms, please respond.
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replied August 8th, 2008
Hey there Smile

I know this thread is old but...

I developed the same thing last week n i still got it, did u find out what caused it? its driving me nuts!!! I suffer from an anxiety disorder i wonder if it has anything to do with that? i took some tablets to "stop itchy skin" but they didnt work.
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replied September 8th, 2008
Itchy all over
I have the same exact thing, they think it could be from TRICOR that i stopped taking 3 weeks ago. DR have taken some blood and am waiting for results of allergy tests....
Over the counter antihistimines do not work, the predosone they prescribed didnt work.
They have given me a higher dose antihistimine that helps but not 100%.
Any ideas what to do would be helpful.
Itchy all over.
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replied September 8th, 2008
No answers
My symptoms went away within a month. The itchies still flare up often, but not as severe as they were back when I first posted. My doctor had no answers.

My own diagnosis is it's a stress related disorder that affects my immune system in some weird, itchy way. When it first happened, it was after a Vegas/Denver trip and before a scheduled trip to Nashville. Also, at that time, I was not working and not taking my vitamins.

I noticed when I am regularly taking a multi-vitamin, I have no weird itchies. My problem is multi-vitamins eventually upset my stomach. But, for the time I can tolerate them, they relive the itchy symptoms.
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replied September 29th, 2014
same feelings its an itchy feeling throughout the body not just one spot, it comes and goes i can go days without it but then it comes back. i have anxiety and it seems to get worse when my worrying starts. i do not take any multi vitamins and have a poor diet i have heard a b-12 deficiency may cause the is feeling. i take protonix for acid reflux and this reduces the acid in my stomach but also reduces your b-12 intake. any ideas about this crazy feeling its driving me nuts
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replied January 24th, 2009
prickly itch
I have developed a neck pain. I an scheduled for an MRI next week. I have developed those same symptoms. It starts with a few pin pricks in my head and then radiate all over my hands, buttocks and legs it is really freaky. I know its not my heart because throughout these episodes my heart rate remains normal.
These episodes last for about half an hour if not more. I noticed them after exercising and stretching. I think a disk in my neck is pressing on nerves. Although the Specialist cannot explain the prickling all over.
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replied April 3rd, 2009
wow
The same thing is happening to me! i cant get to sleep at night sometimes. Its very frustrating!
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replied July 13th, 2009
I am also suffering from this migratory skin itch. I am currently weaning off of prescription drugs for depression and restless leg syndrome and suspect the skin itch is related to medication withrawal. Oatmeal baths seem to offer temporary relief, but has anyone found any other drug-free remedies?
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replied April 4th, 2014
Has anyone else noticed a correlation between the onset of prickles and stopping antidepressant drugs?
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replied August 6th, 2009
Prickly Itchiness all over the body without rash/lumps!
I am 31 y.o. female who maintains a good eating habit and works out regularly. Prickly itchiness has been appeared all over the body without any rash or lumps since a month ago. This unbearable prickly itchiness occurs from scalp to feet all over the body at random time and area. I haven't changed a soap or perfume nor been under the sun. When I apply ice pack (or something cold) directly on the itching area, the symptom is relief. (I feel warmness in the area where it is itching regardless how cold my body gets.) If I focus on doing something, I forget about the itchiness. But it seems like the symptom gets worse if I sit still (especially at office meetings or in the car) and when I am relaxing at night. I went to see doctors and checked in hospital, but the blood work came out normal. One of them said I got a bed bug, but I have no red marks or lumps on the skin and the cream didn't relief the symptom at all. I took allergy pills in the interim. They make my body numb, but itchiness kicks back as soon as the medicine wears off.
I did an extensive review on this prickly itchiness without rash/lump online. Surprisingly, many people from all over the ages have the same symptom over the years, yet there is no specific diagnose to it. Those who have been having the symptom over 30 years have been taking anti-histamine all those years and this symptom has been critically affected their daily lives and marriage. I finally went to see the eastern medicine specialist/acupuncturist. After sharing my symptoms to him, he diagnosed me that this is something called "heat in the blood stream." According to him, we generate the bad heat when we are angry (that is why some people turn their face red) and stress out. If this heat has been generating continuously over the extensive period of time, then the heat penetrates into the organs (and later causing symptoms like no digestion, constipation, irregular periods, etc.) as well as the blood stream. So as blood circulates, it carries the heat which causes the prickly heat at random places and sometimes it causes a headache. He said that this symptom used to occur to widowers especially those who had been taking care of ill spouses, but in modern days, many people get it. (I wonder that is why there is no diagnosis to this particular symptom yet even though many people have it.) Anyway, I am happily engaged and am not stressed out (or least not yet), but (I didn't tell him this) in the past 3 years, I went through a period of a difficult transition in my life at where I was taking care of my ill father who later passed away and broke up a long-term relationship at the same time. When he later was about to acupuncture my body, I became bit panic because I am a needle phobia and was not happy to see those tiny needles sticking out on my skin. There, I felt a sudden rush of prickly itchiness from head to toe all at the same time. After coming back, I've been started taking supplement herbal drinks three times a day in last 10 days and a daily multi-vitamin pill from over-the-counter. I still have prickly itchiness time-to-time but the symptom subdued very much and at least I now can sleep at night. For those who do not have an access to eastern medicine doctor or an acupuncturist nearby, I would start taking a multi-vitamin pill as someone mentioned above and checking with doctors at the same time. I wasnâ??t fully aware what it means when stress can impact your body, but now I know what it means as living in this modern era.
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replied August 11th, 2009
For the past 3 nights I have been unable to sleep and have kept my husband awake with my itching and scratching when we're in bed.
The itching is totally random and one minute I can have an itch on my head, then my lower leg, then my face, then back etc! It's driving me totally mad. It feels like i'm covered in insects but my bed's spotless, I have no lumps or bumps and antihistamine tabs do not work.
What can I do. I am sooo tired today and we go on holiday saturday. I won't be fit to enjoy it at this rate.
I'm in the UK so if anyone knows of a remedy i'd be happy.
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replied August 14th, 2009
I would like to say thank god I have found other people with this condition, I thought I was going mad because nothing the doctor did or advised was doing any good. I am going to try the multivitamins and see if they work. Antihistamines dont work nor do iron tablets. The anti itch creams dont work very well either. As I am writing this I am itching away like a thing possessed, but I'm not going to give up hope of finding something that works.I may also try accupuncture I had this treatment for a painful neck some time ago and it seemed to work. But if I find an actual cure I will let you all know.
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replied September 21st, 2009
Have a similar problem now for about a month. The itch started off under my chin which i thought it was shaving rash, then the itch startedn on my neck, ears and scalp and eventually has worked its way down my trunk, ass, both arms, legs, groin, thighs and calves. The areas affected are dry and have a slight sunburn appearance. The itch is worse in the evenings and night. Have tried steriods oral and cream, anti-hist without any effect. 2 weeks into the itch my face and head began to swell and turn red. then the swelling went away after a week then it returned tomy arms and hands. 2 GP's, Dermoltogist and a Specialist Pysician cant find anything internally wrong. All blood test, urine, stool, chest x-ray and tissue biopsy have all come back negative. I see a allergy specalist tommorrow. Also I have noticed that my blood smells of metal.
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replied November 7th, 2009
Unbearablly itchy skin
Unfortunately, all I can do is commisurate. I am typing and scratching like crazy. My itch is always on my arms and neck. It started when I was pregnant 19 years ago. It always comes back between September and December and each year the severity is different. My doctor and dermatologist have no idea what is wrong and are sure that I am the only person who has this! I have scars on both arems and my hands from scratching. It is horrible. I am going to try the tanning salon - maybe it is a seasonal response to the onset of winter. It does not correlate to the furnace, etc. I can find nothing except that it starts in the fall but sometimes in September and sometimes in November. I have been having menopausal symptoms for the past 3 years and there has be not difference in the itchies. Since topical creams are useless it must be systemic.
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replied November 7th, 2009
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It could be some sort of pollen in the air that does this to you...OK, try this...Get ice cubes...Put them in a wash rag or just plain hold them and rub them on the places that itch...I had this problem with my legs as I have poor circulation and it stopped it...You want the direct ice cube or piece on your skin...It will melt as you do this as I think the itching area is hot...At least mine is, has and was....I am not bothered anymore with this....Take care and I hope this helps...

Caroline
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replied November 13th, 2009
Pinprick itching sensation
I wanted to reply to Itchywoman-I have the same thing happens between october and december or longer-it just started several days ago -with the pin prick senstation-- for example:under one eye then -over to my nose-top of head to arm -different pattern at different places-right now I am itching my chin and chest errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
I feel very bummed out at the moment and started to get a headache and feeling very tired...........Sad
Last year (an Unsympathetic)Dermatologist says it is the onset of the dryness- of your body being covered-the heater on-etc due to the change in seasons- but their is nothing to be done-I used a body cream never the less it does not effect the pinprick sensation-
I had a glass of wine last night and I realized was not getting the pinprick sensation-!!!!!----I was not Drunk Smile
I am not suggesting this an answer Smile
It is a relief to hear that I am not alone with this but I wish there was a solution!
I keep searching on the internet every year so I am happy that at least I found some one else who described it as I have it
opps my head just stated itch--HELP!
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replied December 11th, 2009
hi everyone

i get the same thing. it feels like little prickles all over my body from head to toe. drives me nuts. i have had this for years but it comes and goes. i get so worried that i have something serious. i just dont understand what it is.
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replied April 21st, 2010
driven nuts by prickly itch..
Hi all,

I jumped on here because I have been suffering the same thing, like someone is randomly jabbing me with numerous cactus spikes.. it started originally in my legs, but randomly appears on my chest, stomach, back.. although mainly in the upper legs. I consulted a naturopath about it and she seems to think I am lacking in magnesium and omega 3s... also I feel very dehydrated all the time, even though I drink a good amount of water, my skin and lips always feel dry.. and I am prone to restless legs at night (which sucks even more!) I think I will consult an eastern doctor about this.. if anyone wants me to let you know how I go I''ll post my progress... its driving me nuts!
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replied May 5th, 2011
Hi, You've just described exactly what its like for me!! Being randomly pricked continuously while trying to sleep, and I also have restless legs at night. Its 1.45 am now, I've taken half a sleeping pill and I give up. Have to be up at 7 so i'm really pissed off. Seems no one has a solution to this Sad Did you consult an eastern doctor? Would love to know if you got any results.
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replied January 14th, 2013
How did you go? Can you please tell me if you had any success with the eastern doctor.
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replied January 14th, 2013
Thank you for posting this, I am suffering the same thing! RLS, prickles in the feet, hands, face, between breasts, always thirsty, taking magnesium, losing sleep, insomnia due to RLS, tired all day, lethargic, no energy.

Have you had any success with an eastern doctor?
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replied June 1st, 2010
Itchy and prickly skin
I am a 51 yo man, very physically fit running and working out 3-5 times per week for an hour or more.

About early April of this year I experienced a period of intense itching on my upper chest. After two or three days I noticed a rash of small blisters had appeared. The blisters were diffuse in occurrence and totaled probably no more than a couple of dozen. After the rash on my upper chest disappeared, I had a bout of intense itching on the tops of my feet. I scratched so hard that the skin was removed leaving sores which have still to heal completely.

At first I didn't think the two episodes were related. But a short time later I began to experience prickles and itching all over my body. The worst areas seem to be my scalp,groin and lower legs. I have had periods where the palms of my hands and even the tops of my toes itched beyond relief. These areas also experienced burning painful sensations after itching them.

I've noticed that rubbing my skin on my forearms against something may produce what look like hives. Using my hands to lift weights causing a burning sensation in my hands.

I do find temporary relief with Benadryl, but that leaves me feeling tired, and I experience intense agitation if I take it every day.

I had a skin disease when I was 21 yo called pityriasis rosea which sort of feels the same ie like fiberglass caught under my clothing. But I'm told this disease seldom reoccurs and the painful burning sensation I don't remember.

I don't have anything helpful to add for anyone at this point but am hopeful someone else might read this who has some answers.
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replied June 4th, 2010
Prickly hot itch
I have a prickly hot itch with no rash around my jaw line and seems to have spread to my upper lip and around my nose, it's not all the time but when it flares up its unbearable. I can feel a rash but you cant see one.

The symptons started when I brought home rabbits(mohair), I got rid of them and still have the hot itch.
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replied June 12th, 2010
Same mysterious itches
I have the same itch. It seems centralized in my nasal cavity and at times my entire face feels as though a hot pin prickly itch has overtaken. I am affected on my limbs, groin, neck, anywhere I have skin (all over). It is a dermatological surface itch, that is, scratching alleviates it but it then pops up in other areas. I have tried antihistamines (OTC allevert) which helps somewhat. Cold air and cold water are a great relief. I seem to also more dehydrated and drinking large amounts of water helps. Is this a contagious dermatological condition? I am very clean and have excellent personal hygiene. Around 6 pm eastern time (late day) and when I am physically tired I notice it ocurring most. Similarly, when well rested my body and skin are calm. At times it feels as if I am covered in wool or that small little worms are beneath the skin. There has to be a remedy, cause and cure for this!
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replied June 11th, 2011
This is the same as me iv read lots of posts but non of them said it happerns when tired. But that when mine attacks all over my body prickly skin and does not go away until i go to sleep its verry irritating im 25 and want this to stop.
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replied June 16th, 2010
prickly all over!!
I also STARTED IN APRIL 2010,itching all over just like fibergalss is under my skin or some kind of skin mite.So I visited the Doctor's just the other day as I had done everything on the self for allergy's nothing worked!! I have now been given very strong antihistamine and steriod cream but told to try one place at a time with that. My Doctor says It could be a liver thing so I'm getting that checked now too. Will let you know if the Med's work as I can't be doing with this any more,fingers crossed to all.
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