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September 19th, 2007
I've suffered from crawling sensations under my skin, mainly on my shoulder, but also face, hair, legs, feet, just about everywhere, since 2004.
I don't have the fibres some people talk about but maybe that's a secondary complication.
I've discovered from researching that they are Collembola (Springtails) and now I can actually see them under the webbing of top layer of skin by using the new kids toy EYE-CLOPS which you view, at 200 x magnification, on your TV screen.
They are white and reflect the light from the magnifier (especially their eyes). Still waited till they moved to make sure I wasn't imagining it.
Bad news is that I've been trying for 12 months to kill them, to no avail. I can't think of any more things to try but if I find something I'll let you know. When I have really made them suffer, they bite, but seem to recover quickly.
Worst time I gave them was when I had the church Elders pray for me. The Springtails bit me for days, keeping me awake at night, but they're still here. Maybe God has a purpose for my suffering. I'll keep you posted. Don't give up! Lyn
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replied December 12th, 2007
I've Had This
I have had this "twitching" that you describe, I got it when I was younger and don't actually remember having it now for the last 8 years and I'm 47 now. But I did get it fairly spasmodically on a random point on my body, mostly my arms or legs though, about once every 3 months and then it lasted for a minute maybe. When it first happened I wondered what it was too, but apart from that twitching I didn't feel like there was anything wrong with me. It would happen when I was relaxing or doing something enjoyable usually, like playing chess or talking with someone.

I did describe it too to a doctor but just got a funny look, I think I would have described it as something "bubbling" under my skin when I was younger, but yes, "twitching" and something crawling under there describes it too. It was in fact very painless, there was absolutely no pain with it.

Indeed my experience with doctors is so bad I pretty well don't go to them any more ever, I just try and stay healthy so I don't have to see them as I am now terrified of them but that is another story I suppose.

If it's like mine though, and it happens once every 3 months for a minute or so then I would ignore it.
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replied February 5th, 2008
Hi. I'm a 19 year old college student. I've been getting most of the same symptoms described above for several years now. They seem to get worse and more frequent when I'm feeling stressed out. They mostly occur in my legs as a sort of bubbling or crawling feeling, almost as if the flow in my veins is disrupted in some way in that spot. It sometimes comes with a general feeling of slight tingling or numbness in the rest of the leg, more often in my feet, or around the area where the "bubbling" feeling is.

Could this be a form of restless leg syndrome? Granted I've gotten the symptoms in other areas of my body as well, but could it be related to RLS?

The connection to anxiety also seems plausible, but I don't think it's purely psychological in the least. Not every symptom that is unexplainable on first examination is due to psychosis. But maybe this could be some kind of nerve problem related to anxiety? For most descriptions here I don't see this as Morgellons.

In any case, I'm glad to have found others experiencing the same symptoms!
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replied February 7th, 2008
Crawling skin/creeping feeling is called
"Formication". It can occur anytime but esp around the menopause. I suffer from it in very delicate areas of my body and this has occurred once during a nervous breakdown and recently as my Father has died which has exacerbated various old symptoms I had.

Just thinking about it can bring it on in various ways.

Good luck.

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replied February 16th, 2008
IM at rest now
Hey as quite a few people here have said thank god there are others that feel this sensation, i frequently get twiching of the skin near my eye brows and my nan noticed it she said after it told her it feels wierd
i typed twiching of the skin in and got this name Fasciculation from wikipedia
i dont know what this is or what causes it, but we are not the only ones that have it, it is just annoying
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replied April 26th, 2008
muscle spasms and crawling sensation

It is so great to know I am not imagining my symptons. I have had high blood pressure since I turned 35. I am presently 42 years old. I am addicted to working and usually my day starts at 5 am and ends by 9pm. I get about 5 to 6 hours sleep per night but my sleep is restless. My legs cramp or cna not stay still and I constantly get up to use the bathroom
(BP meds.) or drink juice or water. I am always thirsty. I tested for diabetes so I know I do not have it. My stress level is pretty high and I am presently going through a seperation. My leg spasms started about 5 years ago and the first one was the worse. Almost like a charley horse going up your leg and not being able to move. I actually see it moving down my leg like a very large bubble in my veins. I also get numbness and tingling in my arms, fingers, feet and toes. This year during my separation I also started getting the crawling sensations. It feels as if a large spider is crawling under my skin mostly my legs. My normal reaction is to tap that area. I have also felt it under my cheek.I exercise 5 to 6 days per week, have a low salt diet and try to eat healthy but I am always worried. I constantly tell my doctor. He manages my BP and tells me relax, sleep and make time to go on vacation.
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replied June 4th, 2008
Cure maybe
I have been reading some of the symptoms that people have been having. I have had what is known as USPI, unidentified skin parasitic infection for 12 years. I was working a lot with aquariums and was awaken one morning in April with a crawling sensation up my back. At first it spread quite rapidly all over my body. If you have tingling or similar feelings in an isolated area, then I am glad to say that your chances of having this is very slim. For those who say we are delusional and suffering from anxiety are forgetting something very important in the equation. It is not that we were initially delusional and then contracted this, it is that we had contracted it and it produced any delusions or anxiety. I had the classic symptoms which are fibers, black specks,and crystal like objects coming out of the skin. I found the easiest way to draw it out was to use pure lemon juice on the skin and that would excrete them. As far as doctor's are concerned, we forget that they are just dianosticians. Researchers study the diseases and chemists find the cures. Doctor's just take the work that they have done and apply it to you. So if your problem has not been researched and in a book, then it doesn't exist to them until a researcher tells them it exists. I have been to every single type of doctor one can imagine and you will never guess where I found a clue as to what maybe occuring and causing this. A veternarian. Sorry for the book but I have just stumbled on this website and wanted to get myself in the mix. I have a lot more information on this since I have spent over a decade researching it on my own. I will write more in time to come but for now, a good information website to get you familiar with this is m. I would suggest that before you visit that site to write down every symptom you have regardless on how strange or weird it may sound. The reason being that this disease is no different than others in that having extreme distress and anxiety can cause you to become paranoid and delusional and find symptoms that you never had prior or to emerge or to drive you crazy looking for them. I am in no way a doctor and won't suggest you trying any medication without talking to your doctor. The medication that stopped my crawling after a few days is baclofen. Check it out and I will talk more about that and some other things later. One more thing, for those who have that sensation on you head, touch the place with your finger and try to stop or trap it. Gently pull out a few hairs down to the root and check to see what is at the end. This infection in prolonged cases causes a thick, clear to opaque sheath with a black spot on the end which can sometimes be longer than the hair and can actually extend out of the pore attached to the hair shaft. If you ever get an infected hair and pull it out, it will look similiar to that except that it spreads itself to almost every hair. Please try not to make a habit of doing this since you don't need to develop trichotillomania,
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replied June 4th, 2008
I get these "twiches" as well. Scared myself googling the symptoms of course.

Seems to be very common with anxiety.

1st off when you think about a symptom it is fact that it is easier to notice it.

2nd twitching has to do with your nervous system/muscles. Think about all the tension you put on your muscles when you are anxious and also think about the fact that anxiety works with the nervous system.

Anyways this is very common both twitching and crawling feeling. Try exercising and see if you notice it while exercising. Funny how when I don't pay attention/exercise I hardly notice these things.

However, man they can freak me out at times. but hey we are all works in progress.
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replied June 4th, 2008
Extremely eHealthy
Almost sounds like nerve ending conduction. Have you checked with a neurologist?
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replied June 13th, 2008
crawling skin
I am so glad to have came across this site, because I;m going through this right now. I am under stress and I noticed this last night. Now that I am sitting still I'm feeling it. I was like what is going on now, I received news concerning my health and it has me a little stress and that's when I noticed this.. so I may be wrong but I do think stress has a lot to do with these feelings...very uncomfortable
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replied June 15th, 2008
hello backhome22...
consult the doctor...because its not natural what the feelings you have...
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replied July 3rd, 2008
Read the Labels
Hi everyone,

I was checking out why I had the creepy crawlies for the first time today and I found that it could happen during menopause because of changing hormones.

As for the restless leg syndrome, try reading the labels on what you eat. Best of all, eat only natural, home grown, home cooked foods. The preservatives, sugar and a lot of additives in processed food can do strange things to our body.

For me, its potassium sorbate (or large sugary desserts) that makes my legs twitch.

Hope this helps.

M Smile
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replied July 16th, 2008
I finally ended up in the hospital and after testing found out I had ESRD(kidney failure) and some nerve damage in the legs. So my symptons were real.
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replied July 30th, 2008
hi all
My case is similar to "Zigra's" post above. Thank you Zigra for your information Rolling Eyes

Over a month ago I began having a feeling like there was a worm crawling in my upper stomache, near where the two rib cages meet. It seemed to get worse/more prominent when I was stressed. About 2 weeks later that ended, and all of a sudden I began to have the same "worm" feeling in my left neck.

It had continued for three weeks, I kept trying to monitor it and discern what the problem could be. I had made a doctor appt for a friday, had come down with a sudden migraine on wed, and so saw the doctor earlier than planned.

As he and I were discussing the problem, running labs on me etc. by Friday, I ended up with what I am told, was my first panic attack ever.
Felt literally like I was having a heart attack, along with the wierd creepy crawly feeling in my left neck near the carotid area. The chest pain remained until yesterday.

They have done a CT of my chest, an echocardiogram, ultrasound of my carotid - nothing except a swollen lymph gland.
However, I'm told I have hypokalemia, and have been eating extra potassium to see if it helps. Tomorrow I get my 3rd potassium level drawn, so I guess I will see about that.
Did a 24 hour holter monitor yesterday to rule out heart problems and don't know the results.
Because of panic attack, he put me on zoloft for anxiety 2 days ago. The "flipping" as I call it has diminished, but is still present, just happened again a few minutes ago.

I appreciate knowing that there are others out there that have similar symptoms, throughout this ordeal I've begun to think my doctor and others feel I am imagining the incessant flipping. It is not painful, but is not "right" and I sure hope to cure the problem and soon!
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replied August 1st, 2008
Anxiety and Stress Review
Certain drugs, both recreational and medicinal, can lead to symptoms of anxiety due to either side effects or withdrawal from the drug. Such drugs include caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, cold remedies, decongestants, bronchodilators for asthma, tricyclic antidepressants, cocaine, amphetamines, diet pills, ADHD medications, and thyroid medications.
A poor diet can also contribute to stress or anxiety -- for example, low levels of vitamin B-12 . Performance anxiety is related to specific situations, like taking a test or making a presentation in public. (PTSD) develops after a traumatic event like war, physical or sexual assault, or a natural disaster.
In very rare cases, a tumor of the adrenal gland may be the cause of anxiety. The symptoms are caused by an overproduction of hormones responsible for the feelings of anxiety.
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replied August 1st, 2008
Anxiety and Stress Review
Stress can come from any situation or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or anxious. What is stressful to one person is not necessarily stressful to another.
Anxiety is a feeling of apprehension or fear. The source of this uneasiness is not always known or recognized, which can add to the distress you feel.
Alternative Names:
Anxiety; Feeling uptight; Stress; Tension; Jitters; Apprehension
Stress is a normal part of life. In small quantities, stress is good -- it can motivate you and help you be more productive. However, too much stress, or a strong response to stress, is harmful. It can set you up for general poor health as well as specific physical or psychological illnesses like infection, heart disease, or depression. Persistent and unrelenting stress often leads to anxiety and unhealthy behaviors like overeating and abuse of alcohol or drugs.
Emotional states like grief or depression and health conditions like an overactive thyroid, low blood sugar, or heart attack can also cause stress.
Anxiety is often accompanied by physical symptoms, including:
• Twitching or trembling
• Muscle tension, headaches
• Sweating
• Dry mouth, difficulty swallowing
• Abdominal pain (may be the only symptom of stress, especially in a child)
Sometimes other symptoms accompany anxiety:
• Dizziness
• Rapid or irregular heart rate
• Rapid breathing
• Diarrhea or frequent need to urinate
• Fatigue
• Irritability, including loss of your temper
• Sleeping difficulties and nightmares
• Decreased concentration
• Sexual problems

Anxiety disorders are a group of psychiatric conditions that involve excessive anxiety.
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replied August 3rd, 2008
skin crawling
My "skin crawling" actually feels like tiny bugs crawling on me but I look and see nothing. A few times I have seen my skin twitch. It does not hurt and I have never seen any bug bites but it really bothers me because it happens in my eyes. I even told the eye doctor that it felt like bugs were crawling in my eye... he only saw a small scratch and noted that the whites of my eyes are red. He gave me drops but it does not help. I am afraid to go to the doctor with this. I don't want to hear that it is all in my head but this is driving me crazy as it is all over my body but again...really annoying in my eyes. Please post if you find out what this is and how to stop it.
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replied August 7th, 2008
Sooooo Scared
I'm crying while typing this...because I dont know what to do.. Im only 22 years old, and for the past 3 nights i could not sleep. It only happens at night, during the day im fine. it constant skin crawling all over my body and hair. i black and only wash my hair every 2 weeks.but since the crawling started i have washed my hair 3 days in a row. i will be making an appointment to see my doctor this week. i hope you all find help.....
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replied August 10th, 2008
Crawling sensation
I have had this for the past 10 years, it is horrible!

I recently starting taking Gabapentin for restless leg sydrome, and oxazepam for anxiety. They work very well to eliminate the feeling that I want to jump out of my skin at night -- and they have little to no addictive qualities.

Good luck everyone!
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replied December 12th, 2008
To "Dr. David"
I have no idea if your really a doctor, but if you are Im going back to school and getting a different degree. If you listen to the symptoms- and if you studied in college instead of drank- you would clearly see that your diagnosis is so off. For one, are any of you'll with these symptoms prescribed any medication that is classified as a stimulant? If so, it may be the culprit, but if not it could be anything from having unclean sheets at night to a nervous system problem. A real doctor would have to discuss all your symptoms, your lifestyle, and prescribed medication before ever diagnosing you. I recomend that if it really is a concern to go see a doctor and not to listen to a "House" wanna-be that fills forums full of useless medical information.
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