New development, for me, with RA (symptoms for one year, dx two months ago) is intense itching at night. Best I can describe the sensation is that it feels like dead Christmas tree needles and fire ants are inside my nightshirt, itching, stinging, and digging in.
It attacks all across my back (particularly upper back), and from my chin down to my chest (in other words, the front of my neck). It also tends to roam up and down my sides and other spots around my arms and chest but not as widespread as the back and neck.
I've found some relief by taking benadryl at night, but the hangover the next day makes me oversleep. Is this a symptom of RA? Or perhaps a reaction to prednisone or Vicodin? Those, along with ibuprofen, are all the meds I'm taking right now. I've had itchiness with Vicodin before, but that was always limited to the end of my nose and around my mouth and chin and only when I had a bit too much. This is quite a different sensation.
I dread going to bed as I toss and turn and itch for hours every single night for about three weeks now. I only itch when I lie down (whether at night or during the day for a nap -- never any other time). Has anyone else experienced this?