My Hands Itchy Horribly.. They Are Getting Raw.. No Rash

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My Hands Itchy Horribly.. They Are Getting Raw.. No Rash

I have spinal problems...in my entire back.. had a fusion in my neck 12 years ago.. had nerve damage... my hands get so itchy that I feel i will go insane. I do have some tingling in the tips of my fingers. What can I do to stop the extreme itching.. my hands are getting so raw from my rubbing then constantly.. I don't have any rashes on them.. they itch everywhere.. the entire hands up to the wrist. of course they get red and swollen from rubbing them all of the time. it gets the worst at about 6-7pm. no soap, no dish soap, no nothing on them. tried the over the counter creams, sprays, etc.. no help, tried vinegar, ice water, warm and hot warm....nothing has helped.

It is bad enough that my left foot is totally numb now..except for nerve pain and my right foot is almost as bad. I am afraid the same is happening to my hands?? My back has caused the problems in my feet and lower legs. (compressed nerves) I am getting really scared now..

Please any ideas and/or Please any advice??

Answer

Itching in a "glove" (wrists down to the tips) distribution is typical of nerve sensitivity. A peripheral neuropathy like caused by diabetes, thyroid problems, or alcohol abuse can cause burning, numbness, pain, tingling, and itching. Could this be related to the spine? Yes, through a process in the brain that causes your entire alarm system (nerve system) to start misfiring. Please, please, please look into the book called "Explain Pain" by David Butler. Stay calm, don't panic, just learn more about your pain. Know pain, know gain.

Additionally, your doctor might want to consider a TCA (tricyclic antidepressant) like Elavil, imipramine, or desipramine. That should do the trick. Best wishes.

Dr. Christina Lasich, MD