Topic of the discussion
Posted on 07/03/2017 15:25
Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes widespread pain. One of the rare symptoms or side effects that may be linked to fibromyalgia is itching. So what is the connection between the two?
How does fibromyalgia relate to itching?
Itching is not often mentioned as a symptom or side effect of fibromyalgia because it is relatively rare.
Experts do not know exactly what causes fibromyalgia, but one theory is that the nerve pathways become oversensitized. As a result, people with fibromyalgia feel pain more intensely than those without the condition.
In one study looking at the frequency of skin-related issues in people with fibromyalgia, itching with no identified cause was reported by 3.3 percent of individuals.
Other skin problems that were reported by people with fibromyalgia included:
- Excessive sweating - 32 percent
- Burning sensation of the skin or mucous membranes - 3.4 percent
- Various unusual skin sensations - 1.7 percent
- Skin lesions from repetitive scratching, itchy lumps on the arms and legs, or thickened skin areas that itch - 1.9 percent
- Inflammation of the skin that does not itch - 9.1 percent
People with fibromyalgia are more sensitive to pain, sensation, and touch than those without the disorder. As a result, any of the above skin problems may feel prickly or itchy to someone with fibromyalgia.
If a person with fibromyalgia is experiencing persistent itching, they should check their symptoms with a doctor.
Do your fibromyalgia symptoms include itching? If so, how do you cope with it?
Beginning of the discussion - 13/03/2017Fibromyalgia and itching: How do you cope with it? https://www.carenity.co.uk/forum/fibromyalgia/living-with-fibromyalgia/fibromyalgia-and-itching-causes-and-treatment-1634
Posted on 13/03/2017 15:10
I use a cream called Aveeno which is quite helpful other than that its Zen colouring for me.
Posted on 10/04/2017 19:43
I have itching, mainly in my hands and it drives me mad, some days it just won't stop. I have rubbed my hands raw at times trying to scratch it and it even keeps me awake at night sometimes. I haven't a clue what to do about it, my Drs have the "you've got fibromyalgia, what do you expect" attitude.
Posted on 18/04/2017 01:12
I have itching most of the time but notice it when in bed. drives me mad . because it's all over . it can be my legs then my body . some times don't know where to tick 1st
Posted on 18/04/2017 10:26
I get severe itching around my eyes and neck and back. Ive never been told its related to my Fibro/arthritis but mentioned it several times to docs and consultants?
Posted on 07/06/2017 20:46
I get the itching all over my back and my fingers and around my eyes. It can drive me nuts at times.
But I can usually just distract myself by going make a cuppa or something else.
Posted on 20/07/2021 15:36
How are you today? Have you seen this older discussion?
Have any of you experienced an itching sensation with your fibromyalgia? If so, when does it occur? Have you asked your doctor about it? How do you manage it?
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Posted on 26/07/2021 10:53
I itch randomly, no real specific areas, just all over on a random basis. At the moment, the itching is targeting my back, head and neck, then I get a sore scalp if I scratch too much. I'm not sure whether it's the fibro that is at the root or the CKD!!!