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Unread 11-02-2011, 08:28 AM
Itchy, burning skin

It's been 6 years since my hysterectomy (still have my ovaries), an 53 years old and am experiencing itchy, burning skin, on my arms and around my neck area. I could scratch it until it bleeds -- I use ice packs at night, but still can't sleep. I went to my new family doctor, who put me on a small dose of Doxepin, but it hasn't helped at all. Any suggestions?
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Unread 11-03-2011, 06:48 AM
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Are you getting hives or a rash of some sort? Have you tried some Benadryl to see if it could possibly be allergy related? Your post caught my eye because a very dear friend of mine was having the same complaint you were. She was going crazy scratching. It was especially bad at night. She went through the standard battery of allergy testing with nothing out of the ordinary. She was finally diagnosed with Hashimotos and was put on Synthroid. She got even worse until she was switched to Armour thyroid when it finally resolved.
Unread 11-03-2011, 06:50 AM
Re: Itchy, burning skin

So sorry you are suffering. Itchy skin can drive a person crazy for sure!
Are you on HRT? Dry skin and insomnia can be classic symptoms of low estrogen....since you kept your ovaries it could be the beginnings of menopause?
Estrogen does many jobs in the body and one of them is it calms nerve endings and the skin is loaded with nerve endings.
If you're not using HRT...Omega 3 supplements can help moisten skin (really helped my dry eyes).

Hope you find your solution soon!

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