I am so glad I found this blog as I have learned a few things and they seem to help.
I have been itching for the last 4 months and it has progressively gotten worse. It started in the chest under the breast bone, spread to the whole torso (front and back), neck and chest. I currently do not have problems in my arms and legs.
I was recently diagnosed with Multiple Connective Tissue Disease, an autoimmune condition, where I have some symtoms of several diseases(scleraderma, lupus, sjogrens RA). I thought the itching was due to Scleraderma because of the changes in my skin. My skin has become thick and leathery and I read that this will happen to anyone who scratches because you are destroying the collagen and nerve endings under your skin.
I was also suffering from severe GERD and found out that I had HPylori which has been treated since then.I have been to all the doctors including a dermatologist who could not help me and it has become all consuming. The skin turns red and raw looking after scratching but no rashes--just turns dark like I have a sun tan. I can't stand anything touching my skin including clothing in the neck/chest/waist area, so it has become difficult for me to get dressed and come to work.
After reading the blogs, I have implemented the following and it seems to help as the itching and pin ****k sensations have subsided a great deal and hope it continues.
1. Take Stinging Nettles a few times a day (4 pills every 3-4 hours)
2. Allegra in the morning and Zantac in the evening
3. Cut out eggs in the morning
4. Apply pure Tea Tree Oil to the problem areas followed by lotion