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Feels like scratching fingernails on blackboard

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  • Posted By: Tass58
  • January 14, 2009
  • 02:08 AM

I have had an ongoing and exhausting feeling in my body of the sensation one gets when you scratch your fingernails on a blackboard. This feeling increases and is severe when I sit still. It starts at the break of daylight and eases slightly after about 7.30pm to 8 pm. It affects my legs and mainly the left side of my body, including my shoulder and I can even feel it in my jaw sometimes. It started about 2 years ago and I am still suffering from it. At times I have a burning and tingling sensation in my feet, legs arms and even my tongue and lips. Doctors' seem to think it is a symateform disorder due to depression but it seems the other way around. I feel depressed with this feeling in my body. I cannot rest. I first thought it may have been akathisia due to medication for depression but different medications and a break from antidepressants did not relieve the symptoms. It is an awful feeling and it is made worse when I am under stress or emotional pressure. I cannot sit still because it becomes worse but I feel exhausted and just want to rest. I suspected Restless Leg Syndrome but a sleep study and the examination by a neurologist stated that I do not match the criteria for RLS. 10mg of valium does not change the sensation. I occasionally get a very short and minor relief using Panadine Forte but the affect is not very helpful or ongoing. If you want to experienced what I have suffered with for many months scratch your fingernails on a black board. The feeling you get in your body is very close to what I am feeling. If you have a similar problem or can suggest treatment or may know what this could be please write. My diagnosed medical condition is depression. I have type 2 diabetes but it is under control by diet and exercise. I do not take mnedication for diabetes. I have had minor surgery to my neck (nerve block) for cronic pain. I suffer with muscle and back pain all over my body. I cannot impress any doctor to continue with medical investigation because the symptoms are not main stream and the fact I feel depressed seems to narrow any doctor's need to look any further. Even if it is caused by depression I need to find relief. Please help if you can.

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  • Maybe shingles??? But maybe your diabetes??? Try EFT for relief...big time.. www.emofree.com
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • January 15, 2009
    • 00:34 AM
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  • I have somewhat the same condition.. i itch all over my body sometimes my hands and feet becomes reddish because of it. when i am trying to have a relief thru scratching the itchy part, it just gets worse because --- it feels like scratching fingernails on blackboard! ---i cant even write a letter on my skin then afterwards, it will look like a rash embossed.i am taking cetirizine tablet just to get a relief from itch.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 30, 2009
    • 06:02 AM
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  • I know exactly how you feel.. Have not seen a doc yet tho. Sometimes I just want to scream its so awful I can't touch anything it makes it worse... Have you any updates?
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