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Itching everywhere!

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  • Posted By: angryt
  • October 1, 2008
  • 00:46 PM

For the last month or so, I have been itching all over my body, there is no rash, no swelling, no lesions, no change in diet, no change in washing powders or anything like that. The doctor gave me antihistamines and cream but they don't help. Then I had a blood test for my kidneys, liver, thyroid, full blood count etc and when I ring up to get the results they say that they have to repeat some (not all) of the blood tests! They wont say why, but it means waiting longer. The itching is that bad i wake up in the night with it, it's awful. I am also have fatigue and have had recurrent bladder infections recently and an infection of my lymph node. Can anyone tell me what might be going on and why they would want to repeat some blood tests? I'm going mad.:(

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  • Okay, this is systemic pruritis and needs to be investigated further. It can be caused by a number of conditions, but in cases where it's worse at night, cholestasis (gall bladder disease) is a very likely candidate. Uremia is a toxic conditon that accompany's acute kidney disease and can cause systemic pruritis as well. The suggestion here it to promptly obtain further testing to determine the underlying cause. If your primary care physician is incapable of performing the tests with any degree of immediacy, then I suggest that you contact the local hospital emergency room to determine whether you can be evaluated. The fact that you have experienced urinary tract infections, have positive lymph nodes and are fatigued all represent clear signs that warrant prompt evaluation. Acute kidney disorders such as Glomerulonephrtits are serious disorders and require prompt attention, particularly in the presence of urine excretion that foams rather dramatically in the toilet water, a sign that proteins are infiltrating the urine. As stated earlier, the most likely candidate is cholestasis, but this too needs to be evaluated promptly. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    JCottleMD 580 Replies
    • October 1, 2008
    • 11:09 PM
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  • Thanks for your reply, it was more information than I've gotten from anywhere including my doctors so far. I just found out they want me to repeat the liver function test and the full blood count, but they can't do it until monday. Thats a bit of a shock, kidney test i could understand, but i don't drink alchohol at all, could this be related to the sheer quantity of antibiotics i've taken in the last month for various infections? Surely if it was my liver i'd be jaundice wouldn't i? Thanks for your help VERY much appreciated.
    angryt 8 Replies
    • October 2, 2008
    • 09:08 AM
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  • Well, you don't have to consume alcohol or be a drinker to experience liver dysfunction and jaundice is typically a feature of late-stage liver dysfunction. Depending upon the antibiotics you were taking, some of the newer flouroquinilones can cause some fairly serious side-effects in some persons. If you don't mind clarifying, specifically what type of various infections were being treated? Remember also that bile is produced in the liver and if you're experiencing cholestasis then it's possible for your liver profile to be abnormal. Once the tests are run and they can evaluate further, the underlying cause will likely be identified very soon. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    JCottleMD 580 Replies
    • October 2, 2008
    • 10:55 PM
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  • Hi again, I got the results today, the doctor says the tests came back fine (no clue as the why he had to repeat those two though) and then said there is "No medical reason for my itching," dead end? I'm still itching badly, still feeling very tired, and I keep getting various pains in my body, my sides etc. Could this be nothing? :( I'm hoping it will just go away, lol.
    angryt 8 Replies
    • October 8, 2008
    • 07:56 PM
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  • I itched too and I just started B-12 tablets and I swear it is a miracle.I take 500mg twice a day. Check with your doctor.Good Luck!
    rockingmom 3 Replies
    • October 9, 2008
    • 06:45 PM
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  • I had itching terrible also. I finally read that itching can be just the way our bodies are interpreting some signals which would normally be felt as pain. Sometime connects from the sensation gets mixed up by the brain. If you have a disease which is causing some pain issues, then you the itching could be due to something like this. I agree with Blaze that you may have Lyme Disease and or co-infections from Tick Borne infections. Your symptoms fit... so do your test results. With Lyme any of our systems can be involved. It doesn't always make sense, that is another reason it is a tough call. Your labs have come back normal. It may be time to try a specialty lab like IgeneX for Lyme and other tick caused infections. I was negative for 6 lyme tests by my different local labs over the years. I am now on treatment and doing better, but it took the sensitivity of of a specialty lab to get my diagnosis. Lyme is a clinical diagnosis, but most doctors won't give you that diagnosis. Lyme is a politica disease right now. So if you want more information, be sure to read up and you will soon see why this is happening. A recent Fox News special offers a bit of information about what is going on with Lyme... Watch this: MyFox New York | Raising Awareness of Lyme Disease Let me know if you want more info. Good luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 10, 2008
    • 03:49 PM
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  • Sounds like diabetic neuropathy. What was your blood sugar level on yor last blood test?If you have very high blood sugar levels symptomatic of Diabetes II then this causes nerve damage which causes the itching. Other symptioms are:Tingling Numbness (severe or long-term numbness can become permanent) Burning (especially in the evening) Pain For the last month or so, I have been itching all over my body, there is no rash, no swelling, no lesions, no change in diet, no change in washing powders or anything like that. The doctor gave me antihistamines and cream but they don't help. Then I had a blood test for my kidneys, liver, thyroid, full blood count etc and when I ring up to get the results they say that they have to repeat some (not all) of the blood tests! They wont say why, but it means waiting longer. The itching is that bad i wake up in the night with it, it's awful. I am also have fatigue and have had recurrent bladder infections recently and an infection of my lymph node. Can anyone tell me what might be going on and why they would want to repeat some blood tests? I'm going mad.:(
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 10, 2008
    • 09:09 PM
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  • I like in the UK, can I get lyme disease in wales? I haven't had my blood sugar tested though, maybe I should, it hadn't occured to me, and plus I am overweight which can make the chance of diabetes higher.Thanks for the help, i'll see what the blood sugar tests says
    angryt 8 Replies
    • October 11, 2008
    • 03:50 PM
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