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  • Posted By: charity helpme
  • October 16, 2006
  • 06:14 PM

Hi I am wondering if anybody would know where to look for help on some sort of disorder... I think I'm going bananas, well its sport of silly actually. LOL.Well here goes... I feel quite sensitive to certain sensations in relation to touch and just even normal every day things like opening up an old drawer, or folding clothes. Everything seems to be DRY or give me a feeling similiar to 'Scratching on a chalk board' it almost makes me clench my jaw at times. But, these sensations appear at the silliest moments.I've had to trim my nails and Its starting to make my teeth feel sensitive to certain things aswell. I am concerned because I feel that the jaw clenching might give me problems in the furture, AAAAAAAAND the overall feeling of sensitivity or cringy feelings cant be all that normal, after all I'm cringing when I have to open and close a drawer....And I am amother to a 2 yr old and a 8 month old aswell. Maybe some postpartem type of thing? HELP! :confused:

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  • Have you been tested for Fibromyalgia? Go to a Rheumatologist (one familiar with fibromyalgia), and they can do a 'tender point" test (one of the criteria accepted by ACR).Fibromyalgia - Is a rheumatoid condition that suffers feel pain in response to the slightest pressures. Hope this helps.Silk Dragon
    SilkDragon 5 Replies
    • October 17, 2006
    • 00:29 PM
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  • Hello, Thank you for the reply but I thought I should have mentioned that the feelings arent painful at all. More of an unbaring, naggy feeling. Almost as if I were 'Scratching a chalk board' or scraping a plate with a fork. LOL May sound wierd but I cant put in other words. It makes me feel, on edge? Annoyed? Like my nerves are in as bunch?
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    • October 18, 2006
    • 04:54 AM
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  • hi.. how unbearable, i know what its like to have problems when you are a mum, i have 10 month old and am not well myself.. anyway, a few years ago i had a bad year, my grandmother died, my cat ran away, my flatemate was pshycotic and i found really large tumas in my breasts (lucky me i don't have cancer) i was suffering relationship problems and i could not hold a job(not good for a workaholic) due to the stress. i began to freak out at everything.. i couldn't touch certain things, odd pieces, it would make me feel like the world was ending if i went near them and i would aviod it, if the lights went out i had an anxiety attack or the phone ringing(the phone was one of those odd things) or even going outside. handling certain(like you say cupboard doors draws the dogs bowl but usually the same things) things would make me want to vomit, and the same sensation you descibe. it got to a point where i had a statue of an elephant that always faced the door and one day my boyfrind of the time turned it around, and I LOST THE PLOT!! i was diagnosed with panic and anxiety disorder, nothing antidepressants couldn't fix with time. i'm not suggesting you have this, just something to think about.. please feel free to email me. Catherine. stanton4@optusnet.com.au
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    • October 18, 2006
    • 06:54 AM
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  • hello. I have had this similar problem. research something called dyspraxia at wikipedia.com. this is most likely not your problem but it will point you in the direction of a disorder that affects sensations and the feel of things.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 18, 2006
    • 08:06 AM
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  • Hi I am wondering if anybody would know where to look for help on some sort of disorder... I think I'm going bananas, well its sport of silly actually. LOL.Well here goes... I feel quite sensitive to certain sensations in relation to touch and just even normal every day things like opening up an old drawer, or folding clothes. Everything seems to be DRY or give me a feeling similiar to 'Scratching on a chalk board' it almost makes me clench my jaw at times. But, these sensations appear at the silliest moments.I've had to trim my nails and Its starting to make my teeth feel sensitive to certain things aswell. I am concerned because I feel that the jaw clenching might give me problems in the furture, AAAAAAAAND the overall feeling of sensitivity or cringy feelings cant be all that normal, after all I'm cringing when I have to open and close a drawer....And I am amother to a 2 yr old and a 8 month old aswell. Maybe some postpartem type of thing? HELP! :confused: Hello, Fibromyalgia is not always painful to the touch for everyone. Sometimes you just cannot stand to BE touched. It all depends on the individual as to how severe the pain or nagging sensatoins can be. Also, you may be sentive to sounds and light. The most telling symtom is if you are having muscle pain all the time and if you feel as if your "fat" hurts. You could be in the early stages where you do not have muscle pain just yet and yours is starting as hypersensitive skin. Believe me, I DO have Fibromyalgia and when I haen't taken my pain medication I can't STAND for anyone to touch me at all!! It's horrible when you are in a relationship or in your case you have cihldren, and nobody ca touch you or comfort you when you really do want them too!! My partner takes it personal most of the time, but I just keep reminding him that it ISN'T personal, but that I just have to take my medication and wait about an hour and then he can touch me all he wants. :) I hope I have helped you understand Fibromyalgia more so you can tell whether you DO have it or not. :confused: I honestly hope that you do not have it! It can be quite painful and debilitating depending on how severe it gets. I had it for years and did not know it until I got into a really stressful situation and then I ecame bedridden rather quick. It took my doctor and several other 6 months to find out what was wrong with me and that was only because I did some research and everything fit. So, I went to the rheumatologist and that is exactly what he told me... Except Fibromyalgia isn't supposed to get worse and mine has gotten ten times worse since then. I am practically bedridden again now. The computer is mostly the only way that I can talk to people and relate to the world now. Take care.:cool:
    indiglo 4 Replies
    • October 18, 2006
    • 09:28 AM
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  • Migraines are another possibility, depending on the times and such... If you have other migraine-related symptoms, things you might not really notice, you could be having migraines without the headaches. Also... low sleep, high stress, caffeine intake... If any of those apply to you, try changing your patterns there and see if it helps.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 18, 2006
    • 07:27 PM
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  • Hi, I was wondering if you ever found out what caused your sensitivity to touch and all of the symptoms you described months ago. My fiancee had EXACTLY the same symptoms and we can't figure out what it is!Please write back and update me, it would be much much appreciated! We're a bit hopeless right now!Thanks!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 24, 2007
    • 09:51 AM
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  • Now this is silly. But I am well over those symptoms. I believe that it was due to STRESS as I was over doing it in the PARENTING areas as well as dealing with SPOUSAL ISSUES:o ,I was drinking quite alot of caffeine. Not to mention the KILLER TOOTHACHE that I was suffering from at the time. And You want to know something? I can't recall ever having those sensations Since I had that rotten old tooth removed>LOL. I can sleep much better too.:) Strange I'm better now.
    charity helpme 2 Replies
    • January 24, 2007
    • 02:28 PM
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  • Thanks so much for replying! Did you ever see Doctor's about this? Wow, so it was all related to your tooth ache? Every single one of your symptoms is exactly what my fiancee has! How long did it take to go away?I've been really freaked out by all this!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 25, 2007
    • 09:00 AM
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  • Well you know I don't know if it was the TOOTHACHE but I swear that when I got it fixed I felt great almost as though it just magically disappeared along with the tooth extraction of one of my molars. After that I haven't noticed any nagging feelings or gosh even the simplest of things that made me tense up. I experienced those feelings for about 2 months even when I NEVER FELT I HAD SOMETHING WITH ONE OF MY TEETH. And honestly the last comment I made made me wonder if it was my teeth that were the cause.:) I just pray I never feel those feelings again! I couldn't even fold clothes, IDK how to describe it I would have to remove it from my hands as fast as I picked it up. Wierd Hey?Take care (maybe (lol) get 'the teeth checked?')
    charity helpme 2 Replies
    • January 25, 2007
    • 02:10 PM
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  • I am having the same experience. Did u do anything other than tooth extract. My dentist say I dont have any tooth whihc is so badly damaged to cause such sensations:(
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  • i would like to know too. my daughter, has such senitive feet, she has a hard time wearing anything but flip flops which is ok but we live in Wisconsin. and it's snowing. putting on socks is a torture for her, we have tried everything from nylon, silky, cotton, fuzzy, those fuzzy one's she at least can handle until she gets to school, then she takes them off and puts on flip flops. she is the same way all over, she can't stand bra's and clothes, she gets home from school and strips and gets into her big baggy pajamas and she doesn't wear any pajamas to bed, she hates the feeling on her body. when she was little, i couldn't use a brush or comb on her hair, i had to buy doll brushs, the real soft bristles. diapers were also a problem, she figured out how to peel them off, and when it was time to get her into underwear,,, omg what a project.so if anyone knows anything about this please let me know.thank you kindly.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 13, 2010
    • 00:08 PM
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  • I have had this sensitivity problem since I was atleast 3, and I'm now 37. It comes and goes, sometimes stays with me for a few days and can be gone for weeks, though there are certain materials that will always upon touching them bring on the horrible "teeth on edge" and general cringe feeling. Newspapers, dry/squeaky glasses (from a dish washer), cotton buds, towels, velvet, velour - those are the worst offenders, along with sometimes random pieces of clothing. Some sounds have the same effect. It's horrible when it happens, and along with it the metallic taste and sometimes an increase in saliva, but one gets used to these things and I've been able to live with it, enduring it, until now. The non-stop cringing and sensitive teeth are the worst; the metallic taste isn't nice but I could cope with that if the rest went away. This time it's lasted two whole weeks, and though it may not sound like much, it's positively paralysing and ever so draining. The level of alertness I maintain is draining on the soul, as well, as I'm always on the lookout so as not to touch undesirable items. I must stress that this has never lasted this long before, and my level of vigilance has never been this high, so I cannot attribute this to over reacting to the situation. Granted, I do avoid touching velvet and whatnot all year round, but I'm not freaky about it, like now:)I am at a point where I cannot do my work bc it involves, well, touching things, like paper, and since my nails are super sensitive (!) it's hard for me to type on keyboards that aren't flat like laptop keyboards. Even moving around is tricky bc I'm scared of brushing against things that will send shivers up and down my spine and into my teeth. Speaking is also very hard and painful; I can't really say 's' without an onset of all symptoms. That is also awkward, obviously. I have to keep my thumbs and fingers tucked into the palm of my hand so as not to touch things. I feel like a right loon, but it's what I've got to do to minimise the pain. Is pain the right word? Constant discomfort? Constant cringing and teeth-on-edge is painful!I've asked doctors and dentist about this, but could never get any answers. I admit that since I'd gotten used to it from an early age I never actually pressed the point with my doctors / dentists as I figured it was just something I had to endure just like others endure other discomforts. No worse lot than many others, right? But I've had enough, I can't do this anymore so I'm going to see a doctor tomorrow and get this sorted out once and for all. It's somewhat hard given that it sounds so odd and until now most have either thought I was making it up or just plain crazy. I hope tomorrow will be different. I am glad I found this forum, and I will read up on some of the suggested causes. Thank you:)If my doctor diagnoses and treats this evil beast I will post the results here.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 6, 2011
    • 00:18 PM
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  • This is a ps to my previous Unregistered post (which, for easy reference, includes the numbers 3 and 37:) )I figured I might add a few things, in case anyone else has the same condition as I, whatever it turns out to be, and finds this helpful.First, I've never found a forum or anything else online to suggest that others might also have this touch/sensory issue along with teeth-on-edge, shivers and cringing, and I'm very glad to find this here thread, if only to see that there are people outside my family who have to deal with this.Second, my mother, my sister and my sister's daughter all have the same sensory issue, but only my niece and I have the teeth thing going on as well. This might suggest a genetic thing, we shall see.Third, at age 3 is when I first came out with the name of this problem, or what we call it in my family, which, loosely translated, is "street light water". My mother was driving along with me in the car and upon seeing a street light I shouted this out and made it clear that I was connecting the sight of street lamps with the discomfort in my mouth, the taste of saliva, the cringing and the teeth-on-edge. I must have licked a street light at some point:) My whole life it's been common knowledge that if I have problems taking/answering a question or touching something that I have "street light water". Also, I don't remember a time in my life when at some point I haven't said that I've got "street light water" or someone else has asked me if I had it. It doesn't translate well and does sound rather dopey, but I just put it here as it's a fact, and I can deduce, from thinking back, that it doesn't only come or happen or whatever when I touch things, but also at random, or at the sight of something "undesirable".Fourth, when this metallic taste occurs and my fingertips are hyper-sensitive I've often taken to showering for long periods of time as it gives some relief. Right after the shower the feelings and taste usually reappear, but the showers are good, and water is cheap where I'm from, so ... :)Again, if there are other people with this condition, this might be of some comfort, though on second thought it's hardly comforting to know that I've had this for 34 yrs and never gotten rid of it as there seems to be no reason for it. Hopefully that is about to change:)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 6, 2011
    • 01:55 PM
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  • This is a ps to my previous Unregistered post (which, for easy reference, includes the numbers 3 and 37:) )I figured I might add a few things, in case anyone else has the same condition as I, whatever it turns out to be, and finds this helpful.First, I've never found a forum or anything else online to suggest that others might also have this touch/sensory issue along with teeth-on-edge, shivers and cringing, and I'm very glad to find this here thread, if only to see that there are people outside my family who have to deal with this.Second, my mother, my sister and my sister's daughter all have the same sensory issue, but only my niece and I have the teeth thing going on as well. This might suggest a genetic thing, we shall see.Third, at age 3 is when I first came out with the name of this problem, or what we call it in my family, which, loosely translated, is "street light water". My mother was driving along with me in the car and upon seeing a street light I shouted this out and made it clear that I was connecting the sight of street lamps with the discomfort in my mouth, the taste of saliva, the cringing and the teeth-on-edge. I must have licked a street light at some point:) My whole life it's been common knowledge that if I have problems taking/answering a question or touching something that I have "street light water". Also, I don't remember a time in my life when at some point I haven't said that I've got "street light water" or someone else has asked me if I had it. It doesn't translate well and does sound rather dopey, but I just put it here as it's a fact, and I can deduce, from thinking back, that it doesn't only come or happen or whatever when I touch things, but also at random, or at the sight of something "undesirable".Fourth, when this metallic taste occurs and my fingertips are hyper-sensitive I've often taken to showering for long periods of time as it gives some relief. Right after the shower the feelings and taste usually reappear, but the showers are good, and water is cheap where I'm from, so ... :)Again, if there are other people with this condition, this might be of some comfort, though on second thought it's hardly comforting to know that I've had this for 34 yrs and never gotten rid of it as there seems to be no reason for it. Hopefully that is about to change:)...............................................
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  • I'm going through the teeth cringing thing now for over a week. First I attributed it to the unusual cold weather we've had in South Texas, dry hands, and constantly washing dishes (dry hands), but this is getting ridiculous! Rough metal, certain fabrics, and ever door ***b in my house makes me price me lips together and cause my hands to ball up into fists. I call it "nails against a chalkboard" effect. I cut my nails super short. If anything, it's gotten worse since then. Help!
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • January 19, 2014
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  • I started having these EXACT symptoms last week. My nails feel dry and gritty, I think nails on a chalkboard is the perfect description. Paper, clothes, everything feels dry. I was wondering if anyone has spoken to their doctor and what was said? My teeth started having a similar sensation today. I should mention I have very low stress right now, I'm 26, never had kids so it's not postpartum for me and I went to the dentist 2 months ago and everything was fine. Help!
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  • Hi, I don't know if anyone is active on this forum. I have same exact feeling since I have visited dentist after 4 cavity fillings. I m a hair dresser and not possible "Not To Touch" anything. I strongly believe it is due to fillings. Anyone can share their diagnosis? Should I visit dentist to remove fillings.
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  • I have the exact same problem! Touching clothes mainly or towels really irritates me. It feels like when you cut your nails too low and it goes through you when you touch anything like fabric. It affects my fingers, nails and teeth. Touching stuff like wood doesn't bother me. I was thinking its a stress related thing. I don't have any kids. Hearing knifes and forks clang together irritates me too lol. I thought I was loosin it but I'm gna ask my doctor to see if I can get help with it lol but I jus read that people have had toothache...I'm getting my wisdom tooth pulled out in a couple of weeks so hopefully that will put a end to this wired condition I seem to be developing. It bothers me more when I'm tired too.
    Thanks for sharing! I don't expect to find anything about what's been going on with me with so many other people going through the same thing with the exact same symptoms.
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  • Hi everyone, can't believe how many of us are having the same feelings; I thought I was going insane developing some condition. It's my nails, fingers, hand and teeth. When I touch fabrics it really irritates me, like someone said before that feeling you get when nails scratch a board or knife and forks clanging together. It's like when you cut your toe nails too low so they r xtra sensitive. I'm ok touch hard surfaces such as wood, and leather but anything else drives me crazy. It's worse when I'm tired, plus I've been having toothache lately and am getting my wisdom tooth pulled out within two weeks. When All this happens with my hands n fingers my teeth go extra sensitive too . If the problem hasn't gone by then it looks like I'll have to go to the doctors for help.

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