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Hypersensivity to touch

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 22, 2007
  • 10:37 AM

Does hypersensitivity to touch have anything to do with anxiety?
I've tried to look it up on the internet, but I only found one site about it relating to anxiety, and it said; "Uncommon." I've been suffering from weird symptoms for 5 months now like; Numbness, tingling sensations, increased sensitivity to touch, headaches, anger, sadness and many more.
Those symptoms are just one of the worst ones.

I might get 1 or 2 weeks off from all symptoms and then I get one of them or all of them again. It's driving me insane, and Im starting to be very worried about myself.

I've been to different doctors, all possible bloodtests have been done and nothing can be found. I know MRI is one possibility to find out if I really have something in my brain that doesn't belong there...But I don't want to go.
I talked about it to one doctor, and she said that she didn't think I needed one. Now the only thought I have, is that did she really think that I didn't need one, or did she think I was crazy with all my symptoms? Anyways, no one else knows this except that doctor...But anyways, it makes me wonder.
(And no, Im not taking amy medication, even though one doctor wanted me to. Im against depression/"anxiety"-medications, as they have never worked on me.)

My symptoms to increased sense of touch are these:
If I have pants on=they bother. If im in bed and my sheets have fleeces, (hope this is the right word. English is not my first language) they bother like ***l.
All symptoms started from under my knees down to my leggs and now in the past 2 months they have raised above the knees to thighs. Sometimes I can feel the increased sense even in my hands and lower back.
This symptom is gonna drive me insane, unless someone can tell me it's really part of this whole anxiety-thing.

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  • It can be related to touch I think. Research in that area is relatively new and dynamic, but cortisol, a stress hormone can affect both anxiety levels and touch, via modulation of a wide variety of other hormones and receptors, it is believed, and some of those receptors may deal with the skin's response to pain/inflammation and it is perhaps thought that in some individuals hypersensitivity is brought on becuase signals to the brain which usually are perceived as normal can, in rare cases in certain individuals, be perceived (falsely), as noxious (harmful) stimuli.Teddy
    randomness 16 Replies Flag this Response
  • Where do you live?Did you have a viral infection? Low grade fever?It might be an allergy to fibers.I was allergic to polyester and it gave me panic attacks. My doctor did not believe a thing- but it happens to many people.Your bed sheets are polyester or acrylic? Wool? I know fleece is usually synthetic.Your immune system must be acting up. You are not crazy- it is your nervous system that it is under stress- maybe from toxins /viruses, bacteria, etc.Nutrition and stress have a lot to do with it.There is a lot that you can do.Why don't you sign in with a register name- so we can chat?BestFruity.
    Eatafruit78 960 Replies Flag this Response
  • I did a google search for Tactile Hypersensitivity and I got some good results.A lot of it was for disorders like Tourettes and autism... but it was mentioned for other things like OCD and ADD.http://www.getabletherapy.com/paradigm.htmlhttp://www.medhelp.org/forums/mentalhealth/messages/30189.htmland this one is interesting http://www.swedishchildmassage.com/child-massage.htmlI have a similar problem as yours as does one of my four kids. We pamper the problems as much as we can by wearing our socks and underwear inside out (lol) and cutting the tags out of our clothes... we also use cotton sheets and wear light clothes (usually cotton). Fabrics like spandex usually drive us batty so we avoid it at all cost.The older I get, the more I'm bothered by other things which may be related or because of my Ehlers Danlos Disease (hypermobility/connective tissue disorder causing lots of arthritis etc). But, when I sleep, my legs bother me a lot- it's in between an arthritic ache and as if something is crawling on me... The thing I do that helps I discovered by accident... I had been doing laundry all day but was too tired to fold and put it all away so I had a huge pile on the couch I sleep on (which I cover with a sheet). Exhausted, I shoved the clothes to one end of the couch and sort of wedged myself in. Being snug GREATLY reduces night time discomfort.And I know you don't want to hear it, but there's a lot to be said for finding the right combination of medicine. My meds have improved the quality of my life a lot.
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  • Perhaps it is a combination of conditions co-occurring. Numbness and tingling especially in the lower extremeties can be related to nerve issues, pinched nerve and the like. Try a chiropractic regiment for symptoms of this nature. There is also a lower leg condition of which I am not fully familiar with to vocalize much of an opinion on, but I understand that it mainly occurs at night and I think it is called restless leg syndrome. Just as a note, I was diagnosed with Patella femoral syndrome when my knee cap swelled up and I just fell without warning. I am only in my 30/s and though the term syndrome simply means there is no identifiable cause, I resolved to try things on my own and when I exercised my inner thighs I found my knees were less susceptible to this condition. It appears due to my gait (in walking) my outer leg muscle was stronger and therefore pulling on the knee cap in that direction, the imbalanced muscles from inner to outer leg caused the knee to swell.Just food for thought, that perhaps there is another direction that the doctors have not explored. Good luck to you.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Maybe too much Histamine.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 13, 2007
    • 02:11 AM
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  • There is something referred to as sensory defensiveness. There is not much information on adults; however, there is quite a lot on children, e.g., autistic children. The only book I'm aware of for adults is "Too loud, too bright, too fast, too tight". Also people at Temple University do research on this including adults. One theory is that as people get older they "grow out of it"; however, this was not supported by a study from Temple University. Sensory defensiveness means your brain is not processing what you are sensing properly. This increases stress on a daily basis. People also tend to develop health issues such as allergies. This is all discussed in the book by someone. Sharon Heller (author) was once normal and was involved in an accident after which she had sensory defensiveness. I think this makes it easier for "normal" people to understand because she remembers what it's like to be normal and can tell the difference with how she is today.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 2, 2010
    • 01:51 AM
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