This is a call, more in hope than expectation, to anyone who has endured anything like what I've experienced. Apologies for the big post but it's a big problem. I'm 21 and for about a year now I've had this intense itching - for the past 6 months pretty much every day. The first time it happened I was drumming, and my chest reddened and felt as if it were burning. That was the only time it really bothered me though - because I didn't suffer it much I didn't really think about it (and vice-versa, I believe). But gradually more things began to trigger it - namely physical exercise (being warm/hot makes me uncomfortable) and anxiousness/nervousness, both of which make me worry about itching. And that's the key thing; I can bring this on at any time, like when I'm eating, just by fretting about it. I guess a major factor in all this is discomfort. I worry, I feel a tingling/itching sensation somewhere on my body, I dread the imminent pain, the itching becomes more intense and quickly spreads throughout pretty much my whole body - the prime areas are chest, neck, backside, arms and legs. The indescribably intense pain leaves me in emotional turmoil and my heart will pound unhealthily quickly. After a minute or so the visible signs will appear: small red or pink dots (a few millimeters wide) which sting like needles up my arms and wrists (where they sometimes look like nettle-stings) and on my chest, neck and legs. The whole torturous experience lasts about 3-5 minutes, and happens no more than once a day, which will no doubt sound trivial to anyone fortunate enough never to have experienced its rabid intensity. It's like an allergic reaction to heat, excitement, fear - things which most people encounter every day.
I've seen a couple of doctors, both of whom seemed a little clueless in this field, who vaguely diagnosed my condition as urticaria and put me on drugs (anti-histamines such as fenofexodine), which have done nothing. This has had a huge impact on my life - I've always been a very active person and a keen sportsman (I would play football and swim most days), but the fear of trigggering the itching has made me avoid physical exercise whenever I can. On top of the physical pain, the daily anticipation and fear of that pain is unbearable. So there it is. Has anyone suffered anything like this? Does it have a name? Are there treatments? Please help!