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Painful skin and no answers!!!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 17, 2006
  • 05:12 PM

I am so trying to find out why I have skin pain. I do not experience the pain all the time. I maybe have it 3 or 4 times a month. The skin is so sensitive to the touch and to clothing it is sometimes unbearable. It does not burn or itch nor does it discolor and I have no other noticable symptoms with it. The doctors look at me like I am out of my tree!!! Is there anyone else with this out there and may know what it is?

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  • A warm, wet compress for about five minutes, followed by an application of Caladryl Clear to the skin, and a couple of Tylenol orally, allieviated the shingle-like pain on my thigh, (which I get periodically). I did this twice during the night and it made me comfortable enough to sleep through the night. The symptoms disappeared by morning. Most often, when I get this type of pain, it's at the onset of a virus or cold. On one occassion, I associated the pain on my leg with a spider bite I had gotten. The area, was about six inches in diameter surrounding the bite and it was very sensitive and painful. (Nothing was visible other than the tiny bite in the center, and I know for sure this was not a tick bite.) Once the pain on the leg subsided, I started with a terrible headache, aches in my joints, followed by vomiting and diahrea. All symptoms were gone within 3-4 days.Try the Caladryl - it helps.
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    • February 12, 2007
    • 04:01 PM
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  • You should really talk to a doc. I spoke to a lady while at work one day and her symptons of MS sound similar to what you are describing. I was reading these posts b/c I too have weird burning/pain like skin spots(I've always called them my hot spots) and I am relieved to know that I am not alone but your description of your symptoms goes beyond the skin. The lady at my work and I started our conversations about migraines/seizures and she informed me that for years she took nuerontin(seizure med) for her epilepsy. Well she had a successful brain surgery and she stopped having to take the neurontin. Not too long after the cessation of that med she started having almost all of the symptoms you described. After talking to the doc, he ordered a spinal tap and the test came back positive for MS. The nuerontin she had been on had been masking the severity of the symptoms. I don't mean to scare you but it is uncanny the similarity of what the two of you described. truely concerned.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 12, 2007
    • 02:11 AM
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  • It is so nice to know that I am not alone. I sit here now with the back of my thigh felling as though it is on fire and keep finding web sites refering me to Fibromyalgia but my joints don't hurt, just my skin. The skin on the backs of my arms, thighs, my abdomen, my back, although not at the same time, but it has become more intense each time it happens(usually every other week or so). I did just read an article that linked migraines and skin pain and I am a migraine sufferer so maybe a trip to the neurologist may be helpful. I wish everyone suffering from this the best of luck because I know personally how disruptive it can be to the daily life, sometimes you just can't get your mind off it.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 12, 2007
    • 02:26 AM
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  • Hello, just like all of you I've been suffering from the exact same thing for a few days now. Thought I had shingles, but then no visible rash and then the pain went away and then came back in a different place! I am convinced that it's immune-related. Probably not a "disease" so much, but just a symptom of immune distress. I am going to go to my chiropractor. I started out with a virus of some sort, headache, flu-like symptoms, and low-grade fever. Then the pain started. I have been sleep-deprived and stressed (we moved 2 weeks ago). I know my immune system is freaking out. I guess I don't have any answers, but I would recommend trying some alternative medicine- anything that could help boost your immune system. It would make sense if some women notice it happens when they are ovulating, since that takes a toll on our bodies - it's all related. Hope someone gets some help from this!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 19, 2007
    • 04:09 AM
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  • It's Shingles! Starts out like a burning sensation and a little irritated like a sunburn under the skin. For about fours days I had this sensation and wondered what the ***l is wrong with me. When I touched it or rubbed my fingers across my leg or lower back it was so sensitive. My pants would irritate me and sitting in certain positions would also bother me. I got to the point when if this didn't go away in a few days I am going to the doctor. Well the next thing I knew, I had this rash growing on my leg and back where the "burning" sensation was. And an intense pain from my hip. I got a bad headache and some fever chills. Crazy huh?!? Well, it looked like a bad case of chicken pox. Funny thing is that it actually is, just an intense form of it. The doctors have a anti-viral pill that will lessen the spread of it but will not kill it. There is no cure for Shingles and the course wil have to go on till it has healed. It eventually starts to dry up and there is a cream that will heal the process faster. After that you should be good to go again and really not worry about again. Most people will get shingles once and go on with life, but it can come back. Oh and it is contagious to people that have never had chicken pox, like small children. So wash your hands if you go scratching the area of infection. If you have it on your face, go o a doctor immediatly.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 11, 2008
    • 07:07 AM
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  • Yes, one of you hit the nail on the head. It is possibly Fibromyalgia. I first experienced it in my right leg and no rash, no reason for it to be so sensitive to touch but almost felt like i had burned my right outer thigh and I couldn't even stand to where shorts or a skirt or jeans. It was like razor burn but no rash and no bruising. it wasn't muscle pain either...just the outer skin. I told my mom about it and she has fibromyalgia and told me that it does it to her sometimes so I'm guessing since its hereditary I probably have it too... There has been lots of progress since my mother was diagnosed 14 years ago. I'm googling, researching vitamins, etc. You all probably have other symptoms of it that you are not even aware of.This list of major symptoms of fibromyalgia is for your reference only and it is not intended to diagnose fibromyalgia, which should be left to a doctor familiar with the disorder. It is important that you seek an informed professional before jumping to conclusions regarding your condition. As well as, since the majority of fibromylgia patients are women, it's important for women to find the right and supportive gynecologist to discuss how menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause will affect and be affected by their fibromlygia.Note, not all these fibromyalgia symptoms will apply to all patients. Common signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia include:Widespread PainMorning StiffnessFatigueVision Problems Nausea Sleep DisordersUrinary and Pelvic ProblemsWeight GainDizziness Chronic HeadachesCold SymptomsTemperomandibular JointDysfunction Syndrome Multiple ChemicalSensitivity Syndromes"Fibrofog": Cognitive or Memory ImpairmentSkin Complaints Chest Symptoms AnxietyDepressionDysmenorrhea Aggravating FactorsMyofascial PainSyndrome Muscle Twitches and WeaknessMemory LossWeather ChangesThe Menstrual CycleTroubles Breathinghttp://www.fibromyalgia-symptoms.org/fibromyalgia_treatment.htmlTalk to your doctor and good luck!
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  • I have similar expereince, but its not sensitive to touch (at least not at this point). I have this feeling of burning sensation under my skin. I feel "feverish" but my skin feels cold or normal. I also get a very sharp headache...the type you feel when a nerve is struck or something. I have been to the doctor and he does not seem to know why. There are no obvious or visible irritation or changes in my skin color or surface. I am not sure what its all about, but I get nervious that this may be the beginnig of some serious illness.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 22, 2009
    • 02:00 PM
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  • for those that are interested i found this good luck in your searchesPainful to Touch: Fibromyalgia & Tactile AllodyniaSaturday March 7, 2009 It's another one of those fibromyalgia symptoms that just doesn't make sense - pain, sometimes severe, from a simple touch. It's almost like having a sunburn all the time. This kind of pain is called tactile allodynia. "Allodynia" means a painful response to typically non-painful stimulus, and "tactile" means touch. This is what makes your clothes hurt when they touch or brush your skin, what makes a sheet feel like sandpaper, and turns a light touch into searing pain. While some types of pain (like muscle or joint aches) are very common, tactile allodynia is rare. It's associated mainly with pain conditions including neuropathy, postherpetic neuralgia and migraine along with fibromyalgia. It comes from a malfunction of specialized nerves, called nociceptors, that sense information about things like temperature and painful stimuli right at the skin. For some reason, our nociceptors start telling our brains that just about any sensation is painful. Researchers believe is part of the central sensitization associated with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and a handful of other conditions. So what can we do about tactile allodynia? Drugs that work for some people include: •Tramadol•Lidocaine (IV)•Ketamine•Morphine•VenlafaxineSome people also get relief from topical pain creams (capsaicin, Tiger Balm, Aspercreme, BioFreeze). In my case, I only have tactile allodynia in a few areas (mainly my waist, chest and feet) and it needs to be set off by something, like scratching an itch or stepping on a power cord. I have to be especially careful about how I dress, because a too-tight band or scratchy fabric can cause intense burning pains that start at the skin and then rip through my whole body. (If this sounds like you, read How to Dress for Less Fibromyalgia Pain.)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 8, 2009
    • 04:49 AM
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  • I am so excited to read that I am not alone! I and I am not crazy. I started getting these pains almost 20 years ago. They come and go without warning. It felt like needles poking me on my left arm, wrist and fingers. It lasted a couple days then went away as quick as it came. Even a light breeze was agonizingly painful. I didn't think much of it and it was probably 6 months before it happened again. Always in the same place left arm, wrist and fingers. I had 2nd and 3rd degree burns in the same area about 5 years earlier so when the pain would reappear I shrugged it off as nerve damage. Now this may be totally unrelated but since I was a small child I have gotten blisters on my right upper thigh. They would come and go, my mom said I would get them when I ate acidic foods. Twice in my life the blisters showed up on my lower abdomen. The reason I think this may be related is because after I had my first baby I have not had the blisters at all, but the painful nerves on my skin have slowly increased frequency and intensity sense then. Now I get the pains all over, I mean it may start on my foot and end up on my lower back. it moves in patches. I have gotten it in the back of my neck and it moves to my head and ear and ends in my eye. All on the same side. This is the scary part for me It goes inside and causes intense headaches, earaches, and blurred vision. the side of my face gets swollen. I went to the doctor and he ran blood tests they came back negative. I know I don't have rheumatoid Arthritis, or lupus. He said I was completely healthy. That was heartbreaking to me because I know in my heart of hearts something is wrong.
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  • I have similar expereince, but its not sensitive to touch (at least not at this point). I have this feeling of burning sensation under my skin. I feel "feverish" but my skin feels cold or normal. I also get a very sharp headache...the type you feel when a nerve is struck or something. I have been to the doctor and he does not seem to know why. There are no obvious or visible irritation or changes in my skin color or surface. I am not sure what its all about, but I get nervious that this may be the beginnig of some serious illness.That sounds like it might be from migraines.... allodynia is one of the symptoms of certain types of migraines... try doing a google search on that. I hope this helps.
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  • I have herpes and you are right that it is immune-related. Prior to getting any kind of rash or sores, I had terrible flu-like symptoms, terrible headache, and a low grade fever. I then broke out and had terrible skin sensitivity and pain around my lower trunk and thighs. You may not always get a sore or rash, but odds are that you have some kind of herpes virus. I too am more likely to have pain sensitivity after stress (which can surface weeks after the stressful event), but I generally don't have an outbreak of sores or a rash. Hello, just like all of you I've been suffering from the exact same thing for a few days now. Thought I had shingles, but then no visible rash and then the pain went away and then came back in a different place! I am convinced that it's immune-related. Probably not a "disease" so much, but just a symptom of immune distress. I am going to go to my chiropractor. I started out with a virus of some sort, headache, flu-like symptoms, and low-grade fever. Then the pain started. I have been sleep-deprived and stressed (we moved 2 weeks ago). I know my immune system is freaking out. I guess I don't have any answers, but I would recommend trying some alternative medicine- anything that could help boost your immune system. It would make sense if some women notice it happens when they are ovulating, since that takes a toll on our bodies - it's all related. Hope someone gets some help from this!
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  • I am so trying to find out why I have skin pain. I do not experience the pain all the time. I maybe have it 3 or 4 times a month. The skin is so sensitive to the touch and to clothing it is sometimes unbearable. It does not burn or itch nor does it discolor and I have no other noticable symptoms with it. The doctors look at me like I am out of my tree!!! Is there anyone else with this out there and may know what it is?My mom and I have the same thing! I was searching the internet, looking for what it may be called so we could get treatment when i stumbled upon this. The only explaination as to how it starts that i can think of would be stress because i can go months with no extremely stressful thing and no pain. Then, when I am overwhelmed with stressful things, i get the pain and a bad headache. Although I am sad to think there may be no treatment, I am glad we are not alone :)
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