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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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  • Like all of you, I have experienced excrutiating skin pain for the last 2 years, with no sign of a rash. I keep thinking it's Shingles, but everyone says that it starts with a rash. The pain feels just like a really bad sunburn (without the extreme heat) and usually only lasts a few days, but this time it's lasting much longer and is all over my body; not localized to one area. I have linked mine to stress OR when I over-do it. I have also linked mine to Aspartame! I drink diet soda and I noticed that when I drink too much over a period of time, my skin begins to hurt. When I go off the soda, I find immediate relief. Also, when I began to chew Orbit gum ALL THE TIME (That's when I first began to have the pain), I noticed that my skin began to hurt every time I had it (I bought it in large packs), then when I'd run out of it, my skin stopped hurting....same thing with sugar-free cough drops. The common thread in all of these? Aspartame! Lately, I've been under a ton of stress as I'm planning my daughter's wedding (and doing most of all the work) which is only 7 weeks away. Also drinking lots of artificial sweetener. I felt it coming on like I always do when I'm run down, but this time it's SO much worse! I'm thankful for finding this forum, as I haven't found anyone out there that can relate to the pain I'm going through; although my husband has been amazingly supportive. I'm beginning to think that it could be all interrelated....Shingles, Aspartame, Stress, poor diet, parasites....all of these things lower your immune system which could trigger Shingles or other illnesses. When your body gets over stressed or over worked, and under nourished, it can't fight it off.First let me say, that I just found this forum accidentally when researching my painful skin symptoms. This is a Godsend...knowing that I'm not the only one to have this affliction! As I read each and every post, I kept saying, "yes, me too! Same here!". Mine is always in my legs, thighs, and pelvic area. Now, this last post (Cherp) really pertains to me. I have had an outbreak of painful skin for about 3 weeks and now, thinking back, realize that I have been chewing a lot of Extra gum and drinking a lot of Diet Coke, both which contain Aspartame. Also, it is coming up on the end of the school year, and, as a 5th grade teacher, I have been under a lot of stress to prepare my students for standardized testing. I have also lost 3 loved ones within the last 3 months...again, more stress. Hm-m-m-m....I'm seeing a pattern.My Dr. had already ruled out Sciatica (sp?) and also had me tested for blood clots in my legs. I knew that this was skin deep or just below the skin, but she had me get X-rays also. I kept thinking it might be Shingles since I had the chicken pox and also the Shingles as I child. When I had the Shingles, it was under my armpits and my skin was very blistered under there. I remember being in bed for at least 2 weeks, unable to move my arms it was so painful. Luckily, back then the Drs. made house calls.I have been having bouts with this very painful condition for several years and it is just about as frustrating as it is painful! I don't have the blisters or rash, just the pain, some redness, and usually the area is warm to touch. I've been taking Tylenol Arthritis medicine to ease the pain so I can function.I will continue to visit this forum now that I have found you all!
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  • For the first time ever I have a common experience. A small area just below my right elbow feels like a sunburn without heat or visible cause. I barely feel it except when I touch it or something else touches it.However, reading through most of the replies to this I came across the one about the red dye like in towels. When I came to that I lifted my arm and looked, habit; there is a red towel there. So I think that's all. I have enough problems with my anemia and severe allergies and photosensitivity! Not to mention a little bit of arthritis due to cracking my knuckles and maybe poor circulation to my legs or restless legs. My feet are almost always cold, freezing practically radiating cold, even if the rest of me is overhot!Anyway, I'm used to the rest of it but this problem that arose had me perplexed so I googled it. Thanks red-dye-allergy guy! I hope that's it, would be less confusing!
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  • Hi, I'm not sure if this helps, but I have posted some stuff on another similar thread "Skin Sensitive to Touch" about this. In my case I think it is Fibromyalgia and it may be worth looking into. I am still researching about it to try to get as much info. as possible before possibly going back to a GP. Sites additional to those I found earlier are: http://www.immunesupport.com/ , http://www.ukfibromyalgia.com/frames.html and http://www.ei-resource.org/ Hope this helps in some way.Oscar, I've considered this, also. I've had very sensitive areas on the tops of my shoulders and the outsides of my upper arms for several years. If touched, they are sensitive. If pressed, the pain is awful. They do not hurt unless touched and clothing doesn't seem to be a problem. These areas are always painful like this, and it never goes away. However, with fibro there have to be a certain number of spots throughout the body that are sensitive, and that just isn't the case with me. I haven't even mentioned it to a doctor. I do think it is some type of nerve dysfunction and/or an autoimmune disease. I also have Raynaud's disease and arthritis.
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    • December 24, 2008
    • 00:03 AM
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  • I am not happy for any of you, however I am glad that I am not alone. I have had this problem for months now, only it's worse in my legs and arms than anywhere else. It hurts for knee his to be around my leg sometimes. Just rubbing my skin seems like a hevy wheight has been resting on it. If I press the area where the pain is it DOES NOT get worse. It is not in the bone, x-rays do not show anything. Found out that I have some arthritis in my pelvic area but nothing has been confirmed with the painful skin problem. My DR put me on an antidepressant, then she tried a med for pts with parkinsons, she thought I had sleep apnia, however, study did not confirm, I know that I'm overweight but that still does not explain why my thighs hurt from sitting on a chair or my ankles hurt when I cross them. The pain is just below the surface of the skin and I wish I knew what it was. Just like the resat of you it comes suddenly and leaves the same. I have been taking vitamin E, glucosmine, and chondroitin for the past month and a half, don't know if it's gonna work but it sure can't hurtAlabama
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  • I started several years ago with this very same pain. Didn't think much of it until it was occurring more often with no rhythm or reason. I only went to the doctor because I began feeling tingling in my skin over my shoulders and around my neck up into the back of my head and behind my ears. I have muscle pain as well as if feeling arthritis pain. I went to the doc had tests ran for Arthritis, came back very negative. So my doctor says Fibromyalgia, I take Lyrica which does to certain degree improved the symptoms but does not negate them at all. I still have the same "HOT SPOTS" as I call them which are VERY painful. Has anyone found any other possibility other than Fibromyalgia? This just isn't working for me and I take 450 mg per day of Lyrica along with Hydrocodone for pain at night just so I can fall off to sleep.
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  • My diagnosis was shingles. The rash only started to appear yesterday and I have been put on a 7 day cycle of famciclovir.I have also been dealing with the same thing. Right now I am in so much pain I want to just cry... It started again yesterday with a small area and then today the pain has spread all over my back, my arms and my legs. I have been going through this for a long time. It started with just pain in small areas such as my legs or my back or my arms etc... never all over, but lately has gotten much worse. I also have enlarged glands under my arms, I have enlarged glands on my neck, and have a bursa on my knee. My doctor has been working really hard with me over the past year because this is now really affecting my life. Along with it has come anxiety and panic attacks. It has been horrible to say the least. So... The answer?. Well, I am going to see a rhumatologist (I think that's how it spelled), It is either fibromyalgia or rhumatoid arthritis. A couple people I know have rhumatoid arthritis and have all the same symptoms. It is very important to diagnose this as it can be life crippling. So if you are all still having symptoms, I would urge your doctor to do something about it. Hope this helps. If I find a miracle I'll let you all know! Here's hoping!
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    • October 19, 2010
    • 10:37 PM
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  • I have also been dealing with the same thing. Right now I am in so much pain I want to just cry... It started again yesterday with a small area and then today the pain has spread all over my back, my arms and my legs. I have been going through this for a long time. It started with just pain in small areas such as my legs or my back or my arms etc... never all over, but lately has gotten much worse. I also have enlarged glands under my arms, I have enlarged glands on my neck, and have a bursa on my knee. My doctor has been working really hard with me over the past year because this is now really affecting my life. Along with it has come anxiety and panic attacks. It has been horrible to say the least. So... The answer?. Well, I am going to see a rhumatologist (I think that's how it spelled), It is either fibromyalgia or rhumatoid arthritis. A couple people I know have rhumatoid arthritis and have all the same symptoms. It is very important to diagnose this as it can be life crippling. So if you are all still having symptoms, I would urge your doctor to do something about it. Hope this helps. If I find a miracle I'll let you all know! Here's hoping!That sounds absolutely horrible. I truly feel sorry for you. I really hope someone can find what is wrong and can help you.My rash is beginning to disappear and the pain go away. Mine was shingles, and given all the unresolved cases on here, I am actually relieved.
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    • October 25, 2010
    • 03:30 AM
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  • Fibromyalgia is not real. Even my computer thinks I misspelled the word lol It is just a label they put over a variety of symptoms together when they don't know what it is. Everything you eat counts and then affects your body in different ways. If any of you are eating fake sugar, ex. Splenda, artificial sweeteners, "Low Fat", "No Sugar Added", or "Half Calories"... It is most likely from that..., if not, drink more water and eat potassium. There is a large percentage of people who don't know they are dehydrated and on top of that, large amounts of coffee is consumed everyday which depletes your body's hydration even more. If you guys are going to eat something wrong, ex. ice cream, candy, chocolate, yogurt... then do it right with REAL sugar. Organic raw sugar even has vitamins and minerals!!!Interesting. I have had 'painful skin' intermittently BUT tonight my thigh is burning with no visible rash once again. Today I have hardly had any water but too many coffees with artificial sweetners. Makes me wonder if there is a connection. Will definiately take more notice from now on.I also do have psoriatic arthritis (only recently diagnosed), but am unsure if this is a symptom (painful burning skin with no rash).
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