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Sensitive Skin to Touch

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  • Posted By: Lexi212
  • October 9, 2006
  • 09:37 PM

I've been having a problem with extreme sensitivity in my lower extremities off and on for a few months. It starts in the upper and inner left thigh, and by a few days later it has radiated to the outer thigh, down to my calf and sole of my foot. Sometimes it will go to the other leg, too, but not usually at the same time. Also, the area between my legs gets extremely sensitive as well. The best way to describe it is that its like a sunburn without the redness and heat. It just stings when I touch it, or clothing touches it and its worse with cold or heat. This lasts for a few days to a week, and its like it moves down my leg and then out my foot. I have been to my pcp and my pain management doctor with no luck. I am not on any medications at current. Please help if you can! Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, Lexi

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  • hi my name is nikki. I woke up with a migraine today and for some reason my skin hurts. It's mostly lower back, hips, abdomen, inner and outer thighs. I have lupus with kidney involvement, avascular necrosis, raynauds, gerd, sleep apnea. Ive never experienced this skin thing before, if anything touches it, it hurts. Its not shingles, ive had them before, this is mostly all over. Has anyone received a diagnosis for this at all? Im interested in finding out what it is. I feel terrible, more than usual.
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    • February 16, 2007
    • 02:14 AM
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  • I am 19 and have had skin sensitivity and skin problems for 3 or 4 years. it started with anxiety and depression, then the next year my family and boyfriend and I all got scabies, when it all went away, i developed a severe itching, burning rash on my hands and for the next few years I went to my Dr, tried different treatments and finally found one that worked a few months ago, and i was diagnosed with hand dermatitis . My skin sensitivity is always around, but it gets worse during my menstrual cycle along with a cold/flu like sickness every month. it includes migraines, sore throat, nasal congestion, coughing, and general tiredness. The skin hurts to the light touch sking sensitivity is mostly on the back of my upper arms, my lower back, my chest between my breasts, and my head on occasion. Its more irritating than it is painful because it hurts to have people touch me a lot of the time. I am slightly overweight , both my parents have sleep apnea and there is a history of diabetes in my family as well. I also believe i have RLS, but have never been tested due to lack of insurance.
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  • I have the same symptoms but it never goes above the middle of my body. I feel the pain most from my calf and down to my feet, even on the ball of my foot. I slightly feel sensitivity on my bottom and the back of my thigh. I haven't had to stop any of my daily tasks although the "pain" not sensitivity kept me up last night. I told my doctor once and he gave me the "stop wearing tight clothing" bit. I wasn't and still don't wear tight fitting clothes. At the time, I gained weight so one person thought it my be my skin be stretched to accommodate my growing legs...I don't have any triggers that I can think of; I've been under a lot of stress and the only thing I got was a headache and arm pain that feels like carpal tunnel. This skin pain / sensitivity can happen if I exercise or if I don't. I've lost the weight and have kept it off for years now so go figure. Other than TMJ and seasonal allergies, I'm pretty healthy and active. I guess I’m fortunate for the pain not to stop my life.
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  • I have the same symptoms but it never goes above the middle of my body. I feel the pain most from my calf and down to my feet, even on the ball of my foot. I slightly feel sensitivity on my bottom and the back of my thigh. I haven't had to stop any of my daily tasks although the "pain" not sensitivity kept me up last night. I told my doctor once and he gave me the "stop wearing tight clothing" bit. I wasn't and still don't wear tight fitting clothes. At the time, I gained weight so one person thought it my be my skin be stretched to accommodate my growing legs...I don't have any triggers that I can think of; I've been under a lot of stress and the only thing I got was a headache and arm pain that feels like carpal tunnel. This skin pain / sensitivity can happen if I exercise or if I don't. I've lost the weight and have kept it off for years now so go figure. Other than TMJ and seasonal allergies, I'm pretty healthy and active. I guess I’m fortunate for the pain not to stop my life. Hi, I have the same thing. I went to the ER - from a CT scan they found out I have DIVERTICULITIS. I hope this helps. Juls
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    • August 18, 2008
    • 06:31 PM
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  • I'm afraid this site is new to me and I'm not sure which buttons to press half the time, so I hope this gets into the forum on sensitive skin.I am an ex-film cameraman - now a writer if thrillers. (you'd think I'd have all the answers with the amount of research I do) Having been a sporadic wine drinker for most of my life, after a sudden nose-dive into excess, due to family problems - I know, it doesn't help - I decided to stop altogether. I no longer drink, and haven't, in fact, for almost a year. However, about six months ago I developed headaches and super-sensitive skin on my arms, back, and in accute attacks, even my face and chest, so that even having a shower isn't very pleasant. My doctor - being prone to clutching at straws - kept telling me it was my body rebalancing, until after a few months, his argument no longer held water.I have had every check I could drum up in my usually active imagination: seen my doctor four times, had blood tests, seen a neurologist, had an MRI, paid to visit one of the many allergy clinics in this area, to be told I was sensitive to Gluten, dairy produce, tomatos, dog hair, dust, rabbit's ears, amorous Lithuanians, etc. I am now gluten and dairy-free. Of course, it hasn't made much difference, although in the last few weeks, my headaches have disappeared. My doctors says they're all crooks, and referred me to a British National Health clinic, who I may get to see sometime in the next millenium.My younger and more energetic wife thinks it's stress. It's a long haul getting published, and when you've got young children, etc, and the once-normal film work has dried up, yes, it's a bit stressful, but my life has always been stressful; it's normal. What cameraman hasn't had a bad night's sleep waiting for the result of a difficult day of filming? But, on my wife's advice I've been seeing a stress counsellor. She's not helping much, either. I sometimes get the feeling that I'm helping her more than she's helping me. I don't have a clue why I've got these symptoms, and they're not pleasant. Six months of daily pain is exhausting. If someone has any ideas, I'd be eternally grateful.Chris A
    Chris A 3 Replies
    • November 3, 2008
    • 02:09 PM
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  • In response to the young lady who has sensitive skin prior to the on-set of flu. This may be an unusual symptom, but one that I have been aware of most of my life. In fact, I know of no one else whose skin becomes sensitive in these circumstances. Yes, it may well be inherant, but in some ways it's useful: you know when you've got flu coming.With my new problem, however, the sensitivity suddenly hit me seven months ago. For five or six months it was also accompanied by a headache and tireness. They hit me every afternoon and evening without fail. Thankfully, the headaches have now gone. My symptoms followed a descision to stop drinking wine, or any alcohol, but the on-set was about a month after my withdrawals went away. As yet, nobody thinks it's related. It will soon be a year since I had a glass of anything with alcohol. I've had blood tests, and an MRI, and went to a small privately-run allergy clinic - one of the many small clinics that make a living in such ways. My doctor think they're crooks.The private clinic suggested that I was sensitive to gluten, dairy produce, tomato and dog hair. It's a common diagnosis, handed out almost en-mass to anyone foolish enough to believe them - mainly to women, oddly enough. I'm a man, incidentally. Of course, when you feel unwell, and under-qualified doctors stare at you blankly before checking their watches for the next patient, you'll try anything. So, I'm now gluten-free and dairy-free. I have to say, there's been little change. They only thing I have noticed, is that if I eat a casserole that my wife has cooked, using ingrediants containing gluten, I do suddenly feel worse, so although I am still not over whatever I have, until I get to see a qualified allergy consultant, I'm afraid to go back to normal food, and as I live in the UK, with a failing national health system, it takes months to see a specialist. I can only wait and see. Next Tuesday is the big day. Maybe my allergy is of a completely different nature. Or maybe I'm not allergic to anything - I may have a complaint no one understands. The medical profession in this country are certainly in a bad way.With regard to your symptoms: unless it makes you feel deathly ill, and does in fact go way when your flu has gone, I wouldn't worry about it.
    Chris A 3 Replies
    • November 7, 2008
    • 11:08 AM
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  • I too have the same problem with my skin being sensitive to the touch. It usually happens just before an illness like a cold or Flu. It usually only lasts till the illness is in full swing and then goes away. I don't know if it is hereditary but it seems so as my Father had it as well as my sister and now my mother who is 86 has just started complaining about the same thing.She had shingles a few years back and says it feels like the onslaught before the full rash of it.We too are looking for answers and at one time thought we were the only ones with this condition.Hopefully someone has the answer !!!!!I tried to reply, but got timed out, so I don't know if you got it. Your sensitive skin during the on-set of flu is more common than you think, although few doctors know much about it.My problem is different, although I also suffer the same thing with flu coming. My skin sensitivity had been going on for seven months. I am now alcohol, gluten, and Dairy free. Only the headaches have gone. If it's an allergy, as yet, no one knows what it is. Blood tests and MIRs have found nothing wrong with me. I go for a national health allergy test on Tuesday. We'll see.
    Chris A 3 Replies
    • November 7, 2008
    • 00:54 PM
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  • OK - I read many of these posts and have one more suggestion...This is how my illness presented itself - not the same for everyone:3 days moderate headache & extreme skin sensitvity on one side of scalp from top to temple and around back to nape of neck. Kills me to shampoo, hairbrush, even turn my head quickly hurts. The skin only is sore..light touch hurts more than heavy touch. Then the extreme sensitivity turned to a slight itch after the 3rd day.1/2 day minor non-raised spots on underside of upper and forearms.Fatigue and overall feeling of slight inability to concentrate or think straight. Truthfully, I felt like an alien. Then joint pain developed as I could barely bend my legs because my knees hurt so much, or raise my arms because my shoulders hurt. Then my hands swelled and my fingers stiffened so I could barely dress myself or hold a fork. I also have 2 young kids and found myself in bed and unable to deal with them.Diagnosis: Parvovirus. It can be confirmed with a simple blood test! My doc nailed it on my sencond visit (once the joint pain began). Similar symptoms to lyme, but NOT lyme.Problem: It is viral and has no cure. I've read that once you get it, it does not recur.My doc said it can lay dormant in your system and then flare up at will. It also can take up to 6 months for the symptoms to go away once they start. I think I am having a recurrence right now, 9 months after my first flare.Note: If you read up on Parvo - they do not mention the skin sensitivity. Also, I did pass it to my son in the form of fifth disease, which is the childhood form of the same virus.It is minor in a child, they get a horrible looking rash, but feel nothing (sometimes low grade fever).HOPE THIS HELPS SOMEONE.
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  • A light bulb went off (on?) when I read Kim's posting above. Two days ago, my entire back started to feel as if I got sunburned. I have mild fever, and intermitent but sharp headaches. Felt terrible all day yesterday. My daughter had red cheeks and mild fever about a week ago and I self-diagnosed it as the fifth desease after doing some research on the internet.This may not be true to everyone, but in my case, the dots definately got connected thanks to Kim's post. Thank you!
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  • I'm a 30 year old female, healthy weight (5'5" 125 lbs) and I started to experience extreme sensitivity of my skin to touch when I recently came down with what seems to be a very horrible chest cold after going on a run in the warm spring weather (general symptoms consisting of chest pain, horribly sore throat, congestion, sinus pressure/headache, etc... including hypersensitive skin). Everywhere on my skin, particularly on my upper torso and arms, seems oddly hypersensitive to heat and cold and at times, feels a bit painful. I thought it was an odd addition to cold symptoms and am glad I am not alone in experiencing it.
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  • Hi All,Seems as if everyone is getting the same symptoms pretty much, including me for the past 6 days. It started at the same time as a cold and ear infection were kicking in for me.I think it is herpes related as well since there are similar things like this - Iritis, pink patches on skin, and other herpes related things. Also, I think it is stress related as others mentioned - like migraines, stomach sickness, diahrea, cannot sleep, too drousy, etc...I bet if we all think about when it started, it normally began at a stress point in our lives. Basically we are not comfortable in our own 'skins' and we are being hypersensitive like an allergy to our own bodies. Eliminate the cause of the stress, or talk through the reason you are stressed out, and the pain subsides.The reasons for various parts of the body are normally where we have lymph nodes that can become painful when stressed. We have them throughout our body - arms, legs, etc... The sunburn feeling is also a side affect and wow, does it hurt! I found ibuprofin takes most of it away, but eliminating the stress is the cure. (unless you have a something else serious like cancer, lyme disease, etc...)Hope that helps someone. :)
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  • I am absolutely relieved that I am not the only person that has dealt with this crazy skin sensitivity! I am 35 (almost) and have 'suffered' from this at least since high school. I can't really remember specific symptoms prior to that. Anyway, my pain is usually on the inside of my upper arm-always the left, my upper thigh, my abdomen or behind, and even my scalp/face. I can only ever feel it in one area at a time, and always on one side of my body. However, as the days go by, it will move, sometimes from one upper thigh up to my abdomen, around to my behind, and to my other thigh-even down my leg! I have deduced that when I begin feeling skin sensitivity, 95% of the time, I'll either start my period, or be sick with a cold, virus, or some other bacterial infection within 2 or 3 days-most of the time my period and some kind of sickness came together anyway. I have mentioned this to my doctors MANY times, and have always gotten the same, "Huh, that's weird!" response, but nothing helpful. I have had countless medical issues in my life (viral encephalitis at 11; migraines for as long as I can remember; Epstein Bar virus and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in high school; Vaso Vagal Syncope; Endometriosis-stage 4-aggressive). I broke L4 and L5 vertebrae in a car accident at 16 and still have a good bit of pain from that at times. I haven't seen my neurologist in many years, but wonder if he would have any idea what this could be. I really thought it was related to my menstral cycle, which was compromised from the endometriosis--causing my immune system to crash each month. BUT, I had a full hysterectomy about six months ago, and I'm still having these episodes. The ones in my face really bother me, because it goes completely numb on one side, then moves up and around to the other side of my face. Weird! I am almost positive now that it is nerve-related, but just don't know what the next step could possibly be. I can continue to research, I suppose, and then go to one of my doctors and ask what they think about specific names of disorders with these symptoms. OK--sorry for the book---can you tell that I'm a writer at heart?! : )
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  • try the book "a headache in the pelvis" it talks about a lot of symptoms that doctors can't figure out and are a result of a pelvic floor disorder/disfunction.
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    • August 18, 2010
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  • Hi all, had this problem over the weekend and thought id share my story and how I appear to have gotten rid of it.On Friday I was feeling a bit run down, had a sore neck which was slowly giving me a headache and by mid morning the back of my arms started to feel tingly and sensitive, and as per everyone else here, it felt like sunburn only the skin was normal. The feeling spread to the back of my legs and my lower back and I started to feel worse, my mind was slow and I sometimes felt a bit faint when I stood up. By the evening I was super tired, headache was bad, neck was real sore and I was feeling pretty dizzy.Saturday I didnt have a headache, but my skin was worse, now the backs of my arms, upper back, lower back, back of my thighs, hips and calves all felt like they were sunburned. Thats when I found this thread and didnt really find a definitive answer, the one that sounded the most plausible to me was a pinched nerve somewhere. Mainly because id been having problems with my neck for a couple of months.Went out Christmas shopping and while I was in the mall, walked past a Chinese massage shop, thought about my stiff neck and about the pinched nerve comments and went in for a back, neck and shoulders massage.The dude tortured me but it felt good, squashed me good and proper when he started on my back and was rewarded with 4 or 5 cracks from my spine being pushed back into shape.Was a 25 minute torture massage (used his elbows alot), and straight afterwards I felt much better.After 20 mins the sensitive skin feeling came back and lasted to the end of the day.Sunday, I could only feel it on the backs of my shoulders, but then I started to wonder if that was just bruising from the torture massage. Sunday evening I was feeling 100%. Today, Monday, I feel fine, no more sensitive skin. Necks still a bit stiff tho.About 3 months ago I bought a new Tempur mattress and a new $200 NZD Tempur pillow. I think the pillow is the cause of all my neck problems, its just a little bit too thick, I really wanted to keep using the pillow cos its awesome, but on Friday when this started, and when I realised id actually been having neck troubles ever since that pillow, I gave it up and went back to my old pillow.My suspicion is the months of sleeping on the wrong size pillow has stuffed my neck, and maybe Thursday night I slept on it really crooked and did something to my spine or pinched a nerve or something.Whatever I did, whatever was wrong with me, I think it was the Chinese massage that fixed me.
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    • December 5, 2010
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  • Wow I thought I was going mad, but reading some of the earlier posts I realise its not just me! I'm 52yr old female, menopausal, with an underactive thyroid problem, circulation issues & I get migraines. Over the last couple of months or so I have noticed the skin (usually on my inner thighs - one or the other,or both and sometimes in the pelvic region, also sometimes on my arms and scalp) feels like its been burnt, but its not red and there are NO marks to indicate how sore it is - it really hurts and is very, very tender to touch. It usually lasts a couple of days then goes away again. I haven't mentioned it to my Doctor, thought he'd look at me strangely - but after reading some of the earlier posts on this thread I've decided to start a diary so I can notice any other things that are happening at the same time (i.e. migraines, depression) then in a couple of months when I've got more information I'll take it to my Dr. The only meds I'm currently on are Cardizem (thyroid) Aspirin (circulation) and Sumatriptan (migraines, not taken daily, only when required). If this helps anyone else I'd be happy, reading the previous posts has certainly helped me - I realise I have a real problem and not just imagining things. I have ongoing issues with depression but am not on any antidepressants.
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    • January 21, 2013
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