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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 don't know how many of you are actually mentioning this... are any of you infected with HSV2? I am and I believe the painful skin condition I (and perhaps many of you) am experiencing is similar to postherpetic neuralgia although most physicians associate this condition with shingles (herpes zoster). For me, the skin irritability occurs in various places... on my lower abdomen, pubic hair, on my thighs, around my hips, around the buttocks. The pain is not always in the same place but is generally pretty focused in one region. About 50% of the time, I get a herpes sore with the pain although the sore never occurs where I was feeling the skin pain. I spoke with a friend that also had HSV2 and she experiences similar symptoms, but never has sores. Prior to our talking she had not even considered that the two conditions were connected.
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    • February 18, 2007
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  • So I got my results from my blood and it turns out my liver results are abnormal. Same result the 2nd time too. So I'm gettting an ultrasound done tomorrow. My skin pain seems to be occuring more often.Keep you posted.Carla
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
    • 06:42 AM
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  • Are all of you under alot of stress???
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
    • 06:45 AM
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  • Yes, I'm under a LOT of stress, but that's where my nausea comes in :( Anywho..I've just recently gotten a new sensitive area...My forearms. I am also feeling a sharp, needle ****k type pain between my right shoulder blade and spine. Do you think that could have anything to do with the sensitivity? I also remember right after I delivered my son 5 years ago, I had numbness on the back of my arms between my shoulders and elbows. Not sure if its related or not...I wonder if a dr. ever monitors this forum and can help answer these questions.
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    • February 27, 2007
    • 10:24 PM
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  • I don't know how many of you are actually mentioning this... are any of you infected with HSV2? I am and I believe the painful skin condition I (and perhaps many of you) am experiencing is similar to postherpetic neuralgia although most physicians associate this condition with shingles (herpes zoster). For me, the skin irritability occurs in various places... on my lower abdomen, pubic hair, on my thighs, around my hips, around the buttocks. The pain is not always in the same place but is generally pretty focused in one region.Honestly, I think you hit the nail on the head. The skin feels aggitated. In my case, the aggitation (the burning without inflammation or rash) seems to follow, what I suspect is the lymphatic track; like an invisible boa constrictor that is wrapped around the inside of my left leg, and follows a path I can trace with my fingers up to the belt line and then up the left side (between back and front) to slightly below and never higher than the armpit.At first I thought there might be a correlation with menstration because the majority of posters have been women, but some men have also posted. HSV2 has stress as a trigger. I would suspect a person's stress would be unique to the individual, in the case of women, doesn't it seem a safe conclusion that menstration is stressful? I wonder - and this might be a stretch, but I wonder if there are certain levels of intensity for an HSV2 episode (breakout). An egregious episode might entail lesions, but what if a minor outbreak meant that your immune system was doing it's best to suppress it, with the by product of aggitated skin? In any case, while it is uncomfortable, it is not life threaten (I hope I'm correct in this assumption).
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    • February 28, 2007
    • 05:11 PM
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  • sounds like sciatica..... yoga stretches can help, and if its not sciatica.... then please see ur dr.
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  • This is so interesting to read as I get affected by the same condition. I have had this for probably about 15 years and like many of the people on here have had the doctors scratching their heads. I have tried all of the obvious stuff (and not so obvious)- soap, washing powder etc- antidepressants- anti-histamines- moisturisersbut to no avail...Randomly the condition went away for about 5 years and then come back as well about a year ago. I am at a complete loss as to what causes this as there is no visible rash or anything, just a discomfort of clothes rubbing and skin sometimes feeling like it is crawling.I cant remember who posted it, but I also have the problem of "bad skin days".....Are we saying that HSV2 is the reason for this ???B
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  • Research cutaneous allodynia. It seems to fit my symptoms exactly.
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  • I have had HSV II for over twenty years, and for the last decade or so have suffered from a sciatic-like pain. Often, it follows the sciatic nerve in my right leg (same side as HSV infection), but it also occurs quite randomly all around my buttocks, thighs, abdomen and even on occasion my arms and forearms. I don't always get an outbreak along with this pain, which I describe as a definite nerve pain that is highly cold-sensitive. I've researched the pain online periodically in the last few years trying to connect it to the HSV, but this is the first time I've ever found anything that confirms my suspicions, even if it's merely a forum for other sufferers. I have seen mention of herpes-related nerve pain, but never a good description of what I experience, such as many of the folks here have. I think the pain is indicative of the infection gaining a stronger foothold in my nerves, perhaps nesting further and deeper than is usual. Just my thoughts...
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  • For me, I think its stress. For others who have more symptoms, I think you should also look into shingles. Good luck everyone. Its amazing what stress can do to your body. The last time I experienced my skin pain, was when I had my ultrasound (??). I was very anxious which turns into stress. My skin pain was so bad it didn't go away the next day. It remained in the same areas, just as severe. Its very interesting. Its been a few weeks without any pain...I'm taking a stress management class, its is helping me.Carla
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  • Hello, So . . I'm trying not to freek out, but I have the same feeling! On the in side of my knee to the top of my thigh . .feels like it has been sun burned! Have you found any reasons as to why? It even hurts to wear pants . . I'm not sure what I should be doing.
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  • You know . . . . there is something to be said about attributing it to stress. I am a very high stress person . . I just don't know how to relax. I have not been sleeping very well, and have little to no energy as well. I do believe this is all related but have had a hard time explaining it. It has since started to show up under my right under arm . . . nice. Does anyone have any idea as to how long it will last. It's so painful on my leg that I can hardly bear having clothes rub it?
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  • Get tested for Herpes. Burning pain under your skin associated with your period sounds a lot like Herpes (particularly when it's in the lower thigh, back, legs, buttocks, etc). It need not manifest in blisters or any other symptoms. Get a type specific blood test (because you're probably not having lesions that they can swab). It's best to go to a community clinic where they see lots of this and know what they're doing (i.e. Planned Parenthood, etc.) Your primary care doc is probably just not looking in the right direction. They probably also don't think of the fact that 20% of women have this disease.
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  • I have exactly the same. I hardever sleep, am always worried and stressed about something, its my back that hurts its like stinging all down the left side, both sholders and really bad in my left arm I have had it for about 7 months constant now. but now this past few week i get sharp shooting pains in my left sholder and down my arm. I dont like going to my doc as he gurns cos i have been going so much this past 3 years i have got irritable bowl syndrome, sleeping pills dont work anti depressants dont make any difference I am at a total loss and it is making me more deppressed not knowing what is causing the pain and nothing ever helps and if i think oh its getting better you can garantee it will be agony in a few hours.
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  • I looked at this website, and what is going on isn't fibromyalgia. I just recently had pain in my arm, thinking maybe my cat had scratched me, but there was nothing there. It hasn't gotten better or gone away, and no mark is visable. I have fibromyalgia, and it's nothing like this. It targets the upper arms, upper and lower back, and it isn't always a nagging thing with the pain. Its only if someone *pokes* you, or you hit it on something, or its touched with force. It isn't like this. I have this mysterious pain on my arm, on the other side of where my elbow is (i have no idea what its called), and its always hurting. If I blow on the spot, it hurts. Hope I helped !!Hello again, I have found another information site which caught my attention as it specifically mentioned "Skin Sensitivity – This is another unusual symptom. Some CFS sufferers experience a sensation where patches of skin become very sensitive to touch and may feel like they are burning. Some people describe this as a “crawling sensation”. " The link is http://www.ei-resource.org/fibro.asp. Hope this helps and again any thoughts or knowledge would be appreciated, as this is something I am trying to get to grips with myself and am just finding out about.
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  • Hi all,I have had these symptoms before, but never for as long as I am having them now. About I am 36 and about 4 years ago, I contracted HSV2. Since then, it seems that whenever I am going to have an outbreak, I experience the same symptoms described here. sensitive skin that feels prickly like sunburnt skin. The feeling usually starts around my abdomen, then moves down my thigh, pelvic area and pubic area. Can also travel down my leg. The pain is only present on one side of my body...left side.It seem like the symptoms and outbreak happen more when I have just finished my period. I seem to get outbreaks about 5-6 times a year. The skin symptoms usually last about 2-3 days before an lesion appears, then the lesion lasts about 3-4 days.The funny thing is this time, I have had the skin pain for about 2 weeks now and no lesion has appeared. The pain is getting worse and sometimes it makes it painful to walk. It also feels like beneath the sensitive sunburnt skin, the muscle feels almost bruised.Has anyone felt this before.M
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  • I have been reading all the statements about the pain and skin sensitivity. Mine seems different as in most cases the pain of others is in the arm or back and goes away after a few weeks. My pain started two months ago and wont go away. The pain is severe enough that I need pain medication. (I don't want to be on pain medication for fear of getting addicted) It started in my right hip. I woke up one morning and it felt like a huge bruise, but no bruise. Then the pain stayed in the hip, but also included the right pelvic area and lower back area, all the on the right side. It is so painful to wear clothing, pants and anything touching my hip like my purse, etc is very painful. I have had an MRI done and it showed fluid in my right hip, swelling of the hip and irritation to the tissues. I have had blood tests for Rheumatoid Arthritis (waiting to hear from that), and today I am going for a CT Scan of my pelvic area and X-rays of my spine. Sometimes the pain starts feeling like needles going in my hip. I am a diabetic and wonder if this pain is associated with the diabetes. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.Thanks,Linda (Age 46)
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  • Well, I heard from my blood tests and I don't have RA or Lupus, which is great. Tomorrow I go to find out if anything showed on the CT Scan or Xrays. It is so frustrating to be in this much pain and nobody has an answer.Linda (46)
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  • iM THE SAME with patches of sensitive skin. I have just been diagnosed with Rhuematoid arthritis. The blood test it showed in was not rheumatoid factor but a new one called CCP antibodies. Ive have alot of joint pain, stress and funny symptoms incl sensitive skin.I read one article on depression and sensitive skin is a marker for depression and anxiety. Many physicians use it as a guide to depression. The chemicals change in our body when we are depressed or have high anxiety.Interesting!!Dani
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