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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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  • OMGD!I'm not the only one! My name is Viki - This is happening to me right now. Upper right chest wrapping around underside of my right arm and rib cage and then into my upper back. PAINFUL feels like a sunburn, with absolutely no tan to show for it after.Makes wearing a bra nearly impossible. This has been going on for several days now. I have had similar symptoms before, not not as bad or as widespread, just a small sensitive patch of skin.I hesitate to go see my doctor after reading how perplexing this is to diagnose. I don't like the idea of an extended elimination period that will include testing and testing and testing. I do not want to be a lab rat.I was diagnosed as a Type II diabetic last Sept and have lost about 55 pounds. Am not on any meds or insulin. I am able to keep tight control of blood sugars with a low carb diet and exercise. My numbers are great right now with near normal readings.I do also have episodes of excema (sp?) on my lower legs but I control that with a granulated sugar/baby oil scrub in the shower which solves the dry skin problem.I will print all this out though and bring it to my doctor on my next visit. This is eye-opening and at the same time makes me sad that it is so elusive.
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  • Okay, have gotten more input from 2 people that have had similar pain. Both had a compressed (pinched) nerve in the spine and had to go to the chiropractor to get relief. The pain presents like shingles, but you never get the rash or blisters.
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  • I also have this problem of the sensitive skin that feels like a sunburn and hurts to touch or for clothing to touch. It started in my inner thigh up by my pelvic bone and has now moved down to my inner upper leg. It hurts so bad but I don't know what it is either. And I too have asked the doctor once and he thought it was the soap I was using but that is not it. I hope someone finds out and posts it. Thanks{QUOTE}I too have the same problem in the same areas. This is the7th day and doesn't seem to be getting any better. I am a type I diabetic and have a hypoactive thyroid. Did you ever find out what the problem was? Thanks, Cathy
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  • I too am a Type II diabetic, non insulin. The doctors just keep testing me and sending me to other doctors. My next step is to see a neurologist. The pain has been going on for almost 3 months now, non-stop. When I am traveling in a car and hit any type of bump, it hurts like I have had surgery. My pain is staying in my right hip area, mainly the skin and tissue, and in the right pelvic area and the right lower back area. I just wish the doctor can find out what is going on. I want to start living life again. I am tired of wearing baggy clothes because of the clothes hurting so much. RA and Lupus has been ruled out. Some people tell me it might be Fibromyalgia (not sure how to spell that one..sorry), but I just don't have a clue what it could be. Please someone find the answer soon.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!!DaniI believe this is what I was suffering from. Depression, anxiety and stress. I have not experienced much skin pain in about 2 months. I am dealing with my stress and depression. I am feeling happier now, and as a result everything is getting better. I encourage everyone to take the steps necessary to accept situations in their life and try to improve your mind and body helath by thinking more optimisticly. This is how things are for now. They will get better. Take baby steps to do things that make you happy. Good luck everyone.Carla
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  • The message below is EXACTLY what I have found to be true. Was just infected and diagnosed a few months ago with HSV-2 and the pain arrived shortly thereafter. Virus actually triggered meningitis as well. Not a good thing to have, apparently. Tell him that!Have no idea of treatment or ways of decreasing the severity. My fear is that, if it is virus-induced, there is not a lot to be done except to let it run its course. 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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  • Wow, it is amazing what imformation can be found on the web! I did not know how to explain to my husband that "my skin hurts". There is no rash or inflamation, and worse yet, the soreness moves from area to area. I have had terrible plantar fasciitis in both feet. I thought this "skin pain" was a secondary pain causes by the new insoles in my shoes. But once the skin pain left my leg area and migrated to my butt and abdomen then I knew there was something else going on. Thinking back many years ago I recall a similiar incident of skin pain. Although it was a brief encounter and soon forgotten. In my totally non-professional opinion, skin pain is one of those strange and unaccountable things that happen from time to time. The best way I can describe the pain is the feeling that the very ends of the nerves in my skin are sunburnt. Thanks ......ren
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  • As a side note to my previous post; I too have had herpes virus my whole life. The oral cold sore type of herpes. Maybe there is some common thread between the virus and the skin pain. Thanks again ...ren
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  • I have read several pages, but not all, and I've posted on another thread similar to this one. What has helped me with this type of nerve pain is GABABENTIN (generic for Neurontin) or Lyrica. My doctor lets me use it as needed, to keep down the side effects, which are word loss, brain fog, sedation and weight gain. I reduce taking it, over a few days, when the pain symptoms subside, and I am able to loose the few lbs I gain on it. This website has helped me understand and evaluate my side effects better. http://www.askapatient.com/index.aspI believe as it reduces the pain sensations, it also lowers my ability to feel full while eating, so I have to be logical about it (w/portion control). If I am still feel really too hungry, I'll eat a little bowl of Grapenuts.Gababentin keeps me sane! -- Sharon Anne
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  • Just recently I have experienced a much more sensitive reaction to touch.I am not sure if it is stress or simply exhaustion - been very busy recently.I take the above medicine occasionally as I have a bad disc in my spine that was irritated and the doctor's found it to be more of a degeneration. But after the scan they could see the slight compression but he was surprised that it would create the sensations it does so prescribed a low dosage - only to take as needed - but the symptoms do feel like arthiritis, sensitive skin and parts of my body fall asleep - the pill does work - but I don't need it all the time.
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  • I take Neurontin too. It seems to help, especially if I take the recommended amount which in my case is 1 tablet 3 times a day. I still feel the pain, but it isn't near as bad as it is without the medication.I too, notice gaining weight with the medication and have to be careful about that.I still don't know what the cause of the pain is, but after hurting for four months, the medicine is a welcome relief.Linda
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  • Hi,I am 22 and experience symptoms similar to this. I am surprised (and relieved) to find someone else that gets this as I often get the feeling people think im making it up because no one else has ever heard of it and my skin looks normal when i get it. I have recently had a bout of this skin hypersensitivity (the 3rd this year), it starts with a general feeling of discomfort developing into extreme skin hypersensitivity (no rash or visible redness/swelling) and mild joint stiffness all over. It usually lasts a couple of days in which i will feel exhausted and incapable of doing anything other than sleep. I am grateful that it only lasts a couple of days at a time because (like others have mentioned) even putting on clothes or bedsheets brushing against my skin is agony. I was about 16 when I first got it, I was out with my family when it came on very suddenly (within about 30 mins) and i had to be taken home because the pain was so intense. I have no idea what it is and thought it might have been something cold/flu related, but I never get cold symptoms when I have it. Its good to know im not alone but it sounds as if it is still pretty much a mystery. X
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  • Does anyone have a diagnos for this i see everyone has the same symtoms but no answers? This is just starting with me and i have been tested for herps and do not have it.
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  • Hi, I've been having the same problem for 3 years now, and it's completely excruciating.My skin is extremely sensitive to touch, but it seems to be always waist down. I suggested to my neurologist that maybe it was neuropathy, but it is not after doing that needle test, and reflexes..... So, he has no clue what it is.The first time i got it started in my toes then crawled to my calf then my thighs....it started on one leg, then dissapeared and continued on the other. It lasted 2 months the first time around....6 months later i only got it on my upper leg..and lasted 2 weeks...I got this back many times again....And once again i have this on my upper right thigh..... It's a horrible, fire feeling....the clothes against my skin hurt. I have no rash, no nothing visible. Just skin sensitivity. I've ran out of theories................... PLEASE help!!!....any....help out there!!??
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  • Does anyone have a diagnos for this i see everyone has the same symtoms but no answers? This is just starting with me and i have been tested for herps and do not have it. well thank god it's not herpes..., it seems like alot of us have this...but no reply from any doctor....:((I am going and see a first line therapy therapist, and I'll get back to you...who knows maybe he will have an answer! patty911:confused:
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  • Hi everyone. Im 18 and suffer from the same stuff as you guys.My skin has been sensitive to clothing for a few months now, and little by little, it has moved up. It started from my leggs, then moved to the thighs, then to my arms and now...I can feel it in my whole back. Im gonna talk with my doctor soon about the sensitivity moving to my back...But has anyone else had it? I mean, that increased sensitivity in the back? My back feels very tired aswell. :(When I use a skirt or something and Im having increased sensivity...I don't feel horrible pain, just...The skirt really well on my skin to the point it bothers me.Im suffering from lots of anxiety, and these symptoms are just making it worse.
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  • Hi Everyone, well after self diagnosing and speaking to another one with the same problem, and seeing my family practicioner, she has concluded that i have fibromyalgia.I had also seen a neurological specialist and he may have thought it was neuropathy...but it isn't...after some tests done..! If you look up Fibromyalgia, you will notice that skin sensitivity, pain in muscles and so on...is in the list of symptoms. I do believe that stress is definitely one of the major causes of all diseases/conditions.. How to deal with it...not much to do, but the more stressed we are the worse it is....cold weather, dampness is can make it worse...! So i've decided to move to europe... lol...right! My doctor told me to take tylenol with arthritis...it may help! Will try it on the next occureence. I hope this helps.... also, if your into natural stuff...magnesium, and evening primrose oil (tablets) help as well...TRY it.. I hope this sheds some light...!!;) /Patty:)
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  • Hi. I woke up this Saturday morning with abdominal pain I had been drinking the past two nights and figured that was causing the pain. But it persisted all day. At first it felt like a sore muscle in my stomach but then it just became very sensitive to the touch like a sun burn without the rash. It hurts when my shirts brush against my skin, when i lightly touch it and even when I sleep I am very uncomfortable. Now, I am also experiencing the same skin sensitivity on my lower back! It is going on Thursday now and I've been dealing with this 24/7 since Saturday morning. I recently began using artificial sweetners like Splenda and Equal ... could this be causing these pains? Anyone having the same experience due to these sweetners or change in diet maybe? I can't figure it out :-(-Very Concerned and thinking of seeing the doctor tomorrow
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  • I am not registered but my name is Dawn. I to had skin sensitive to the touch on the inner thigh which spread to the outer thigh. In browsing the internet I found an answer that seems to make sense. Try this website http://www.cordingleyneurology.com/lateralfemoral.html
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  • Last Tuesday I started having skin sensitivity on my left buttock, my lower back has been aching and I have been experiencing some nausea:(. I first thought it was shingles, but after researching on the internet discovered I didn't have any of the other symptons:confused:. I was talking to some co-workers yesterday and mentioned my symtons and several of them had experiened the same thing or new someone who did. What one person said was that she turned out to have a kidney infection:eek:. She went to the doctor and they took a urine sample, but because the urine dip stick came back negative they sent her home. She ended up in the emergency room where they did a culture and took blood samples to determine her kidney infection. Needless to say I went to the doctor today and they took a urine sample and did the dip stick thing and it came back negative, but I told the attending doctor to culture it because of what my co-worker went through. I won't know anything until Friday maybe. In the meantime, I might end up in the emergency due to pain:eek:.
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