I am so glad to hear of someone else with itching as a symptom of MS. I was only diagnosed in Feb 06 but had the stinging sensation (mostly on legs) for a year. I would walk the floor, take a bath with oatmeal, use benedryl, and anything else I could think of. After my diagnosis I mentioned to him about this itching and he said that could be a MS symptom and gave me a prescription for Gabapentin. I've only had to use it a few times but it seems to help. Thanks for the information and will ask my dr. about it.
The California Doctor who came up with idea to use 1/2 of a 1mg of Orap and 25 mg up to 100 mg doxepin with ms itch,started this combination for neurapthy in diabetes and found it also helps ms related itching.
I used to have occasional ms itching.Eventually it was daily and I take maintence dose of orap daily now and use the doexpin only with flare.
Apparently more common for peron to have burn or pins and needle sensation rather than itching.
Your post made me itchy just thinking about your symptoms!
I've had really bad itchy spells for a long time. Nothing would help. I'm currently taking Lyrica (for almost a year now) and recently my doc had me cut the dosage thinking my dizzy spell may have had something to do with that med. The itch came back with such ferocity, that I went back to my previous dosage. I didn't realize how much it helped. Lyrica is prescribed for nerve issues, so anyone with itchiness may want to look into it.
I'm pretty sure neurontin (gaba-whatever) also helps. I ran out for about a month, got right back to the itches that made me scratch until I was bruised. Thankfully I got more meds, only itch a little now.
I found my neuro again, after about 6 months, have an appt the 30th, will ask about the other meds!
Something just dawned on me. I itch all of the time! I just figured it was dry skin but now that I think about it there is always some part of my that itches. I have this one spot on my right leg that I scatched until it became a sore. Now, every now and then, it itches like crazy. I always assumed a bug bit me and the itch wouldn't go away. I must be crazy since the itching started about 2 years ago. That would have had to been some bug. LOL
Hi everyone who had posted about itching and MS. I just had a problem with itching for the first time, but not sure if it was MS related. I was using Murphy's floor cleaner and just maybe I had a reaction to it touching my skin. But it did cause me a rash on my arm and itching that would drive anyone nuts . What my doctor did recommend to me was [Clarinex] I think that's right (sp)forgot how it spelling. It's normally use for allergies but it work very very good to just great. Maybe it would help you as well you can always ask your doctor.