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Old 05-09-2003, 10:41 AM   #1
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Post Intense neck itch

In the years before I was diagnosed with (or suspected) Hashi's, I would periodically get an indescribably deep, intense, excruciating itch on the front of my neck right over the thyroid area. There was never any rash or change in skin appearance that would explain the itch, it was the only place on my body that itched that way, and nothing would relieve it. I have never seen this kind of itch on any symptom list, but I've been wondering whether it might have been the result of antibody assaults on the gland.

What do you think of this theory? Have any of you heard of or had such a thing?
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Old 05-09-2003, 01:42 PM   #2
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i've never had neck itch, but years ago when i had an ulcer, i had this deep itch where my stomach emptied into my duodenum (no rash or anything on the skin, either) -- the itch went away with tagamet as did the ulcer, but whenever i felt it coming back (the itch, i mean, and slight indigestion), i had acupuncture and it went away ... this happened about three times, and i was not treated with tagamet again ...

the needles were inserted on the surface of my stomach/duodenum/abdomen, and i also had one or two for general health at the base of my thumb, and in my wrist ...

since i know that acupuncture is at its best when healing inflammation of any sort (that's why it's so good for rheumatoid arthritis), my theory http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/idea.gif is that it helped my ulcer, and since hashimoto's tyroiditis is inflammation (-itis) too, the itch may be caused by your inflamed thyroid (do not ask me how this works ... i have no earthly idea what the physiological mechanism is!) ...

say, do you think that acupuncture needles inserted in the neck where the thyroid gland is might help?? i wonder ...

come to think of it, i've had acupuncture for bursitis, IBS, shoulder and arm pain (tendinitis) ... why not this?

have you ever had acupuncture? if you don't watch ((or even if you do), most of the needles don't hurt (some i barely feel), and i'ts effective and causes no harm ... you've just given ME an idea!






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