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Old 04-21-2004, 06:05 PM   #1
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Does anyone have really itchy skin due to Hypo? My whole body is VERY itchy. I am going to end up scratching too hard and damage my skin. My back is the worst. I have been told its just from lack of fluids,well I do drink quite a bit because I get kidney stones and need the extra water.

 
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Does anyone have really itchy skin due to Hypo? My whole body is VERY itchy. I am going to end up scratching too hard and damage my skin. My back is the worst. I have been told its just from lack of fluids,well I do drink quite a bit because I get kidney stones and need the extra water.

You may want to look up a rash that is called Dermatitis Herpetitis. You can actually find pictures of it online. It usually occurs on the back, stomach,arms and legs. It is very very itchy. It looks somewhat like little blisters clumped together. Whatever you do DON't scratch it as you will only make it worse. Try putting aloe on it to soothe it. This rash is mostly caused from Celiac disease which is a gluten sensitivity. There are many other symptoms of celiac disease that are similar to hypo symptoms. This is not a disease to take lightly, it will only get worse and cause more havoc on your body. Trying cutting out gluten and see what happens. I never heard of geting a rash from not drinking enough fluids, I can see getting dry skin...but a rash???

Taking large doses of vitamin C can help to break up crystals that can form stones. Magnesium is also helpful as is a vitamin B complex. Taking cod liver oil supplements will also help the integrity of the bladder. Good Luck!!!

Do you have hashimoitos?

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Old 04-22-2004, 04:49 AM   #3
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Dry skin can make you itch like crazy. If you will do some searching on here, you will find quite a few of us who have had itching problems. Sometimes it feels deep, like it's way under the skin and no amount of scratching will do it. That was one of the worst things I had to go through before being diagnosed. Once I started taking meds, it stopped. I never want to go there again.....ever.
I can't tell you what to use to make it stop because there was nothing that worked for me except thyroid hormones.

 
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I'm in the early stages of begging the dr to take my symptoms seriously. They try to dismiss every symptom. I haven't noticed a rash anywhere but my husband said there was a small patch on my back. I go to my dr at the end of May. I'm hoping then she will call for the right tests to be taken and I can figure this out.

 
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What are the symptoms of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis?

Some patients with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis may have no symptoms. However, the common symptoms are fatigue, depression, and sensitivity to cold, weight gain, muscle weakness, coarsening of the skin, dry or brittle hair, constipation, muscle cramps, increased menstrual flow, and goiter (enlargement of the thyroid gland).

I found this on the internet and everything(except goiter) is exactly what I have. Why is it so easy for me to see this and people on this board have helped but my dr is not even considering the possiblity I have felt bad for the past 7 yrs(after having my first son)things just didn't bounce back. It seems more problems keep popping up. The itchy skin is new except my back has always itched. I jokingly call it itchy back syndrom. But I'm itching in spots I didn't know could itch.I may have to put those mittens over my hands like you do babies.Oven mitts might work.

 
Old 04-22-2004, 05:33 AM   #6
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Holy Moses... I have all of those problems AND a goiter and my doc still is trying to tell me that I don't have a problem with my thyroid because my numbers came back "within range"... I have had an ultrasound and a thyroid scan... my doc won't even acknowledge ... she wants me to wait to speak with my endo... WHATEVER... sorry... off on a tangent... ITCHY SKIN YOU SAY!!! OMG... I thought it was dry skin... for 15 years... duh... didn't realize that it was a symptom... I posted back a few days ago a Great List of Symptoms... there were like 69 things listed... from drlowe.com ... not a real informative site however, the list is awesome!

My itch is primarily on my back, right about where my tailbone is... I have tried every kind of lotion, including straight vaseline and a patch to cover it... As I have said in earlier threads... I have now developed flaky scalp, which I thought was from my shampoo or something...so I switched to dandruff shampoo... Oh Heddy... I feel your pain!!! Lets see, I go through bottles and bottles of lotion... I even borrowed some lotion from my friend who has a prescription for her daughter because of a handwashing issue... it smells like tar and it made my hands really soft for ONE DAY!! A prescription for pete's sake!!! I am certain I have hashis and maybe even a celiac issue but that I still have to be tested for... ... as for my self diagnosis... ha ha... i have to wait to talk to the endo... grrrr... frustrating

 
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Heddy,
It's time to go somewhere else. You're not going to get anything from this Doctor. Even if they do diagnose you, do you think these people are going to keep the free numbers tested and get your levels right? The answer is simply NO. Time to move on.

 
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That goes for anyone else that's having a hard time trying to convince their Docs that they have a problem. FIND A NEW EAR TO YELL IN. I went undiagnosed for a long, long time. I don't want to see you people have to go through the same things I did.

 
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Thanks I am making phone calls TODAY!!!!!!!!!!

 
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HI,
well 5 days later and I'm still itching like mad. I bought Band-aid brand itch relief gel spray. It has aloe in it too. It helps for about 1/2 hour then I have to reapply.Good news though at my hubbys work they are doing this new Health Advocate program thru his insurance. The only problem is it starts May1st. So I have to be patient. You call them and they find you a doctor or a specialist if need be. They make the referrel on your behalf. The advocates are nurses/doctors themselves so you can ask them questions also. The great part is they are on your side not the doctors.I told the nurse yesterday what my symptoms were and she said oh you need an Endo... no kidding(duh)well I didn't say that to her.....but finally someone who will get me to a Endo. Maybe I don't have HYPO but I want someone who knows what they are talking about to tell me that not some anti depressant pill pushing PA.(sorry quick vent)

 
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Hiya Heddy

I was just reading your post and see about the new plan being started in your DH workplace. That sounds like a great idea to me. Wish everyone who has been having problems relating to finding a doctor to treat them, or even just a doctor for that matter, could access. What a great plan it is.

My skin seems to itch but I thought twas 'winter itch' and summer itch haha the worst area is my scalp though clean, I have changed shampoos, conditioners and this only started with me about 3 months ago. Prob not TD relate.

Bonnie

 
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