Itching after Spine Surgery

by A.D. Dungan
(Vallejo, CA USA)

After three spinal surgeries to correct scoliosis and degenerative disc disease, I developed an itch like most do, just under the skin of my back. Well it has been over one year and I sleep next to my back scratcher! I know (after working with an orthopedic surgeon) all the evils of scratching those itches. But I cannot help it. first I rub, then I scratch gently and then harder, then out comes the back scratcher or anything that will work! It's my entire back and part of my buttocks and even though the skin in these places is numb and feels thick, it still itches underneath. I am 63 years old and have been teaching kids not to scratch for a long time.

One surgeon told me it was nerves regenerating. Another surgeon involved gave me a prescription of Atarax that did nothing and said it should be gone soon. That was about nine months ago.

SOMEBODY HELP PLEASE!

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Jul 20, 2017
Hives after Surgery
by: Anonymous

On June 1, 2017 I had a double cervical fusion in my neck c3,4,5,and 6 and ever since I have had the hives and big welts all over my body and a small red rash. Doctors are now wondering if I am having a reaction to the metal they used in my neck. Has this happened to anyone else?

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Severe Itchy Skin Rash after Surgery

by Kristine Taylor
(Pensacola, FL)

I recently had neck surgery 11-30-10 and everything went well. Seven hours is how long my surgery took. I stayed 2 days in ICU and 2 days on the surgery recovery floor. I was released and went home to heal. Two weeks later I started itching severely and a red whelped rash appears and my skin turns very hot in that area. My itching was so severe my husband called the ambulance and they admitted me to the hospital. The doctor and every nurse I saw had no idea what this was. They are treating the itching by Vistaril shots but it is still happening and on my face I have swelling but on the right side of my face only. Please anyone that can help me I would greatly appreciate it. Thanking you in advance for ANY help!

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Dec 10, 2016
Itching after Back Surgery and Steel Plates Put In
by: Anonymous

I am about 3 1/2-4 weeks post operation from having back surgery in which my doctor placed steel plates and screws at my L3 and L4 levels. The surgery went well. I was in the hospital about five days. When I came home, I was fine. The weekend after Thanksgiving, I started having stroke like symptoms which turned out to be a severe UTI, and another three or four days in our local hospital this time. I was on an antibiotic drip for the entire time I was there. The whole time, during both hospital stays, I never itched. When I got home after about two or so days, I started itching. This itch is about to cause me to lose my mind. I've tried cortisone creams, a CVS lotion that their pharmacist recommended and of course, Benadryl. Nothing is working. Do any of you folks have any answers? This is unreal!

Sep 03, 2015
Skin Rash
by: Jessica

I had a similar rash on the right side of my face only, that came up after entering the hospital and before my operation. As I'm very sensitive, I thought it may have been a reaction to the chemicals or detergent in the sheets as I woke up with it the first morning in hospital and it had to be treated with a special creams before they could take me to theatre.

Sep 05, 2014
Severe Rash, Blistering from Surgical Tape
by: Ruth McFarland,

Over the years I have had several surgeries on my spine and shoulders. Each time, no matter what hospital I underwent the surgeries at, I always ended up with a severe rash (wherever the tape was) that opens and weeps causing severe discomfort. It takes a long time to heal and leaves the affected skin feeling like parchment.

I have been told by two or three of my surgeons that there is some ingredient in the surgical tape that causes this reaction. They thought it might be latex but it wasn't.

Could someone please tell me if they've found an answer as to what this ingredient could be?

I am due for more surgery on the 24th of September, 2014 and I've tried to research the problem but there doesn't seem to be any definitive answer so far.

Thanks for your help.

Jan 26, 2014
Red and Itchy Eyes and Skin
by: Anonymous

I had surgery on my upper and lower eyelids two weeks ago. Now I have itching in and around my eyes that is so bad. The redness that is also present looks like I have a burn on my skin. I have received no help from the plastic surgeon for this skin problem. Does anyone have any ideas for treatment?

May 29, 2012
Contamination
by: Anonymous

I think you should get checked if the itchy skin rash does not go away. There is also a possibility that you can be infected. Doctors do not want to metion that there is a high risk of infection due to improper sterilization of the equipment used in hospitals.

Sep 09, 2011
Same Itchy Skin Rash After Surgery
by: T

I had a surgery about 12 days ago - broken finger where they inserted a screw. In the first eight days everything was fine, then I wake up with a terrible itchy feeling and by the night my body was covered with random itchy bumpy red spots which were very severe and I was unable to sleep. I saw a dermatologist the next day who gave me some antihistamines and something to reduce itchiness and be able to sleep.

I stopped taking Oxycodone plus Tylenol which was prescribed as a painkiller. I hope that was the reason I developed the rash. I read about people with dermographism who developed this condition and it has stayed with them. I hope it will pass soon and I am so glad your situation was resolved well!

Mar 13, 2011
Rash on Face
by: Anonymous

Strangely, I had a similar rash on the right side of my face only, that came up after entering the hospital and before my operation. As I'm very sensitive, I thought it may have been a reaction to the chemicals or detergent in the sheets as I woke up with it the first morning in hospital and it had to be treated with a special creams before they could take me to theatre.

I hope yours is that simple.

Dec 28, 2010
Rash Gone after Hospital Stay
by: Kristine Taylor

I am home now after 5 days in the hospital. No one in the entire hospital could determine why I had this itching rash that whelped when I scratched it. But they gave me Vistaril shots in the hospital and sent me home with Vistaril pills. I needed them only two days of being home and thank God literally I have not needed it since. I am not having the severe itching anymore and it appears to be gone. It's the strangest thing I've ever expierenced! I truly think it was my body's reaction to the metals placed in my neck, I had my C2-C7 rebuilt, I was told it's a titanium metal. I'm truly glad it's gone and I pray it never returns!

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