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!
Severe Itchy Skin Rash after Surgery
by Kristine Taylor
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!
Red Streak Hives After Breast Cancer Surgery
by Gail H
(Rock Hill SC)
I have been getting what appears to be dermatographism since March 2016. It started as an itching between my fingers exactly one week after having a lumpectomy. I've been taking 5-6 doses of different antihistimines every single day since. I still break out mostly on my arms and then it moves to my lower back, calves and ankles but can be on my thighs as well. I'm going to see a dermatologist at my cancer center next week. The only thing that totally stopped this was the five days following chemotherapy but back it came as chemo drugs left my body.
The itching is awful and I'm miserable. It can't be good for me at my age to be taking so many antihistamines for this long of a period. Thanks for this blog!