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Date: 18.10.2010
From: Sandra B

Subject: itchy skin

Hi just checking does anyone experience itchy skin. Im on remicade and have itchy lower legs and arms. Take tramadol pain killers also. I have psoratic arthriris (wrong spelling ;-)
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Date: 18.10.2010
From: Lynn B

Subject: Re: itchy skin

Hi Sandra, I have very itchy skin I have had psoriasis very bad for years which has completely cleard up with the methotrexate. But I still do have very itchy skin,and also have psoriatic arthritis but I dont take remicade. sorry dont know if that helps. T.C.
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Date: 18.10.2010
From: sandra b

Subject: Re: itchy skin

Lynn thankyou Im starting methotrexate this week. Although im not sure why as Im on remicade
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Date: 18.10.2010
From: S

Subject: Re: itchy skin

hi, I have itchy skin and use stuff I get from the docs - e45 cream etc. It really helps.
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Date: 18.10.2010
From: Lynn B

Subject: Re: itchy skin

Sandra sometimes 2 drugs are better than one, I take mtx and I have also started a new drug Ustekinumab as well. Have you got any psoriasis on your body? Sometimes your skin can get so dry, I used aqueuse cream but I still itched but now I use Diprobase it is a little bit more oily and does help a lot. t.c.
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Date: 23.10.2010
From: Tom H

Subject: Re: itchy skin

Hi, I'm starting MTX in about 1 hour!!!
I have really bad inverse psoriasis and PA. I find when I'm having a really itchy time that Cetirizine helps, although I do have urticaria as well...

Maybe worth trying?
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Date: 24.10.2010
From: Lynn B

Subject: Re: itchy skin

Thanks Tom, I may just give them a try...
Good luck with the mtx I hope it helps, but it can take up to 12 weeks before you feel any benefit but hopefully not, its worked for some people after 3-4 weeks..T.C.
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Date: 24.10.2010
From: jack

Subject: Re: itchy skin

hi every one
i have found olive oil helps a lot for my skin problems,and grated ginger juice rubed on painfull parts, they do work for me ok!
I have ra and I live in the uk
by all
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Date: 24.10.2010
From: Angela

Subject: Re: itchy skin

I have RA and have trouble with itchy skin mainly my arms, I also suffer from regular dry patches around my nose and chin which was diagnosed as acne rosea once then excema.
I also get re-occuring round scaly patches all over my body that just come and go, I have had all this for many years well before the RA, I never knew that the skin condition was connected to the disease?? I use cortizone when it gets to bad, and am on mtx but it still comes back the same.
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Date: 24.10.2010
From: Lynn B

Subject: Re: itchy skin

Angela, has anyone ever checked to see if you have psoriasis, round scaly patches "mmm" I think I would ask your doc next time you see him/her it just sounds like it could be, but im not a doctor. Just think i would check if i were you. T.C.
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Date: 26.10.2010
From: Angela

Subject: Re: itchy skin

Thanks Lynn B,
I did once mention it to the doc but he didnt think anything of it.when I feel them on my skin I usually dab some tea tree oil on and that makes them rage red and eventually they fade,the worst I have had was a cluster of them on my inside thigh they were there for ages, they dont particularly itch though.
I have a cousin our mums were sisters and she was diagnosed with PA at the same time I was diagnosed with RA. I dont have any rhumatoid factor or anti ccp but they seem to think it is RA it makes you wonder doesn't it. Mind she is on the same treatment as me so I guess it doesn't matter either way well apart from the prognosis it might save me 10/15 years of life lol.?
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Date: 26.10.2010
From: Lynn B

Subject: Re: itchy skin

Well you are right there Angela the treatment for RA and PA are the same, both auto immune diseases, and needing to slow the disease down. I take mtx and ustekinumab and the mtx has cleared my psoriasis up almost completely. But you know psoriasis is hereditory soz spelling, So its a wonder the rheummy didnt pick up on it, anyway I would ask for some diprobase cream which is fantastic for dry skin. Take Care. x
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Date: 27.10.2010
From: Angela

Subject: Re: itchy skin

Thanks for that Lynn, I will definately ask for some of that cream.
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Date: 09.01.2011
From: x kerry x

Subject: Re: itchy skin

tramadol is a morphine based pain killer and is known for making the skin itch, like all morphine products. I used to take it for my shoulder pains until it made me start having bad mood swings, but it used to make me itch like mad. My fiancee is also on it for a fused ankle and he gets terrible itchyness and has to have cool showers to try and soothe it. Maybe combined with psoriasis, it is making the itchyness worse. Hope this helps x
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Date: 10.01.2011
From: Lucy

Subject: Re: itchy skin

Kerry, you mentioned your fiance has had an ankle fusion, can I ask when this was and how he is now? I had mine fused 12 weeks ago so still healing. x
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Date: 10.01.2011
From: x kerry x

Subject: Re: itchy skin

sorry i may have mis-worded that, he had shattered the bone in his foot kickboxing and was told by the hospital that it was ok and walked on it for over a year. after constant pain he went to a private hospital and they done a cat scan and revealed it had been broken in 4 places and had fused, cutting off the blood to his ankle bone, and killing off some of the major bones in his foot and ankle. Hes had almost 3 years of ops and physio and has 8 screws, 6 pins and 3 plates in it and walks with a limp. His ankle has now fused and he cant move his foot at all. Hes now got arthritis in both knees and hips from over compensating when walking. Not sure if this is similar to an ankle fusion. Im a bit new to all this medical stuff xx
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Date: 11.01.2011
From: sandra

Subject: Re: itchy skin

hi all i suffer with really bad itchy arms but find this gets worse after being in the sun with no sunscreen and also when i get stressed, so i use aloe vera its very cooling
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