Are you losing your mind from scratching an itch that just won’t go away? It could be your scalp, the back of your neck or behind your ears, legs or feet, and even a finger. And let’s not forget the unmentionables as well! It’s that itch or feeling of bugs crawling on you, sometimes tingling, and often leading to pain. It is one of the stranger symptoms of fibromyalgia. So strange, in fact, that some patients complain that their fibro doctors had never heard of it. Yet, forums are filled with the same message: “Thanks so much for posting this! I thought I was losing my mind. I wake up in the middle of the night scratching and when I get out of bed, there are dried blood spots all over my sheets.” Some fibro patients post what their doctor (including rheumatologists) offer as explanations. And do you know what’s funny? All of the answers are different.
What causes fibro itching?
One explanation is called formication which is a sensation that feels like bugs crawling on or under the skin. Formication is actually a paresthesia which is a sensation like numbness, tingling, or burning that “happens when sustained pressure is placed on a nerve. The feeling quickly goes away once the pressure is relieved. Some individuals may experience chronic paresthesia. This is usually a symptom of severe underlying conditions.”
Another explanation is metal toxicities that accumulate in the body and are a large contributor to fibromyalgia symptoms, including rashes and itching. The best and most non-invasive way to examine toxicity levels in the body is through hair analysis. Learn more about how this specifically pertains to fibromyalgia.
Further explanations include irritated or damaged neurotransmitters that manifest in a number of ways, such as burning or itching. One patient even discovered that large amounts of saltcontributed to her itching. Adding to the confusion, it seems that every fibromyalgia patient’s experience is different when it comes to the symptom of itching. So it makes sense that explanations would run the gamut. Nevertheless, it is a very real symptom that fibro patients often encounter.