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Itching at night keeps me up


Posted by matto on June 01, 2006 at 12:43:22:

I am woken up by an intense sting/itch immediately after falling asleep (within a minute or two). The sting/itch occurs at random places on my body, head to toe. It goes away as soon as I scratch it, but then recurs somewhere else on my body, and wakes me up again. It usually occurs just as I am just falling asleep, but may also occur as I am lying in bed before I fall asleep, and can keep me up for hours. It seems to get worse in the later hours of the night. There is no rash or redness.

This problem started 3 years ago and happens every night although sometimes itís better and sometimes worse. It also occurs when napping in the afternoon. For the last year Iíve managed it with .5 mg of Ativan when I fall asleep, and again when I wake up after 5 hours, if I have time to fall asleep again. I take the Ativan after being awakened by the sting, and not before, since I found the Ativan is less effective if used before I fall asleep. I generally fall asleep within a half hour after taking the Ativan. I do not know if the Ativan actually helps me fall asleep, or reduces the intensity of the sting, thereby allowing me to fall asleep.

I have seen several doctors over the last 3 years, including dermatologists and an allergist, researched this problem on the internet, and tried many treatments. I donít know what the problem is. I am otherwise healthy, and I suspect this is a neurological problem (not dermatological). I am currently seeing a neurological sleep specialist, and we are trying different treatments.

Another difficulty is finding a comfortable sleeping position. Normally I sleep on my side, but sometimes the pressure on my lower leg creates some discomfort which can keep me up. If I fall asleep on my back, I am soon woken up by my own snoring.

If anyone has similar symptoms or better yet a treatment or cure, please let me know.

Thanks!

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