I just can’t stop . . . .

I just can’t stop…..

There are three parts of this blog: Action, Reason & Solution
Action: I am CONSTANTLY scratching or picking at my head, to the point I get little ‘sores’ and start bleeding. Sitting in my chair, in the car or lying in my bed unconsciously I find a ‘spot’ on my head, and the scratching starts. My hubby yells at me for scratching my head all the time, but I can’t help it.
I do scratch other parts of my body – my upper arms and lower legs. I don’t realize I am doing it. The arms and legs usually are under a stressful time or when my head is in a fog.
The following are statements I read online from other Fibromites: (I could have made each one of the statements about myself).
“or dry scalp, and I pick at it until it becomes a scab. Once a scab develops, I find myself uncontrollably picking at it, so it usually never heals or takes an extremely long time or another scab to develop to stop.”
“When I am picking I can’t necessarily say that it relieves stress but more of an obsession that I can’t control.”
“The kicker is that I also do this in my sleep. I will literally wake up with blood under my nails.”
Reason: I mentioned it to my GF the other day, she said that it is called Seborrheic dermatitis. I looked it up. It is a common skin disorder that mainly affects your scalp, causing scaly, itchy, red skin and stubborn dandruff.
That is easily fixed – just go to the store and find a medicated shampoo. Easy – Peasy.
However, like everything else I research the causes and treatments I found that itching is not only one of a number of skin complaints that Fibromyalgia sufferers can suffer from but the most common. Not only can itching be uncomfortable but it can also prevent you from getting the sleep you need at night.
Ok, so I spent hours of time researching the whys? I read it and read it again.. And I still don’t understand it. The below quote is one of the explanations that I found while reading. I still don’t understand it. If you can explain it in normal people terms – please do!
“Your body interprets your pain signals and it’s otherwise known as a sensory itch. The receptors in at is the outer layer of your skin are responsible for translating the amount of pressure it receives. These pressures can be translated into pain, for example. But when these receptors come across an unfamiliar pressure, they revert to the ‘default signal’. And what’s the default signal? Itching!”
I also have read that the itchy feeling is a side affect of pain killers.
I don’t feel that my arms, legs or head are itchy. I don’t know why I feel I need to do it. Is it an OCD thing? Is it because my skin is on fire?
Solutions: Some of the solutions that I read said to use cold packs (numbs the receptors that signal the itch), moisturize your skin, and another article said that B complex was the answer.
I went to the store and bought some new shampoo. I tried rubbing vaseline on my scalp. If you know me or have read enough of my blogs – you know I will be getting some B complex.
I really don’t have the answers as to the Reason or the Solution.
I may not ever know the Solution but I need to find the Reason.
It’s just another one of those things that makes me wonder if it is a Fibro side kick or something different. It will be one of those topics that I will continue to research.
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