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    Baffling Medical Problem

    Hey guys, I have had this issue for awhile, and went to doctors, primary and dermatologist, but blood tests come back normal, skin looks normal, and believe it or not doctors don't know what it is wrong, and told me to see a neurologist!

    It all started about 8-9 months ago, when I would feel a very strong and intense cramp in the back of my left leg (calf area) when I woke up in the morning. Not every morning, only sometimes, it would last a few minutes, then go away. Extremely intense pain.

    So after a few months, that went away, but then my arms started itching really bad, but again only at night when I lie in bed.

    It wouldn't matter when I went to bed, if I crashed at 9:00 a.m. arms would start getting itchy then, if I went to bed at 2:00 am, my arms would get itchy then.

    NEVER any rash though, ever. Just super itchy!

    Then my left foot started becoming itchy too, but once again only at night as I lay in bed trying to fall asleep. During the day or even at night when I was out, it would be fine, no itchies.

    Happens when I stay at bf's place too.

    Now my left foot goes completely numb sometimes too!

    Is it a circulation problem? Dehydration? Although doctors found my sodium/potassium levels normal, and I drink 8-9 glasses of water every day.

    I am a runner if this makes a difference.

    Any ideas before I run off to yet another doctor? A neurologist?

    Any help would be appreciated, thanks guys!

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    My first thought reading this post is to maybe contact a specialist on itch. Yes, itch! It is a kind of weird thing and any number of things can cause it. Also, since you said a lot of this happens at night, I'd switch whatever you wash your bedsheets in to something hypoallergenic. I know you said there's no rash, but something to think about. I sometimes wake up with leg cramps too when I do weird things in my sleep as I'm waking up with my legs (stretching them without really being awake).


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    Have you tried taking an antihistamine at night?

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    Read up on Charley Horse. Stay away from crash diets and weekend worrier activities. Stay generally well nourished and hydrated and be active regularly.

    Change your laundry detergent and don't use all the creepy dryer sheets and extra junk they sell that just adds irritants. Don't eat stuff you're allergic to and don't let pets sleep on the bed.
    Quote Originally Posted by katrina1980 [Register to see the link]
    I would feel a very strong and intense cramp in the back of my left leg (calf area) when I woke up in the morning. my arms started itching really bad, but again only at night when I lie in bed.

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    That sounds awful, I'm sorry! It sounds like it is nerve-related to me, so seeing a neurologist is a good recommendation. It could be something like a pinched or damaged nerve. Do you feel the pain ever radiating down from your back or buttocks (radicular compression, sciatic pain), or is it specifically confined to your leg? You could look into various stretches for the back that might help. Is the itching symmetrical or unilateral? If unilateral, it could very well be what's known as neuropathic itch, which could stem from a variety of other issues, some more serious than others ([Register to see the link] )

    What other symptoms have you had, if any? Increased fatigue? headache? trouble sleeping? dizziness? vision problems?
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    This is honestly just a shot in the dark... restless leg syndrome?

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    Quote Originally Posted by annie24 [Register to see the link]
    My first thought reading this post is to maybe contact a specialist on itch. Yes, itch! It is a kind of weird thing and any number of things can cause it. Also, since you said a lot of this happens at night, I'd switch whatever you wash your bedsheets in to something hypoallergenic. I know you said there's no rash, but something to think about. I sometimes wake up with leg cramps too when I do weird things in my sleep as I'm waking up with my legs (stretching them without really being awake).


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    Thanks annie, but what type of doctors specialize in itch?

    And course now there is numbing too... the left foot.

    So weird!

    Other than this, I feel great, awesome, lots of energy!

    No more cramping, but the itchiness is so annoying, some nights worse than others.

    Think I might get a humidifier, and will try washing sheets in hypoallergenic.

    Maybe see an allergist?

    My doctors have been no help at all unfortunately which is why I hesitate going to yet another one.

    I have read stories about people seeing up to ten different doctors, spending a ton of money, and none of them could help.

    I am in my mid-30's, in case anyone curious.

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    This actually could explain your symptoms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ballerinababe [Register to see the link]
    That sounds awful, I'm sorry! It sounds like it is nerve-related to me, so seeing a neurologist is a good recommendation. It could be something like a pinched or damaged nerve. Do you feel the pain ever radiating down from your back or buttocks, or is it specifically confined to your leg? You could look into various stretches that might help, but if you have a damaged nerve it may just take some time to heal. Hopefully it's nothing more serious than that! What other symptoms have you had, if any? Increased fatigue? headache? trouble sleeping? dizziness? vision problems?
    Yes! I do feel a sharp pain down my back sometimes, it is very quick, like two seconds!

    Doctors (both) did mention possible nerve issue too which is why they recommended neurologist.

    No more cramping though thank God! That was horrible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mustlovedogs [Register to see the link]
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    This actually could explain your symptoms.
    My legs don't itch though, it is my arms that itch. No rash.

    My legs are fine, no more cramping, and that only happened occasionally in the mornings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katrina1980 [Register to see the link]
    My legs don't itch though, it is my arms that itch. No rash.

    My legs are fine, no more cramping, and that only happened occasionally in the mornings.
    It's just a guess since it's so often misdiagnosed. WebMD says the symptoms can vary and change over time, too.

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