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i HAVE AN ITCH OVER VARIOUS PARTS OF MY BODY. WHAT CAN BE CAUSE?

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i HAVE AN ITCH OVER VARIOUS PARTS OF MY BODY. WHAT CAN BE CAUSE? aLSO BOUTS OF UPPER ABDOMINAL PAIN SIMILAR TO INDIGESTION BUT MORE WIDESPREAD
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Natasha replied 3 years ago.

Dr. Natasha :

hello

Dr. Natasha :

welcome to the chat

Dr. Natasha :

have you had any labs done recently?

JACUSTOMER-3gyhmjod- :

Blood test two weeks ago - normal

Dr. Natasha :

what did you have done?

Dr. Natasha :

do you see a rash/

JACUSTOMER-3gyhmjod- :

full blood test

JACUSTOMER-3gyhmjod- :

no rash

Dr. Natasha :

what is full blood test? It varies from doctor to doctro

Dr. Natasha :

did it include:

Dr. Natasha :

liver

Dr. Natasha :

kidneys

Dr. Natasha :

chemistries

Dr. Natasha :

calcium

JACUSTOMER-3gyhmjod- :

yes

Dr. Natasha :

thyroid

JACUSTOMER-3gyhmjod- :

yes

Dr. Natasha :

full blood count?

JACUSTOMER-3gyhmjod- :

yes

Dr. Natasha :

any rash?

JACUSTOMER-3gyhmjod- :

no rash

Dr. Natasha :

can you tell me about your indigestion?

JACUSTOMER-3gyhmjod- :

bouts of pain upper abdomen. similat to indigestion but radiating from centre to side - just uder rib cage.

Dr. Natasha :

any changes with food?

Dr. Natasha :

What medications have you done for it so far?

JACUSTOMER-3gyhmjod- :

none

Dr. Natasha :

what medications are you taking now?

Dr. Natasha :

I will be right back. have to go to kitchen and BR....

JACUSTOMER-3gyhmjod- :

only take steriod inhaler and nasal spray -

JACUSTOMER-3gyhmjod- :

have taken these for some time without any form of reaction

Dr. Natasha :

hi

Dr. Natasha :

sorry

Dr. Natasha :

well, what you have is urticaria without a rash.

Dr. Natasha :

I am sorry pruritis without a rash

Dr. Natasha :

Generalised pruritis, without a rash, is often the most difficult to treat- because it is hard to see what is causing it.
In general, generalised pruritis without a rash is a systemic disease in about 50 percent of people. Symptoms may be caused by the following: medication use (opiates, such as Vicodin (acetaminophen/hydrocodone), morphine and codeine. Other groups of medications causing itching include Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine), aspirin, NSAIDs, and any of a large number of medications that cause itching by affecting the liver), certain cancers (particularly lymphoma), infections (including parasitic infections of the intestines), iron deficiency, liver disease, kidney disease, and hyper or hypothyroidism.

Dr. Natasha :

Now it looks like you have had some labs done, but you should have a chest x ray to look for lymphoma and stool studies for parasties

Dr. Natasha :

as well, try taking benadryl or claritin- these are antihistamines which are available over the counter and may help you with your symptoms.

Dr. Natasha :

in terms of indigestion, if you are having pain, you should have an ultrasound to look at your gallbladder.

Dr. Natasha :

I am not sure if this is related to the itching, but some things you can try at home are over the counter pepcid and zantac- this will actually help your itching because they are both antihistamines

Dr. Natasha :

let me know if you have any more questions about this

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