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    nodarkaura posted:
    I had a TKR on my right knee in April of this year. About 3 months ago I started getting bumps and red patches like hives that itches so badly I almost think I'm going to go nuts. Sometimes my legs itch and my feet really itch some nights to the point of turning bright red. I don't have bad water retention or swelling anymore unless I do alot of walking. I do still have quite a bit of pain but only take a tramadol before bedtime which really doesn't do anything. Has anyone else had hive like symptoms and itching? My body looks like I've been in a nest of mosquitos and they want to do my other knee but no one will want to once they see the marks and scabs from all the itching. I've tried Caladryl, hydrocortisone, benadryl, nothing works.
    countrydarlin responded:
    Did you call your Dr.? and have a list of all your meds that you take. I had 2 tkr done at the same time and I din't have any type of allergic reaction.I think it's best to call your Dr. if it continues and see what he says...and don't be afraid to take your pain medication...Don't let the pain get really bad before you take some thing because it takes that much longer for the meds to work and get you relief. Hope that itching/hives resolves for you ! that care!
    nodarkaura replied to countrydarlin's response:
    Talked to Dr. yesterday. Says the artificial knee isn't doing it
    and as long as I've been on the high blood pressure meds it wouldn't be causing it now and I'm no longer taking pain meds. I think they feel its mental. Wish the hives had been there when I was in there. Hopefully its just nerves thinking about the 2nd surgery, maybe when its over they will be too.
    arbob5 replied to nodarkaura's response:
    I would suggest seeing your primary care physician. It could be something simple or something more complex. I do think you should start with him/her tho. If they feel you need tests, etc., they can point you in the right direction, or maybe a dermatologist would be in the picture.

    Please don't let it sound so uncomfortable, I feel bad for you. I have had psoriasis for years, and when it "decides" to "attack" me, I know how the itching can become unbearable.

    Let us know how you're doing, ok? We do care here. God bless.
    nodarkaura responded:
    I did talk to my primary doctor and he just said to talk to the surgeon because its probably related to that and when I talked to the surgeon she said no it had nothing to do with the meds I'm on and nothing to do with the new knee. Guess I'm stuck taking Bendryl and hoping it works. Thanks for caring, it means alot.
    arbob5 replied to nodarkaura's response:
    I wish I had an answer for you. Itching is such a horrific annoyance, especially when you cannot relieve it at ll. The only other thing I can suggest is to dust the area with cornstarch and keep the area as dry as possible. This might relieve it somewhat.

    Hope this helps. Keep in touch.
    nodarkaura replied to arbob5's response:
    The Benadryl seems to help, just have moments of itching that make me crazy. Better than it was without the pill.
    Thank You for caring and hope you are feeling well.
    leapwitty responded:
    OMG had a THR 2 years ago approximately and I have itching exactly as you described. Done the benadryl slept for three months during the summer heat seemed it made it worse hives looks like mosquito bites swelling that looks like a puppet. Didn't put it together with my hip replacement but it obviously brought me here I don't think it's a coincidence. WIll do some checking keep me posted please
    mare576 responded:
    I, too had a horrible case of itching and no amount of drugs or lotions could help. I finally asked to be referred to a dermatologist. She took a blood test and it came back positive for ANA and RNA. iR HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED as a connective tissue disease, and it is called dermatitis Now, I am not suggesting that that is what you have, only to say that previously I too, was made to feel I was "mental" Do not stop until you see a dermatologist Hopefully, they can help you..

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