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Severe itching and prickly feeling in upper arms
An_223991 posted:
At the end of August, I began having a severe itching and light pink/red rash on just my upper arms. My Dr. has given me a cortisone shot, Zovirax (thinking it might be shingles) which caused me to have migraines. I've tried Calamine lotion, Aveeno, Benadryl, etc and got no relief! I googled severe itching in the upper arms and found alot of people with this condition but no answer! I went to the ER on Sunday morning and the ER Dr. said you have Boniva rash! I said how can that be when I've been on it for several years now? She said you can take something all your life and become allergic to it! She prescribed Predisone (sp?), benadryl and zantac to see if the can't stop this itching and rash! It's been miserable for a MONTH now. I'm sure praying that this is the cause of the rash. I was wondering if anyone else has ever experienced this with Boniva or Fosamax (I've been on both).
Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:
Dear Anon_75694,

I would suggest getting a second opinion. ER doctors do excellent work, however a dermatologist is the person I would think could sort this out for you. Especially since it has been going on for a month now, I'd want a specialist's diagnosis.

Best wishes,

An_223992 replied to Byroney_WebMD_Staff's response:
Hi Byroney,
Well unfortunately I am on Medicaid and most specialist in my area will no longer take new Medicaid patients! So both my Dr. and this ER Dr. feel that it is the Boniva. Time will tell. It's strange to me that it's on the upper part of my arms and that's what alot of other patients have had the rash appear from Boniva. I did some more research yesterday and even Fosamax can cause this...same ingredient in both drugs.
Thanks for posting back! I am sure hoping it is the Boniva so that I can get it cleared up! lol
Byroney_WebMD_Staff replied to An_223992's response:
Dear Anon_75694,

I sure hope you're on the right track now and the itching will go away. Hopefully you can talk to your doctor to switching to something new that won't cause those effects.

Best wishes for less itches,

itsmetk2 responded:
Hello; I have suffered from this prickly itch for a few years. I think i found a fairly inexpensive way to stop it. Don't laugh,,,,preparation H It stops the worse of the prickly feeling and lets me sleep. Try it you have only your itching to lose.
itsmetk2 replied to An_223992's response:
preparation H ,,,it is the best to stop that insane prickling feeling.
Janemarie55 replied to itsmetk2's response:
I Have heard of that a long time ago, and recently I have had that horrible itching in my arms. I'm going to try the Prep. H as well.
Triciak22 responded:
Oh My! I have had this for 3 years and I have been on Fosomax for 4. But mine is worse after being in the sun... I always thought that had something to do with it.

I had a nurse practioner friend tell me to take Zantac and Zyrtec together. Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn't.
miraclegirl1977 replied to Triciak22's response:
After being off of Boniva for over a year, my Doctor has put me back on Fosomax because my bone density test had degraded! Triciak22, I had also noticed that the sun will make that part of my arms get worse! So when I'm outside I try to cover up as much as I can! It's like a viscous cycle! I will have to try the Preparation H, thanks everyone!
GoneBaja responded:
I have this prickling itch too, with no actual visible rash or bumps of any kind. ... that is how I found this discussion.

I have had a bone scan and been diagnosed with Osteo, but am not on, nor have ever been on any perhaps it is not the drugs but the actual Osteo?

The only other result for prickly itch is anxiety.... hmmm, been under a load of stress lately too...

Had this once before several years ago now... I've thought it was from Air Conditioning blowing on me.
miraclegirl1977 replied to GoneBaja's response:
I've not had it since the Boniva got out of my for me it was the medication. It was nerve racking to try and figure out what it could be and once I was off the was gone!
bonebabe replied to miraclegirl1977's response:
How long were you on the Boniva? It may very well have been the med if the itching stopped when you quit taking it; however if you were on for a significant period of time - say about a year - I wouldn't think it would be the med because the bisphosphonates have a 10 year half life.
miraclegirl1977 replied to bonebabe's response:
I was probably on Boniva close to 8 to 10 years. Once it got out of my system, I haven't had any more issues, thank the Lord! It makes you feel like you're going crazy when you can feel it but no one else can see it on test.

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