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Joint pain and itching

Hi does anyone else get this? It's mainly at night when I have joint pain in hands and wrists etc that I feel warm and itchy all over. It's not that I'm hot in bed or anything as I've still got it this morning now I'm up. I get it quite often and I don't know what it is, i don't feel unwell or have fever or anything.

Just feel sore and warm in my joints and itchy all over. No joint swelling or anything.

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Do you take tramadol for pain relief I do and if I take it after 3/4 pm I’ll be itching when I’m in bed

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I take slow release morphine (zomorph) twice daily so have a constant release of morphine.

So as it doesn't happen everyday I think it's not related to the morphine?

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Morphine/tramadol are part of the opiate family and will make you itch dr told me they call it the morphine itch ,it’s a catch 22 you need the pain relief but you get the itch but go tell your gp he/she will investigate (the only thing that relives it for me is one antihistamine befor bed but ask gp if you can try this )

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But as it doesn't happen all the time I'm not convinced it is that.

It just happens when I get more sore joints than usual and it feels like all the blood has rushed to my hands and I feel itchy mainly there then just other places too.

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I do get itchy, sometimes maddeningly so, after a bath these days. It can last for an hour or two. For a while, I considered odd things like aquagenic urticaria, but decided this was too outre even for me. I now think it is more likely due to be another by-product of the drier skin I have these days (it's explained on the Livestrong page here livestrong.com/article/5253... )

Could it be something like that, with heat drying your skin out? x

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I wouldn't say it was my skin, it's hard to explain. It feels like my joints are sore and warm from the inside and it makes me itch at my hands and palms. Feels like all the blood rushes to them and I get itchy hands.

It's obviously just me!

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I do that too. The itching drives me crazy. My RA flares cause I have huge nodules on my hands and fingers. They heat up turn red and swell and very sore to the touch. Itching everywhere. I have to take Benadryl to stop itching!!! Tramadol causes me severe itching. I was taken off of them cause I couldn’t handle the side affects. Tramadol is a suped up Aspirin. Hope u find out what’s causing your itching. Have a Happy New Year

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That happened to me but it was my breast and my back right behind my breast and then i started blowing out in purple spots in 3 days i was covered and it turn out to be vasculitis.

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Hi Sara_A,

Have you spoken to your GP or rheumatologist about the symptoms you are experiencing?

We published a blog article on ‘pain management’ which contains helpful tips and information which you can read here: lupusuk.org.uk/pain-managem...

Skin involvement is common in lupus, with 60-70% of people with lupus reporting some skin problem. We published an article on our blog about ‘coping with itchy rashes’ which you can read here: lupusuk.org.uk/coping-with-...

The Lupus Encyclopedia provides helpful tips and information on how to treat dry/itchy skin which is listed below:

•Take shorter baths and showers

•Do not use soap on most body surfaces, except underarms and private areas

•After bathing or showering, pat the skin dry; do not rub (rubbing removes moisturising oils)

•Avoid using fabric softeners. They irritate dry skin.

Please keep us updated, wishing you all the best.

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It’s not my skin that’s itchy or a rash. My hands feel hot and itchy esp the palms when my hand and wrist joints are sore. It feels like all the blood rushes there and makes my hands feel itchy.

I see rheum next wk so will ask but I think they just push things aside now when there’s so much else going on!

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Hi Sara, did you get any further with understanding this? I know exactly what you mean. I feel exactly the same. Aching hands, wrist, elbows, knees and ankles with a strange itching sensation. I'm not taking any meds at all as I'm newly diagnosed and haven't seen a consultant yet.

Heather

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