It is draining me. Started on thighs just after my husband passed away. From September 2016 it has spread upwards. Now affecting my back, tummy area, shoulders and arms. I am fed up with itching. It is not there all the time, and seems to calm down and then restart again during the way. Water as in shower seems to alleviate it for a while. Put on powder and calms for 6 to 8 hours. Heat makes it worse. Found patches of dried skin. GP gave me cream but it is of little use though again does alleviate it a little. I do scratch and of course makes things worse. Totally fed up and getting depressed over it. Still in a state of grief though I don't show it. I keep all emotions in and just cannot show them. Wondering if this can also be a cause. I am 76 in April have RA OA Osteoporosis and millions swell seems like it food and chemical allergies. GP and I cannot even find an antihistamine that is lactose free. There is nothing to be seen on the skin and blood tests have proved nothing. any help welcome. I did think of Dermatology but there is nothing to be seen.