For some of us this seems to be a difficult problem to deal with and I am hoping someone may have the same experience and can help with my question.
In the late nineties I had severe itching which the GP put down to possible depression, SAD or even empty nest syndrome - difficult when I had no children! By 2006 I had my diagnosis and the itching magically disappeared. In 2014 my mother, who I had looked after at home, died and my itch came back. I also learned that year that my husband had a cancer which is now well under control. So I put the itch down to stress and tried a different anti histamine even asked the GP who gave me a stronger anti histamine and then another which did not agree with me and that brings me to July this year. With a change of surgeries I asked for Questran, (colestyramine) to be prescribed. By October the colestyramine has made life a lot better but my skin still crawls in some places and burns on my forearms. I have seen a specialist privately but because I am self funding he suggested that I return to the NHS as certain tests he ran were very expensive. He suggested that if the Questran did not work then the next line of defence is Naltroxene. I asked the GP for this last week (to be honest the conversation with her was quite frightening with what could be dire consequences of taking Naltroxene and her mentioning that if she did not highlight possible problems then I might sue her) but the misery of this itch made me stick to my guns. I have now had two days of Naltroxene and I have not noticed any improvement. Did I think this would by a miracle - yes I did!
Is anyone taking Naltroxene? Do you take it as well as the Questran? If you take Naltroxene what dose, when do you find it best to take - a.m. or p.m.? How long before the drug takes effect?
I am so tired of this so called itch - for me it is not really an itch but constantly being aware of my skin in an unpleasant way - it seems to consume my everyday. As to the fatigue at the moment I can manage it, it is certainly better since I have been having vitamins B12 injections. I have a good healthy diet including nuts and seeds, fresh vegetables, protein but little red meat.