I hate to write in about itching as it is such a common problem, one would think I had all the answers by now. A recent antibiotic treatment of Cipro has set me off. I am blessed in that I don't live with itching all the time. But when I do get bouts of it, I feel as if I need to be put an psyc. restraints. I have tried the Colestyramine, Benadryl, "ice" topical, and cold packs. I am passing 48 hours without sleep.
I never had the "itch" prior to starting OCA, but as that is my only treatment option for my PBC, you do what you have to do, right? In a temporary laps of sanity due to the itch, I took very fine grain sanding sponge block to my skin. Irrational at the time, I thought it would be less harmful then to continue scratching. I was very gently exfoliating what I thought was dead skin that was a snow white powder and was actually smoothing bumps of some sort of build up. Folks don't try this at home. Because you are itching you don't feel the normal irritation of giving yourself a case of road rash, which is exactly what I did.
My sheets had to be bleached out as apparently I am scratching to bleeding in my sleep.
Any one have some tips that REALLY work. I know the doc's have a list of what to try. But I would like to hear from some of the more positive cases where the itch (the insane type) has been well managed as to not effect quality of life.
Thanks! and God Bless!