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severe itching

Postby jm245 » Mon Mar 28, 2005 5:54 pm

I am writing about my 72 year old mother who has had severe itching for almost 3 years. She had a total hysterectomy in 1975 and has never taken any type of hormones. She has seen numerous specialists in several large cities (dermotologists and neurologists) and they are unable to find a diagnosis and so far no medicine helps. I have been noodling around on the internet and have found information about sever itching a symptom of menopause (on It talks about hormone imbalance. Has anyone had severe itching that tried natural progesterone cream and has it helped. Has anyone had their hormones checked for imbalance with a saliva or blood test. I am so worried about my mother, she no longer sleeps and doesn't enjoy life. She itches constantly. Thank you all for your replies. I can be emailed at
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Postby loozingit » Mon Mar 28, 2005 7:51 pm

Hi Jill,

My mother, who passed away last November from kidney disease, always had mega problems with itching. She itched all the time. I don't know exactly when it started, but she too had a complete hysterectomy when she was just 34 years old! The last few years of her life the doctor had her on some kind of "itching" pill that was supposed to relieve the itching. She said it worked a little, but still had itching annoyances.

I'm 46 and still have my plumbing in tact, and plan to keep it that way. I've been using a natural progesterone cream for about 11 days now and while it has most certainly calmed and eliminated most of the severe meno-symptoms I was having problems did nothing to relieve the itching I sometimes experience. But wait till you read this. A Naturopathic Doctor I used to work for believed that most itching problems were related to a yeast influx in our bodies that's caused from too much sugar/dairy in our diets. I poo-pooed the idea myself initially, but learned along the way that there's much to that theory worthy of consideration. As soon as I eat sugary treats, icecream, and even pizza or white rice, which I normally don't because I can't tolerate "bleached" grain products, sugar or dairy products...within hours I end up on an itching rampage that drives me nutz! It's especially bad around the ankles, shins and torso and reddish raised welts will appear if I keep eating the "junk" food. As soon as I clean up my diet and drink alot of water for a day or so the itching immediately begins to subside and will disappear altogether if I avoid the culprit food items already mentioned. My mom ate alot of chocolate bars and pie and icecream in her dying years, so I'm thinking this may have contributed to her excessive itching, also.

I'm wondering if your mother might also be reacting to some medication she's on? Hope this helps.

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severe itching

Postby jill » Tue Mar 29, 2005 11:00 am

Julie, Thanks for your tip. We will investigate the "yeast influx" solution immediatley. I will keep you posted with the results. I am open to any suggestions as my mother is at her wits end. I have orderd a saliva test over the internet to test her hormone levels and when we get the results I will send them to Dr. Celia Goodson in Nashville, TN. I have met this doctor and she is wonderful. Her website is if you are interested. Hopefully Dr. Goodson will help with the itching or the elimination of sweets in mom's diet. Thanks so much for responding. I will keep you posted. Jill M.

Postby laffer3 » Sun Apr 24, 2005 1:19 pm

Years ago I used to know of a Natuepathic Dr. who said the same thing. And I like you poo-pooed it for years. and now just from reading your note I am wondering if maybe I should check that out. I too suffer from the itching ALL over. And I too get the big welts after scratching. and also sometimes I scratch so bad I get sores on my legs. or arms. I am wondering if you have a "diet" you go by. I have been drinking Soy milk now for a couple months. and trying to eat more veggies. But I think I need to find a "YEAST FREE" diet plan to go by. Will do some searching and let you know if I come up with something. :D
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