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I have had terrible itching over entire body, centering

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I have had terrible...

I have had terrible itching over entire body, centering mostly on back, thighs and upper arms, sometimes scalp, for over three years. No specialist has been able to discover the cause. Can you help me?

Doctor's Assistant: What seems to make the symptoms worse or better? In general, how would you describe your health lately?

I’m 82 years old. Wonderful health up until the last three years. Suddenly, everything went wrong. I’ve had cardiac arrest, brain seizure (no impairment) and have a pacemaker now. My health is as good as could be expected under the circumstances. The “Miracle Patient” is how I’m known. Started Yoga again and classical piano practice every day.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

Possibly, but can’t think of what, right now. Many falls. Broke right ankle, right hip and right wrist. Have a right knee full replacement, right hip replacement, and both shoulders. Have been only to top surgeons.

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Dermatologist: Dr.Saleem, Doctor replied 1 month ago
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Hello and welcome to JA. Dr Saleem here. Will be answering you shortly

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Dermatologist: Dr.Saleem, Doctor replied 1 month ago

Well the common causes of generalized itching are ;

Dry skin

Iron deficiency

Thyroid dysfunction

Scabies or mites

Liver or kidney related disorders

Hyperviscosity syndromes like myeloma, polycythemia rubra vera etc.

I would like to know if you have been evaluated for these or not?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I have been tested for all of these things.
Dermatologist: Dr.Saleem, Doctor replied 1 month ago

Do you have any allergies ? Like food , pollen , drug allergies? History of eczema or runny nose ?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I have consulted with four different dermatologists. No prescriptions have worked. The only thing that helps is Tepescohuite, an ancient, rub-on gel, Shaman remedy which is now being used in hospitals for burn patients.
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
My top cardiologist in Guadalajara, Dr. Daniel Gil-Sanchez, has given me every test known.
Dermatologist: Dr.Saleem, Doctor replied 1 month ago

Alright so it seems bit more complicated then i initially thought. Have you been put on steroids ( topical or oral ) for this?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I am an American from Texas, now living in Chapala, just south of Guadalajara. My cardiologist will not allow steroids.
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
When may I expect a call?
Dermatologist: Dr.Saleem, Doctor replied 1 month ago

Sorry as i cannot take calls at the moment.

Well topical steroids can be safely used as a trial in your case . You can get topical hydrocortisone over the counter , apply and see if it works for you . Low strength topical steroid isnt going to cause any significant fluid retention.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I am on a busy schedule and must know when to be available.
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