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Thread: Itch you just cant scratch

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2012

    Angry Itch you just cant scratch

    Ugh!!!! Anyone ever have a terrible itch in a numb patch, so it's under the skin on my shoulder blade and it itches but the Top skin is numb so it wont go away:-(. Driving me crazy!!!!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Warsaw, MO
    Pink, original baby lotion helps with the itch. Sound weird but it works. The numbness I have not found a cure for.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Ames, Iowa
    I know exactly what you are talking about. Zertec was the thing that saved me. I still have it on hand since I get that even yet on occasion especially in the numb spots that I assume are permanent but not really a problem. Janet

    61 years old--57 for surgery

    Diagnosed in 1965 at age of 13--no brace
    Thoracic Curve: 96 degrees to 35 degrees
    Lumbar Curve: 63 degrees to 5 degrees
    Surgery with Dr. Lenke in St. Louis--March 30, 2009
    T-2 to Pelvis, and hopefully all posterior procedure.

    All was posterior along with 2 cages and 6 osteotomies.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Central NJ
    Oh I remember that well! I don't remember exactly when it got so much better. I remember wanting to scratch my skin raw back there. I definitely still had problems with it for at least 18 months. Now 4 years later I'm perfectly fine.
    Debbe - 50 yrs old

    Milwalkee Brace 1976 - 79
    Told by Dr. my curve would never progress

    Surgery 10/15/08 in NYC by Dr. Michael Neuwirth
    Pre-Surgury Thorasic: 66 degrees
    Pre-Surgery Lumbar: 66 degrees

    Post-Surgery Thorasic: 34 degrees
    Post-Surgery Lumbar: 22 degrees

  5. #5
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    Nov 2010
    Spring, TX
    My son had his surgery December 2010, and just this month there were 2 days straight that the itching was driving him INSANE on his numb spots (which is most of his back & left arm). But, we've also noticed lately that he has feeling coming back in his back and the last 2 times he has been hit by the baseball while up to bat on his left arm he hurts afterwards!!! Great news!!
    Angie Romero, Mom to Alex, Dominic & Marissa.
    Alex was fused from T2-L2 at the age of 12 on Dec 22, 2010
    By Dr. Hanson at Texas Children's Hospital

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Northern Virginia
    Yep, I am a bit over one year post-op and still have itchiness where there is no feeling in my back. Sigh. I have tried imagining me feeling the scratching. Not sure if it helped but eventually the itchiness went away.

    Life can be weird.

    Think of how much taller you are and how much more slender you look! :-)
    Discovered scoliosis when 15 years old.
    Wore Milwaulkee Brace for 1.5 years.
    Top curve 85 degrees, bottom curve 60 degrees

    Surgery completed August 23, 2011 (during an earthquake, can you believe that?)
    Dr. Charles Edwards, II
    The Spine Center at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore, MD
    Before and after xrays:

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Yes the itch that can just drive you crazy!I still have it in one nerve path in the chest wall. The Dr said it can take up to 5 years to go away. I take gabapentin. It does help. We are trying to reduce the use now,but I still need it for the itching!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Sep 2003

    Lightbulb Healing itch

    I noticed that awful itch during the healing period. Acetamnophen aka Tylenol really helped me.
    Original scoliosis surgery 1956 T-4 to L-2 ~100 degree thoracic (triple)curves at age 14. NO hardware-lost correction.
    Anterior/posterior revision T-4 to Sacrum in 2002, age 60, by Dr. Boachie-Adjei @Hospital for Special Surgery, NY = 50% correction

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