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So, as Google the condition there seems to be two schools of thought on the cause. The first is sun damage. The second it nerve damage.
Based on my symptoms I am convinced it's a combination of both.
I have had my C5, C6, and C7 vertebrae fused. I had BRP before the surgery, and it did not change afterwards. At the time of the surgery I did not correlate the two issues and had never heard the term BRP.
I live in the south, own a boat, and get a lot of sun.
Typically around January or February the problem goes away, and I am okay until around September. Then it comes storming back. Every year. Year after year. It's always seasonal. This led me to believe for a long time it was allergies. But, now I firmly believe its a combination of sun exposure on damaged nerves, causing them to react badly for a long time.
Most articles do not correlate to the two conditions. They usually say it's one or the other. I would like to see some research on the two conditions combined causing BRP.
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This for me was horrible. Made the itching and burning MUCH WORSE.
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I live in the UK and have been suffering with this nightmare complaint for nearly 3 months now and the itching has been unbearable at times. My Dr prescribed antihistamines and a double based gel and told me to return in a week if there was no relief and they would do blood tests. During that week I read on here about BRP and about a possible link to vertebrae 5 and 6. As I have arthritis I decided to go and see my osteopath and explained my symptoms ...... And lo and behold I have a compressed vertebra #5. I have had 8 sessions with the osteopath, twice weekly at first - and plenty of ice packs on my neck and my arm, and the problem has gradually subsided - so much so that I don't have to see the osteopath for a month now, and the slight intermittent itching is bearable. He told me it should have gone completely within 2 months now. I am so glad I went to the osteopath to be checked, as I didn't experience any neck pain, but the nerve from that vertebra was causing all the problem.
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Hi,

I have had the injections and they worked real well for about a year, and then it came back on both sides.   I had the injections in May of 2014 and it came back in July 2015.   I had since moved down south, stay out of sun, but not sure if it was weather related.  Now i am going to chiro , specifically for my next axis rotation.   we shall see.  good luck

LGU
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I have had BRP for about 6 years now. Unlike many of you on here, I do not have any underlying neck pathology and have had an MRI to substantiate that. Having had the condition for so long, driving around with a cool box with ice packs in the car became a routine habit. I even developed a technique for balancing an icepack on my arm to enable me to keep typing on my keyboard at work! I was finally put on gabapentin in February this year and since then haven't looked back. After a couple of days, the itching actually stopped altogether. I literally went from ripping my arms to shreds to no itching at all overnight! My arms are very scarred and I am very conscious of exposing them but thankfully I am no longer itching. In my experience, Doctors don't see the condition very often and seem reluctant to prescribe anything other than topical creams, which honestly do nothing. The only one that I got vague relief from from was Dermacool (menthol in aqueous). Apparently there are two or three drugs that I could have tried if the Gabapentin hadn't worked. Fingers crossed it keeps that awful itching and burning at bay forever.
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This stuff is aweful...almost worse than the itch and intensifies the pain 10 fold.
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17 years I have been out of my mind with itchy arms I can not get a doctor to help .I'm told that my itchy arms and my neck have nothing to do with each other .so sick of doctors looking at me like I am crazy .I'm live in Massachusetts if anyone knows of a good doctor .
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didday,
I went through the same thing with my doctor as well.
After years of creams and allergy medicine, I showed up one day and told him I have brachioradial pruritus.
He didn't believe me and went on to explain that the brachioradial is the muscle in you arm, and pruritus means itch. That is not a known condition he said.
I told him I am not leaving the exam room until he goes back to his office and researches it, and comes back with a treatment plan.
He came back 45 minutes later, agreed it is a real condition, and prescribed Nuerontin (Gabapentin). This has been a tremendous help.
It does not work for all, but it works great for me. It makes some folks drowsy, including me, so I only take it at night. It gets me through most days as well however. I feel your pain...ice packs at 3 AM suck....
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I have (or had) BRP.  It was horrible.  I went to a chiropractor, told him my symptoms.  He told me it was due to my posture or leaning forward and mostly from sleeping on my side.  I hadn't even told him i sleep on my side.  so, he adjusted me, and i stopped sleeping on my side, and tried to have better posture.  Now, my brp is basically gone.  If i notice it now, i know that its just my posture, and i can fix that.  Worst case, i can go back to the chiro and have him adjust me again.  GO SEE A CHIRO!!   Stop with the bad posture and sleep on your back!!!
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I am so happy to have stumbled across this site! People that don't have it just don't understand how maddening this is! I've had it for a few years and my friend, she is a nurse, said that she sees a lot of it at the Emergency room, when people come i with bloody arms. I will try he Capsaicin sp? cream for sure. I have tried essential oils mixed with coconut oil, that helped for a little while, but now it's back. I try with all my might to not scratch but man it's so hard not to!! At this point I will try anything to make this stop!!!!
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good to know, thank you :)
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Everything has worked. I have had minimal episodes, but nothing like before.
Mobic is an anti inflammatory alone with  my prior post has really worked.
What I also discovered by my hand surgeon, is cocoa butter has removed most of my scarring. Honest.
I apply it 2-3 times a day
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gabapentin, arm shaving to reduce irritation, and B-100. Give it a shot
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I had to see a neurologist AND print out a Medscape article on BRP. Many don't even know what this disease is.
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OK - CURES!! After years of hell I got onto the Mayo clinic's treatment - a topical cream containing Ketamine, a potent anaesthetic, so use it very thinly!! Google the relevant article. Has to be prescribed by an anaesthetics specialist, in Australia at least. This worked brilliantly for over 2 years, but this low dosage was starting to wear off and doc was becoming concerned about possible liver damage from ketamine. THEN an even better breakthrough! Had been coincidentally taking  krill capsules 500 mg with fish oil for a couple of weeks for achy joints, when one night in bed realised I hadn't put the cream on and wasn't itching. So didn't put the cream on again the next night, and miracle of miracles, haven't itched since! Krill was the only thing different. Since taking these capsules I haven't had a SINGLE itch, when before, my life was becoming a torment! My doc said he was going to suggest this to other patients - fingers crossed this simple remedy will work for you!!
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dear brachpruritiscured:  what type of doctor did you see at Mayo?  I have recently been associated with Mayo and was thinking about seeing a doc from there for BPR.  thanks --- glad to hear your better.  I have not tried Krill yet, but have tried everything else.
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I found these posted comments after searching the internet trying to desperately find out what the heck is wrong with me. I went to my Doctor a few days ago because I literally could not take it anymore, I am a nurse in the ER and I was convinced I had contracted scabies or bugs or something bizarre effecting only my left upper arm. I have had this on and off in the past but it had never actually been a serious issue effecting my nightly sleep, etc, Thank You!! I am totally convinced this is somehow related to sun exposure. I am out almost every day in the summer months road biking/running, etc. I lift weights and have no cervical pain or history of issues with my C spine...I am going to try some of these suggested remedies and cover up!!
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I believe I have brp-for two years now. It started in July 2014 after I herniated a disc in my lower back.  I didn't know why I was itching, I thought all the same things-scabies, bedbugs, mites, dry skin, liver problems.  None of the Drs I saw knew what I was talking about when I brought up brp.  After changing diet, trying every Otc cream, allergy pills, oils, only ice helps.  It is pure torture.  I am a 37 yr old male and I also have hypothyroidism, and anxiety.  I am going to try those Clorox wipes and if that doesn't work, capsaicin.  I hope that the medical field will start taking this problem seriously.
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I cut the top off an old sock, slide my arm in and tuck an ice pack inside. It works marvelously. Sometimes I have one on both arms.
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I am so happy that I came across this site. I have done google searches before on "itchy arms" & never came across until I was talking with a dermatologist about my symptoms & she said Brachioradial Pruitis.  I have tried most everything I knew. I have had symptoms for almost 20 years & have seen various Drs., specialist, & tried natural remidies.  Now I have a few more to try. Since starting to read blog, I feel hopeful to try some of these that have helped others. Mine started with maybe a one month episode the first year or two & had progressed to almost constant, just switching arms. Just saying I am happy to have a word for it & some new things to try.  
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how do you infuse coconutoil with canabis?
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how do you infuse coconutoil with canabis?
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how did you find a good acupuncture place?
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i live in naples, is that close to you im looking for a good chiro
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I'm using Lidocaine patches on my arms, 12 hours on, 12 off. They are working amazingly well and allow me to actually sleep at night!!! Also, Aspercream with Lidocaine for day time flare ups.
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Hello fellow BP sufferers.  Stumbled across this forum a week or so ago when my flare up was at its worst.  I'm happy to report I think I'm getting close to the end, again. I live in Wisconsin and have had these flare ups for many years but was first diagnosed 12/14.  When it returned this October I spent more time trying to figure out how this came about and what I can do to prevent future flare ups.  This is what I tried:  chiropractor for Atlas work, Advil 4 times a day, (I know this is too much), gold bond anti itch with menthol cream several times day, extreme posture (if this is due to a small pinched nerve I wanted to not hang my head forward as we all do when on iPad or our phones), neck exercises and ice, lots and lots of ice.  Seemed my problem was the absolute worst at night and I finally perfected leaving my ice bag right by my chair, as I knew I would wake up itching and need to go sit in my chair.  I have cut back on most everything except the cream
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Thanks to all for the many comments here and the remedies tried.  I too have done many of these, having suffered this intermittently for the past 4 months, and now understand how some remedies work and others do not.  This article describes much of what I've read here and is the most informative one I've read on this ailment we share:  http://www.brachioradialpruritus.com/brp~what-is-the-cause-.html

Impingement of the nerves that come from the spine, particularly C-3-4, seem to be what causes the itching so chiropractic manipulation might be effective.  From what I've also read, the reason cold icepacks work is because the "cold" overrides the itch sensation that the brain processes.  I've found heat is what can prompt the itch cycle, so sun can be a factor and I've noticed if I'm sleeping on my side and my arm gets too warm, the ensuing itch will wake me up.

If ice is not an option to use if you're on the go, a product called Biofreeze which was mentioned in a previous post is excellent and stops the itch almost immediately.  It is menthol based which gives a cooling effect similar to ice and comes in a roll-on which is easily applied or gel tube.  Amazon sells it for about $10.  Hope this information helps.
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Cervical traction with a home device (used in a horizontal body position) seems to relieve some of the pressure on cervical nerves. In addition, Lidocaine 5% patches (manufactured by Watson/Actavis Pharmaceuticals) placed each evening on shoulders and arms provide significant, beneficial, and effective relief. Patches are worn for 12 hours and help the BRP sufferer to sleep at night. The benefits seem to carry over into the following day. Lastly, Aspercream with 4% Lidocaine provides on-the-spot short term relief. Effective hygiene includes cool or cold showers with only Cetaphil used on arms and shoulders.
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Sorry for the duplicate post but the second one contains more valuable and detailed information.
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I have also suffered with this condition for decades, though only on rare occasions.  I have a clicking in my back when in certain positions, so I know that something is askew in my spine.  Nothing worked to satiate the tingling in my arms for those aggravating 20-minute episodes - until now.  Having visited Colorado recently and returned home with a vape pen and some sativa cannabis cartridges, taking a few tokes from the pen, enough to get mildly high, made my forearm "itch" vanish within a few minutes.  I presume the THC (or other compounds) work to quiet the errant nerve activity in the brain and effectively cut off the signals before they can travel to the arms.  Say what you will about pot, but nature put it there for a reason, and it works for me.
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I have also suffered with this condition for decades, though only on rare occasions.  I have a clicking in my back when in certain positions, so I know that something is askew in my spine.  Nothing worked to satiate the tingling in my arms for those aggravating 20-minute episodes - until now.  Having visited Colorado recently and returned home with a vape pen and some sativa cannabis cartridges, taking a few tokes from the pen, enough to get mildly high, made my forearm itch vanish within a few minutes.  I presume the THC (or other compounds) work to quiet the errant nerve activity in the brain and effectively cut off the signals before they can travel to the arms.  Say what you will about pot, but nature put it there for a reason, and it works for me.

I suspect it is the cannabis - not the coconut oil/butter - that is making the difference.  Take a trip, get some weed, inhale it to get it into your bloodstream instantly, and experience the sweet relief that I have.   Don't waste it smearing it on your arms, because you only THINK they are itching - it's the brain firing off signals, and it's those signals that need to be tamped down (I've had it in the back of my neck, too).  I've tried it all, from creams to ice water, with none of it working, so I know the gig.  Look at it this way: now you have a legitimate reason to get stoned.
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I have suffered from BRP for about 20 yrs. For the longest time there wasn't a doctor that could tell me what the problem was. I'm not sure if it is the sun that affects me as I am a sun worshipper, or if it comes from my cervical and lumbar spine neuropathy. It started when I lived in Fla. It starts around the end of August and goes on until March or April every year. It drives me insane especially at night. There are nights where I don't sleep at all. I scratch the blood out of my arms. The only relief I have found it freezing my arms with ice, I have also used Capsaicin cream that makes my arms burn which is a welcome relief from itching.
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I have used Capsaicin cream and it gives some relief. It burns especially if I have been scratching my arms. The burning is a welcome relief from the itching to me.
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Fourth Chinese acupuncture treatment today.  Itching decreased by 50%
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I've been suffering for about 17 months now and had resorted to taking ice packs to bed with me. A week ago I started taking a high dose Vit B complex and I realised a couple of days ago that I'm not itching at night at all at the moment. Maybe a coincidence, but I'm pretty excited about it at the moment!
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Where can you find cannabis infused coconut oil? In Denver only?
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Where can you find cannabis infused coconut oil? In Denver only
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I use a lotion called Sarna that helps me.  I get it at Walgreens.  
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Acupuncture didn't work for me and in fact made it so much worse.  Be careful with that.
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I use Lidocaine patches as well and the aspercream with Lidocaine but the patches work best.  Do you use more than one patch at a time?  I only use one and it helps tremendously for sleep--it just does not necessarily calm down the other arm.  I read of a case where a woman had surgery and she found relief but this sounds too extreme for me except at night when I am itching so much I could cry.
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These comments have relieved my mind about the itching that I have been having. I recently spent a lot of time in the sun on vacation so I am convinced that this is what triggered the itching. Googled my problem and came across this chat session. It has answered a lot of my questions as I was thinking of what might have caused this. I have had many sleepless nights. Took a Benedryl pill yesterday and that seemed to help for awhile. However, it made me sleepy so I would not take it during the day. I am going to try some remedies that have been  suggested here. Thank you all for these suggestions and for sharing your problem with others who are also suffering from this annoying condition.
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It's the beginning of a New year 2016....and this itching started about 8 mos ago. It hasn't gotten any better w/the weather change, that I'm aware of. I still go crazy itching...and run for the ice pack/s. My itching occurs mostly on my left upper arm, shoulder and back by my underarm. I was in a car accident 30 yrs ago and "broke" my neck, had what I think was either C4-5 or C5-6 fused, and then in halo brace for 6 mos. After all my research, I'm sure that what I have is Brachioradial Pruritis, and have yet to spend time going to a Dr., because I have limited gov't insurance & a general physician who is unaware of BRP. So where do I start? I was thinking about getting y x-rays of neck from hospital and copying info off internet about this condition to educate him, so that he can refer me to a chiropractor possibly, if my insurance will approve me so many visits with a DC. Seems as if any other kind of Dr., really would be a waste of time since there is no cure. Has anyone had any luck with osteopaths and just wondering if anyone has any info on how to proceed with getting help, with limited funds....before my arms turn to leather and/or simply lose it!?! Thanks in advance for your help!
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Also,, can chiropractic care help. If I tell the chiropractor that I have a compressed nerve in my neck as I can't find a DC that is aware of this condition...can they give me some relief. I found one DC that says he has heard of the condition and would offer me cold laser treatments. Has anyone heard of this as a possible solution?
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Hi.  I am new to this forum.  I was so desperate when I was in A flare last month.  I was up to 9 gabapentin and creams.   I saw the new Terrasil SHINGLES cream at Walgreens and it is all natural.  I had nothing to lose.  It doesn't stop the pain and itching, but it DID SOOTH it and helped a bunch!   I keep it with me at all times now.  
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I just ran across this site but wanted to tell you I can't eat fruit!  It makes me itch horribly. I eat it only a little at a time because I love it. But I stay away from it if I can. High sugar really sets my itch off bad.
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I am unbelievably grateful to have come across this site.  
Every year when the weather gets warm I begin to itch uncontrollably.  It lasts for a week or two and then subsides. But will often return on a later date. I have L4 L5 disk problems so the nerve connection makes sense to me.  Now I have information that I can  use to help treat this "mystery aliment" doctors have said I have.  To help the only thing that has works is  Benadryl Itch cooling spray.  I keep it in the refrigerator so it feels cold when I apply it. It helps for a while when I'm trying to get to sleep.
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I have been coping with this since October 2015. Not sure if this is what I have but it is the closest I have come to an explanation. I have been to 3 dermatologist, a neurologist and a neuro surgeon plus all the tests. In addition to the itching I have a burning and stinging in my arm that is worse than the itching. Very painful. Has anyone else experienced this? My MRI does show several pinched nerves in my neck but I do not experience pain in neck or any shooting pain down my arm. Thank you in advance for any additional information you can provide.

Marleen
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I had this problem for YEARS! I have been going to an osteopath, who has been working on my neck, for about 3 months. Yay! The itching has gone!
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