Post # 1
ok, so my entire life I occasionally get this random problem where an area of my skin hurts for about a day. it’s usually on my arm or leg. it feels exactly like a really bad sunburn. it hurts to touch it, and it’s so sensitive I can’t even stand for soft fabric to brush across it.
here are the weird things about it:
1. the skin looks perfectly normal. if I were to show it to a doctor, they would not be able to see anything at all.
2. normally I’d say that it would be an allergy, but there seems to be absolutely no rhyme or reason why this happens. it will happen randomly on a perfectly normal day where I did not do, touch or eat anything out of the ordinary.
I have two friends whom this happens to also! we call it “the invisible rash” (even though it might not be a rash)
just like a sunburn, this only feels better if I put cold, soothing cream on it. but it doesn’t make it go away, it just feels better for a few minutes. hydrocortisone doesn’t help either.
anyway, does anybody else get this too? does anybody know why?
Post # 3
oh also: somebody once suggested fibromyalgia, but I don’t really fit the profile for that.
Post # 4
@janie-janie: I get that too, but no idea why, how, etc. >.<
Post # 5
I used to get that, my doctor had heard it before but there was no name for it at that time. He thought it was somehow hormone related and he said it would stop in a few years. He was right, I don’t remember having it in at least 5 years.
Post # 6
boo, I wish mine would stop! I’m 36 and have had this problem off and on since I was a little kid.
I’m tempted to go to a doctor, and maybe I eventually will. but the problem lasts less than a day so by the time I got in to see her, it would be gone. it’s the type of thing I hate taking to the doctor because it just makes me feel like a total hypochondriac!
Post # 7
I get this as well and since I have other general skin sensitivity and fibro runs in my family, that’s probably what mine is a symptom of. No help for you, but I do know exactly what you are experiencing!
Post # 8
@janie-janie: Why don’t you call a dermatologist in the area and ask what it is. Maybe they have a name for it now and a way to relieve it. You are about the age when mine stopped, but I am all about asking the question.
Post # 9
I used to have it as well but seems to have gone away on it’s own over the years. I actually forgot about it completely until I read your post so clearly it’s been a while…