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Gee, so glad I found this convo! At 64 I’m stressing over a huge move overseas to be with my daughter. We’ve lived on this ranch for 20 yrs+. I’ve committed to finding new homes for my horses which has proved to be the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to do. Plus the logistics of the move are daunting.

The burning sensation has brought me here. It’s been over a month of almost daily occurrences. Mostly feeling like I have a sunburn on my back and backs of my legs. The skin is hot to the touch, sleeping is incredibly difficult. It happens durning the day also. Lightheadedness and nausea coincided with it. Digestive problems are starting to effect me as well.

Looking online has taken me a while to find this site...MS symptoms seemed to be most prevalent, and scary.  Glad to hear it could be anxiety instead, which I’ve had before, after having Cancer. No attacks yet, but now I’m worried they may set in. That’s the worse thing, they’re absolutely debilitating.

I think exercise might be the ticket out. I’ve been in super couch potato mode, plus drinking too much isn’t helping. An early heatwave is making it more unbearable too.

I think certain ppl are prone to depression and anxiety more than others...My husband hardly blinks an eye under pressure. Wish I could find out the reason why I get it more than others. Hormone imbalance is my guess. 

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I’m in the burning skin club myself.  It is horrendous.  Feels like a sunburn.  The kicker is, it mostly only bothers me when there is fabric rubbing against my skin.  I can’t just go around in my underwear so I have to tough it out.

Other bizzare thing:  There are places on my body (lower back/left hip region) where, If I touch them, the skin feels nearly numb, but if another person touches the same areas, I have normal sensation.  Can you imagine explaining that to a doctor?  

I’ve posted before that I am on the mend from an incredible anxiety period, but the stupid burning skin thing will not leave me.  As a result, the burning fans my anxiety and keeps feeding itself.  My main anxious thought is not that it’s caused by some horrific disease; but that this crazy feeling will never leave me.  Left shin/top of left foot/left thigh are bad enough, but it also likes to live on my left forearm/bicep/shoulder/neck.

Been through the whole neuro workup.  The neuro concluded that I have some sort of sciatic nerve impingement thing going on, for which I am now receiving PT.  It kind of helps, but I’m not really sure if I am progressing any more. The neuro basically addressed my left arm issue with “not sure what’s going on there, but it’s likely anxiety.”  Believe me, I want to believe it’s all anxiety and that it will resolve, by my goodness that’s hard.

The mysterious nature of the nervous system is both scary and incredibly amazing.  

Anyway, after having a string of very dark days again, and after trying very hard in taking other steps (CBT, mindfulness, no caffeine, better diet, regular exercise, stretching) I may be ready to try some anxiety medication to try to get my brain chemistry to a better place.  I know the anxiety chemicals can hang on for a very long time and I’m not helping myself by continuing to have flare ups.  Hoping medication may give my body and mind a rest to allow proper healing.

I really wanted to avoid drugs, but I feel I’ve finally reached rock bottom.

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On 5/14/2019 at 2:19 PM, MM81 said:

I’m in the burning skin club myself.  It is horrendous.  Feels like a sunburn.  The kicker is, it mostly only bothers me when there is fabric rubbing against my skin.  I can’t just go around in my underwear so I have to tough it out.

Other bizzare thing:  There are places on my body (lower back/left hip region) where, If I touch them, the skin feels nearly numb, but if another person touches the same areas, I have normal sensation.  Can you imagine explaining that to a doctor?  

I’ve posted before that I am on the mend from an incredible anxiety period, but the stupid burning skin thing will not leave me.  As a result, the burning fans my anxiety and keeps feeding itself.  My main anxious thought is not that it’s caused by some horrific disease; but that this crazy feeling will never leave me.  Left shin/top of left foot/left thigh are bad enough, but it also likes to live on my left forearm/bicep/shoulder/neck.

Been through the whole neuro workup.  The neuro concluded that I have some sort of sciatic nerve impingement thing going on, for which I am now receiving PT.  It kind of helps, but I’m not really sure if I am progressing any more. The neuro basically addressed my left arm issue with “not sure what’s going on there, but it’s likely anxiety.”  Believe me, I want to believe it’s all anxiety and that it will resolve, by my goodness that’s hard.

The mysterious nature of the nervous system is both scary and incredibly amazing.  

Anyway, after having a string of very dark days again, and after trying very hard in taking other steps (CBT, mindfulness, no caffeine, better diet, regular exercise, stretching) I may be ready to try some anxiety medication to try to get my brain chemistry to a better place.  I know the anxiety chemicals can hang on for a very long time and I’m not helping myself by continuing to have flare ups.  Hoping medication may give my body and mind a rest to allow proper healing.

I really wanted to avoid drugs, but I feel I’ve finally reached rock bottom.

Did you figure out what was going on? I have the same thing where my skin rubs against my skin it causes a burning feeling. It started with various parts of my buddy going slightly numb. Now, I am left with this annoying burning. 

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On 5/14/2019 at 2:19 PM, MM81 said:

I’m in the burning skin club myself.  It is horrendous.  Feels like a sunburn.  The kicker is, it mostly only bothers me when there is fabric rubbing against my skin.  I can’t just go around in my underwear so I have to tough it out.

Other bizzare thing:  There are places on my body (lower back/left hip region) where, If I touch them, the skin feels nearly numb, but if another person touches the same areas, I have normal sensation.  Can you imagine explaining that to a doctor?  

I’ve posted before that I am on the mend from an incredible anxiety period, but the stupid burning skin thing will not leave me.  As a result, the burning fans my anxiety and keeps feeding itself.  My main anxious thought is not that it’s caused by some horrific disease; but that this crazy feeling will never leave me.  Left shin/top of left foot/left thigh are bad enough, but it also likes to live on my left forearm/bicep/shoulder/neck.

Been through the whole neuro workup.  The neuro concluded that I have some sort of sciatic nerve impingement thing going on, for which I am now receiving PT.  It kind of helps, but I’m not really sure if I am progressing any more. The neuro basically addressed my left arm issue with “not sure what’s going on there, but it’s likely anxiety.”  Believe me, I want to believe it’s all anxiety and that it will resolve, by my goodness that’s hard.

The mysterious nature of the nervous system is both scary and incredibly amazing.  

Anyway, after having a string of very dark days again, and after trying very hard in taking other steps (CBT, mindfulness, no caffeine, better diet, regular exercise, stretching) I may be ready to try some anxiety medication to try to get my brain chemistry to a better place.  I know the anxiety chemicals can hang on for a very long time and I’m not helping myself by continuing to have flare ups.  Hoping medication may give my body and mind a rest to allow proper healing.

I really wanted to avoid drugs, but I feel I’ve finally reached rock bottom.

I am in a very similar boat. Clothes rubbing against my skin irritate it and make it feel like it is on fire. It doesn't really hurt it just really annoying. Any advice? I have not been diagnosed with anxiety but I know I've had it most of my life. 

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On 5/16/2019 at 11:16 AM, Flyer95 said:

I am in a very similar boat. Clothes rubbing against my skin irritate it and make it feel like it is on fire. It doesn't really hurt it just really annoying. Any advice? I have not been diagnosed with anxiety but I know I've had it most of my life. 

Mine started with parts of my body going somewhat numb too about three months ago in the midst of a very major anxiety attack like I mentioned.  Never had anything remotely like this until then.

I have seen other posts from people online who have the skin and clothing contact burning like fire thing too.  They seem to lack the anxiety component.

I’ve been putting baby oil on my skin to try to reduce friction, but nothing works all that great.

Im just hoping it goes away someday because it really sucks.

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