The Unborn and the Restless

A lot of people have been asking me how the itching’s been lately, or have commented that my lack of writing about it here must mean it’s gotten better or something.

Answers: the same, and nope. I don’t get much satisfaction out of complaining, and I haven’t learned anything new or had any revelations about my condition; so, no new blog posts about it.

(Plus I tore my right trapezius last week, which was way more disruptive to my rest, so by comparison the itching was downright tolerable.)

I had the following saved as a draft from about two weeks ago:

Peculiar to my own chronic itch condition, because I can’t find any descriptions of it in forums or medical literature, is for many itches to be accompanied by an almost irresistible urge to move a body part — one which may not even be nearby the itch. For example, an itch on the top of my left knee, left unscratched, was followed by a travelling “urge” sensation that I could track, a feeling very strange and indescribable, leading down my knee and into my foot. About one second after the itch, I felt compelled to flex my big toe.

It’s as if all my wires are crossed. How do you treat that?

Maybe I should start sleeping on a bed of nails with a fiberglass blanket.

And it wasn’t until my father mentioned that he’d had a bout of Restless Leg Syndrome a few years ago that I realized what a huge and common possibility the hospital totally overlooked in my case. Pregnancy seems to be prime time for such a thing to suddenly emerge, especially in the second and third trimesters.

My symptoms match up perfectly to RLS. And based on reading some forums, many people do have these feelings in their arms too. I just wonder whether anybody out there also gets the “deep itch” around their eyeballs that I get as well.

Does this help me? Maybe. But only if there are some positive holistic actions I can pursue on my own, because seeing a doctor at this point would just be a waste of time (and, as I’ve found, an egregious waste of money).

Here’s the range of things a doctor will be able to tell me, given that they’ve proven through successive office visits that they don’t have a clue and are going to make me do all the work of figuring this out for them:

  1. It’s not RLS, therefore we still don’t have a clue. (That’ll be $200, kthx.)
  2. It’s RLS, but you’re pregnant, so you shouldn’t take any medications.
  3. It’s RLS, here’s your prescription. Yeah, I THINK it’s ok for pregnancy… [Dear hospital dermatologist: no, doxypin is not ok.]

OR, they might tell me to take some positive holistic actions that I could have read about on the internet. Given that there appear to be no RLS medications that aren’t teratogenic, I’m apt to believe this website when it says that “physicians usually recommend appropriate lifestyle changes.”

Seeing as I’m already taking a good prenatal supplement that I seem to be absorbing, and my diet’s pretty good, I’m going to wave off the nutritional deficiency suggestions. I can’t take take any more iron or folate than I’m already taking.

But deep muscle stretching seems promising, since it improves both the circulation and the nervous system.

Anyway. I think I’ve basically given up and given in to having to deal with this until the baby’s born. I’m glad I seem to be able to enjoy this pregnancy in spite of it… but of course that emotional stability is founded on the presumption that it will, in fact, disappear after the birth.

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