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Strange itch.

Patti JPatti J Member Posts: 589
edited February 2019 in Health and wellbeing
Many years ago I had axillary clearance with a mastectomy. Today I  have  the weirdest itch. I am numb where my lymph noes were removed so I  cannot scratch the itch, even though it is so very itchy. 


  • KattykitKattykit Member Posts: 227
    @Patti J I get that as well occasionally as I am also numb from lymph node removal, it drives me bonkers.
  • kmakmkmakm MelbourneMember Posts: 7,871
    I get it too, but on my foob. So strange. Itchy, so I scratch but I can't feel anything there so it still feels itchy. But how come, if I can't feel anything, I feel itchy? Is it the sensations of a few nerves left in the skin? Very odd.
  • KattykitKattykit Member Posts: 227
    It's the old nerve endings, sort of like the phantom pain or itches amputees get in their missing limb, my dad had his right arm amputated after a car accident and used to say it felt like his right hand was itchy at times.
  • primekprimek Broken HillMember Posts: 5,336
    Try scratching lightly nearby where you can feel. Sometimes it can help things. I have found with itchy wounds or skin conditions that are inflamed this can fool  the brain.
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