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Question: My body itches but I can't feel my hands scratching


 shelleyn02 - Wed Jan 07, 2004 1:55 pm

I am a 19 year old female and have never had any real problems until recently. The past couple of weeks, there are times when I feel that I am losing my breath and that I am not myself. For instance, I can feel my body itches...my back...and I go to scratch, but I can't feel anything but I know I am scratching. At first I thought it was just my hands were numb or something, but I recently realized it's not just my hands...it's my whole body. I don't know what is going on and I think I am going crazy. I looked up some of the signs that I have been having and it brings up Panic Attacks....but I don't know if that is what it is...and I am afraid to go to the doctor because I really don't know how to explain that I am losing my mind and can't feel anything. if anybody knows anything about this...please help me!
Shelley
 Dr. Russell M - Fri Jan 09, 2004 8:59 am

User avatar Hi!

I think your doctor would be the best person to reveal your fears of inability at explaining your problems right. I presume that your doctor who prescribed your contraceptive pill Yasmin has also strongly advised you against cigarette smoking while on the pill. Yasmin has also pruritus or itching as its side effect. Yasmin may also cause liver disease called cholestatic jaundice, a disease that can bring about itching.

As for your losing breath and inability to feel your scratching, a psychiatric help would be best sought.

I hope this helps.

Warm regards,

Bill

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