5 Ways to Combat Fibromyalgia Itching

Fibromyalgia itching

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Fibromyalgia makes it hard to sleep, and makes most days very uncomfortable. Not all patients who have fibromyalgia will experience itching, but many will, and for those people it seems like there is no end to the pain that comes with this condition. Is there anything that can remedy fibromyalgia itching?

Fortunately those who suffer with fibromyalgia will find that there are several methods of dealing with this issue that work wonderfully. Not every method works the same for every individual, so it might take a bit of trial and error to find something that works for you, however, there are certainly remedies and options for you to use to help in your time of need.

If you are bothered and want to put an end to the itching, it is a good idea to put some of these remedies to good work for you.  Even if you cannot put an end to the condition, there are many things that you can do to help better deal with those symptoms that are bothering you.

Fibromyalgia Itching


Why does Fibromyalgia cause Itching?

For people who have itching that results from fibromyalgia, one of the most common questions is why it occurs. Well, the thing about it is, doctors are still not quite sure. What they do believe is that the itching occurs because of the brain’s reaction to the pain that is being experienced. Sometimes the itching can be very minor while at other times it seems that your entire body is itching and begging you to be scratched.

Fibromyalgia Itching: 5 Common Remedies

Fibromyalgia affects the body’s central nervous system. Thus, a number of different problems can result, including the itching, as well as numbness, burning and tingling in the extremities.

1. Capsaicin Cream

This is a topical pain reliever that can be purchased over the counter and with prescription from your doctor. This cream eliminates cells from feeling the pain messengers. This cream can burn, so when using it, particularly for the first time, make sure that you use it sparingly to see how it will affect you.

2. Pain Killers

Pain killers such as acetaminophen can be used to help deal with the itching that is associated with fibromyalgia. Again, there are pain killers that can be purchased over the counter as well as prescribed by the doctor.   For most people the use of over the counter medications is all that is needed to remedy the problem, but do not hesitate to talk to the doctor if it is not strong enough to solve your problem .

3. Ice

Ice can be placed on the area that is itching, as it will relieve some of the inflammation that is being put on the nerves. Ice will also help deaden the itching so that it is not felt. If you do not want to use ice, cold packs are available and work just as well. Perhaps a rotation of ice/heat will benefit you.

4. Anti-Anxiety Medications

Anti-anxiety medications are often used by those who have fibromyalgia, and if you are bothered with extreme itching, one of these prescription medications can certainly help provide you with relief.

5. Brain Re-Training

This is becoming an increasingly popular way to treat a number of different conditions that are without treatment, including the itching that is associated with fibromyalgia. With brain re-training, the brain is re-programmed not to feel that pain, instead focusing on other sensations. This is not an immediate remedy, and it is not right for everyone. This is something that you should consult with your doctor concerning if you are interested.

Oftentimes a patient will use a variety of methods to resolve the itching that they are feeling, so this might be something that you would also like to do. In most cases it is a combination of remedies that works the best to alleviate the pain and itching that is associated with fibromyalgia.

The Bottom Line

Although there is no treatment for fibromyalgia, there are treatments out there that can help with all of the symptoms that this condition brings with it, including itching.  If you are one of the people that is bothered by fibromyalgia itching, be sure that you try some of the remedies listed above, as they seem to help most people. Also make sure that you talk to your doctor. He can provide you with tops and advice that will help you beat fibromyalgia itching at its own game.



  • Mable

    I couldn’t have described how I feel and what I go through better than this. Thanks for making this information available to those that don’t know, judge and assume.

  • One who knows….

    I have been so lucky to have severe itching since February of this year. My MD wrote me a script for ranatidine (for GERD), as it has an anti inflammmatory factor in it… Reducing the itching… Swelling redness… Thus the Chain. In addition, she wrote me a script for generic Ativan q 6 hrs. It is an anti anxiety Rx. It does make you groggy, but it slows or makes you less likely to scratch if you are resting… Or asleep!! Trust me, I know how uncomfortable it is… And it resulted in bloody scans all over my body!!! Still clearing mine… And I have dark spots where the itchy scabs were!! It helps tremendously.. But take it easy and don’t drive on the Ativan !!! (some hung over effect)

    Hope these might help y’all !! Good luck and keep fighting!!

    • Duska Henry

      I have the dark spots where the scabs from itching were also. I haven’t understood why suddenly at this age I get these horrible dark spots, so while I would never wish this on anyone, it is quite comforting to to know I am not alone. I was already on ranitidine which my gastro doc prescribed so I guess for me it did not help – or if it does I would hate to NOT be on it. My anti-anxiety med is clonazepam, and it does help some with the itching. Truly, this symptom is near the top of my list of worst symptoms 🙁

  • Paula Huxley

    Fibromyalgia is a horrible condition. My mother suffers from it so therefore I have learnt all about the condition and the nasty symptoms she suffers from. It had lead me to spend countless hours of research & discussion on how to treat it and relieve symptoms. Below is a few tips I wanted to share that have dramatically calmed her symptoms:

    1. Vitamin D Supplements! Fibromyalgia patients often have low levels of this vitamin so its important to keep topped up.

    2. Follow every step in the the guide seen at the following website:
    curehealthproblem*com/fibromyalgia (obviously change the * for a dot as it won’t let me post links here)
    This will tackle the root fibromyalgia in a NATURAL way. Very important.

    3. Take up one of the following: tai chi, yoga or meditation. Not only will it ease symptoms but it will improve mental state to help coping skills.

    4. Take 5-HTP. It helps raise levels of serotonin, balancing abnormal brain function.

    Seeing my mum now and seeing how she was 5 years ago is a sight to behold and she is proof that sufferers should fight the condition as best as they can. I am just hoping that my comment will be of help to others!


  • Carole Sarvis

    My rheumatologist said that it is calledformication and that it is another symptom of FMS – explantion in the following link : http://www.feelslikebugbites.com/Medical.html

  • Zona Taylor

    I have had fibromyalgia for 29 years and never experienced this symptom until about 2 months ago. I thought it was just a mosquito bite and didn’t think much of it…until it went on and on and on! Today my chiropractor is the one who told me this is “a fibro thing”. Well, I guess that means I am not going crazy, at least. My MD had started me on Vistaril for the itching and she wants me to take it around the clock, which would be fine, if I never needed to function — like go to work and such. It does help when I take it late in the day, but I have a “hang over” effect between that and my usual meds for the sleep disorder that goes with fibro. So I have to pick and choose. Do I want to sleep and have a hang over tomorrow or do I want to not itch and have less restful sleep? kind of a toss up.

  • 2117fbs

    Sometimes it seems the itching is worse than the pain. I already take 2400 mg. gabapentin a day which must help because the itching is unbearable if I leave it off.