Joints that itch

By albertwoman Latest Activity April 14, 2010 at 6:46 pm Views 63,907 Replies 17 Likes 3


At least once a day some of my joints will itch madly!! I have RA, OA, Degenerative Disc Disease and possibly Post Polio/Fibromyalgia. Does anyone else experience the itching? Thanks for any help.

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  • Jesse798
    Jesse798 May 21, 2013 at 1:30 pm   

    I have noticed itchy wrists and shins, usually just before a flare up, or if i eat foods that contain tomatoes, potatoes or peppers xx

  • FaithNchaos
    FaithNchaos November 11, 2012 at 2:52 am   

    This post is pretty old, but I feel a duty to report my findings. I had this issue when I started taking Arava. I loved how good I felt, but the itching made me feel insane. It was like the itching came from inside the joints. I tried everything to dull the itch to no avail. The only new thing going on in my life at the time was the Arava. Once I quit taking it, the itching stopped. I believe it took about two full days for the worst of the itching to stop and the rest subsided within a few more days.

  • jack_zx-xz1
    jack_zx-xz1 February 8, 2013 at 2:03 pm   


  • Musicteacher
    Musicteacher February 9, 2012 at 12:21 pm   

    I also get fits of itchiness! I find that cocoa butter is best when this happens.

  • Shirlwain
    Shirlwain June 26, 2011 at 11:33 am   

    Hi I too get itchy on legs etc but more bizzarely I get an itchy lip.

  • Kitten3662
    Kitten3662 June 25, 2011 at 8:26 pm   

    I have the same problem with the itching also, drives me nuts!! i have been using Gold Bond med cream you buy at the store, it helps some, sometimes i may have to put it on 2 or 3 times.

  • GrandmaLorraine
    GrandmaLorraine June 26, 2011 at 9:28 am   

    I have the same symptoms, but my Dr. prescribes Hydroxizine for the itching and with my pain medicines I sometimes take more than I'm supposed to.

  • mamamiajk
    mamamiajk May 5, 2010 at 3:11 pm   

    I care for my significant other who is affected daily with one form or another of arthritis. When its his RA that is flaring he often complains of itching in his wrists and feet. This can be a real problem for him as everything is painful to the touch. Trying to lightly apply a soothing body lotion is impossible. If possible you might try to apply a topical cream such as cortaid or try bebedryl to see if this might help. Mine won't even try thr oral benedryl…I guess thats the stubborness of a man! lol Maybe even soaking in a soothing bath [perhaps oatmeal] Thats about all I can offer for possible solutions but relate to what you are saying. Hopefully…someday…hopefully they will find a cure because I have seen first hand how debilitating this can be.

  • Lana
    Lana April 15, 2010 at 8:38 pm   

    Welcome Albertwoman to Arthritis Connect. I am glad you joined us here.

    I have itching too with my RA and FMS. The worst of it is at night and when at home resting so I usually know when I am going to have a bad night. Benadryl before bed helps but take it early in the evening so you do not oversleep if you have to be up in the morning. My doctor suspects Sjogrens syndrome. Aside from the meds you are all ready taking, drink plenty of water to keep your skin, eyes, and other membranes from drying out. You can use eye drops and saline nose drops.

    Again, welcome and please feel free to contact me with any quetsions you may have.

  • Gold
    Gold April 23, 2010 at 11:28 pm   

    Wow Lana I have not come across anyone who has Sjogren syndrom. I was diagnosed n 2000. It is believed that Arthritis is secondary to Sjogren at least that is what I was told. Recently I have been itching alot around my collar bone. At first I thought it was an allergic reaction to a new cervical collar I was wearing so I stopped wearing it. But then I noticed a subtle change n structure of my collar bone. I have an extreme amount of neck pain. My Doc say the itching maybe pinched nerves, I have a few of those. Present meds: Enbrel, Arava, Lidoderm patches, Codeine without the tylenol (trying to spare my liver); muscle relaxers ( I take the meds as needed) not big on taking pain meds; but I get plenty of fiber to avoid the constipation. My C4-C6 r pretty bad, awake with headaches most morning, sometimes with dizziness…but I guess its all n days living:-)

  • pttycks8
    pttycks8 May 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm   

    Hi! I also get itchy joints, but it usually happens when my joints are about to swell up. It happens mainly in my fingers. My finger will start to itch/burn like I have been bit by a bug, but there is no bite mark. Then my finger will swell up like a little sausage. The only thing that seems to help is to put ice on it. But the swelling, burning and itching stay for about a day. Ive been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus and fibromyalgia. The only meds I am on right now are pain meds as I have no insurance. Fun times. I am managing by trying to keep the stress in my life as little as possible, getting LOTS of sleep/rest, and eating well. Until I get health insurance its the best I can do.

  • iturtle
    iturtle August 30, 2011 at 1:39 pm   

    this is exactly what is happening to me my fingers(mainly my index finger) itches like the dickens below the knuckle i can not quit itching it than it gets so swollen and aches what do you suggest for pain relief?

  • VickieLou
    VickieLou May 12, 2010 at 2:04 pm   

    me, too! my finger joints itch like crazy! Diagnosed with RA & Fibromyalgia in 2008.
    Good luck to you…God Bless

  • Ohio Duck
    Ohio Duck November 23, 2013 at 9:09 am   

    The tops of my feet and around ankles itch like crazy but only after I take off shoes and socks for the evening. Sometimes I scratch so hard I find a bruise the next day. This itching will happen for several days and then I'm ok for awhile. I don't know why it does this. Never thought about it being RA related. Think I will have to do some research now.

  • Mommapiep
    Mommapiep April 14, 2010 at 8:13 pm   

    I have the itching too. Some nights my feet and hands will itch so bad I think it will drive me crazy. My first Rhuematologist said I had tested positive for a connective tissue disorder. I take Plaquenil but it doesn't help with the itch. Any help or ideas are appreciated.

  • janep657
    janep657 May 5, 2010 at 10:42 pm   

    I have itching also,and I experience numbness in my left hip and upper thigh area when I stand,does anyone else have this symptom.

  • Tonia M.
    Tonia M. May 12, 2010 at 2:06 pm   

    I too have itchy joints, in my hands and feet only …so far. The only thing that helps is ice or very cold water. It does'nt stop my joints from swelling but it really does releave the itch. May you (we) all be blessed with pain free days and nights. The pain that goes with RA is unbelievable!!! I was told I had RA at about 42 yrs. Really did not know what it was back then, but I do now. I'm 61 now. I have had horrible flares lately. Today, right now, I don't feel too bad, and for that I am thankful.

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