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I spent the weekend with friends in IJmuiden, an industrial town a little further up the coast, near Haarlem. The weather gods were kind and I spent most of my time there out of doors, taking pictures of the old village, the park and the harbour. I've re-activated my Photobucket account and you can browse the album here, if you're interested in seeing pictures of quaint old houses, inquisitive goats, and ships passing in the daytime.

I'm currently feeling a bit out of sorts due to sleep deprivation, the result of constantly waking up at night because of itchy legs. Real itchy legs, that I have scratched to a bloody mess. I can't find any reason for them itching worse than normal: there's no rash, there's no bedbugs, and my cats don't have fleas. It can't be an allergic reaction to any soaps or detergents, as I don't use any (I've always had very sensitive skin and can't use shower gels and the like, because they will cause an allergic reaction). I've bought a cream to soothe nappy rash, and it does seem to help a little to keep me from going scratch-crazy during the day, but it's come to the point where I dread going to bed at night, knowing I'll be lucky if I can snatch two or three hours sleep. Honestly, itching's worse than pain, and what purpose does it serve? I can't find the answer on Internet.


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Mar. 23rd, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
Yikes! Itching really is worse than pain. I hope it clears up soon!
Mar. 23rd, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
::points to icon::
Mar. 23rd, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
Wonderful photos! And great to see a picture of you (assuming that's who's in the photo here on LJ). Always nice to put a face to a name!

Sorry about the itchy legs though... that would drive me crazy. Have you seen a doctor about it yet?
Mar. 23rd, 2011 08:22 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's me, taking in the view and soaking up the spring sunshine (though still wrapped up warmly as the wind is still blowing cold).

I hadn't thought of taking my itchy legs to my GP's yet. I might do, though if the problem persists. Right now, I'm still hoping it'll go away as suddenly as it started.
Mar. 24th, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
My general rule of thumb on stuff like that is once it begins interferring with my sleep, it's serious enough to see a doctor... because bad sleep eventually leads to bad health! Hope you get it figured out soon!
Mar. 23rd, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
I suffer from itchy legs at night, and I've always thought it was circulation-related rather than a skin condition. What I do is keep some basic body lotion close to the bed, and if it starts, I give my legs (mainly calf areas) a rub down with that. Between that and the cooling effect of the cream, I can often get back to sleep quite quickly.

Hope you find something that works for you.
Mar. 23rd, 2011 08:29 pm (UTC)
Circulation-related? Considering a hot shower tends to make it worse, that actually makes a lot of sense.

I'm glad to know I'm not the only one suffering from this mystery ailment, though. And I'll keep experimenting with creams and lotions until I find something that works, too.
Mar. 25th, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
For me, it's not so much the lotion as the rub down that helps - the lotion just makes it easier!
Mar. 25th, 2011 06:39 pm (UTC)
Of course, if it's to do with circulation, then lotions wouldn't have any real effect, would they? But putting lotion on the spot and rubbing it in does help take your mind off the itch, and is much pleasanter in the long run than scratching.

It's my shins that suffer most, with me. Luckily, they didn't itch (much) last night.
Mar. 23rd, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC)
Lovely photos! I love daffodils, too. :) They always look so bright and happy! I like sunflowers for that reason, too.
Mar. 23rd, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
Sunflowers are my second favourites, but daffs rule!
Mar. 24th, 2011 04:39 am (UTC)
I have suffered from chronic itch for years. I have scratched until I bled more times than I can think. It's awful and yes, it's worse at night when you are lying there with little else to do but think about how much you itch.

If it's an allergy of some sort, you can reduce it with anti-histamines. Probably worth a try anyway.

I use a cream called Aveeno with menthol which helps a great deal (a compounding pharmacy can make up a menthol cream also), have been advised only to have cool showers and use ice if need be to relieve the itching. Mine is a hypersensitivity though so most of the time the itching is quite localised. Try to keep your bed as cool as tolerable is compatible with sleeping.

But I wholly recommend you go see a GP. I was referred to a dermatologist who did a battery of blood tests because there are a lot of causes for itching and some of them very serious (such as lymphoma). I don't mean to scare you, just to point out why a GP visit might be worthwhile.
Mar. 24th, 2011 08:09 am (UTC)
Good suggestions, all! I have tried a mentholated cream before and it does help soothe the itch somewhat, but if it doesn't stop soon I will ask for my GP's opinion.
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