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Old 06-04-2011, 07:54 PM   #1
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Itchy Joints in Fingers...Deep Itching?

Anyone experience a deep itch in the joints of their hands, especially any that have even the mildest arthritic changes? Once the itching starts, and it is a deep, inaccessible itch, then they get red and warm to the touch.
Anyone know about this?
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Old 06-04-2011, 11:13 PM   #2
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Hm... Seems very odd. Is this sensation (itching of the hand joints) the first time you have experienced this after starting a LC diet/WOE?

Are you in ketosis?

The only thing similar I have experieced was something similar to a gout flare up when I first started LC. Normally, gout flares up (joint pain) in the big toe joint, which is caused by the disposition of uric acid in the joint due to the compromization of tje kidney's ability to process excess uric acid/purine, which could occur from a diet high in red meat (purine) and low in carbohydrates and low in water.

In my case, I was dehydrated when I started LC, and never increased my water consumption despite LC's duretic effect, and I been eating lots of beef, and was constantly in ketosis.

After eating enough carbs to leave ketosis, and drinking enough water to be properly hydrayted, there has been no incidence since of joint pain/sensation. I've found that when in ketosis, if I do start to become dehydrated, I will notice a tingle in the joints in my feet, which goes away when I drink more fluids.

So, while I am not a medical Dr., I'd' wonder if your symptoms could be gout related, as gout can affect joints other than the big toe, and assuming you were in ketosis, consuming more than normal amounts of meat (red meat - purine), and if you were not properly hydrated.

I'd say make sure you are drinking at least 64 oz of fluids a day and see if the itchy joints go away....

Also, I wonder if your condition could be an alergic/intolerance reaction to a new food in your diet?

Those are my only suggestions. I'd see a Dr. though (one for joints - not a GP) to see what they say, and I'd not mention anything about being on a LC diet/woe unless they specifcally ask you...
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I have experienced this with gout. Things that helped me are drinking plenty of water, lowering protein, taking vitamin c every hour for 3 or 4 hours, black cherry caps have been a help as well. A really big thing for me was losing weight to fast, uric acid is released from fat cells some kidneys have a hard time keeping up with processing it. Moving like walking helped me. Uric acid turns into crystals that settle in joints. There are many causes it can be different for everyone. Gout is a form of arthritis. I suggest visiting a doctor with your symptoms.
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Old 06-05-2011, 10:23 AM   #4
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Thanks for the feedback. What a crazy thing! I did some searching online and apparently I'm not alone in the itchy finger joints! It seems to be tied for sure to arthritis/autoimmune, and the shocking thing is there are quite a few posts in forums and on sites where some people attribute it to eating sugar or wheat!
They notice it especially after having none of either in their intake for a while and then eating it. I had some food yesterday that I am now wondering if it had any hidden sugar or wheat? I did notice before the itching started my two finger joints locked up, which they really haven't done in several weeks! Sometimes friends or family don't understand that it's a huge deal to tell me the truth about sugar or wheat in foods they prepare, but I guess with them having limited knowledge they figure a little here and there won't hurt!
I have said several times that I think living LC and VLC has sensitized me jn a huge way to sugar and wheat so that now it only takes a little bit to set me off.
I am also going to read up on the gout issue. I have no problems in my feet, just hands, well, fingers, but it makes sense that a joint is a joint, whether it's lower body or upper!
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Thanks for the feedback. What a crazy thing! I did some searching online and apparently I'm not alone in the itchy finger joints! It seems to be tied for sure to arthritis/autoimmune,
I'd suggest that you go to your doctor. IF it is RA, you want to get it under control as soon as possible to minimize joint damage.
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Old 06-08-2011, 04:43 PM   #6
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I'd suggest that you go to your doctor. IF it is RA, you want to get it under control as soon as possible to minimize joint damage.
I had an appt yesterday and told her about it. It's remarkable that it occurs mainly in the fingers that are numb and have trigger finger. It appears it may related to nerve compression or damage. Nerve responses aren't always painful, they can be a severe irritated itch.
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I get this in a toe that I broke. Oh God, it's awful when it starts. Feel better.
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Old 06-09-2011, 03:30 PM   #8
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I get this in a toe that I broke. Oh God, it's awful when it starts. Feel better.
I feel for you, I really do! The itch is so deep that you just can't get to it.I've rubbed the sides of those fingers against the hard edge of the table trying to get relief. No dice!
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I feel for you for sure!
There is nothing worse than that hot itchy feeling... I get it in my fingers sometimes too..

There have been several posts in the past here about itching on LC..
I just pulled up a few threads for you:

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Itchy Joints in Fingers...Deep Itching


I know this is an old thread but I just came across it. I wish there was something I could do about this itching of the bones and the swelling. I have had this for almost 2 weeks now and it is driving me crazy. Any suggestions>
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