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    HL Itchy Head/Scalp

    Just wondering if anyone has had an itch as one of their symptoms, or especially a localised itch.

    Finished treatment last Oct. and have been doing good except for thyroid problems due to neck radiation. (Diagnosed Hypothyroidism Jan 09)

    Had 3 month check up a few weeks ago and everything seems ok. Had physical, bloods and chest xrays.

    Have been having some chills, and told docs that, and I'm putting them done to thyroid levels only getting sorted out recently. Was also having some sensitivity under arms, but think that is also strange side effect of thyroid problem aswell.

    But I have been getting an extremely itchy scalp/head for the last couple of weeks on and off, and think this is happening the day after drinking alcohol.
    I know all over itching is recognised as a symptom, or some people get itchy legs and stuff, but have read on cancer research.co.uk that itching after alcohol is a symptom but haven't come across this as a symptom anywhere else. Have noticed some other itching on arms and body
    last night (had drinks sunday) but only really head otherwise.

    Original site was in my neck. I'm just wondering if anyone has came across this or has any other info. Not too worried just a little concerned. Have 1 year CT scheduled for August anyway.

    Thanks a mill!
    - Age 35
    - Diagnosed 13th March 2009 HL Stage1a
    - 4 Rounds ABVD April 2009
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    - 15 Rads Sept/Oct 2009

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    Hi anto1967

    Sorry to hear this is worrying you. The usual symptom of HL after drinking alcohol is pain not itching but I can understand this would be a concern. Itching is also a symptom of hypothyroidism. I would go back to the docs with this and find out what is at the bottom of it. What you need to be really concerned of is a repeat of any symptoms you had prior to being diagnosed with HL. If that is the case then go back and get that scan rescheduled.

    Re the alcohol....be very careful, try to limit consumption to less than 4 standard drinks and have at least 3 alcohol free days a week otherwise your chances of relapse will go up.

    Good Luck.
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    Chemoman - It's not a huge concern for me as I don't drink that much but relapse is something I am definitely concerned about. Can I ask? Is that just your own general advice or is the correlation between alcohol consumption and relapse study/research related?

    James

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    Hi James

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/n...ory_99081.html

    I would say it applies to HL as well....its common sense really if you think about it. I am not being prudish about this as I said just be careful, nothing wrong in enjoying a drink or 2 in moderation

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    Interesting article.

    I'm skinny and have never smoked so hopefully that stands me in good stead .

    Will need to curtail the alcohol consumption and then they can guarantee me survival!

    James

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    Hi james

    Reducing alcohol consumption is always a good idea, but you can still enjoy a drink.

    As for guarantees, there is only one guaranteed way of avoiding cancer....Dont get born in the first place.
    Age 57
    Diffuse Large B cell Lymphoma
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    Finished six cycles of R chop 21 26th May 2008
    Officially in remission 9th July 2008
    Remission reconfirmed 1st October 2008
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    Remission reconfirmed 7th June 2010
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    RULE NUMBER 1.....Don't Panic
    RULE NUMBER 2..... Don't forget rule Number 1

    Great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.

    I may not have gone where I intended to go,
    but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.

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    Hi Chemoman, thanks for the reply. Was aware of the pain after alcohol symptom but I noticed on cancerresearch uk site, which seems fairly reliable they have listed "itching which is worse after drinking" as a symptom.

    As I said I have not seen this anywhere else and am wondering if it is a mistake, and really should be pain after alcohol.

    Interesting article though, will have to take note I think, as I am a little partial to a few pints, now and again. Thankfully quit smoking a few years ago now.

    Itching has subsided now but will keep an eye on it for the time being just to make sure it doesn't get any worse or to make sure it is after alcohol and not a coincidence.
    - Age 35
    - Diagnosed 13th March 2009 HL Stage1a
    - 4 Rounds ABVD April 2009
    - Clear PET 25th August
    - 15 Rads Sept/Oct 2009

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    Totally irrelevant, but every time I read the title of this post my head gets incredibly itchy! Strange how the mind works.
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    4 weeks of daily radiation, started on 18th May 2010
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    Hi anto1967

    Well if it continues to concern you go back to your doctor and follow it up. Perhaps that scan can be moved closer.

    Good Luck
    Age 57
    Diffuse Large B cell Lymphoma
    Stage 2a
    Finished six cycles of R chop 21 26th May 2008
    Officially in remission 9th July 2008
    Remission reconfirmed 1st October 2008
    Remission reconfirmed 17th June 2009
    Remission reconfirmed 7th June 2010
    Remission reconfirmed 6th July 2011
    NED on the 2/01/2013
    No more scheduled visits to the Prof
    http://cancerforums.net/viewtopic.php?t=9620

    RULE NUMBER 1.....Don't Panic
    RULE NUMBER 2..... Don't forget rule Number 1

    Great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.

    I may not have gone where I intended to go,
    but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.

 
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