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Do You Get an Itchy Spot in the Middle of Your Back?

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Other treatments that may improve the itching are: capsaicin cream, acupuncture, biofeedback, TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) machine treatment, and exercise.

In more advanced cases, a doctor can inject Botox or block the nerve with an injection of lidocaine. There are also some prescription oral medications that act to block overly irritable nerve impulses but they have side effects that may not be well tolerated.

NP is common in middle-aged women and can last for months or even years. However, it is not a life-threatening condition. While NP can be a frustrating and annoying problem, it is felt that educating patients is one of the most important parts of treatment.


What causes itching in the middle of the back? Dr. Cynthia Bailey.com. Web Mar 8, 2014.

Ellis, Carolyn D.O. Notalgia paresthetica: the unreachable itch. Dermatol Pract Concept. Jan 2013; 3(1): 3–6. Published online Jan 31, 2013. doi: 10.5826/dpc.0301a02.

Michele is an R.N. freelance writer with a special interest in woman’s healthcare and quality of care issues. Other articles by Michele are at www.helium.com/users/487540/show_articles

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I have had several people tell me the itch becomes worse with stress in their lives. Any comments on this?

February 6, 2019 - 1:14pm
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I have had this for years & not realized it recently went away until it came back! I had been doing an exercise the physio gave me for sore shoulders (I do long hours at the computer) & this must be what helped it. Roll up a towel, place it long ways down your upper spine & lay on it for a few minutes ( can't do it long to start with) a couple of times a day. Helped in so many ways! Back to the floor with me!!

August 25, 2015 - 3:52pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Wow, thank you so much, I'm going to try this! I've had an itchy back my entire life, and I'm 66! This is definitely going to be worth a try, thank you again!!

January 30, 2019 - 2:47pm
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