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Every morning, my shoulders look like they've been ravaged by an animal

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    Ive attached pictures aswel. Not sure if you can see clearly.

    But basically every morning I wake up and like clockwork I feel and stinging pain on the shoulders, look in the mirror and it looks as if a cat decided to play with a woollen ball on it.

    At first I thought it was involuntary scratching during sleep so I began to wear cotton caps on my fingers before sleeping but no effect. Then I assumed it was my bed but during nights out when I bunk in other peoples houses the same still happens the next morning.

    These were taken just recently but in the morning its much worse, it can sometimes be very ridiculous.

    I know this sounds outrageous and strange, but does anyone else know anything that can help me?
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    You probably scratch yourself in your sleep as a nervous habit.
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    Do you actually have a cat?
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    Nope I don't have any pets of any sort.

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    ou probably scratch yourself in your sleep as a nervous habit.
    Thats what I thought at first too, so I put cotton finger caps on when I sleep so I cant scratch anything. Still wake up with bloody and stinging shoulders.
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    Is there anyone else around who'd have to cause to give you a good scratching?
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    Freaky. Record yourself at night.
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    Do you have a video camera? Perhaps film yourself sleeping?
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    Maybe it's the sheets cutting into you? :dontknow:
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    Is there anyone else around who'd have to cause to give you a good scratching?
    Haha, I don't think anyone in particular would want to scratch me, per say.

    Freaky. Record yourself at night.
    I wouldn't go that far yet.

    Is there some sort of condition where skin is very sensitive to scratches or whatnot?
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    It might be the clothes that you're wearing....try wearing something softer.

    Or it might be the demon from Paranormal Activity...what did you do to him?
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    I sometimes wake up with similar on my face, but not every night. I've never worked out why either :ninja: I've tried sleeping in gloves like you, and I sometimes still wake up with scratches.

    Perhaps you sleepwalk? ...in a self-injurious manner?
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    (Original post by alistaircook)
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    Ive attached pictures aswel. Not sure if you can see clearly.

    But basically every morning I wake up and like clockwork I feel and stinging pain on the shoulders, look in the mirror and it looks as if a cat decided to play with a woollen ball on it.

    At first I thought it was involuntary scratching during sleep so I began to wear cotton caps on my fingers before sleeping but no effect. Then I assumed it was my bed but during nights out when I bunk in other peoples houses the same still happens the next morning.

    These were taken just recently but in the morning its much worse, it can sometimes be very ridiculous.

    I know this sounds outrageous and strange, but does anyone else know anything that can help me?
    Oh, christ! So I am not the only one with the scratches!!!! :eek:
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    (Original post by there's too much love)
    Do you have a video camera? Perhaps film yourself sleeping?
    Scary. I prefer not to know if there are ghosts in my room since I doubt I could expell them.
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    (Original post by Playa10)
    It might be the clothes that you're wearing....try wearing something softer.

    Or it might be the demon from Paranormal Activity...what did you do to him?
    I've tried wearing T shirts, round neck shirts, PJ's, bare chested during sleep and it makes no difference :/

    Oh, christ! So I am not the only one with the scratches!!!! :eek:
    I'm not alone yay!
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    (Original post by kerily)
    I sometimes wake up with similar on my face, but not every night. I've never worked out why either :ninja: I've tried sleeping in gloves like you, and I sometimes still wake up with scratches.

    Perhaps you sleepwalk? ...in a self-injurious manner?
    You too?
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    (Original post by SoulfulBoy)
    Scary. I prefer not to know if there are ghosts in my room since I doubt I could expell them.
    why are you quoting me?
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    (Original post by SoulfulBoy)
    You too?
    Yes! :awesome: I badly want to know where they come from, now!
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    (Original post by there's too much love)
    why are you quoting me?
    Because your idea is scary. You assume that someone/something is doing the scratching and that assumption is too freaky.
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    (Original post by SoulfulBoy)
    Because your idea is scary. You assume that someone/something is doing the scratching and that assumption is too freaky.
    Go on...aren't you curious?
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    get someone to cable tie your hands together ?? no way you can get out of those and you will find it hard to scratch .. get someone to cut them in the morning though of course !!!

    could you be having some sort of night terror or sleep disorder ?

    cut your nails really short and file them so they are smooth no sharp edges. wash your bed clothes with a different detergent and change your shower gel. you could have dry skin to and might just scratch it .. try some moisturiser

    not really sure what else to say

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