Invisible bugs

Aasmund Ryningen
3 min readJul 4, 2020


Have you ever woken up with a so-called ‘dead arm’?

You know when you’ve been sleeping on a hand or an arm for too long and it becomes paralyzed. It feels like it doesn’t work. You have to use all your power to make your arm or hand move. Like someone has knocked it out cold. Eventually, you manage to start moving the arm and pretty soon the feeling goes away.

But those final few seconds when you’re managing to move your hand but it’s not there yet.

When you feel like you can move it freely around, but not without some resistance.

The resistance feels like itching. It’s like there are some bugs or something that are crawling under your skin. And they’re moving in all directions. All at once. Without stopping. It’s really, really intense, and all you do is look forward to when that feeling is leaving your body.

Well, guess what?

Some people actually have that feeling a lot.

I mean, that feeling of having bugs underneath your skin.

Imagine that.

Imagine waking up in the morning and your limbs hasn’t been paralyzed. It just itches. Because there are a thousand million bugs that are angry and that are moving in all directions simultaneously. They want to break stuff. Your stuff. Your body. And there is no way they’ll stop anytime soon.

Not even if you’re scratching your body.

Speaking of scratching.

There’s no use in scraping that fingernail on your skin. Even if you feel like it. In fact, in many cases it’ll only make it worse. Because you end up applying pressure to the part of your body that itches while you’re scratching. And while you’re applying that pressure, some of the itching may temporarily go away. But as soon as you remove your finger that applies pressure on your body, the itching usually comes back.

Oftentimes it’s worse.

But, do you know what’s potentially even worse than that?

Well, I’ll tell you right now.

Bruises. Cuts. Wounds.

Keep in mind that fingernails are sharp. They work like knives. Whenever you’re scratching your skin, you’re slowly ripping it up.

So, you’re ending up scratching wounds on yourself.

And the invisible bugs underneath your skin don’t go away.

However, do you know what’s even worse than having that tickling feeling in your hands?

Why, having it on your back of course. Just think about it. It tickles so much and it won’t stop. It drives you crazy and you can’t do anything about it. You cannot even scratch yourself because it’s on a place of your body that you cannot physically touch. So, you’re left with rubbing your back against the wall.

Imagine how this would’ve played out in a social setting.

People would think that you’d been insane.

The reality is, to a lot of people, this is a bigger problem that they care to admit. And many are forced to make sudden movements or even jump up in the air to attempt to make the tickling stop. However, the reality is that that often also makes the tickling worse.

So what can you do if this is you?

Well, you could attempt to carry on with your life and scratch yourself up in a messy pool of blood.

Or, you could try out some CBD oil.

As always, the choice is yours.

Just don’t blame me when you look like you’ve been in a knife fight.