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Burning pain in upper back?

Burning pain in upper back?

Isolated?: If this is isolated to the upper back and no radiation into the arm or arms, then most likely a myofascial pain issue. There are several small nerves that run through the layers of muscles in this area. Restriction in the fascia can cause these nerves to get pinched that can cause the burning sensations. Have someone look to make sure there is no rash in the area for shingles. ...Read more

Dr. Ejiro Isiorho
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Burning Sensation (Definition)

A burning sensation can be descriptive of nerve pain, some variations of migraine, and even central brain problems after a stroke. Have heard this said associated with phantom limb syndrome, reflex sympatheric dystrophy, and trigeminal neuralgia. Other patients might say ...Read more


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I'm ok when laying down or sitting but once I'm up the burning pain in upper back and sharpness around chest is awful. Under right rub is tender. Im25?

I'm ok when laying down or sitting but once I'm up the burning pain in upper back and sharpness around chest is awful. Under right rub is tender. Im25?

Dysautonomia: No, I didn't just politely swear at you with that phrase of what you may have. Rather you may have a condition where your autonomic nervous system is overly sensitized to the point of reacting TOO MUCH when there are changes in blood pressure, heart rate, or other forms of getting you excited. I would check with a neurologist for some more testing and direction as to what to do and treatments. ...Read more

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Burning pain in left upper back, shoulderblade, ribs under armpit, breast, and below breast.Some arm pain too.Pain moves and is intermittent. ideas?

Burning pain in left upper back, shoulderblade, ribs under armpit, breast, and below breast.Some arm pain too.Pain moves and is intermittent. ideas?

Burning pain: Have you experienced a rash in that same area? You are describing the pain that one sees with shingles. The pain will follow the path of a nerve affected by the reactivation of the virus that causes Chicken Pox. ...Read more

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Sharp burning pain, upper right back area. Been around for 5 years or so. Comes and goes. Sometimes goes numb. Massage helps a little. What can I do?

Sharp burning pain, upper right back area. Been around for 5 years or so. Comes and goes. Sometimes goes numb. Massage helps a little. What can I do?

Myofascial pain.: Sometimes a local muscle group gets sensitized and develops a 'trigger point.' local deep pressure massage, stretchin exercise, and/ora trigger point injection, or a patch with a local anaesthetic ("lidoderm") may help that condition. You are a bit young to have had shingles, which may also be helped by the patch. ...Read more

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Can nerve pain come and go ? I was almost symptom free for around a month but pain has returned. Prickly burning pain in inner thigh and upper back.

Can nerve pain come and go ? I was almost symptom free for around a month but pain has returned. Prickly burning pain in inner thigh and upper back.

Yes, possible: Especially post-herpetic pain. See your doctor for possible medication to control the nerve impulses (e.g. Gabapentin) and minimize the pain if caused by a reaction to a herpetic virus. ...Read more

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Burning pain in the upper right back area?

Also to consider: Consider shingles sometimes the pain is there without the rash see your doctor b/c treatment is available and can help. ...Read more

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I've seen a rheumy about my burning/prickly muscle pain in upper back. Mri and bloods clear. They think poss fibro. Should i see a neurologist ?

I've seen a rheumy about my burning/prickly muscle pain in upper back. Mri and bloods clear. They think poss fibro. Should i see a neurologist ?

It's your call.: My assumption is if all your tests are normal & u don't have weakness, numbness & tingling of your extremities , then likely it's not serious. Your pain likely is musculoskeletal in nature, possibly a pinched nerve in your cervical or thoracic spine, a bruising or strained muscle or ligament from strenuous physical activity. Fibromyalgia is a (clinical) DX of exclusion. Take care! ...Read more

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Is there any reason i would get thigh burning pain at the same time my upper back pain flares up ? Both burning/prickly sensation. Very odd.

Yes: Neuropathic pain....Secondary to lumbar area disc / foraminal stenosis. See your pmd. Can be other more serious condition because of unusual disease. Simple vit B12 deficiency possible. ...Read more

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I keep getting a weird tingly burning sensation at the tops of both breasts.Not pain, discomfort. Doc says heart ok.Upper back pain. Anxiety. Ideas?

I keep getting a weird tingly burning sensation at the tops of both breasts.Not pain, discomfort. Doc says heart ok.Upper back pain. Anxiety. Ideas?

Probably ok: Your symptoms are unusual because there is tingling on both sides. If it was a stroke or a tumor, it would only be on one side of the body, so you shouldn't have to worry about that. It could be from anxiety, but that's an unusual way for it to present. There is a condition called myelitis, inflammation of the spinal cord, that could cause this. Ask your doctor to evaluate you with this in mind. ...Read more

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I have upper back pain, burning sensation in my chest that comes and goes. My teeth have felt very awkward along with weight loss. Any suggestions?

I have upper back pain, burning sensation in my chest that comes and goes.  My teeth have felt very awkward along with weight loss.  Any suggestions?

See doctor: You should call you doctor and be evaluated. There are many causes for these symptoms. It soulnds like this has been going on for awhile so get yourself checked out. ...Read more

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I've been to Cardio Dr, all looked good. BUT tonight I'm having burning pain/fade and back on upper right side of chest. I did walk 2miles after lunch?

Worth looking into: Cardiac pain is less often right-sided. However, over the internet its tough to know for sure. Without knowing details of your recent cardiology exam its hard to know how concerned to be. There are instances where a good cardiac check up did not reveal heart disease and yet it still be present. If this isn't rapidly clearing I'd get back in to see a physician pronto and have it re-analyzed. ...Read more

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Shoulder or back pain (not sure) but top knob/bone of spine/backbone hurts to touch also. I have been having this burning pain in my upper left shoulder/back area, the top 'knob/bone' of my spine/back bone hurts to the touch. I don't even have to be doing

Back : Back pain is usually caused by irritated muscles or nerves. Be sure you are using good posture at work. Some work places will provide an "ergonomic evaluation" of your work area/desk to be sure you are positioned appropriately. Exercise can be helpful, if you go to a gym ask a trainer to suggest some light exercises or light weights that may help you. Physical therapy can be very helpful for back/shoulder pain. If you have anything that makes you think you may have a "ruptured disc" in your neck back, such as pain down your arm, numbness or weakness, then you would have to see a physician immediately for evaluation. ...Read more

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Blood & urine test vaginal sonogram small syst on ovary,but neg results for severe burning/pain lower ab & upper buttocks/low back pressure burning?

Blood & urine test vaginal sonogram small syst on ovary,but neg results for severe burning/pain lower ab & upper buttocks/low back pressure burning?

Here are some ..: I'm glad to know all tests on blood and urine have been unremarkable, but a small ovarian cyst, which most likely is just an incidental finding - unlikely bearing clinical significance. But what you've felt in lower abdomen, back, etc. is most likely related with age-related disorders of regional muscles, joints, or even nerves. These can be sorted out by detailed Hx + physicals ... Best wish ... ...Read more

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Having pain and burning in upper back/shoulder blade. What can I do?

Having pain and burning in upper back/shoulder blade. What can I do?

More info?: Did you injure yourself? How long does it last? Anything make it better? Anything make it worse? Does food affect the pain? Have you had any surgery ? How long has it been there? Have you tried any medications? Did they work? Any nausea? Fevers? If this is recent you could try ibuprofen, heat, massage. If long standing or worsening see a doctor to begin workup. ...Read more

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Been prescribed amitriptyline for nerve related pain. Prickly burning sensations in upper back and legs. How long does this drug take to work approx?

Been prescribed amitriptyline for nerve related pain. Prickly burning sensations in upper back and legs. How long does this drug take to work approx?

Amitriptylene: Amitriptyline will need several weeks' consistent dosing to show effectiveness. Doses required are often less than needed for depressive symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Walter Husar
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Burning Pain (Definition)

Burning pain is one of the hallmarks of pain due to nerve damage. Any skin condition may also cause burning pain. It is different than sharp stabbing pain ...Read more


Pain Or Discomfort, Burning Or Stinging (Definition)

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