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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 am experiencing burning pain to my left upper abdomen radiating to left side of my back especially when I am lying down. What would be the possible cause of this?

I am experiencing burning pain to my left upper abdomen radiating to left side of my back especially when I am lying down. What would be the possible cause of this?

Needs Workup: See a dr. Most likely this is of GI origin like a duodenal ulcer. You need to get a thorough history and physical as well appropriate studies such as x-rays or ultrasound to get a handle on what is going on here. More unusual causes could be a shingles attack. ...Read more

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Mid left back pain and side when laying down or sitting. Cyclobenzaprine made it go away but came back. Lots of side effects like burning sensation.

Mid left back pain and side when laying down or sitting. Cyclobenzaprine made it go away but came back. Lots of side effects like burning sensation.

Injury?: The location and sensations you describe sound like spinal subluxation (twisted spine) cyclobenzaprine will help spasms from spinal malalignment, but is short lived. Correcting the posture or spine through chiropractic, osteopathic, or medical manipulation is suggested. Medications can be part of the solution even as temporary relief. There are others to try if you experience side effects. ...Read more

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Had spinal fusion 14 weeks ago, severe burning pain when lying down at base of spine?

Had spinal fusion 14 weeks ago, severe burning pain when lying down at base of spine?

Nerve pain: Sounds like nerve irritation from the posterior rami. This probably is due to nerve injury prior to the fusion and the increased inflammation may have exacerbated the symptoms. I'd talk with your spine surgeon, you may need either Neurontin or Lyrica (pregabalin) to calm it down. ...Read more

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I have a burning pain on my lower right side when I sit up from laying down?

I have a burning pain on my lower right side when I sit up from laying down?

Right sided: This burning discomfort after sitting up from a supine position may be a low grade strain of the abdominal muscles on that side. Turning and twisting would also affect these muscles. If you have worsening right lower abdominal discomfort especially with associated tenderness, have your Physician examine you to check for appendicitis or right ovarian pathology. ...Read more

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I woke up with severe burning pain in the back of me head and it's getting worse burning pain the is going down my neck?

I woke up with severe burning pain in the back of me head and it's getting worse burning pain the is going down my neck?

Pain: Any muscle spasms of head and tension can cause a pain of scalp muscle and neck muscle. Muscle relexant also cold and heat pack will help to control pain. ...Read more

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Could anxiety cause you to feel burning sensation in parts of the body? I felt hot on right side in the back of my neck all the way down to my arm

Could anxiety cause you to feel burning sensation in parts of the body? I felt hot on right side in the back of my neck all the way down to my arm

Yes... but: Anxiety can cause a sensation of burning skin by triggering the 'fight or flight' response. However there are medical conditions that can cause a sensation of burning skin. Do see your pcp to rule this out before saying it's all from anxiety. Best wishes. ...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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As I bend down and get back up the pain at the back of my head and neck gets worse its like pressure is building up at the back of my neck and head and I feel a burning sensation..

As I bend down and get back up the pain at the back of my head and neck gets worse its like pressure is building up at the back of my neck and head and I feel a burning sensation..

R/O ARTHRITIS/HNP: R/O OSTEOARTHRITIS OF NECK/HNP. You need a full exam AND FOCUSED NEURO EXAM and lab workup including TFTS /vitD/ Lyme titers /MRI to be through. Also GF diet wholeApproach. Com. And start vitamin supplements. Glucosamine/krill oil/ubiquinol/resveretrol rejuvenation-science. Com. &eval for PT and strengthening. PMR EVAL FOR PRP/PROLTHERAPY/STEROID EPIDURAL INJECTION. Then reevaluate. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of burning pain - lower left side of spine, over to left hip and down left thigh?

What could be the cause of burning pain - lower left side of spine, over to left hip and down left thigh?

Disc herniation: This could be an upper lumbar disc herniation. It could also be referred pain. If the pain persists see year orthopedic spinal specialist. ...Read more

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I've been getting a sharp, burning pain in my back, that quickly radiates to my chest. Laying down makes it go away. I don't get heartburn or gerd.

If position affects: It, your pain is likely back/muscular/spine/rib,
please see your doctor for a good check up. Considering your age and lack of other sx's. ...Read more

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Have shooting burning pain in lower left side of back shooting down the left side of my thigh into my groin and left testicle. Most intense in morning?

Have shooting burning pain in lower left side of back shooting down the left side of my thigh into my groin and left testicle. Most intense in morning?

Back/Pelvic Eval: I recommend a more comprehensive evaluation by a physiatrist/sports medicine or orthopedic specialist. The lower back and pelvic region is complex and there are multiple sources for that type of pain/symptoms and a thorough history and physical exam is needed to assist you. ...Read more

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I have a burning sensation that comes and goes at the back left hand side of my head and a little down the back of my neck. It feels almost like acid. It is not painful but rather disconcerting.?

Pinched nerve?: Hi Olivia, perhaps a pinching, or irritation of the C2 / C3 nerves that supply that area? Take some time, notice if there is pattern to this, worse with certain activity / posture? Eased by Ibuprofen? Does it come more often in periods when you are under a degree of physical / mental stress? If it persists, becomes severe, or you get similar symptoms in other parts of your body then do see your GP ...Read more

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Sharp Burning pain left side mid back and down my side for 3 weeks, no injury, 2 years ago had a 1.7cm left kidney cyst, could that have grown?

Possible but need to: Also take into account your past history of swollen glands, thyroid nodules, and left kidney cyst that should be followed up and measured by US. Have an integrative physician work with you to balance these health issues out. Have your iodine levels checked too, especially if you have a tendency to form cysts, fibroids, fibrocystic breasts. Burning pain is not normal and can be an irritated nerve. ...Read more

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Really bad burning sensation in my upper abdomen that spreads down my right side of my stomach and I have a stabbing pain on my right side of back?

Really bad burning sensation in my upper abdomen that spreads down my right side of my stomach and I have a stabbing pain on my right side of back?

Pain: Could be a lot of things but burning pain on one side alerts us to nerve pain so consider shingles especially if rash appears. Other common cause of right upper abdominal pain is gall bladder issues. I'd see a doctor to get some tests done. ...Read more

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Burning sensation near right hip and and just below right ribs and constant lower back pain for years. Feels worse when sitting down.

Back problem: I suggest being seen by a physician. Your pain could be from your back, particularly because of the burning quality of your pain, and because it is worse in certain positions. ...Read more

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4 months having pins pain tingling dizziness and numbness all over body. Now have vibration in my left ankle and burning sensation in lower back. I noticed it gets worse when I turn my head/back down?

4 months having pins pain tingling dizziness and numbness all over body. Now have vibration in my left ankle and burning sensation in lower back. I noticed it gets worse when I turn my head/back down?

Sciatica: You may have a condition called sciatica which occurs when the nerve going to your leg is pinched as it comes out of the spine to give the pain down the leg and back. Have your primary care doctor check it out to make sure your leg muscles are not getting weaker because of the nerve problem. This doctor can refer you to the appropriate specialist you need to see. Please get this checked out. ...Read more

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Symptoms: shoulder pain (shoots down arm&back), burning sensation, tingling, cant sleep on shoulder, hard 2 lift, worse at night, weak, popping noise

Symptoms: shoulder pain (shoots down arm&back), burning sensation, tingling, cant sleep on shoulder, hard 2 lift, worse at night, weak, popping noise

A-C Joint?: If a young person were to have shoulder pain with pain lying on shoulder at night & weakness with lifting & a "popping" sound; then consideration might be for A-C, acromioclavicular, separation. Has there been a traumatic injury or fall onto shoulder? Skateboarding? See an Osteopath or Physiatrist. A-C joint X-ray films standing upright with & without weights might be needed; as well as an MRI. ...Read more

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Having sudden spasms in my arm and leg and upper back when laying down. Limb spasms start with sudden burning pain then the limb twitches/jerks hard.

Having sudden spasms in my arm and leg and upper back when laying down. Limb spasms start with sudden burning pain then the limb twitches/jerks hard.

C ur doc: U may have a disc problem in your neck, causing pressure on the nerves/ spinal cord that control your arms and upper back.
Go in and get checked. ...Read more

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Lower right side of back down to right foot is numb to hot/cold sensation. No pain, occasional burning sensation. Had lumbar MRI, normal. What is this?

Lower right side of back down to right foot is numb to hot/cold sensation. No pain, occasional burning sensation. Had lumbar MRI, normal. What is this?

With a: Normal lumbar MRI, the next step is to schedule a visit with a neurologist to investigate causes of your "peripheral neuropathy". The possible causes are many, and require a thorough history and exam. ...Read more

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Sides/back of neck hurt on/off. I get brief shooting burning pain in my head and ears. Shoulders and upper back sore to. Worse in the morning. Any idea?

Sides/back of neck hurt on/off. I get brief shooting burning pain in my head and ears. Shoulders and upper back sore to. Worse in the morning. Any idea?

Many possibilities: You are likely to be holding a lot of tension in your upper back and neck muscles. The question is why? At your age I would hope you could find more than symptomatic care. Posture, situational stressors, trauma, visual concerns, poor sleep, depression, toxins, etc. A good clinician can help you sort through the possibilities while providing symptomatic relief. All the best. ...Read more

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L hip pain that goes down into my leg to ankle, leg feel sore. Lower back hurts on L side. Hip feels like burning pain at times.

L hip pain that goes down into my leg to ankle, leg feel sore. Lower back hurts on L side. Hip feels like burning pain at times.

Possibly a sciatica: A sciatica is caused by an irritation of a nerve in the back that then can cause pain that runs down the leg like you are describing. There are also potentially other causes as well. Usually a detailed history and exam can determine the cause. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Sciatica? Pain in my left buttock, runs down leg, back of knee and into calf. No needles and pins. Burning sensation on side foot & under rib on left.

Sciatica? Pain in my left buttock, runs down leg, back of knee and into calf. No needles and pins. Burning sensation on side foot & under rib on left.

Probably: Although there are other potential causes, your symptoms are classic for "sciatica" which refers to symptoms that run down the leg from an irritation of a nerve in the back. Don't hesitate to be seen for it as there are many good treatment options. ...Read more

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Occassional burning pain near sternum while lying down if I move wrong (usually turning slightly). Subsides if I relax a minute. Any ideas?

Anxiety: Chest pain from anxiety is usually located over the heart and described as sharp pain. The pain usually increases when you breathe, but it doesn’t tend to continue more than a few minutes.
If concerned, see your pcp for further investigation to rule out cardiovascular involvement. ...Read more

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4 fingers down from ribcage (intestine?) has strange burning sensation when standing or moving. Feels better to be sitting or lying down. What is this

4 fingers down from ribcage (intestine?) has strange burning sensation when standing or moving. Feels better to be sitting or lying down. What is this

Which side?: Do u have alternating constipation and diahrea? Do you have nausea and vomiting with weight loss? Do you sleep well at night, grind your teeth in sleep, have recurrent headaches? I am searching for visceral hypersensitivity. I see u have anxiety and fatigue. If this not treated, all pain is worse. One good med for nausea, mood, sleep, anxiety is mirtazapine. See doc. ...Read more

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Burning pain in right groin when sitting or lying down. Rest of hip and leg aches some when sitting. Less pain when standing walking. Pregnant. Causes?

Unlikely Hip: Typical hip pain that stems from arthritis is usually not described as "burning". However, nerve pain, (called neuropathy) is commonly described by patients as burning, tingling, electrical. The location of your pain in the groin is similar to where hip joint pain would be felt, but your description of the pain gives me the sense that this is a nerve. Arthritis also has stiffness involved. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
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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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