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I get a burning tingling sensation on my upper back ( lung area) I do not have a cough, although I am a 'social smoker' for 20 years.

I get a burning tingling sensation on my upper back ( lung area) I do not have a cough, although I am a 'social smoker' for 20 years.

Well: I have found lung cancer in patients without a cough and up to 2 packs a week of tobacco is a lot over 20 years. I would get it checked out and maybe get a chest x ray to start out with. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Tingling (Definition)

Tingling is a pins and needle like sensation anywhere on the body. May also be termed paresthesia. Can experience when elbow is bumped (funny bone), or even from frostbite. On its own, unlikely significant but may be part of nerve pathology from ...Read more


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Can COPD cause burning, tingling sensations in the upper back lung area? It feels like my upper back and chest is tight and heavy feeling.

Can COPD cause burning, tingling sensations in the upper back lung area? It feels like my upper back and chest is tight and heavy feeling.

Not usually: COPD usually causes shortness of breath, chest tightness, wheezing, and coughing. The sort of symptoms you are describing may be something more significant. I would get checked out by your doctor. He or she can listen to your lungs and maybe get blood tests or a chest xray. ...Read more

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My upper back for the last year or so constantly goes numb. I also get a burning tingling pain sensation. If I move suddenly I get a sharp pain there?

My upper back for the last year or so constantly goes numb. I also get a burning tingling pain sensation. If I move suddenly I get a sharp pain there?

Get more detail: Unusual at your age. Constantly "goes" numb (meaning recurrent) or constantly "is" numb (does not resolve)? Big difference. Have someone help you to test where you are numb and then try to draw a circle around the numb area. Repeat over a few days to see if the area is constant or changes. Do same for tingling. Try to be precise about where the pain is. Then take information to your doctor. ...Read more

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Xray of shoulder shows nothing abnormal but i have burning in upper back between shoulder blades and random right arm tingling and numbness...whats up?

Xray of shoulder shows nothing abnormal but i have burning in upper back between shoulder blades and random right arm tingling and numbness...whats up?

Trigger point?: Pain between the shoulder blades and arm tingling is often a pinched nerve, a trigger point or a muscle strain. Rarely something serious like heart or aorta problems can do this. A careful history and physical exam can usually clarify the issue. While rare, sometimes you need a CT or MRI to rule out more serious problems. ...Read more

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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

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I've been feeling a tingley sensation in my back. Sometimes it's a cold tingle and sometimes it feels like it's tingling and burning?

Sciatica: Usually when people feel tingling or burning especially in the back there is a concern for nerve impingement or involvement. Therefore it is appropriate to see a sports medicine doctor or PMR physician for a complete examination and consideration of a MRI and nerve test. There are local injections or medications some of which may be topical that can help. Acupuncture and PT may be a consideration ...Read more