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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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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

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What can cause numbness/tingling in the whole middle and upper back in a 26/f. Comes and goes throughout the day, more prominent after working out.

What can cause numbness/tingling in the whole middle and upper back in a 26/f.  Comes and goes throughout the day, more prominent after working out.

Pinched nerve : A pinched nerve in the lower cervical spine (neck) or upper thoracic spine can cause these symptoms. A pinched nerve can be from a ruptured disc (unlikely at your age) a muscle spasm (likely) or a bony spur (unlikely). If tingling persists longer than 6 weeks or increases you should see a doctor to evaluate. ...Read more

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On/off burning feeling in mid upper back. Seem worse when lying down.Started a desk bound work for about a month now.Wondering if it is cause by that?

On/off burning feeling in mid upper back. Seem worse when lying down.Started a desk bound work for about a month now.Wondering if it is cause by that?

I would put money: on it. Your body is most comfortable when you are moving about and your muscles/joints/spine are in various and changing positions. When one is static, muscle strain results; it can feel like burning. Try to get up and stretch/move around every 45-60 minutes. Begin a stretching program, after you have warmed up, a few times a week. Warm baths. Massage. Try a few things to develop a helpful program ...Read more

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I lost 65 lbs cuz of diet change. My upper back started hurting months ago.Better with rest. Starts burning when i get to work end of day its terrible?

I lost 65 lbs cuz of diet change. My upper back started hurting months ago.Better with rest. Starts burning when i get to work end of day its terrible?

Many possibilities: Because this pain has been going on for many months it really should be checked out by a doctor. While it could be a typical back pain i don't like the length of time or the associated symptoms (namely the weight loss - which may or may not have been completely intentional) please seek medical attention to be sure nothing serious is going on. ...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 keep getting this burning feeling in the upper back...help.

I keep getting this burning feeling in the upper back...help.

See your doctor: Burning pain can be from different causes, and depends on the cause of this pain , weather you been exposed to excessive sun or if you had trauma to your back or if there and rash or changes on the skin, and if there any associated temperature of if you feeling unwell suggest you need to see you local doctor for advise or seek after hours service at your area ...Read more

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I have a tingling sensation on my left side of my upper back area. What could this be?

I have a tingling sensation on my left side of my upper back area. What could this be?

Cervical Radiculopat: A pinched nerve can send abnormal sensations into adjacent areas that it serves. Local nerve compression at the root or after the nerve leaves the vertebral column can cause pain, numbness or weakness. ...Read more

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31 yr old female upper back for bout a week no other symptoms burning feeling in back what could it be if serious would I have other symptoms?

31 yr old female upper back for bout a week no other symptoms burning feeling in back what could it be if serious would I have other symptoms?

Burning feeling: Is there a rash there? Because that could be shingles. If there's no rash after a week, it's probably not shingles. Did you have any trauma? A fall or bump into something? Maybe there is a little peripheral nerve that is getting pinched in the spine. Serious symptoms would be worsening pain, fevers. If it gets worse, go see someone. ...Read more

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What can cause a tingling sensation in my neck and upper back?

What can cause a tingling sensation in my neck and upper back?

LHERMITTE'S: If the spinal cord is irritated locally, an electrical shock like sensation may be experienced on flexion or extension. Can be seen in MS, cervical disc disease, B-12 issues. Consider a visit to your doctor. ...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