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About 5 days ago I started experiencing tingling in my upper back between my shoulder blades, sort of like when your foot falls asleep. It's off and on?

About 5 days ago I started experiencing tingling in my upper back between my shoulder blades, sort of like when your foot falls asleep. It's off and on?

Mononeuropathy: When there is tingling in one specific area of the skin, especially if there is loss of sensation in that region, this could be a sign of a problem with a specific sensory nerve. You should see a neurologist to find out the cause. There are many causes for mononeuropathy. ...Read more

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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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Tingling soreness on my upper back and left side. What can I do for this soreness?

Tingling soreness on my upper back and left side. What can I do for this soreness?

Ice, rest, meds.: Assume this is not from a trauma, but rather overuse. The usual treatment includes rice, rest, ice, compress, and elevate for most soft tissue injuries. In addition, if you can take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications it will likely help. As the pain eases, please do stretching exercises. If the pain persists for more than a few weeks, consider evaluation by your doc. ...Read more

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What would cause numbness and tingling next to spinal cord? A few months ago I was in an auto accident — I was fine, but a week later I began to feel numbness and a tingling sensation in my upper back a few inches to the right of my spinal cord. This feel

What would cause numbness and tingling next to spinal cord? A few months ago I was in an auto accident — I was fine, but a week later I began to feel numbness and a tingling sensation in my upper back a few inches to the right of my spinal cord. This feel

Muscle spasms: Thick bands of muscles are located on both sides of the spinal column. Often following injury these will go into spasm and even pinch nerves that result in tingling and numbness. Good relaxation, stretching, yoga, etc may help. Muscle relaxant medications may help. Massage may help. Good neurological evaluation would be appropriate. ...Read more

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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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I was diagnosed with cervical vertigo. I was wondering what causes the tingling sensations in my neck, upper back, head, and unusual head sensations?

I was diagnosed with cervical vertigo. I was wondering what causes the tingling sensations in my neck, upper back, head, and unusual head sensations?

Cervical vertigo: I continue to be worried when doctors don't clearly help you understand what the problem is and the doctor should take necessary time to get the problems under control.

Please let me know how things go. ...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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I keep getting tingling & pain in my neck & upper/lower back. I used to get swollen ankles too but not since I lost 45pds. I work in a warehouse.?

I keep getting tingling & pain in my neck & upper/lower back. I used to get swollen ankles too but not since I lost 45pds. I work in a warehouse.?

Neck muscle etc: Your are to be commended for your weight-loss. I would consider muscular problems, pinched nerve in the neck. Tingling can be seen in neurologic issues, musculoskeletal issues, and can also be paresthesias. Your evaluation will include all these issues. ...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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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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Numbness/tingling in middle n upper back that comes and goes. No pain. More prominent after doing upper body workout. Any stretches I can do to help?

Numbness/tingling in middle n upper back that comes and goes. No pain. More prominent after doing upper body workout. Any stretches I can do to help?

Probably okay: Need to see a physician to be sure nothing else going on but most likely no concern. What type of exercise causes it? Does it happen mostly when doing work lying on a bench or sitting against a hard seatback? Any tingling "numbness" in arms? Too many questions to address this problem in this forum. ...Read more

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17yo, I have a tingling sensation in the upper back rite of my head. It can happen a couple times a day and I usually lightly tap it to make it stop?

17yo, I have a tingling sensation in the upper back rite of my head. It can happen a couple times a day and I usually lightly tap it to make it stop?

Pinched nerve or ...: Possible muscle spasm. This is most likely related to tightness of the muscles of the neck and might be relieved by improvement in posture, and regular range of motion exercises of the head, turning to right, to left, shrugging shoulders and hugging onself. Sometimes dehydration or excess caffeine can also cause twitches. If there is a problem with headaches or change in alertness, be checked. ...Read more

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Are there medical conditions that cause numbness and tingling in the upper back between shoulder blades?

Are there medical conditions that cause numbness and tingling in the upper back between shoulder blades?

Numb: We worry about "thoracic outlet syndrome" but the person to best help is an orthopedic doctor. You might need an EMG by a neurologist as well. Start with the orthopedic doctor first. If you are displease with their plans, seek a neurologist. ...Read more

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I have tingling on the rt side of my upper back. About the sz of a tennis ball. No pain just coming more often. Anything to worry about?

I have tingling on the rt side of my upper back. About the sz of a tennis ball. No pain just coming more often. Anything to worry about?

Need to see a Neuro-: Logist so it can be investigated. Sounds the dorsal nerve is being pinched/affected. He'll be able to answer any concerns, after he is able to determine the cause for your symptoms.
Good luck and happy holidays. ...Read more

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I have intense tingling/electrifying feeling on upper back, neck, my face it feels like a million ants running or pricking me. I've had it for months?

I have intense tingling/electrifying feeling on upper back, neck, my face it feels like a million ants running or pricking me. I've had it for months?

You need evaluation: Your description raises concern of problems in the posterior columns of the spinal cord (? Lhermitte's phenomenon), which can be associated with multiple sclerosis, pernicious anemia, or spinal column problems. See a neurologist, and get answers asap. It needs to be diagnosed and managed. ...Read more

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I've been having random tingling in all my fingertips. I have mild anxiety and also pulled muscles in my upper back could it be one of them?

Maybe: If the upper back, lower neck could be the source of tingling if a low cervical disc is involved, or cervical spinal stenosis. Tingling can also be metabolic. You should schedule evaluation. Basic lab work should also include a vitamin B12 level. ...Read more

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Message therapist said I have very knotted upper back shoulder blades. If EMG normal can I still have tingling in back withDiagnosed Myofacial?

Message therapist said
 I have very knotted upper back shoulder blades. If EMG normal can I still have tingling in back withDiagnosed Myofacial?

Don't get opinion: From massage therapist who has no medical training See your family doctor first to treat you or refer you to a specialist, it could be anything proper diagnostic tests are needed. ...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?

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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Chronic both shoulders pain from gym injury (very heavy military press & external cable). X-ray shows mild tendonitis. Doesn't explain spasms tingling in upper back. Torn rc? Calcific tend? Decent rom

Chronic both shoulders pain from gym injury (very heavy military press & external cable). X-ray shows mild tendonitis. Doesn't explain spasms tingling in upper back. Torn rc? Calcific tend? Decent rom

See orthopedist: Apparrently u sustained a signifigant injury to both shoulders in the wt. Room. Have you already had a mri?(x-rays show bony anatomy primarily). You need a good examination by an experienced ors who sees plenty of shoulder injuries/ pain. The differential dx. In your case is :ac jt injury, rc tendinitis/ sm tear, labral injury, slap tears, instability, referred pain, etc. Etc. Exam/mri=dx. Gl! ...Read more

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Hello! I am 34 years old and have a tingling sensation to the left side of my breast that can be felt in my upper back. At times, I can feel a dull/achy pain under my breast that comes and goes. I've had this for about a month. 2 weeks ago, I went to the

Hello! I am 34 years old and have a tingling sensation to the left side of my breast that can be felt in my upper back. At times, I can feel a dull/achy pain under my breast that comes and goes. I've had this for about a month. 2 weeks ago, I went to the

Nerve pain: This symptom may be due to an irritable or pinched nerve emanating from the spine and wrapping around the rib cage so that the discomfort is also felt around or under the breast. Avoid all stess on your upper back or your rib cage. If your symptoms persist and there is no breast problem, consult your physician or an orthopedic surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more

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T7-t8 disc protrusion, radiating pain, tingling along left upper back, is yoga and weights contraindicated?

T7-t8 disc protrusion, radiating pain, tingling along left upper back, is yoga and weights contraindicated?

Contraindicated? Eh-: Hard to be sure without an exam but it seems enticing to say the symptoms are consistent with an observed anatomical defect. CONTRAINDICATED? I think that is better answered following a good eval by neurology & then, physical therapy. Instinctively, I think weights need to be limited but I believe yoga can be more "flexible?" shall we say? No pun intended! ...Read more

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My middle and upper back hurts, hurts to breathe like a tingling pain down my spine what can I do to get rid of the pain?

Back pain: Please have someone take you to the nearest Emergency facility for evaluation and care.
Things should go OK! ...Read more

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Since going to chiro, I have very mild to tingling sensation on one foot. Not constant. He adjusted mid-upper back. Did he cause nerve entrapment?

Since going to chiro, I have very mild to tingling sensation on one foot. Not constant. He adjusted mid-upper back.
Did he cause nerve entrapment?

Not likely: It would be unusual that a midback (thoracic) adjument would cause tingling in the foot (lower lumbar or sacral nerve root).

I would suggest you get an MRI done to evaluate your lumbar spine ...Read more

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Tingling sensation in my upper chest, and pain in upper back when coughing. I have asthma, am on montelukast, and use an inhaler. Should I be worried?

Tingling sensation in my upper chest, and pain in upper back when coughing. I have asthma, am on montelukast, and use an inhaler. Should I be worried?

Yes: This may indicate that your asthma is not under good control. Monetlukast works on only about 50% of the people and may not be enough even if it is effective. You need to see your doctor to find out if an inhaled steroid +/- a long-acting bronchodilator may be a better choice. Do note that tobacco smoking often makes anti-asthma treatment less effective. ...Read more

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I've had pain in my left shoulder/upper back for 3 weeks. Also, pain in my left upper arm, with some tingling/numbness. Massage helped some. Ideas?

I've had pain in my left shoulder/upper back for 3 weeks. Also, pain in my left upper arm, with some tingling/numbness. Massage helped some.  Ideas?

Could be your neck: Have your doctor check you for neck problems which can press on the nerves going to the shoulder and arm. It could also be coming from a muscle spasm in he upper shoulder. ...Read more