Doctors Lounge - Orthopedics Answers

"The information provided on is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician."

Back to Orthopedics Answers List

Forum Name: Spinal problems and back pain

Question: burning on the spine

 madhunt - Sat Jan 15, 2005 9:50 pm

My mother has a burning sensation on her back (spine). She says it goes straight through her, like someone is stabbing her. She has no other symptoms. Her doctor has diagnosed her with shingles. Everything I have about shingles does not state symptoms such as this. What else could it be?
 Dr. A. Saif - Wed Mar 02, 2005 5:52 am

User avatar Dear Madhunt,

A "burning" pain can often be caused by shingles...and other skin conditions. Shingles is rarely in the midline...more often to one side of the spine. and radiating along in a band which reflects the distribution of the cutaneous nerve. Other skin conditions can cause this, but usually some signs are present on the surface.

There are other local and referred causes of this type of pain....more detailed information and examination would be required...


| Check a doctor's response to similar questions

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

  • Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application

Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us