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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...


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