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Burning Skin Sensation

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  • Posted By: Donna14870
  • October 27, 2006
  • 01:09 PM

My husband is 47 years old and within the last 3 weeks he has started having an intense burning sensation across the skin of his upper abdomin. It is also located running vertically down the sides of his back. He went to the doctor yesterday and they told him they don't know what's wrong and he should see a neurologist. He is in extreme pain and it's highly sensitive to the touch. It bothers him just to wear a shirt. He has no rashes on his body - it just burns. Has anyone else experienced this issue.

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  • Yes, its seems this is a common problem, i have had it since June 2006 and can't find any relief for it. i have been to the doctors, had several blood and urine tests. I have also had a nerve and muscle tests and scans but everything has come back normal. No one that i have been in contact with knows what this is. Sorry i cannot be of any more help. It is so fustrating and makes my life a constant worry.Nors
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 6, 2006
    • 09:47 AM
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  • Sorry To Hear Abouth Your Husband.i Too Have Burning Pain In My Upper Back. I Can Relate With Him. I'm Only 37 And I Have Had This For Years. I Recently Changed Doctors, And Had Tests After Tests With Really No Answers. The X-rays On My Back Showed An Old Fracture Of My Upper Back(that I Can't Recall Ever Recieving). He's Sending Me To Have A Bone Density Test, Seems To Think I Have Osteoperrosis.when You Hurt This Bad And No-one Seems To Know What Is Wrong It Is So Frustrating. Sometimes The Pain Gets So Bad, It Makes Me Feel Sick. I Have Been Doing Some Digging On The Net And With The Burning I Have And Some Other Problems I Have I Have A Lot Of The Same Characteristics Of Ms. Don't Give Up You Need To Pursue This Cause It Does Happen And There Has To Be Answers Somewhere Out There.
    hurtin in tenn 7 Replies
    • November 6, 2006
    • 01:47 PM
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  • Well he went to the neurologist and they ordered blood tests and an MRI which I am sure all will come back negative. I'll update this site to let you all know what the results are for this burning skin problem. In the meantime, if you find out anything, please be sure to post an update. Thanks
    Donna14870 1 Replies
    • November 6, 2006
    • 04:19 PM
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  • All of his symptoms match a disease called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. You are in the right place going to a neurologist; he should be able to start your husband on medication. I hope this helps, Nicole;)
    Nicola720 2 Replies
    • November 7, 2006
    • 05:21 AM
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  • Yes, its seems this is a common problem, i have had it since June 2006 and can't find any relief for it. i have been to the doctors, had several blood and urine tests. I have also had a nerve and muscle tests and scans but everything has come back normal. No one that i have been in contact with knows what this is. Sorry i cannot be of any more help. It is so fustrating and makes my life a constant worry.NorsI've had the same burning and skin problem. With it, within the last few years also had Major Hay Fever and stomach pain. I'm confuse with the what I may have, but I am very sure its either MRSA or Lyme Disease. These are two major medical issues Doctors are aware and insurance company play the of making them ignore them because of the cost for Lab test. Push for your doctor to test you on both. They are real bad bacteria problems that can damage your nerve system and even give you liver problems
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 29, 2007
    • 09:58 PM
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  • Could be shingles...just hasn't broken out yet.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • November 30, 2007
    • 02:05 AM
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  • A few months ago my brother had experienced traveling burning sensations in different locations in his skin. Throughout a 3 month period he had several doctors run several blood test, 6 MRI, exrays etc. Eventually they placed him the Cleveland Clinic, and they could not diagnose him. At the end of his dilemma, he was told by the expert doctors that because they could not find anything else wrong with him, that it most likely is the cause of a viral infection that is located in the spine or the brain and will run its course and go away. After 3.5 months the symptoms have all gone away.Now a few months later, I am experiencing the same thing. I am not located anywhere near him. We are several states apart, and I have only had contact with him in August last year for a few hours. And no one that lives or works with him has it either. My pain started in the front of both thighs. I thought I overexposed myself to chlorine at the Y. The burned so bad that I could not walk from my pants touching my skin! The left leg stopped burning after 1 week, but the right continued for 2 weeks. The legs stopped burning, and then I got the same thing in my right groin. It hurt so bad that I could not wear underwear! It spread to my inner upper thigh, and lower abdomen. I felt on fire! Then, 2 days later, because I ws not comfortable sitting in my easy chair from my groin and abdomin area, I kind of turned and felt a sudden surge of burning pain on the upper right buttock/side hip. That was 2 weeks ago. The main symptoms are that I cannot touch my skin from the on fire burning, I cannot stand clothing rubbing against me, the covers pull along my hip at night, so I am exhausted. TAking a shower is out of this world painful if the water stings it! And really painful is when i shivver from a little chill in the air, like while walking to another room, the skin stands up and catches fire! There is no redness, no swelling, and no rash.It has been a full 2 weeks, and the last areas have not let up. I thought if I called my brother he would think I was having sympathy pain, or that I was psychotic, or that is hereditary, and it would cause our set of 6 siblings to panic! All of us are in our 50's now! But after nearly 5 weeks now, I gave in. He had me describe the pain, the way it moves, how it feels, how long they are lasting. I did not know the details of his experience, just that he was going through tests for a burning sensation that moved through his body.He told me that our symptom are very similar. I knew things that only we could know by experiencing it! Like the getting out of a chair and the suddenly flaming of the skin that I am now calling a "hot spot".He told me that his started in his thighs, stayed about 2 weeks, then he got a new one on his abdomen and it went around to his lower back, then to his arm, then to his head. He said that sometimes you get more than one area at a time, they vary in how long they last, and sometimes they repeat in areas that were already gone. Some spots ease out, while others are really intense at different times of the day. We are both in our 50's and has occurred 4 states apart. But I don't believe it is hereditary. He started this in Sept 07, and has been fine since Jan 08. I do think it is viral by the sounds of so many others having the same symptoms.I believe that it must therefore be traveling through humans. So I am going to ride it out for a few more months and see if like my brothers, it just goes away.He warns me that if it does get worse, and I don't know how it could, I should go in, and he has been instructed by the experts at the Cleveland Clinic to return if it did not go away within a few months, or if after the symptoms stop, if they return. But the Cleveland Clinic really felt strong that it was a Viral Infection that runs through the spine and or the brain and given the time to runs its course, like all viruses, will eventually leave the body.Good Luck to you all.
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  • again, shingles. or at least in the herpes family without a break out..I'd get a herpes 2 blood test to make sure...half of the people have no symptoms at all...
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • Had the same thing. Burning, like someone was holding a match on my outer thighs. Was diagnosed with SHINGLES. Took Zilactin and used cream on area and never had it occur since 4 years ago.
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  • The hospitals ran all the tests to rule out shingles, herpes, MS. My brother did see a neurologists, and a dermotologist, and a blood specialist, and anybody else they could think of. These all came up negative, and that was when they put him into the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. They ran every test possible. They concluded it was a Viral Infection running its course. And that was what the others all said that it probably was prior to him going to Cleveland Clinic.He tells me he has also met his max deductable and now owes 2400 bucks for the diagnosis that offered no help but peace of mind. We know it's not life threatening! I don't know guys, is this what they say when they just don't know! I wonder if all the food recals on chicken, beef, lettuce and our drinks, that it is contributing to this mass problem. Scary what to eat & drink these days.
    peachy 4 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thank you, i soaked in a tub this morning of aloe, because it now has wrapped from the abdomen to the buttocks! No relief!I wonder why they tested him, and do not think it was shingles. So many of us all said the same thing after asking around. And he said they said no. If this is no better by Monday, i am going to see my doctor. Although we are in GA, he trained at the Cleveland Clinic and is a great doctor. I will let you know what he comes up with, but i will not subject myself to bouts of testing!
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  • I have the same condition, the doctors cant find anything. I was just recently diagnose with a Real bad case of Acid Reflux. For some reason, I think its a problem with blood circulation and glandular tissues. Just read an article on Mad Cow Disease. Very interestingI've notice my burning and itching happens when I try to sweat but dont sweat right, Had this condition for the last 8yrs. It causes skin pigment problems, bad fungal infections, fevers, Throat eating problems (acid reflux), usto have mind confusion problems at the beginning but they have gone away.What works for me? dont use any Medication unless you are 100% sure. More medication can cause side affects to your condition.What helped me for the skin problem is salt water bath, rubbing alcohol, and Vaseline. Vaseline every day will make it feel 100% better. Drink alot of water and avoid Alcohol - it makes it worse when you dehydrate. Take care of the Acid reflux right away because it can burn and damage your esophagues. Smoking will make your acid reflux condition worse as well. Try jogging to help improve the sweating cycle better, it wont improve it but it will help the sweat glands function a little better. I am a 28yr old Male from Milwaukee whos been suffering from these condition, Yes I have spent TONS of money on Medical bills. I also thought it was MRSA, lyme, other condition but it seem to be a new for of bacteria that is producing unknown conditionsWhat do I think is wrong? I link all the chemical and hormones companies that being used in our food (remember that majority is imported by a different government who doesnt monitor I food that well). They are giving us Side affects and affecting many with hypersensation and blood circulation conditions. More virus and bacterias are growing from this new life we have cheated. How do we fix it? it might be to late, companies have adapted to these chemicals and easy way of producing Meat and Vegatables. An organic lifestyle can also be very expensive.Unless you have More money then these companies you might be able to convince your government to go back to an organic world. In the US, I think ban to import and crack down on NAFTA is the only way to monitor what we eat better.
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  • my dad has exactly the same symptoms of burning skin and sensitivity to touch accross his chest and stomach area. He just received the results from the neurologist, who claims that it is an inflammation of the nerves, caused by his diabetes. (Diabetic Neuropathy)The specialist prescribed him Larica 75mg for four days and 150mg thereafter for the next four months. He is on day two now, so lets see what happens.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 5, 2008
    • 08:33 AM
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  • I have the same issue which it started after I got the shingles. I believe I get it when I am stressed (but I really never feel stressed) and when I am on my monthly. It moves in different spots for me as well. But shingles are related to stress as well and I contected since I have had shingles before and know the sensation. I watched this show about hot spices and how this guy would have nerve ending in his feet hurt him so bad that he couldn't put shoes on. But after going and getting some hot (spicy) oitment put on his feet the bad sensation went away. It was on the chanell 13 World network with that guy from MASH...anyways you should look it up. I think I am going to try my own home therepy next time and get jalopeno's and put it on the area...we will see!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 9, 2009
    • 03:12 AM
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  • My husband is 47 years old and within the last 3 weeks he has started having an intense burning sensation across the skin of his upper abdomin. It is also located running vertically down the sides of his back. He went to the doctor yesterday and they told him they don't know what's wrong and he should see a neurologist. He is in extreme pain and it's highly sensitive to the touch. It bothers him just to wear a shirt. He has no rashes on his body - it just burns. Has anyone else experienced this issue. I started feeling a burning below my right shoulder on friday it has grown to under and on the back of my right arm. feels like a bad sunburn. no redness or rash visable and a shirt or movement irratates it. if anyone has an answer to what this let me know please.
    Bayouhawk 1 Replies
    • January 4, 2010
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  • My husband is 47 years old and within the last 3 weeks he has started having an intense burning sensation across the skin of his upper abdomin. It is also located running vertically down the sides of his back. He went to the doctor yesterday and they told him they don't know what's wrong and he should see a neurologist. He is in extreme pain and it's highly sensitive to the touch. It bothers him just to wear a shirt. He has no rashes on his body - it just burns. Has anyone else experienced this issue.sounds like 2 things..FIBERMYALGIA , DIABETTIC NEUROPATHY....I HAVE DIABETTIC NEUROPATHY MY SELF AND I DO GET BURNING SKIN...
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 4, 2010
    • 03:50 AM
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  • I have the same issue which it started after I got the shingles. I believe I get it when I am stressed (but I really never feel stressed) and when I am on my monthly. It moves in different spots for me as well. But shingles are related to stress as well and I contected since I have had shingles before and know the sensation. I watched this show about hot spices and how this guy would have nerve ending in his feet hurt him so bad that he couldn't put shoes on. But after going and getting some hot (spicy) oitment put on his feet the bad sensation went away. It was on the chanell 13 World network with that guy from MASH...anyways you should look it up. I think I am going to try my own home therepy next time and get jalopeno's and put it on the area...we will see! Alan Alda; he is absolutely great!!! I have learned so much from him. They are growing organs now for transplants and man can fly jet planes and steer boats with just brain power. Such an inspiration.http://www.pbs.org/saf/alanswers.htm
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • January 4, 2010
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  • The hospitals ran all the tests to rule out shingles, herpes, MS. My brother did see a neurologists, and a dermotologist, and a blood specialist, and anybody else they could think of. These all came up negative, and that was when they put him into the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. They ran every test possible. They concluded it was a Viral Infection running its course. And that was what the others all said that it probably was prior to him going to Cleveland Clinic.He tells me he has also met his max deductable and now owes 2400 bucks for the diagnosis that offered no help but peace of mind. We know it's not life threatening! I don't know guys, is this what they say when they just don't know! I wonder if all the food recals on chicken, beef, lettuce and our drinks, that it is contributing to this mass problem. Scary what to eat & drink these days. Shingles is not an easy thing to diagnose via blood work due to the fact that the only thing they can screen for is whether or not you had chicken pox. I would say they can't rule that out if he ever had chicken pox.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • January 4, 2010
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  • Shingles is not an easy thing to diagnose via blood work due to the fact that the only thing they can screen for is whether or not you had chicken pox. I would say they can't rule that out if he ever had chicken pox.I am a 59 year old woman in great shape. Have had EXCESSIVE burning on my right buttock as well as vaginal swelling. This has occurred after months of mental and physical stress. Have had strep throat, thrush in mouth, pinched nerves in neck and lower back pain in past months. Have spoken to rhemetologist, MS specialist, etc. Going to gynecologist Tuesday, and gope to get appointment with nurologist this weekj. ONLY thing that helps (although band-aid) is ice packs on buttock
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 11, 2010
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  • I was suffering with buring skin on my legs = very bad. And it was moving to other parts of my body. I would wake up with pain. I couldn't let any clothing touch the skin or I would feel pain. I found a remedy for me. I took 2000 units of vit D daily, some vit C and a multi-vit pill.......and the pain was better. within 4 days the pain was gone. I can't say this will help someone else, but it was a miracle for me.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 21, 2010
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