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CAUSES OF TINGLING FEELING IN UPPER BACK, CAUSES OF TINGLING FEELING IN MIDDLE BACK AND CAUSES OF TINGLING FEELING IN LOWER BACK

A tingling feeling in the back is commonly describes as a pins-and-needles, stinging or “crawling” sensation. Depending on its cause and location, the feeling can be chronic (long term) or short live (acute). Seek immediate medical attention if the tingling is accompanied by (a) sudden weakness in the legs (b) problems in walking and (c) loss of control of bladder or bowel.

TINGLING FEELING IN UPPER BACK

Tingling feeling in upper back is commonly caused by nerve compression, nerve damage or nerve irritation. Some causes include:

  • Cervical radiculopathy. This is a pinched nerve that occurs in the spine within the neck. This occurs when one of the shock-absorbing discs that lies between each vertebra (the bones of the spine) collapses, bulges or herniates, pressing against sensitive nerve. This often happens due to aging or improper body mechanics. Most cases heal with rest, over-the-counter pain relievers and physical therapy. https://cks.nice.org.uk/neck-pain-cervical-radiculopathy
  • Fibromyalgia. This is a disorder of central nervous system that produces widespread muscle pain and fatigue. Pain, ranging from dull and achy to tingling and is often worse in area where there is a lot of movements such as the shoulders and neck. This condition if often treated with pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxers, antidepressants which can help relieve pain and symptoms of depression that occur when living with fibromyalgia. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/fibromyalgia/
  •  Brachial plexopathy. The brachial plexus is a group of nerves in the spinal column that send signals to the shoulders, arms and hands. If these nerves are stretched or compressed, a stinging, tingling pain can develop. In most cases the pain is felt in the arm briefly. The stinging can radiate around the neck and shoulders. Treatment involves pain medications, steroids to reduce inflammation and physical therapy. https://www.evidence.nhs.uk/search?q=brachial+plexus
  • Lhermitte’s sign. This is a shock-like sensation linked to multiple sclerosis (MS). The pain usually lasts only seconds but can reoccur. There is no specific treatment for Lhermitte’s sign although steroids and pain relievers are common treatments. https://www.mstrust.org.uk/a-z/lhermittes-sign

TINGLING FEELING IN MIDDLE BACK

Tingling feeling in middle back may be caused by shingles. Shingles is an infection caused by the same virus that produces chicken pox (varicella zoster virus). It affects the nerve endings. Once you’ve had chicken pox, the virus can lie dormant in your system for years. If it becomes reactivated, it appears as a blister rash that often wraps around the torso producing a tingling or burning pain. Treatment includes pain relievers, antiviral medications, anticonvulsants, steroids, antidepressants and numbing topical sprays, creams and gels. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/shingles/

TINGLING FEELING IN LOWER BACK

Tingling feeling in lower back can be due to one of the following:

  • Spinal stenosis. This is a narrowing of the spinal column. This narrowing can trap or pinch nerve roots. Spinal stenosis becomes more common as people age. This condition can be treated with pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxers, steroids. https://www.evidence.nhs.uk/search?q=spinal+stenosis
  • Herniated disc. This can occur anywhere along the spine. However, the lower back is a common place. Treatment consist of rest, ice, pain relievers, physical therapy. https://www.evidence.nhs.uk/search?ps=20&q=slipped+disc
  • Sciatica. The sciatic nerve runs from the lower back into the buttocks and legs. When the nerve is compressed, which can be causes by spinal stenosis or herniated disc or injury on spine, a tingling pain can be felt in your legs. To relieve pain a doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatories, pain killers, muscle relaxers, antidepressants. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/sciatica/
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WHAT IS SCIATICA & WHAT CAUSE IT?

Sciatica is a term that describes symptoms of pain, numbness and/or weakness that radiate along the sciatic nerve from the lower back to the buttocks and legs. The medical term for sciatica is lumbar radiculopathy. Sciatica symptoms are typically felt on only one side of the body.https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/sciatica/

WHAT CAUSE SCIATICA?

  • degenerative disc disease (breakdown of discs, which act as cushions between the vertebrae)
  • lumbar spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back)
  • spondylolisthesis (a condition in which one vertebra slips forward over another one)
  • pregnancy
  • muscle spasm in the back or buttocks
  • slipped disc
slipped disc

How long does it take for a slipped disc to heal? Can a herniated disc heal itself?

How long does it take for a slipped disc to heal?

Most people with a slipped disc respond well to conservative treatment. Within six weeks their pain and discomfort will gradually lessen.https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/slipped-disc/

Can a herniated disc heal itself?

The answer is little more complicated that a simple yes or no. The pain of herniated disc can resolve without medical intervention, but it does not mean the disc problem has healed. Symptoms of a herniated disc may resolve on their own due to a number of reasons such as:

  • immune system reaction
  • exercise benefits
  • water absorption

The three factors above may relieve pressure on the nerve but don’t resolve the herniation. This can mean there may be a continuing nerve pain which may require medical intervention. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/lumbar-decompression-surgery/

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SCIATIC PAIN OR PAIN FROM SLIPPED DISC. HOW TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE?

Sciatica pain is often experienced as a shooting, searing pain that radiates down the back of the leg. Sometimes, numbness, tingling, or burning is felt along the nerve. Some people describe the nerve pain as electric-like. Conversely, sciatica symptoms may be experienced as more of a constant, dull pain. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/sciatica

Slipped disc pain. Slipped disc is also called prolapsed or herniated disc. This pain may shoot into your arm or leg when you cough, sneeze or move your spine into certain positions. Numbness or tingling sensation may also be experienced. People who have a herniated disk often experience numbness or tingling in the body part served by the affected nerves. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/slipped-disc