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Burning pain in left side - anyone had this as referred back pain

FormerfireFFormerfire Posts: 148
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:23 AM in Lower Back Pain

I am getting some burning pain in my side (i think in the past i thought it was ovary or something) and my dr put it down to referred back pain (2 yrs ago prior to surgery).

Just wondering if anyone has had this and knows where the pain is referred from. I havent had this since L5S1 surgery and wondering if it is from another disc that is nowhere near as bad but playing up????

Thanks FF


  • Hiya
    Has anyone ever mentioned stenosis, as the burning pain is a symtom, not sure if thats related , just an idea ! Keep us posted let us no how you get on ! Good Luck! .

    Angie x
  • I happen to have several areas where I feel a deep burning from pain, in my muscles. I'm not quite sure what kind of burning that you are having. Can you explain it any better? For instance, my right side and shoulder have this deep burning pain whenever I overuse them, like lifting a glass! But I can tell that it's in the muscles. I also have skin that is very hot, it actually burns sometimes, I haven't figured out that one yet! It's hard to understand exactly what you are going through. I'd love to help if I can, just need a little more info. Good luck!
  • Hiya ,
    I agree with jewels, we will all help you if we can, but we need more info. 8>

    Angie x
  • oh sorry 8>

    The best way to explain it is like a kind of irregular pulsing pain internally. So its not on the skin....the only thing i thought it could be was a cyst on an ovary bursting or something like that. Burning or acidic, sharpish pain. The pain does not take my breath away and isnt bad enough to rush to hospital. But i have had it for the last 5 days or so i guess. Because the gp said it was referred from a disc bulge about 2 years ago i did not think i would feel it again (unless it is another disc).

    Its not over a large area, more like an intense concentrated pain.

    Actually, if you find your left hip bone, its about 1 inch to the right of that.

    Gee i am doing a terrible job of explaining it.

    thanks anyway for any interpretation you have
  • I just had a thought....maybe it is just nerve pain...but an internal form rather than the sciatica i was getting. The only bummer is its on the left and the sciatica was on the right! hmmmm....another disc......no please
  • Hiya

    You can still have a nerve pain on the left side , like the siatic pain. Does it feel like siatica?

    Angie x
  • I would go to the Dr and get it checked out.
    Since is concentrated to the one spot you described.
    Could be a kidney infection, kidney stone or could be from your back.
    What you describe is what I get from stones.
    Just my own personal opinion. Not a diagnosis by any means.
    Ya will never know till they do a ultrasound on that side plus xrays.
    They also put mine as "back pain" also for years. Till I went forward and said do the TEST!!! and it ended up being my kidney. So always go with your instincts. Yes we go to Drs for guidence but hey sometimes we the patients know a bit more.
    When they diagnosed my spondylolthesis all I had was burning pain but it was located at the base of my spine and it spread from side to side. So it was not one isolated spot.
    The only way they found this was by doing a xray with me leaning forward and then back.

    Let us know how you make out!!!
    Take care
    Terri >:D<
  • Hi Angie

    No its not the same as sciatica...it is more like a deeper pain (could be nerve because of the familiar burn sensation).... gee i will go and get it checked out though. Cant help feeling like a wuss... I think you get more aware of your body after surgery.

    Thanks too Terry for your advice. Will let you know how it goes.

  • Hiya,
    Let us know how you get on with the doctor. :)

    Angie x
  • I thought about the kidneys too. But I can also see it being nerve pain. So hard to tell! I have an impinged nerve on my right side and my sciatic pain is on my left. So I have it on both sides. And the nerve pain has this awful buring feel to it, really deep inside. It hurts more than any of the other "many" problems & pains that I have. My husband has had kidney stones and I remember once when I took him to the ER that the doc told him that kidney stones can be more painful than childbirth. Wow, that's a lot of pain! You should have this looked into, see a different doctor about it if you can, maybe he'll see it through fresh eyes. You should have some tests done just to rule other things out and so you will actually "know" where the pain is coming from. At least get some peace of mind. Good luck and keep us informed.
  • Well i just got back from the gp - he was not even remotely concerned about kidneys (lol). He didnt even check out the burning pain actually.

    He is more concerned that i have increasing stiffness and soreness (i just had the flu and discovered that when i cough it kills, which was kind of pre op).

    So he is sending me back to neurosurgeon.

    He thinks it could be

    1. Scar tissue building up causing stiffness and inflamation etc

    2. A different disc problem

    3. A facet joint problem (no idea what that is).

    So will wait for 3 weeks and find out.

    Because last time i got PT i ended up in surgery i am really reluctant to continue while i have this. But then again, could the lessended activity be causing the problem.

    Who knows.

    well at least i had my holiday without any problems :)

    Thanks everyone.

    Has anyone else felt like their back was getting more stiff and sore and unstable about 4 months after?
  • I have sciatica down both legs ~X( . I was terrified :SS of having another bleeding ovarian cyst (I had surgery for this 3 years ago) when I started to feel an irregular, deep, throbbing, twinging pain near my left ovary :jawdrop: . My left side is my more painful side of my back. I went to the doc and was told it is referred nerve pain from my back and that it can happen on either side due to my disc problems #:S . I still have it sometimes, I find a heating pad works well to dull the pain and it eventually calms down on its own for me (ok, with the help of meds and lots of rest too!!!).

    These are just my humble opinions and experiences but everyone is different. Just because one doc isn't concerned with one thing doesn't mean he's right. If he doesn't give you an explaination you feel confident in, get as many second opinions as you feel you should until you are confident in what is causing this pain :D .

    I hope this helps and you get some relief! I will be sending you a hospital strengh dose of positive energy to jump start the healing process... <:P
  • i went back to PT and she kneaded my back and stomach until i was black and blue. But it worked. She thinks it is a muscle called psoas (??) that is all twisted just above intestines that causes the burning pain.

    Also, the back pain is from all my muscles overcompensating again...so if it is that it is good.

    I must retrain these rebellious muscles...they have obviously become really good at protecting me....

    Thanks again
  • Glad you went to get some "semi" answers.
    Glad you went through your holiday with no issues.

    But first and formost if allowable for yourself get that appt with your neuro that did your surgery. Testing is the only thing that is going to find the actual cause of your pain.
    Most likely "not sure" they will want to do a CT scan/ultrasound or MRI. Of course these are just my ideas of what the Dr may do or not do.

    I wish you all the best of luck in finding what your pain is!!!!!

    Terri >:D< >:D<
  • I get a burning pain in almost exactly the same spot you described - just to the right of the left hip bone! I had some pain there before surgery - a little different than now though. Before surgery is was more of a pulling pain. My PT said maybe psoas muscle - like you, massage helped tremendously! But the pain is back in the same place but now more of a burning pain. I use heat on it and that helps as does walking - or sometimes just changing position. It really kicked up when I started PT in the pool! But no one seems to know what it is.

    Maybe your doc will have some answers for you! Good luck!
  • They can be so helpful or NOT for the doctor.
    I am only too well aware of how my own docs jump on something, interprt it then explain it back to me ALL WRONG.

    Have a look on the web for nurses pain scales. There are some that use a list of words you choose to describe the pain.
    For example...shooting, stabbing, sharp, nagging, dull, burning, intense, raging, needles, prickles, ....and so on.

    When you go throu them, you will find the ones that really help and end up with a neat list of GOOD accurate words that will really help the doctor.

    Pain is so subjective that i fear sometimes our own communication fails us!

    As far, whay you describe could be anything.
    If you are really worried, that should be enough to get checked. Don't second guess especially if you had it for 5 days already. Let the docs poke you around and see if they can find the source. If not, keep watching and waiting, It'll either get worse, better or stay the same!!
    Good Luck.
  • I have had burning pain in my left side since 2007! I had a spinal cord stimulator and all of a sudden I developed the pain in my left side. So, they removed the stimulator because they was afraid a couple of wires had gotten crossed. The pain continued so they did an MRI and found a herniated disk in my spine. That pain radiated to my side.... I still have it... 24/7! Never freakin' stops. I am so sick of hurting. That's only one of my pain issues but a major one. They are going in in the morning and putting in another spinal cord stimulator... hopefully it will kill the pain in my side.
    I'm sorry you are experiencing this pain as well. I know how much it hurts.
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