Hey, I'm 17 and I have been having this tingling in my upper back for 6 months now. It's on the left side. I can't pin point the exact place but it's between my shoulder blade and spine. I'd say it's a bit below shoulder blade and more towards the spine but it's somewhere in that area. It usually tingles when I'm sitting in the class or at my desk but if I slouch backwards it goes away but because I need to write and study, I can't really slouch backwards. i do usually sit in one position. It does sometimes happen when I stand (like in the shower) but usually when I'm sitting at my desk. So 6 months ago I was revising for my exams and I was basically at my desk for the whole week. At the end of the week I felt like there was something touching my back or like crawling under can't really explain but its basically tingling. I though it'd go away but it hasn't since. Also, I've always had a poor posture and I don't sit correctly, I've got uneven shoulders because I carry everything on my left shoulder. I do everything with my left hand. Sometimes tingling comes on in my left foot but never on the right. So basically my left shoulder is lower and tingling is on the left side. Also I'm anxious all the time, especially at school. I sweat a lot at school and I'm always stressed so I don't know if that could affect my back but I guess it could. Also, I've got OCD which causes even more stress and anxiety. So does anyone know what it could be? This tingling has been here for 6 months so I'm quite worried it's something serious. Occasionally I'll get shoulder blade pain but that's probably from sleeping. I don't know if there's something wrong with my spine or what. I don't really want to go to doctors in case they say it's cancer or something like that but because it's not going away I'm quite worried. I've searched all over the internet but I just really don't know what it could be. And the tingling comes on so often I'm really worried. I've read a lot about pinched nerves and muscle strains but the tingling is just not going away.
Thanks for any answers.
- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator