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feels like I'm on fire

NumbskullNNumbskull Posts: 1,526
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:47 AM in Lower Back Pain
I was up and about quite a bit today, drove out to my mom's for turkey dinner, helped her prepare, as her arthritic hands were so bad she could barely pick up anything, and then of course, sitting at the dinner table... After all that, my lower back is throbbing, so I laid down on my couch when I got home (and am still here). Anyways, my lower back feels like it's burning! Not burning pain, it feels like I'm laying on my heating pad with it on the highest temp. It's happened before, when I've had a busy day and my back hurts pretty bad and I'm laying on the couch or in bed, but it doesn't happen every day. Just wondering, does anyone else get that feeling? Is that normal, or what is it that makes it feel that way?
APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own


  • Why do you classify that as different than a burning pain? It sounds pretty similar.

    I was told it was classic nerve pain. I get that in the L2 dermatomes from the fracture (across my back and down the sides) and then radiating down to my thighs. It is not always pain, it is sometimes discomfort.
  • Sorry to hear. Did you strain your back? My back burns after doing a lot of movement after walking, housekeeping, bending. I think ice may help better. I hope you didn't injure yourself worse than a strain. Sorry to hear about your Mom's hands too. Take care.
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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  • I get that most of the time, to the point where I'm actually embarrassed if someone else notices (they touch me accidently, or sit where my back has been, lol) I know it's weird ;p

    I find it to be seperate from any pain I'm feeling...? As is I'm hot as a side issue to a pain that isn't the same as the pain in my back. It starts below where my pants lie... I use lidoderm patches and they help with the heat/pain area...figure placement is right above...well, think of the area, oi!

    I always figured it was generalized inflammation as I get it in my knees too... tho' the knee shots seem to help with that quite a bit. I also find that ice helps quite a bit!! I ordered a wrap around belt type gelpack ice pack and it can be worn right where it feels best!

    If it is inflammation, it's probably a good idea to bring it up to the doc, to make sure nothing else is going on?

    I sure hope you can get some relief from all that is going on right now...it's a lot to deal with at the best of times and you've got so much on your plate already :( Are you allowed to use ice on your back? A gelpack wrapped in a soft towel might help when you've got the heating pad back going on :)
  • HBmom, like Clandy said, it's not pain, there is pain, but the heat is completely different. Hard to explain. It just feels hot, and is hot to the touch. Clandy, I was thinking it must be inflammation, as my knees to do get hot, too, when they're bad. That's probably all it is. I'll try my ice packs on it next time, thanks!!
    APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own
  • Oh, yeah if it's hot to the touch then that would be inflammation. I base this entirely on my experience with horses (first thing you check- is it hot to the touch?).

    Sorry, I didn't understand what you were saying at first.

    Careful of things like infections and such. They can cause that localized heat as well. (again, horses, lol!).
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  • LOL, just don't prescribe me a horse tranquilizer ;)
    APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own
  • No, it would be bute (horse NSAIDS). LOL!

    Last time the horse got a hot lump it was cellulitis and it was not fun :( I had to compress it, etc. and he needed weeks of antibiotics. So if it happens again you might think to have the doctor look at it just to make sure it doesn't look like anything is infected.

    If it happens too often, we might have to send you to the glue factory. Sorry...

  • yes i get that very hot on fire feeling when ive done a little more moving around, have bad pain first from the moving , then the fire sets in , in quite a widespread area. very hot to the touch , could fry egg on it , well feels like u could , lol . so back to bed , horizontal to take the pressure of my spine n take some ibruprofen. for me im sure its inflammation causing the fire . so no your not alone with that and eventually it goes away , but i have it quite a lot.
  • happyHBmom, I'm a veteran of cellulitis - I've had it six times, including three times in the last three years. So I know how your poor horse feels. It's like gout, only not as severe (if caught quickly and treated). Hope I don't end up in the glue factory...

    Kelly, I have had intense burning on my leg before, caused by neuropathy. Sometimes it's merely a strange and somewhat uncomfortable sensation, but it can be very painful when it's bad - like having acid poured on your skin and knives raking over it at the same time. I remember crying out every time I accidentally touched something with my leg when it was bad. It hasn't flared up for a while - these days I just get occasional tingling and the feeling that my skin is buzzing or someone has poured hot water on me.

    I get a burning, aching pain deep inside my whole back every day, varying in intensity depending on activity and posture. I don't have it on the surface of my skin, though - that must be uncomfortable. Hope you feel better soon!
  • nooooo, not the glue factory!!! Well, nothin' sticks to me anyways, lol.

    I've actually had cellulitis before too, I had actually gone into septic shock, and that was a secondary infection, not fun. The nurses in the ICU were the nicest I had though! I had an antibiotic IV for 6 weeks... not nice at all.

    Huggy, I get that searing, burning pain, too. I also get the buzzing in a couple of different spots! Anyways, when I woke up in the morning, the hotness was gone, it comes and goes, I think mostly when I've been more active.
    APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own
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