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Posted on Wed, 13 Feb 2019
Question: Hi, my major question is the potential cause of a burning sensation on my skin or just below (shallow) on my right side close to where the lowest 2-3 ribs join the sternum. This has been going on for several months.
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (7 hours later)
Brief Answer:
different possible causes

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

Burning and other abnormal sensations are sometimes related to abnormal function of the nerves in an area, this is called neuropathy and it can be temporary or permanent.

There are different possible causes.

Some of the more common causes are: (1) trauma to the nerves eg arthritis of the back or other changes that may cause the bones of the back to compress or affect the nerves . These nerves leave the back and supply different areas of the body

(2)diabetes

(3)low vitamin b12 or folate levels

(4)liver and kidney disease

(5)thyroid disease

(6)infection such as shingles

(7)autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis

(8)exposure to toxins

(9)neurological conditions such as MS - not a common cause

In some persons the cause is not found.

To find the exact cause you would need to be assessed.

THis would require physical examination and investigations such as x ray or other imaging of the spine and blood tests.

There are meds that can help with burning and other nerve related symptoms eg gabapentin, lyrica, amitriptyline, tegretol
These meds have other functions as well.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
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Brief Answer: different possible causes Detailed Answer: HI, thanks for using healthcare magic Burning and other abnormal sensations are sometimes related to abnormal function of the nerves in an area, this is called neuropathy and it can be temporary or permanent. There are different possible causes. Some of the more common causes are: (1) trauma to the nerves eg arthritis of the back or other changes that may cause the bones of the back to compress or affect the nerves . These nerves leave the back and supply different areas of the body (2)diabetes (3)low vitamin b12 or folate levels (4)liver and kidney disease (5)thyroid disease (6)infection such as shingles (7)autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis (8)exposure to toxins (9)neurological conditions such as MS - not a common cause In some persons the cause is not found. To find the exact cause you would need to be assessed. THis would require physical examination and investigations such as x ray or other imaging of the spine and blood tests. There are meds that can help with burning and other nerve related symptoms eg gabapentin, lyrica, amitriptyline, tegretol These meds have other functions as well. I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions