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lower back pain on right started 4 days ago. Itches and numbness.Doesn't hurt to touch. This morning pain in the right side 4 inches across from my belly button. itches and pain. Tonight it goes around from front to back???

By Anonymous March 2, 2010 - 6:47pm
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The pain first felt like a cramp in my lower back then like a constant dull ache. This has been going on for 4 days. It started in the small of my back and now goes half way up my back. Then it started to get numb to the touch, now I itch. The same thing has now happened to my front right side and the itching and numbness has gone all around my middle on one side. I'm 49 years old. Always healthy. Excercise every morning. Feel more tired than normal. More stressed than normal.

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I see that this is a post from 2010 but it perfectly describes the symptoms that I am experiencing. I have not yet had a chance to make an appointment to get this diagnosed because i am on vacation but I wonder if you could share with me what you discovered and any treatment that was impactful to relieve the problem. I will be returning to my home town in about five days, but I am anxious to understand what is going on. Thanks for any info you can share. Gail

August 20, 2017 - 7:52am
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I was really wondering if the OP had found out what was wrong, this was like 6 years ago, but I absolutely have this exact problem, I've gone into the doctors for stomach and uterine pain, but my back pain is the worst of it, I informed my doctor and she said that whatever is wrong with my back is probably stemming from what's wrong with my uterus. Not sure yet, but I have constant tingling, itching and shooting pains in my back. I saw that Op had written she didn't feel it when walking, but I do, sometimes the pain is so bad I double over and have to hold onto something. This has been for about 3 months now. I do yoga as well, I used to practice every day, but time isn't what it used to be and I now only practice a few times a week, I don't think I pulled anything, because it pulled stuff before and this is far far worse than a pulled muscle.
I could relate the pain to being in labor, it's so much and it's pressure too.
Let me know if you found out what was wrong!

June 22, 2017 - 9:47am
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notalgia paresthetica - causes numbness and itching and is caused by a compressed nerve along the spine, usually between the ribs.

May 19, 2017 - 3:41am
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Did your doctor ever figure out what the problem was?

December 4, 2016 - 10:04am
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I have all the same symptoms,But about 2 months ago my doctor put me on new meds..and i was reading up on all the side effects and these were the most common side effects...so i have to get in touch with my Neuologist ....this is horrible pain and itching....

April 1, 2016 - 3:01am
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After researching I discovered that it could have something to do with your kidneys. I have had the same symptoms as all of you had. Crazy itching. Have scratch marks especially on my buttock area, and this morning the pain started on both sides near my hips. I believe that is where the kidneys are.

August 1, 2014 - 6:09am

I have had aconstant pain in my right hand side of my back behind the top of my hip.I am due to go for an MRI scan in a weeks time.I notice that I itched there a little but did not conect it.But now it is itching more often,I am wondering if it is connect to the constant pain.I am sure it is not Shingles,and there is no bumps or rash.
My job is caring,and I do a lot of moving and handling,which with this bad back I can not do.The pain hurts more just picking up a kettle,bending down is fine,but coming back up it is a differant matter,painful.I am moving around as much as possible,as I know this is a good thing. Can you help please.It does feel like a trapped nerve. but the itching does not fit that does it.?

October 18, 2012 - 10:49am
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hi. I googled back pain that itches and this article came up. It's kinda crazy, but my problem is exactly the same. It has been four days since it has startef and the symptoms are exact to the T. I don't want to go to the doc if I don't need to. I'm curious to read what her doc tells her. I will stay posted. Thank you.


December 15, 2011 - 9:42pm


This is going to sound crazy, but the first thing I want to be sure you don't have is shingles. And the reason is because an outbreak of shingles follows the nerve endings, which wind around the trunk of the body from back to front. But after a few days of sensitivity and itching (like a bug bite), shingles breaks out into bumps that hurt like there's no tomorrow. And you're not describing that.

Where the pain has crept, have you any redness? Anything rash-like in appearance?

The second thing I wondered is whether you've injured a muscle in your back and that, after a few days, the opposing muscles are overcompensating for the injured muscle. Could this be possible? Were you doing anything four or five days ago where you could have hurt your back?

And the other thing I wonder about is a herniated disc in your spine, because of the ache and numbness you are feeling. But in that case, I don't understand what would be causing the itching. Sometimes a circulation problem can cause itching/numbness but normally results in that pins-and-needles feeling we all know so well.

Do any of these sound likely to you? Or have I missed the mark entirely?

March 4, 2010 - 9:40am
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Anonymous (reply to Diane Porter)

Shingles does not always present with rash and blisters - many people have been misdiagnosed for years because they've had recurring Shingles without a rash or blisters. A blood test will confirm if the virus is active.

March 21, 2016 - 9:23am
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