Burning sensations on skin pressure points, i.e. elbows, forearms, hands buttocks, feet.

Posted by jimbourg8 @jimbourg8, Oct 25, 2011

Does anybody have similar symptoms like these. It is not exactly like a peripheral neuropathy but seems similar….It just started happening in June 2011. Almost constant feeling of burning pain when ever I am sitting or anything touching those hyper sensitive areas of my body. As soon as I get up and move, there is relief. As soon as I sit down or exert the slightest pressure on those areas, there is that burning , nagging , type of pain. I had received a diagnosis of Hypothyroidism during that time and have been taking the low thyroid medication for 3 months now…but no relief on this problem………..anybody out there with similar or same symptoms…..I’d be glad to find out and if they for a resolution. So far my Healthcare providers dont know yet……maybe I need to see a neurologist ?

Hi, What you have must make it difficult to think about anything else. Have you looked into fibromyalgia. It is a central nervous system disorder which comes on as a result of a trauma. Each of us present somehat different symptoms. My areas don’t sting. I just ache and sometimes the different spots just hurt.

I hope this helps, Cotton

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Hi, What you have must make it difficult to think about anything else. Have you looked into fibromyalgia. It is a central nervous system disorder which comes on as a result of a trauma. Each of us present somehat different symptoms. My areas don’t sting. I just ache and sometimes the different spots just hurt.

I hope this helps, Cotton

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Thanks for responding. I’ve been reading up on the fibromyalgia but don’t think I really meet the clinical criteria for that. Symptoms dont really match. My guess is that this is somehow related to the hypothyroidism that I have. Mayo Clinic symptoms under description of Hypothyroidism sort of point to that direction. The sensation of Burning skin in my areas can be one of the symptoms it seems. So now if I can get my thyroid back to normal perhaps this will disappear with time I hope. They say it take a while to get the proper dosage…….It appears that I have had hypothyroidism for quite some time before I realized the symptoms……will just have to wait and see..

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Hi, What you have must make it difficult to think about anything else. Have you looked into fibromyalgia. It is a central nervous system disorder which comes on as a result of a trauma. Each of us present somehat different symptoms. My areas don’t sting. I just ache and sometimes the different spots just hurt.

I hope this helps, Cotton

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I am new to this site. I have fibromyalgia and I get burning/freezing feelings in my feet.When I use a heating pad on my lower back it sometimes helps. Sometimes it’s like my body doesn’t know if it’s cold or hot-I went shopping last month and forgot to put a coat on and it didn’t seem to matter. I started Lyrica and it helps some of the pain I’ve been having but I am gaining weight from it .It also made me feel lightheaded-so I am slowly decreasing it-but I am getting some of my pain again . I also was getting freezing/numb feeling in my face.

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I have similar symptoms and no one seems to know what it is. Numbness, tingling, burning sensations over all the body. Symptoms came on after going off of a medication. Subsides somewhat when move or rub areas but not completely. Thyroid not problem, All blood tests came back ok. My Dr. thinks it may be neurological Itches so that can not tell how hard scratchinig and making scabs. Also even the wind blowing over me is hard to handle. Can’t take clothes touching me either. No relief really.

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jimbourg8-I have similar issue, did you ever get answers?

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I saw your post lisa. Have not been on mayo for quite some time. I can really relate your your dilema. I strated having this burning feeling in certain pressure points in my body. Mostly on the elbows mostly on my left side ….mostly worse in the late afternoon and evening. It’s usually burning and/or uncomfortable feeling when I am sitting down on couch or chair. the burning sensation like I said on pressure points like elbows, legs, or butt when sitting even if 2 mins or less and seems like I can’t remain still…….upon getting up and moving around it relieves the sensation. Went to neurologist 4 years ago……….he confirmed that it was Restless leg syndrome…………there are different types of RLS but the classic symptoms are a feeling of burning, tingling, and a general sense of unable to relax when quietly sitting or even laying down and relieve comes when changing position and/or getting up. Diagnosis is by symptoms….there is not definitive diagnostic test………all bloodwork etc….is usually normal RLS. I now take Gabapentin, and Klonopin to calm the “restless” nerves………..there is no cure for this……..It’s just something you have to learn to live with and take those medications for it……….They say there is a link between low iron (which I had) and now I take more iron (but that may not allevate the symptoms even when iron level becomes normal ) . Also it is believed there is a link between low thyroid and RLS also…….I was diagnosed with low thyroid 5 years ago and started taking the levothyroxine to put my thyroid back to normal. But even though I still have the RLS……..there is a possiblity that I had LOW thyroid for years before I was diagnosed with it……..hence I think (my theory) the RLS evolved due to the years of LOW thyroid. This is just my thinking on this. No Dr. Told me of that…..anyways I hope maybe this helps others and they can begin to pinpoint their syptoms down.

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I saw your post lisa. Have not been on mayo for quite some time. I can really relate your your dilema. I strated having this burning feeling in certain pressure points in my body. Mostly on the elbows mostly on my left side ….mostly worse in the late afternoon and evening. It’s usually burning and/or uncomfortable feeling when I am sitting down on couch or chair. the burning sensation like I said on pressure points like elbows, legs, or butt when sitting even if 2 mins or less and seems like I can’t remain still…….upon getting up and moving around it relieves the sensation. Went to neurologist 4 years ago……….he confirmed that it was Restless leg syndrome…………there are different types of RLS but the classic symptoms are a feeling of burning, tingling, and a general sense of unable to relax when quietly sitting or even laying down and relieve comes when changing position and/or getting up. Diagnosis is by symptoms….there is not definitive diagnostic test………all bloodwork etc….is usually normal RLS. I now take Gabapentin, and Klonopin to calm the “restless” nerves………..there is no cure for this……..It’s just something you have to learn to live with and take those medications for it……….They say there is a link between low iron (which I had) and now I take more iron (but that may not allevate the symptoms even when iron level becomes normal ) . Also it is believed there is a link between low thyroid and RLS also…….I was diagnosed with low thyroid 5 years ago and started taking the levothyroxine to put my thyroid back to normal. But even though I still have the RLS……..there is a possiblity that I had LOW thyroid for years before I was diagnosed with it……..hence I think (my theory) the RLS evolved due to the years of LOW thyroid. This is just my thinking on this. No Dr. Told me of that…..anyways I hope maybe this helps others and they can begin to pinpoint their syptoms down.

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Thank you for replying!! I haven’t checked the site in a few months, but I checked it again today because I am going to another neurologist. I contacted a few other people with your name because I have been so desperate for answers. There is another lady from Puerto Rico on a different site I have not been able to communicate with who has same burning symptoms when sitting. If you are on Facebook maybe you can send me request or your email address instead of waiting for replies on this page.

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Welcome back to Connect @jimbourg8 and @lisaw.
I, too, have RLS. However, I only experience it at night. About an hour after falling asleep I’m woken by a sense of activity in my legs and sometimes my hip area. It seems to get worse the more I exercise. I recently started working out more regularly. I have to be very diligent with stretching throughout the day. Heat and massage help. I’d really like to not have to take medication for this, but the disrupted sleep makes the day harder.

Lisa, have you been diagnosed with restless leg syndrome? What questions do you have for your new neurologist?

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@colleenyoung @jimbourg8 and @lisaw I’ve also had the RLS symptoms. It seems to be related to Parkinson’s. There is a Parkinson’s med which helps quiet the “jitters” called Amantadine. If I’m having an “active” night I just take 1/2 of tab and it really settles everything down. It’s not as strong as some of the other drugs but it works quite nicely for me. I have found that it helps with the vivid dreams which are also Parkinson-related. While I don’t think that Amantadine is suggested for RLS, it might be worth a talk with your doctor to perhaps give it a try. Teresa

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OMG that stands for oh my god !! I am very unwell have burning pain everywhere and a lot lot more issues !! I can not relax any more and can not cope with the burning pain I get when I sit stand and lay down !! this is the first place I have come to that pin pointed my search for burning on preasure point I think I typed that in to Google. I am from the uk and no on eis taking me seriously . Asa I half lay half sit I am burning and feels like my skin is tightening and muscles!! Sorry re mistakes. I am in a mess. It been along day after a an hours sleep eventually!! I have to go but I am going to look into this site more tomorrow. How do u live with this orful issue that people don't experience ?!! HELP!!

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OMG that stands for oh my god !! I am very unwell have burning pain everywhere and a lot lot more issues !! I can not relax any more and can not cope with the burning pain I get when I sit stand and lay down !! this is the first place I have come to that pin pointed my search for burning on preasure point I think I typed that in to Google. I am from the uk and no on eis taking me seriously . Asa I half lay half sit I am burning and feels like my skin is tightening and muscles!! Sorry re mistakes. I am in a mess. It been along day after a an hours sleep eventually!! I have to go but I am going to look into this site more tomorrow. How do u live with this orful issue that people don't experience ?!! HELP!!

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I have just found this thread and wanted to say I have exactly this problem and I'm from the UK too. I find refrigerated gel packs really help but I need a lot of them to last a day. I have seen a neurologist and he had never come across this before!! Have you had an success in finding a cause/cure yet?

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Get a second opinion, don't base on thyroid. Some doctors don't listen and do research their way, so I don't think that is the problem. Ask an internal medicine doctor about taking lyrica. You need to get new doctors, keep looking until you get help.

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To tell you the truth. I never got the relief from that burning sensation 7 1/2 years after it started in 2011. I've been thru various Docs and medications, the worst being gabapentin. The long term side effects were devastating. I took for about 5 years. It did alleviate symptoms slightly….but not really that well and the side effects were worse than the burning sensations. I don't do or take any medications for it now…….I just live with it and manage it on my own. There are just some things that can never be resolved…..I think that is one of those. People suffer from many unpleasant unidentifiable illnesses around the world and every day…….in comparison to some, mine is not that bad……..so I just go on and live with it.

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@jimbourg8

To tell you the truth. I never got the relief from that burning sensation 7 1/2 years after it started in 2011. I've been thru various Docs and medications, the worst being gabapentin. The long term side effects were devastating. I took for about 5 years. It did alleviate symptoms slightly….but not really that well and the side effects were worse than the burning sensations. I don't do or take any medications for it now…….I just live with it and manage it on my own. There are just some things that can never be resolved…..I think that is one of those. People suffer from many unpleasant unidentifiable illnesses around the world and every day…….in comparison to some, mine is not that bad……..so I just go on and live with it.

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I have so many illnesses that I have just learned to ignore them. Because I have always felt there is nothing I can do about it and the next person has it worse. There are children with brain cancer, horrible rare diseases that children suffer. My problems are just that, problems. I am allergic to all pain meds, they cause me to itch, I would rather be in pain. Other that 2 pain meds after surgery I take nothing except Motrin. I have been in pain every part of my body since 1984. I don't tell people about my problems, but lately things are getting worse. I do have the luxury to lay in bed, I don't have to work. I bought a Tempur Pedic cloud bed, it was very expensive, but helps my back. I am thankful I got the name of the disease that causes severe itching only my arms since 1988 from finding this site. Now my doctor knows. One doctor yelled at me thinking my dog scratched my arms.

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I did have burning on hand and pain and shoulder only. Was diagnosed with CRPS chronic regional pain syndrome. Very hurtful. They tried a nerve block which didnt work. Then surgery for implant by Dr Beuer in St Louis, Mo at Christian Hospital in Florissant. The burning is gone, was nerve pain possibly caused by previous surgery, and the pain is less tho I have other defects. This is not near what you are going thru but thought I should add it.

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