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I'm a 56 yr old woman have hyper sensitive skin between

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I'm a 56 yr old woman have hyper sensitive skin between shoulder blades and arm pit area . feels like a sun burn when touched . no rash no signs of anything . what do you think
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dermatology
Expert:  Dr. David replied 9 months ago.

Hello, this is Dr. David. I am reviewing your question now and will be with you momentarily.

Expert:  Dr. David replied 9 months ago.

the hyper sensitive skin could be due to a pinched nerve from your spine

or possibly early signs of a shingles skin infection which may manifest later.

gabapentin 300mg is to help with nerve pain

a 5% lidocaine patch in the area could help decrease pain as well.

you may benefit from a thoracic spine MRI scan with contrast.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
The thing is that it will be here for a week and gone for months. I thought shingles is on one side or the other
Expert:  Dr. David replied 9 months ago.

shingles can affect or or more than one nerve distribution.

a pinched nerve in your upper back can be there for a week and then go away if the disk moves in and out of position.

doing back exercises, physical therapy, improving your back muscle strength could help your disk stay in place.