Burning skin sensation/health anxiety symptom ?

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For the last couple of days I have a burning skin sensation in my lower back just above my pelvic bone, the burning/pain sometimes migrates to my hip , unilateral on my left side. It feels like neuropathic pain. The symptoms come and go but are present most of the time.

Been to the doctor twice and he dismisses nerve damage because that is the only symptom I have and there is no reason or cause to think of some form of nerve damage. He thinks it might be due to tension or stress.

It started after an ongoing period (weeks) of extreme health anxiety and stress, can neuropathic symptoms be cause by health anxiety and be purely psychosomatic ?


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    I have something similar. End of last summer, my skin started to burn bilaterally, starting with tops of feet, going up legs, then tops of hands going up arms. Felt like a bad sunburn and wearing shoes, jeans etc. drove me crazy. Because my mom has Celiac Disease, i thought i would try cutting out gluten and the burning stopped in three days. i enjoyed two months of absolutely no burning! Thought that was the end of it until I went through an extremely stressful period in December and lo and behold, it started on my feet again. This stressful situation is still going on and the burning is always there now, but never as bad as when i ate gluten. Now it's usually just tops of my feet and/or shins. I started gabapentin (100 mg, 3 x daily) in January and it is helping, but not totally eliminating the burning. My family doc says stress could be the cause.

    I have had both an EMG and a nerve conduction test that showed no nerve damage. (except for my left foot which was a casualty of ankle surgery 7 years ago...left my sural nerve damaged)

    I think i am heading towards asking my doctor to increase the gabapentin unfortunately.

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