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Hi. I woke this morning to a stabbing pain under the skin on my back. It's localised, but there is nothing to see when I get my husband to look at it. It is painful to touch and my clothes irritate it. I've never had anything like it before and am a bit concerned it could be shingles or something like that. Do you have any idea what it could be?

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replied January 12th, 2018
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Hi, and thanks for your query on eHealth forum!

Sudden stabbing pain in the back with irritation can be shingles. The rash can develop a day or two later. It can also be sun-burn, if in upper back, often the rash is not visible, but if you have been out in sun, then this could be a possibility. Third possibility is that a boil is about to develop. It can also be a small neurofibroma-may be felt a day or two later.

Take a pain killer by mouth and apply lactocalamine or aloe vera gel and see if it helps. If a rash develops or if pain aggravates, then please consult your healthcare provider for further guidance. You may need an X-ray of cervical spine to rule out any changes there causing nerve compression.

This reply to your query is just for education and counseling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit and treatment by a doctor who can examine you. Hope this helped you in making an informed decision about your health. Take care!

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