Can I join the thoracic club too? I have been dealing with a herniation at t-6 and t-7 for over three years. I have had epidurals, trigger points, spinal stimulator and other things I can't remember and all these procedures have only made the pain worse. When all this started, my pain was all in my chest wall, mainly on the right side, but sometimes on the left also. After all the surgeries and shots, now I also have pain in my upper back. I have consulted with an excellent neurosurgeon in Phoenix, AZ. He is supposed to be one of the best and he specializes in thoracic problems. His name is Curtis Dickman and he has a website if you want to do a search. I have decided against surgery because Dr. Dickman told me that although it is possible, but cannot be guaranteed, that he could fix my herniation and the wrap-around chest pain, he did not believe he could help me with my back pain. To me, it's just not worth going through only to be left in pain afterwards.
I am curious if any of you have the same symptoms as I do with the wrap around pain. I also get really awful muscle spasms if I overdo things and I'm severly limited in my activities. I will never give up hope, but right now surgery is not in my future. This is such a rare problem and it's so nice to meet others with the same problem.