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Old 04-19-2005, 09:58 AM   #1
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Thoracic questions

Out of curiosity, does anyone with thoracic disc problems have problems in other areas of the back? It's my understanding that there needs to be a rather major incident to impact thoriacic discs, which is why it's so rare, which makes me wonder if that causes herniations elsewhere.

When I explained some of my (related) symptioms to my OB/GYN he said it sounded like a lumbar problem. Most of my team of doctors have told me that a thoracic herniation can cause pain anywhere from the site of the injury down.

I have no idea how I hurt my back, have done PT, worn a CASH brace, had a facet injection, etc., but none of this seems to help the tightness in my hips (like a rubber band around them, my toes sporadically going numb, or the other symptoms which I can't describe here (at work) but sound similar to cauda equina syndrome. All of this has been around for about 8 months (the tinglin gin mu upper back for 1 1/2 years) and I'm worried that something else might be overlooked by attributing everything to my lovely T8-9.

 
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Old 04-19-2005, 10:25 AM   #2
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Re: Thoracic questions

I have both lumbar and thoracic problems. Lower Sciatica and Thoricic DJD Stenosis? or something like that. I don't really have any pain anywhere else but those areas. What does your upper back pain feel like? Mine feels like my back needs to "pop" or "crack" very bad. But when it won't I have to walk completly straight to avoid dropping in pain. What has worked for me is a custom fit plastic lumbar brace. Even though it's lumbar it still covers most of my back and seems to give great relief for me. Good luck,

 
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Old 04-19-2005, 10:34 AM   #3
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Re: Thoracic questions

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Old 04-19-2005, 06:20 PM   #4
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Re: Thoracic questions

Hi Valerie,

Sorry no throracic experience here - do want to welcome you to the back board

and you've been told my the best ~ please see a specialist and get evaluated.

Quiet Cook:

I know this will sound silly but I gotta ask you since your the BionicQueen.

WHAT is S3?
now I have even more research to do

thank you in advance your a walking encyclopedia of knowledge to ALL of us!
Hugs, Bionic

 
Old 04-19-2005, 06:55 PM   #5
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Re: Thoracic questions

Hi again. I had thoracic surgery in April, 04. The procedure was a disectomy with fusion and hardware at t6-t7. The incision is about 8 inches and runs front to back. A rib was cut in half and then removed. Your lung and other organs are moved aside to allow access to the spine. The rib is replaced and sewn in place before they close you up. After the surgery, I was taken to an ICU room instead of a regular room. (For my cervical surgeries, I went to a regular room. ) The pain level is extremely high and any movement, cough, hic-up, or laugh hurts. The doctors and nurses monitor you very closely. You'll be on oxygen. There is a risk of the lung collapsing so x-rays are done every day. The first couple of days, they brought the x-ray machine to my room, but then I was taken to x-ray. Getting in and out of bed was very painful. On my second day in ICU. I stopped breathing and set off all of the alarms. It turns out that the morphine level was set to high and I went into respiratory failure. Your lungs are weak from being pushed around. Very frightening experience. I stayed in the hospital for six days. Recovery at home was for eight weeks. One other thing. There is a nerve running through your chest. Sometimes this nerve gets cut during thoracic surgery. Mine did. It now feels like I have a broken rib all the time. The doctors agree that there isn't much that can be done and that pain management is next. There is now a new herniation above and one below the fusion (t5-6 and t7-8 ). The debate rages on about what to do about this. I'll just have to wait and see. I hope all this helps and isn't to scary. On a another note, my second cervical fusion, posterior this time, (Feb. 09 , 2005) to fix failed ACDF (Oct, 2003 ) is going well . I wish you the best, M....

 
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Old 04-20-2005, 01:13 AM   #7
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Re: Thoracic questions

Thanks for the sacrum 101 QC

Gonna read up on that today.

And as I've told you before, your screen name may read QuietCook, but you'll always be "The Bionic Queen" to me (and tons of others here) we all admire you and learn so much from you and all of your experience.

I'm holding on fairly well, pain has been pretty high lately, and that is while on the fentanyl patch, Lortab, neurontin, zanaflex and other meds

PM started me on the 25mcg of the patch - the day of the disco. I really think I'm gonna hold on til I see NS on the 26th, I have a feeling surgery will be sooner than later otherwise I'd have her bump me up to the 50's. But I am sure I can wait another week to see.

Of course I will post that evening for this is THE Dr visit.

Hugs my friend,
Bionic

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Old 04-20-2005, 05:53 AM   #8
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Question Re: Thoracic questions

[QUOTE=Monty44]Hi again. I had thoracic surgery in April, 04. The procedure was a disectomy with fusion and hardware at t6-t7. The incision is about 8 inches and runs front to back. A rib was cut in half and then removed. Your lung and other organs are moved aside to allow access to the spine. The rib is replaced and sewn in place before they close you up. After the surgery, I was taken to an ICU room instead of a regular room. (For my cervical surgeries, I went to a regular room. ) The pain level is extremely high and any movement, cough, hic-up, or laugh hurts. The doctors and nurses monitor you very closely. You'll be on oxygen. There is a risk of the lung collapsing so x-rays are done every day. The first couple of days, they brought the x-ray machine to my room, but then I was taken to x-ray. Getting in and out of bed was very painful. On my second day in ICU. I stopped breathing and set off all of the alarms. It turns out that the morphine level was set to high and I went into respiratory failure. Your lungs are weak from being pushed around. Very frightening experience. I stayed in the hospital for six days. Recovery at home was for eight weeks. One other thing. There is a nerve running through your chest. Sometimes this nerve gets cut during thoracic surgery. Mine did. It now feels like I have a broken rib all the time. The doctors agree that there isn't much that can be done and that pain management is next. There is now a new herniation above and one below the fusion (t5-6 and t7-8 ). The debate rages on about what to do about this. I'll just have to wait and see. I hope all this helps and isn't to scary. On a another note, my second cervical fusion, posterior this time, (Feb. 09 , 2005) to fix failed ACDF (Oct, 2003 ) is going well . I wish you the best, M....[/QUOTE]
Hi Monty
I too have a herniated disc in my T6/7 with some dessicapation. With compression on the anterior aspect of the thecal sac.
I was wondering what the main reason for having the surgery was? I am very scared about all this and not sure what to do. I have bladder problems and have to self cathertise myself sometimes and know that this is a bad sign. Could you please let me know what some of your symptoms were before you had your surgery. And is your surgery worth all the pain youve had to go through.
Thankyou
Lee

 
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