| | Confirmed lumbar spine issues: mid back-rib cage pain?
I've already posted my lumbar MRI results. Summary: L5/S1 mild disc desiccation, severe-extensive facet arthritis and bulky osteophytes in the entire lumbar spine, mild broad base disc protrusion at L3/L4, spinal stenosis at L3/L4, and mild degenerative lumbar scoliosis. Consulted with a lumbar spinal specialist who told me that a laminectomy is in my near future.
I had an ESI 12 days ago. It's helped with some of my left calf pain but the pain in my left groin area, upper left thigh and mid-back rib cage(both sides) has increased dramatically. I am concerned that I have issues with my thoracic spine. (I've only had the MRI done on my lumbar spine because I was only having issues there and in my left leg and left foot for the past 4 years...but, oddly, the mid-back and rib cage pain is increasing as of late).
I literally feel twisted and it's obvious that my pelvis is rotated and torqued (it has been for a long time but for some reason the pain is much more intense the past few weeks).
Can lumbar issues, one level of spinal stenosis, mild degenerative scoliosis cause mid back-rib cage pain and into the shoulder blade area? Maybe I should get a complete spinal MRI? Any thoughts or suggestions? I have my 2nd opinion appt set for early May. (I have purchased 5 spinal books, I've been on pub-med, and the obvious websites that talk about the spine, and nothing really talks about the realtionship between a compromised lumbar spine and how it could possibly affect the rest of the back???? I am being hopeful that my mid-back, rib-cage pain is related, somehow, someway to my lumbar issues...???!)