Re: T5-T6 Herniated Disc Extrusion
Thank you very much for your reply. I also have several herniated discs in lumbar. The NS I saw, spent a hour and half evaluating me but very uncomfortable with his diagnosis. He also said he would not rule out the possibilty of a tumor on the T-Spine although two different radiologists have ruled this out and say it is a herniated disc. Therefore, NS has ordered another MRI.
There is concern that the herniated disc is large and according to NS, after comparing 3 MRI's of my T-Spine over the last 6-9 months, it has gotten slightly larger. My spine is severely narrow in that area and according to doctor, if it gets larger, I could become paralyzed. I have heart disease and have a stent. Also had ulcers in the past and currently taking plavix because I can't take asprin. Don't know if this matters, but also have severe sleep apnea both types, obstructive and central. I am not overweight. NS is recommending taking me off plavix 2 weeks to 3 months if there needs to be a fusion. He is also proposing accessing the disc from the back. From the research I have done, most of the time it is accessed from the side by removing a rib or anteriorly by opening the rib cage.
I've been told it is rare to get a herniated disc in the T5-T6 area and it is in a critical zone. NS also said not to lift anything more than 5 pounds. Is it possible it is getting bigger? I thought herniated discs shrink and get smaller over time? Couldn't the numbness be coming from the herniated disc in T-Spine?
I have been having a difficult time finding a qualified doctor/Neurosurgeons that have extensive experience with the thoracic spine. Do you have any recommendations for websites to find and research doctors?
I am so tired of living my life around my pain, and depressed that I have so many limitations. I try not to complain to family and friends anymore, I am sure I must sound like a hypercondriac and I hate that!