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Old 07-03-2005, 03:16 PM   #1
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Unhappy thoracic herniated disk???

Ok, so I had an MRI done and they found 2 herniated disk in t2-t3 and t3-t4. They said its been like this for 3 months, which makes since because thats when it started hurting. They also said there may be a hairline fracture. I am getting another MRI done on Tuesday. Does anyone know what they do for herniated disks in your thoracic spine??? They said this is very rare...

 
Old 07-03-2005, 08:19 PM   #2
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Re: thoracic herniated disk???

Why are they doing a second MRI? You don't describe your symptoms so its hard to say...

Thoracic discs are rare, less than 1% of all discs, and even then they usually happen in the lower spine, like t11-12, because there is obviously more stress put on the back the lower you go. Often no one ever figures out how this has happened, but since your discs are fairly high, I suspect trauma (car accident, falling on your back right in that area, someone hitting you with a bat, etc) is the case for the discs.

If they say these will require surgery, I highly recommend you find a very experienced spine surgeon as many even "spine surgeons" will have rarely operated on thoracic discs.

 
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Old 07-03-2005, 08:37 PM   #3
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Re: thoracic herniated disk???

ok here is the full story. my "neck" started hurting about 3 months ago. it started off being very very stiff, and eventually it would travel down my shoulders and they would get knots in them and stuff. i would go to the doc, all he said was it was muscular and it would go away and whatever. it would hurt really really bad for abour 3 days, then go away for a couple, then come back. so, as i forgot to mention earlier, i have rheuamotiod arthritis (diagnosed at age 3) and had my checkup with my rheumatologist in may. i told him about my neck, and he took xrays. they showed i had degenrative disks. he gave me meds and said it would feel better. well, it has gotten worse. i went to the doc last thurs and he STILL thought it was muscular even after I told him about the xrays. He ordered an MRI for sometime in july. Well that night my neck was hurting so bad i was in tears. my left arm became to feel numb, and i lost all feeling in it and could not move it at all. my toes on left foot felt like they were on fire. I then decided i should probably go to the ER and they did an MRI fri morning. the MRI was ordered for a CERVICAL MRI. the MRI person said he noticed as he was doing the MRI that even though it wasnt ordered for a THORACIC MRI, that i had 2 herniated disks. he said he couldnt do an mri for that and to go back to the doc and have him order a mri for thoracic area. BUT he said he saw for sure 2 herniated disks in t2-t3 and t3-t4. so i go back tues for another MRI for my thoracic area. my back doesnt hurt, just my neck. usually it hurts for a couple days then goes away, then comes back for a couple days, etc. i have not been able to move my neck since last wednesday. sometimes my toes and fingers on left side feel like they are on fire. i dont know what the docs will decide to do since i dont go see them until tues. what do you all think???

 
Old 07-03-2005, 08:39 PM   #4
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Re: thoracic herniated disk???

oh ya i forgot to mention, i have had no TRAUMA whatsoever. as i said before, i have RA so maybe that plays a role in it. i am also very active, and i teach gymnastics.

 
Old 07-03-2005, 11:30 PM   #5
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Re: thoracic herniated disk???

gymcoach, First I have to say if your title is any indication of what you do you m ay want to consider changine occuaptions..
I have disorders through out my spine and nerve damage. I have 2 herniated disc in the thoraic with cord comp. and yes this is rare and very hard to treat I have sent my film to some of the best surgeons in the country and have been told I am NOT operable only until and unless it would become life threatening.
You will find that there isn't many drs that treat the thoracic spine. You also need to find a spine specialist not just any NS or OSS find one that treats only the spine.
Please let us know what your new MRI tells, I also don't know what the dr has told you so far but I would be careful with what you do in the meantime as for lifting and anything strenous.
Linda

Sorry I just saw your last post that says what you do, I can only say from my experience I don't know how you do it, please becareful.

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Old 07-04-2005, 10:43 AM   #6
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Re: thoracic herniated disk???

Well, the symptoms of arm burning and pain don't correspond with a thoracic herniated disc -- they may correspond with a cervical herniated disc but you didn't mention that in your post. Also RA also has a tendency to cause problems with nerves as the inflammation in the bones "scars" up the areas where nerves come out of the spinal cord, that may be contributing. See what the thoracic MRI shows, and take that back to your doctor to see if it is of concern.

 
Old 07-04-2005, 12:26 PM   #7
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Re: thoracic herniated disk???

allready had cervical mri and it was normal...

 
Old 04-14-2011, 09:54 PM   #8
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Re: thoracic herniated disk???

I beg to Differ, Thoarcic Disc Pain and and does cause Pain in the Arms , Shoulder and Chests. It is not always a Direct cause but it is a Symptom. I herniated T12 L1 and Developed Cauda Equina. One of my Symptoms was Severe Pain from My shoulder to my Elbows. Then the rest of the Pain was Bellow the Belly Button.

As for what they will do, the Only thing they can do is Surgery! Find a Good Neuro Surgeon. Ask them on the Phone will do do Thorasic spine. If All else fails, go out of state.

 
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Re: thoracic herniated disk???

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Originally Posted by KymBerly21 View Post
I beg to Differ, Thoarcic Disc Pain and and does cause Pain in the Arms , Shoulder and Chests. It is not always a Direct cause but it is a Symptom. I herniated T12 L1 and Developed Cauda Equina. One of my Symptoms was Severe Pain from My shoulder to my Elbows. Then the rest of the Pain was Bellow the Belly Button.

As for what they will do, the Only thing they can do is Surgery! Find a Good Neuro Surgeon. Ask them on the Phone will do do Thorasic spine. If All else fails, go out of state.
Omg, this is what I get for answering posts whil on Pain meds and Half asleep. I will correct them now lol.

I beg to Differ, Thoracic Disc Pain does cause Pain in the Arms , Shoulder and Chests. It is not always a Direct cause but it is a Symptom. I herniated T12 L1 and Developed Cauda Equina. One of my Symptoms was Severe Pain from My shoulder to my Elbows. Then the rest of the Pain was Bellow the Belly Button.

As for what they will do, the Only thing they can do is Surgery! Find a Good NeuroSurgeon. Ask them on the Phone will they do Thorasic spine surgery . If All else fails, go out of state. Members here can give you the names of Good Surgeon's and wh oto stay away from .

 
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