Re: Altered Sensations
I think you really should go for another opinion, and if at all possible, have at least your thoracic and maybe your lumbar spine MRI'd. I have had a few bouts of similar thoracic pain that only hurt while laying down on one side. It hurt on my spine in that area when I breathed. When I got up out of bed, I was extremely stiff, but it would all go away after a little while of walking around. However, i've not had all those other neurological symptoms from my mid back pains. I usually just have local pain/tenderness on certain vertebral areas and it comes & goes. I know I have spondylosis, ddd, and facet joint syndrome in my lumbar spine....and I sort of assume I might have some of the same in my thoracic, and maybe cervical areas. But my symptoms in those areas never last long and so I never bothered to have them checked. My lumbar spine was horrible, so that's what I had treated & had surgery on.
When you said you have severe arthritis compressing on your spinal cord, do you mean you have stenosis? (too much bony overgrowth that is jutting into your canal?) If so, that can really progress in many people and cause severe disability.....I know it happened to me in my lumbar spine. And alot more can develop in the 5 yrs since your last MRI. I think you really should consult that neurologist and see what you can do to check your current back status...