Re: Disc Protrusion at T11-12
Hi, ksc. I don't know what all that means either - there's a lot! I have thoracic problems, but not as much as you. I had fusion surgery last Feb. on t6-7 because of a herniated disc. I tried everything before that (land PT, water PT, chiro, acupuncture, yoga, rest, ice, heat, meds, etc). Now my problems are probably twice as bad. So, had I known, I wouldn't have had the surgery, but my crystal ball wasn't working then!
Have you looked at the Back Problems section of this website? It's a lot more active, though more focused on lower backs. As you know, thoracic is more unusual, but folks on there might know some of that vocabulary. It's a great, supportive bunch.
So, I'm assuming you're meeting with a spine doctor in Sept. Also, if you're in pain, try to get an appointment with a pain management doctor and maybe physical therapy, too. They can read your MRI and report, too. When managing these back issues, it can move things along faster if you can get a couple irons in the fire at the same time. Otherwise it really does take forever to get anything done.
I don't know what you were hoping for, but there are lots of treatments besides surgery. Have you tried or looked into them?
Stay in touch on this board or on Back Problems,