I suffer from a ruptured disc in the thorasic spine. and have just recently found this out,I am in constant pain, as I know a lot of you are. I was hoping that others with thorasic problems would post their symptoms for me..so I could see what all can go along with this...I am having a lot of things going on and I was wondering if the ruptured might be causing some of them.
Here are some of mine:
* Tingling in arms,hands,legs &feet
* Pain in back going around right side into chest
* Pain down my legs into feet
* Sensation in back like a bee sting
* Severe constipation
* Numbness in arms ,hands & tip of finger
* Pain in neck into head
* Hands feeling cold
* Hip pain
Last edited by missygt; 09-11-2007 at 11:06 AM.
Reason: Forgot a symptom
missy, although I do not have a ruptured disc I am having problems in the thoracic area & have some of the same symptoms as yours,here are some of them:mine are left side,
*tingling & numbness in hand @ times going into foot, with burning sensation in foot, @times pain in hip area
*pain going down left arm up shoulder neck area resulting in headache,even effects ear @ times
*pain radiating from back into chest area w/ cardiac symptoms, pain can come in sharp shooting pain in center of chest/breat bone area
*pain also going into rib area directly under breast, very painful & tender
*Scapula area, shoulder, neck, upper chest all inflamed, muscles knoted in scapula area
Now according to all doctors I have seen so far, the pain is coming from the inflammation that we have not been able to get control of also the more active I am the more pain I am in. the pain is here every single day & my range of motion can be very limited, the doctors are still looking for the cause & treatment, I know since going on meds. I have a terrable constipation problem. I also have noted that around my menstual cylce the pain is much worse & that is when it primarly goes into hip & leg area, more swollen around that time, I am sure that is why. don't know if this helps you but I hope you can find relief. Pain is awful to deal with everyday. Good luck Sammy
Thanks to you both...I also suffer from herniated discs in the lumber region.
I have not been able to locate very much info on the thorasic area either, it's so frustrating. I can't help it if it's rare I have this problem!..and like you all need help. My constipation started way before any med's...and I worry if this has caused bowel trouble to this extent what options are left? I have been told that surgery is out of the question because it is way to risky. I read that the only way to access this area was to enter through the chest. I tried P.T. , for several months but it was no benefit. I was told by a specialist in this field that I need to see a pain Dr. to be able to get through, because the pain was definately going to get worse. Is this all thats left?..on top of it all I saw one Dr. that apparently has never had severe back problems or pain because he actually asked me...could you be depressed?, is that causing your pain?..lol...well I hope he never has this kind of depression!
Please keep me posted and let me know if you all find out anything, thanks so much...Missy
i just love the docs that love to use the 'you just have anxiety or are you depressed" crap to explain real goddawful pain.i don't get the connection personally but maybe he knows something i don't about my screaming agonizing pain and how this relates to just simple anxiety and depression.geez.did you get the patronizing pat on the head too?
the thing is,with any level of spinal affectation,what you actually feel has much more relation to just what is actually being affected(within the damaged area) then the spinal level of damage,you know what i mean?the symptoms you just explained having to do with your thorasic area are the very same ones i have from my c and upper T spine crap.its all relative to the areas of affectation.while it does matter what area is being affected,levelwise,the main problems are pain,pain and neuro hell.unfortunetly alot of thorasic area problems you are more likely to be told you just have to live with it only becasue going in and trying to fix anything becomes a major in depth surgery,unless it can be helped from going into the back with say a lamenectomy.what does it state in your MRI report about just what IS actually being affected or compromised?have you tried pain management at a good pain clinic?marcia
11-20-01,placement of hardware for failed fusion
9-22-03,removal of cavernous hemangioma that was inside spinal cord. Neuro damage to L hand L leg and R leg.
I cannot find my report..I have been looking for it.I go to see my Dr. Thur. and I am going to get a copy. I haven't been to a pain clinic ...we have a really good one about an hour away. Thats one of the reasons I am going to see him to see if I can get him to send me. He hesitates because I have a heart problem for many yrs. that causes my heart to beat out of control , and he's afraid of meds. that speed my heart will do me in. My med.I use for this is the only that seems to work , and it doesn't do a great job.I have tried in the past...lorcet, zanaflex,lyrica..and several anti -inflam. meds. plus with no relief. I didn't take them all at the same time..of course.
Please let me know if anyone has any ideas..its so good to know that (the rare few)..are out there.
you know how many women have said the same thing, docs. asked could you be depressed? Or the " believe you are having anxiety" Well guess what pain will do that. My last appointment my doc. asked that "do you think your suffering from any anxiety problem?" Well lets see in major pain, on the verge of loosing my job, can't be the kind of mom, wife or friend, sister and so on... The pain & inflammation makes it hard to breath, can't get rid of the inflammation & every night I wonder if tommorrow will be a better day, so yea I think I probably have a touch of anxiety, the depression sets in after I get out of the doctors office, & get the bill, for a visit that did nothing for me except allow my whole 5-15 minutes with the doctor who your lucky to get your questions answered! Don't know about the rest of you but I believe that is enough to cause something! All kidding aside, hear that from lots of women, be surprised how many. I know there are good docs. out there, but when that kind of statement comes out of their mouth it makes me want to scream. good Luck, Sammy
Missy - are you having a steriod injection? thoracic? I've had several. Well, with mine they gave me some IV sedation and local anesthetic injection at the injection site. You're awake, but just a little out of it. Then they do the actual injection. You can't move when they do it. You feel pressure or some pain, but even then it's not too bad. Then you go to recovery for a little while and you go home. Go to bed immediately when you get home. No matter what time of day. Ice as much as you can tolerate for the rest of the day and night because when that lovely local anesthetic wears off - you will be feeling it! It is SORE! It feels like you got hit with a fast ball in the back. You might have some side effects from the steroids, like flushing, frequency urinating, headache, insomnia, but they're not horrible. Oh, yeah - the swelling of your face does suck. You get a moon face sometimes. So not cute. Drink TONS of water. Anyway, your soreness will be tender, but generally not too horrible for the next day or two. Keep icing if it feels good. A mild headache is normal. If it's a really bad headache, you might have a spinal fluid leak. A good "home test" for this is if it's better laying down and really horrible standing up. You need to call the dr's if this is the case.
Hi Chatter,I had a lumbar steriod injection , the Dr. decided to do it first, instead of the thorasic. They numbed it with a shot then put the actual injection in there. But I was completely awake. I am really sore and painful and feel bad generally all over today. But for some reason since I had this done yesterday my thorasic problem is even worse.