Re: Thoracic Spine Issues
I was ignored by my GP for over two years with neurological pains (crushing chest pains like a tight band squashing me,felt like I was having a heart attack, was unable to wear a bra due to the pain, legs going numb, pins and needles, horrific muscle spasms, shooting pains running thorough me, burning pains, freezing cold pains to name just a few. After being very assertive with my Gp I got referred to hospital where MRI scan showed disc bulge of the thoracic spine at t7/8 indenting onto the left side of my spinal cord and I needed surgery. A few days after the scan results my legs went completly numb and I couldnt move them well. Rushed in for emergency surgery but had to wait 5 days as hospital was so busy. I was given steroids. Had the operation through my back, removed some of the rib and took bulge away from cord. The pain was horrendous after - was given morphine, gabapentin, amitrytine, tramadol - nothing took the pain away so I stripped down to just ibuprofen and paracetamol again. Its been hard - I had to learn to re-walk, i had paralysis of back muscles. I must say if you have the surgery its great and it worked for me - but i advise that you must have a great physiotherapist ready for when you come out. The operation is the easy part I found, its the hard work after. I am unable to feel the need to go to the toilet, I just get a pain and I sit on the toilet and go. I making good progress. However, twisting and bending the spine is near impossible. I still have a disc bulging but this shall settle over time. I really feel for you. The pain in the thoracic area is dibilitating. What was harder for me is that I was told for so long it was all in my head by my GP (I must say he is supportive now and he is a good GP) and there was nothing the matter with me. The lonliness of the pain was the worse. Please do feel free to ask any questions - this condition is rare and can be a comfort to speak with others experiencing the same thing. I am from England and as far as my knowledge there are only a few surgeons who do this operation. In the meantime I recommend dont lift and keep focused. The mind has to be clear to beat this. Bestest wishes.