Re: Herniation @ t7/8 with sryinx
Your wrap around pain would be from the thoracic problem but your right hand tingling would be a cervical problem. I have herniated disks at T6,7 and 8 so I have that too but more and more, it is turning to numbness.
Thoracic surgery is tough to do and most docs won't do it for pain or even numbness but only when the cord compression gets so bad, you can barely walk. To remove a herniated disk requires going under the lung and heart to reach it so it is very perilous surgery. More likely, they would do a laminectomy to give the cord some room and then you have an unprotected spinal cord at the most vulnerable area of your back. So as my doc has said to me...learn to live with it.
If you do want to consider surgery, make sure you see the very best spine surgeon you can at a major medical center attached to a medical school...they are the most up to date. If the syrinx gets large enough, they can be surgically worked on as well but yours is very small right now so best left alone.
Spine surgeons don't worry about pain when it comes to spines as only an alive and kicking nerve and cord will produce pain. It's numbness and weakness that worry them.....that indicates a nerve/cord in trouble. So let that be your guide as to when to worry and consider surgery...not pain.
Sorry you have join our group here but welcome.
Jenny(fused C3 to T1)