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    Old 03-18-2019, 06:54 PM   #1
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    Multiple Thoracic Disc Bulges

    In 2002 I underwent L4-5 fusion with cages, plates and screws. Everything has been pretty stable until about 2 months ago, when I started experiencing left rib pain around T6. I went to my chiropractor, who performed a Gonstead adjustment to "unstick" my rib (as he put it). I initially felt better, but within days the pain returned worse than before, but affecting a larger area. It got to the point where I could not arise from a lying position without feeling the muscle spasm, numbness and pain radiating from my thoracic spine, wrapping around under my arm almost to my sternum.

    My GP was at a loss and referred me to a pain mgmt. dr. He ordered a thoracic MRI, and we got the results back today. Bulging discs from T5 through T9. I get the full report tomorrow, so I don't know if there is any impingement noted on the MRI (it sure feels like it given the numbness).

    I know thoracic surgery is not typically done. I am trying not to freak out. Any words of advice?


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    Re: Multiple Thoracic Disc Bulges

    Yes. Try not to worry, especially until you have the full report from the MRI...and then, not even then! The MRI is just one piece of the diagnostic puzzle, and often, not a helpful piece as it can give off misleading information.

    Unfortunately, I am no help whatsoever when it comes to chiropractic. Iím not a fan and have little knowledge of what they do, but Iím also really not a fan of going to pain management for anything diagnostic! Depending on what is found on MRI, I would suggest you make an appointment with a spine specialist for an accurate diagnosis and plan of treatment.

    For most thoracic issues, this will most likely include a course of physical therapy, perhaps a series of steroid injections, etc. Yes, you may be referred back to pain management...but at least you will know you have a more accurate diagnosis than if you just begin with pain management, who do not have specialized training in the neck, back and spine. Depending on your age, it would not be uncommon for a MRI to show some disc bulging...just depends what else might be going on! I gather you believe this not to be muscular?

    You did quite well to make it 17 years without developing other lumbar spine issues!

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    Old 08-27-2021, 03:52 AM   #3
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    Re: Multiple Thoracic Disc Bulges

    I have a big problem with bulging disc I have been trying to fix on my own I try infrared sauna works really well massage chair works great hot water bottle ice I find adventurously I have to do spinal decompression I so invesion table getting a squat rack and hanging a trx with elbow hangers you hang from work to you can use a weight vest fro more decompression or hip weights the disc in never go to go back in place with out a crack there two vertebrate in middle of back top on is a forward crack and the one below is a side ways crack you can do a yoga pose where you bend forward without extending back you can just twist your body and push your need out to do lower side crack you and squat with one knee on ground and twist then press knee top knee out opposite direction of back you can use ice and numb you back everyday for like no money at all like you would go in for ice surgery but just sit on couch instead go back and for from ice to hot does stuff to blood muscles apparently you can to a water faster for 3 day and flush your body with natural stem cells you can lay on your side and breath in and the farthest your solarplex back stick out your lightly press in with your knuckle when you breathe in and do the solarplex crack so don't breathe in as hard side ways crack laying on side various later leg kick back in for with spine decompression body stretch in to a knee over other hip 70 degrees past 180 degrees on bench press to mimic chiropractor adjustment body well doing stretch and leg kicks on bench press to do side crack and form weight lifting rollers crack with rolling different rollers position form roll diagonal rolls leg up rolls and the the holy grail of back alignment 20 dumbbell flys against form roller at same time different angle flys with from roll between back and bench press well doing weighted fly/bench press on need really light wight to work I 230 pounds and 30 pounds is almost too much yea you don't need much weight on flys I am not a doctor

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