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    Old 10-27-2005, 08:33 AM   #31
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    Re: Thoracic Back pain

    Wackybobo, I have found that the flatter I lay at night the worse my chest feels. I feel like my breathing is very shallow and my chest is going to cave in. I have a wedge that I sleep on and it helps a lot. You can find them in most medical supply stores.

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    Old 10-27-2005, 05:17 PM   #32
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    Thanks Tirzah, I'll try that. I don't think anything would have helped last night though. As I said I did everything that I usually do, and I never sleep flat either, I use two feather pillows, usually is enough, but not when I am like that.

    I know about the feeling of the chest caving in. Sometimes if I even do normal things, walk fast, walk the dogs, try to move furniture or even just clean house, I have to stop every few minutes to let the muscles relax again so the pain will go away. But then other days, I can do just about anything and it doesn't bother me at all. I did figure out that weather has quite a bit to do with it. Hurts alot more in colder, damper weather.

    I go to the dr again in a month and a half, and I will talk to him then about where we want to go from here as far as treatment is concerned. We'll see.

    It is nice to finally have some outlet for the frustration and depression that I have lived with for to many years. Thanks all.

    Hope everyone sleeps well tonight!

     
    Old 10-30-2005, 09:02 AM   #33
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    Since there is so few of us with thoracic spine problems I thought instead of starting a new thread I would just keep this one going.

    I have so many aches and pains that I am not always sure if it is t-spine related or not. Sometimes when I take the first couple of bites of food I get a bad pain in the middle of my chest. It feels like I just swallowed something huge but didn't. The pain gradually disappears. I can actually feel my muscles expanding in my chest area. Does anyone else experience this?

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    Old 10-30-2005, 10:30 AM   #34
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    Interesting as I have the same thing happen to me if you look at a dermatone chart and see what areas are effected by the areas in your spine that are faulty you will understand why you have these problems.
    I have ran across so many problems due to my T-spine, which of at the moment is my bowels being blocked.
    Always something.
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    Old 10-30-2005, 05:57 PM   #35
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    Hi Tirzah, Yes I have that, but usually it waits until after I finish eating to start, and then of coarse I don't know if it will go away before I go to bed or not. The chest pain is what has always interested and bothered me though. When the dr sent me for the heart stress tests, the pain was so bad, it felt like a steel band being tightened by a vise all the way around my chest, back, sides, everywhere. Thankfully, I know the signs now and can stop the pain before it gets to bad. I have to be careful climbing stairs, walking fast and alot of other things too. Sometimes I can do things and they don't bother me at all, and other times I can do the simplest things and I hurt terribly. It is just really frustrating not being able to do all the things I want to do and used to do. When I go back to the dr in Dec, I'm going to ask him what my options are.

    Hi Linda, So far I haven't had the problem with the bowels being blocked, at least I don't think I have. But then you never know, do you? I have had quite a few different problems though with my back. Interesting part being is I didn't know what it was for the past 20 years until a couple months ago. I was told it was everthing from acid reflux (bad case) the heart, lungs, etc. etc. I always like being mysterious, but not that way! It is nice to know what the problem is and that I may be able to at least treat the symptons correctly.

    I don't know what the problems are with you and your back except that it causes pain and suffering, but mine is arthritis. I have heard arthritis causes trouble in hands, knees, and other joints, but this is the first time I have heard of it causing this in the back. Gee, aren't I lucky! Okay, sorry, feeling a little sorry for myself there for a minute but I am better now.

    One good thing came of all this, I have cut the medications in half that I was taking for all the other things they thought were wrong with me, and with all the examinations, I know that the rest of me is healthy as a horse! And I do mean ALL the examinations and tests. Top to Bottom!!!!!

    Later folks.
    Arline I wish I could do this all the time!!

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    Old 11-25-2005, 07:57 PM   #36
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    Hello folks, once again I've decided to check back with everyone and let you know that I'm still hanging in there! My spine specialist finally scheduled me back in Dec with my followup on how we might proceed, he uses words like unqinue, unknown, interesting phrases to say the least. I've told my doc that before any procedure that i want some time to think about it, research it and even bounce it off all of you on here.
    I have a feeling however, that this back problem is something that I will have to deal with the rest of my life, everything I"ve read about thoracic back problems are chronic, painful and sometimes frustrating, so I appericate all of your advice and prayers you may have for me, I will keep everyone posted.
    I hope everyone is having a great holiday
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    Old 11-25-2005, 10:03 PM   #37
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    This is great. I also didnt realize how many of us have thoracic problems. All i was seeing was lumbar problems. I am 20 with Scheuremanns disease which affects my T10-L1 and partially L2. But it is my thoracic that seem to give me the trouble. I also get the internal organ spasms, as well as really bad stomach cramps. I've been dealing with this for about 5 years and im almost 4 week post op spinal fusion at T10-L1. It went well, but this last week the incision pain has decreased A LOT and I feel the same constant sharp pain but its at the bottom of my incision and underneath the incision. SO far the thoracic is going ok except for the continuing of the organ spasms and stomach cramps. I'm on 10mg percocet every 4-6 hours, 10mg dilaudid every 4-6 hours and flexeril(muscle relaxant) every 6 hours. And that helps some, but it still doesnt quite cover the pain. I still feel the pain through the meds. Is this normal? The only thing that ever masked ALL the pain was the demerol PCA in the hospital the 4 days after surgery. I'm not due for another visit until 3 months post op but im making an appt so i can get a back brace. Some days I feel so good i forget i cant do things and i ALMOST bend over to grab something or twist my back to look at something or move just the wrong way and i get a really bad sharp pain in my back. SO i figure ill get the brace for stability and a reminder of the things I can and cant do. Keep posting everyone. It's nice to hear from the people that are having the same Thoracic problems I am. Keep the Faith ALL!!!

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    Old 11-26-2005, 09:35 AM   #38
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    It's nice to see this thread pop up from time to time. Thanks Bill for keeping it going. For me my neurosurgeon told me that right now I am at a level of a person who has had surgery. He is afraid that if we attempted surgery that it would make things worse. He tells me that pain management is something that I will need for a long time. I am going to see another dr soon for another opinion.
    I am taking lyrica now and it is helping with nerve pain a lot. It is a new drug out and for me it is working great so far.
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    Old 11-28-2005, 05:04 AM   #39
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    I am new to the board and i need help. My problem started years ago. with pain in the mid back while running and then came the shortness of breath. I've been to every one possible with this problem and noone has an answer. It feels like a constant ache in the middle of my back, worse when sitting at work, but the main problem is the breathing. something is restricting me from getting air in my lungs . I have no strength and am always tired. Any body ever have these symptons, thanks

     
    Old 11-28-2005, 06:37 AM   #40
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    Re: Thoracic Back pain

    Quick question: I've read that the thoracic area affects stomach reflexes but mine have never been looked at. Is this something they test?

     
    Old 11-28-2005, 03:45 PM   #41
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    TYPAPPY- Some people as they age that section of the spine has a tendency to twist. It is easy to see on a regular x-ray. That maybe your problem or it could be something different. Have you had an MRI? That would help in figuring out the problem.
    If you have a compression fracture or a bulging disc in the thoracic spine that would certainly cause breathing problems.
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    Old 11-28-2005, 04:57 PM   #42
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    Re: Thoracic Back pain

    hey fire guy i have a chronic herniated t12.life is misserable.my ns would not even think about touching it.do you suffer from weak legs..

     
    Old 11-28-2005, 09:38 PM   #43
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    I'm not Fireguy but I have a herniation at t11 and my left leg is very weak.
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    Old 11-28-2005, 11:26 PM   #44
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    Skunk, no actually my herniation is not too instrustive on my cord, so no real weakness in the legs to speak of. The doctor did however say that could change if I'm not careful with my back, the secondary issue are two compression fractures at T6 and T8, how in the heck those happened is anyone guess. I've been a firefighter/medic for about 16 years now and have really beat up my body, the facet capsule attached to the vertibrle body is torn at T6 and T8 with a left side medial tear completely of T6, this causes a signicant amount of pain. The steriod injection for inflammation just leaked out of the capsule as noted on the floriscopy, so the doctor is unsure of what to do next, maybe a injection to begin a massive inflammation/scarring response to the capsule is in order. The whole focus of my treatment is stabiliztion of the joints and the surrounding processes, I hope that the doctor can help you in your situation Skunk.
    Good luck
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    Old 11-28-2005, 11:45 PM   #45
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    Re: Thoracic Back pain

    Morning Eveyone, I Was Reading Thru all The Posts on Back Pain and Thought I Would Share My Problem and See What Anyone Thought..
    I Have a Gp appoint This Am and will Post Back Those Results...
    Anyway I Lifted a TV that we Were Getting for my Granddaughter for xmas
    with no Help (I Know it was Stupid and Hindsight is 20/20) But Anyway as I Lifted It I Felt a Sharp Stinging almost Electrical Pain That Went From Just Under my Shoulder (R Side) All the Way to My Toes.... This Happened Saturday and I Have Been Miserable Ever Since...It Hurts When I Breath and It is Impossible to Get Comfortable, I Have Pain In My Mid Back,Hip And Every Once In Awile When I Step or Turn I Get That Sharp Electrical Type Pain Down My R Leg That Almost Takes me to My Knees. Was Wondering if That Sounded Like a Pulled Muscle or Have I Probably Done Something Worse?
    Please Don't Lecture Me About Lifting the Right Way as I Know Better and My Wife Has Steadily Reminded Me. I Am Just Alittle Slow I Guess. But Any Suggestions From Anyone Would Be Helpfull, And If Someone Else Expierrienced These Electrical Type Pains I Would Like to Know What They Did to Help Stop Them.........Sorry so Long Not Feeling So Good Right Now and This Did Take my Mind off The Pain for a Bit...........

     
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