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Old 03-28-2011, 09:07 AM   #1
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Beginning in July 2010 I began to experience mild to moderate pain in my mid back area. Since then it's been a nightmare journey. I've had MRI's, CT Scans, Bone scans, x-rays, epidurals, facet injections all to no avail. As of today I'm experiencing serious mid back pain that seems to undulate up and down my spine. Gastric disturbances, bloating, major changes in my bowel habits, increased heart rate, no apetite, numbness and tingling around my rectum, increased lower reflexes and just generally feel like crap 24/7. All doctors are telling me that all is well except for an old compression fracture at T-11 with about 20% loss of anterior vertebral height. Had a C6-7 discectomy with fusion in 1998 with no subsequent issues. I feel this is definitely a thoracic vertebral problem of some sort but so far defies explanation. Anyone have any advice or know of any doctors in the States that specialize in thoracic spine issues? I'll be disabled in a couple more months if I keep going like this!

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Re: desperate in the desert

Welcome to the board. As you know from your experience, thoracic spine issues are not common and are somewhat difficult to pin down. I would think that any spine clinic associated with a major university or major teaching hospital would have someone with the expertise to diagnose you. Another good option would be a major clinic like the Mayo Clinic or the Cleveland Clinic where a physical includes appointments with a variety of specialists all working together to track down the source of your pain.

Do you feel all the other issues are a result of the thoracic issues, or could the thoracic pain be coming from another disease process?

"[I]Some diseases with thoracic spine pain as a symptom include musculoskeletal diseases and non-orthopedic conditions such as diseases of the heart, lungs, abdominal organs, and kidneys. The spine is a frequent location of cancerous tumors that develop in other organs (metastatic cancer).[/I]" from MD Guidlines.

Hope you can get some answers soon.

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