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    Old 09-18-2009, 10:53 AM   #1
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    Anterior Compression Fractures

    Hi Again. Really need some advise and possible help. MRI shows I have mild anterior compression of T6 and and T7 superior end plates with mild central Schmorl node formation of T7 noted. Another states mild anterior compression fracture(s) of T6 and possible T4 are identified involving the superior end plates. Mild osteophyte formation involves T6-T7 through T8-T9. T6 anterior compression fracture (mild anterior wedging of t4?
    Anterolisthesis of C4 upon C5 noted with mild C5-C6 disc space loss.

    The muscles in between my shoulder blades and at the base of neck are hurting. Doctor tried acupuncture twice and has gave me no relief.
    Between my neck, thoracic, lumbar and legs, I feel like I'm losing my mind (and life) with pain.

    Any suggestions? Anyone?

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    Old 09-18-2009, 10:57 PM   #2
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    I have about 4 levels in my thoracic that are bad too. There is one at T6 that is just excruciating. Since thoracic surgery is not to be taken lightly - I am not of the mind or my problem severe enough where we would fix. So we manage my pain from it my transforaminal epidural injections (nerve blocks) and they really help that level quite a bit. The thoracic nerves run pretty close to the surface so when they are irritated at the root, they get even more irritated from simple things like sitting against a chair, or when sleeping. You need a really good thoracic neuro specialist to evaluate your specific problems.

    Like you I have wisespread problems in cervical, thoracic and lumbar. I do rotating injections all year and it kind of keeps me going. I also had to find the right combination of meds, and PT, massage, etc makes me worse so we stay away from those as much as possible. I had to stop work. I live on heating pad most of the winter, use ice in the summer.

     
    Old 09-19-2009, 06:11 AM   #3
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    Thank you (again). Yes, the T6 is very painful. A while back, I went to the ER and they did chest Xrays while I sitting on the bed. Needless to say, I could not hold the film up between my back and the bed. It was like I could feel the bones on that hard cold film! I do not in any way want surgery if I can help it. I have not had nerve blocks for that area yet. My doctor did give me to shots (two) for acupuncture but they have not helped at all. I tried the message and swimming therapy and while it felt good at the time, I was in awful pain for days afterward. I have come to hate driving. Trying to twist around to back up the car or switch lanes can be very painful! I can't help but wonder if muscle relaxers would help? Again, I just don't know. All I know is I'm really tired of being in pain and feeling like nobody understands.



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    I have about 4 levels in my thoracic that are bad too. There is one at T6 that is just excruciating. Since thoracic surgery is not to be taken lightly - I am not of the mind or my problem severe enough where we would fix. So we manage my pain from it my transforaminal epidural injections (nerve blocks) and they really help that level quite a bit. The thoracic nerves run pretty close to the surface so when they are irritated at the root, they get even more irritated from simple things like sitting against a chair, or when sleeping. You need a really good thoracic neuro specialist to evaluate your specific problems.

    Like you I have wisespread problems in cervical, thoracic and lumbar. I do rotating injections all year and it kind of keeps me going. I also had to find the right combination of meds, and PT, massage, etc makes me worse so we stay away from those as much as possible. I had to stop work. I live on heating pad most of the winter, use ice in the summer.

     
    Old 09-19-2009, 06:14 AM   #4
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    And sleeping! You're right. I sleep on my side. Sometimes it wakes me up and it feels like my spine is caving in. I don't know if I can really explain the pain. It's like my shoulder blades are trying to bend inward and touch each other while my back bones are literally tumbling down.

     
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    What you describe almost sounds like "scapular winging", this can be caused by your cervical. I think you really need a full eval by a really good specialist. Have you had complete MRIs of cervical, thoracic and lumbar?

     
    Old 09-19-2009, 03:46 PM   #6
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    I don't know what "scapular winging" is. I don't remember hearing that before. I have had an MRI on my neck and thoracic. Not on my lumbar. I don't have my records in front of me so I can't quote what they said. I do not know on my neck that my C6 is degenerated and buldging and some narrowing of something due to possible muscle spams and C4-C5 has some space loss. The MRI on my thoracic confirmed the fractures and doctor said everything else looked good.



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    What you describe almost sounds like "scapular winging", this can be caused by your cervical. I think you really need a full eval by a really good specialist. Have you had complete MRIs of cervical, thoracic and lumbar?

     
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