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Old 07-21-2012, 10:47 PM   #1
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Question on thoracic spine

Hello all, I have gotton such a great response and so much support I was hoping someone could give me some insight as to whats going on.

My last MRI had several little things nothing to major but something that concerns me is thoracic lesions these have multiplied and increased inbintensity since my last mri a year ago and was wondering if anyone has had an experience in this area? I have mid back pain, tight belt like feeling in chest area and side spasms daily, not to bad and nothing compared to the neck, shoulder, arms, or leggs, just bothersome at least and very painful at times. I cant seem to find information on this and due to insurance issues am just covering pm until November. My pcp doesnt have an answer other than I need to see a specialist. So if any or exerience in this area please keep me posted. Thanks for your time. Also thoracic foraminal stenosis? What is that?

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Old 07-22-2012, 07:41 AM   #2
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Re: Question on thoracic spine

I suppose that foraminal stenosis is the same, whether it's thoracic, lumbar or surgical.

The foramina (the openings on the side of the spine through which the spinal nerves leave the cord) are being narrowed (stenosis). Something is pushing into them, possibly disks or disk material, or osteophytes (bone spurs) growing off the surrounding spinal bones.

If enough narrowing has occurred, the spinal nerves will be affected (radiculopathy).

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