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Anybody with burning thoracic pain here?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,607
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
I am having severe burning in thoracic spine. I don't know how to explain it other than it burns like fire in my spine. Anyone with this problem. I certainly would appreciate any feedback. Angie :<


  • Is it in your spine, or around your spine? I get really bad burning in my upper back, but not in my spine. I think its more my muscles.

    I believe heartburn, stuff like that, can radiate to your back. I have even been told its anxiety, which I don't really agree.

    When it happens, have you tried antacids to see if you get any relief?

    I usually find that heating the area, or using muscle creams or rubs, even a nice hot shower helps.

    I'm not a doctor, so I can't know for sure what is going on.

    Let us know what you find out :)

  • I have herniated disc at T7/T8 with a burning pain during regular activities. I also wake up with severe spasms during the night. The herniation is pressing against my spinal cord and I am afraid that it has gotten worse. The spasms are so severe that it is hard to breath. Does anyone else have this problem?

    I look forward to any response!!
  • In my upper back, but no injury to my spine in that area. The pain used to be easily relieved by massage or heat. Now its relentless!!

    Have yet to receive answers from any doctors, and PT refuses to do anything until my lumbar injury is taken care of :(
  • sorry your having pain.
    i would call your dr to see what they can do for ya.
    especially if its not letting up.
    when was your last MRI??? things change so much sometimes quickly.
    i had a injury to T1 plus small hernations throughout the whole spine. so i know where mine comes from. but i get more of the spasms and sharp pain then burning.
    i do know what the burning feels like though from my lumbar i had spondylolthesis. unstable spine in english terms.
    like putting one fist on top of the other then tilting your fist off the other. easiest explanation. but only found through xrays of bending forward then back. no other testing showed this. as far as i know it can happen anywhere in the spine.

    but call as burning like that can be anything, not just the spine. only from personal experience. i get it with my arthritis, acid reflux even though there is no heartburn, plus i had it when i had pancreatitis attacks or if my fibromyalgia acts up.
    not giving you a diagnosis by anymeans. but if your able call and get it checked out. could be something simple that can be fixed......

    good luck and hang in there we are here for ya..

    terri >:D< >:D< >:D<
  • I have had a burning pain in my thoracic spine that sets off heartburn and severe spasms that last for days, I have had an MRI and been told I have bulging disc T11 T12 and they will not be able to fix it, I have been under the pain units care and now had epidural injections for the pain, I feel a lot better but the pain has now come back after 8 weeks, I am due to have the nerve endings burnt off lets hope this will fix the problems, Good Luck.
  • I started getting real severe long lasting spasms and burning pain across upper back between shoulder pains. The spasms were mostly in upper body but had some in feet too. this started about a month ago, doc put me on klonopin, and bingo bango spasms quit.I don't really understand why the new med worked but it does,
    Now I'm trying to cut back on taking it as often little by little cause I heard it can be addicting,(I'm following docs orders on weaning myself off)I take half as much as I did to begin with and have not had the severe spasms or burning pain come back... keeping fingers crossed. Patsy
  • I used to get burning in my feet but after this surgery its like no feeling in feet at all and i have noticed that one of my feet the skin is actually peeling in one of my feet.......maybe its a circulation problem,or do any of yous know if blood supply can be effected folowing a spinal fusion from l4 to s1.............thanks again guys!!!
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 10,311
    create a Burning and Stabbing pain that is more pronounced then it is with cervical or lumbar discs.
    The upper region of the Thoracic discs (T1-T8) seem to impact the upper body, chest, shoulders, neck area while the lower set (T9-T12)seem to effect stomach and lower areas.
    The burning pain seems to occur when you do something to aggravate those upper Tdiscs. For me, its prolonged time on the computer. Once the burning starts it takes some time, treatments to calm that down.
    Thoracic surgery is also something that most folks opt not to have. In the past, it was one of the more complex procedures and results were never guaranteed. The procedures have come a long way, but it is still something that not every neurosurgeon has performed or comfortable with.
    I still find the best relief I get from this is:
    1) Moist Heat
    2) Laying on the foam rollers
    3) Aqua Therapy
    4) and the best for me, Deep Tissue Massage therapy

    Hoping that something works for you
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • The "fist" analogy before. I felt that in my low back, sometime when walking, (showing two fists here) It feels like the one on top, slips off to the side, and down, and pops back up on top.
  • When I was having upper back/shoulder pain (turned out to be gallbladder) I was going to PT, and they would do a massage to help with the burning knots in my upper back. That was wonderful. The PT's aren't allowed to do that anymore, I have to actually schedule a massage, and pay out of pocket for it :(

    Ron, are your deep tissue massages covered by insurance?

    My sister paid for one of those 10 minute massages at the mall. OMG... this guy was so rough, I was bruised!! I think it was supposed to be that way though, I should have asked for gentle massage, I think he was doing deep tissue.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 10,311
    does not cover my Deep Tissue Massages, but even though its $85 a session, it has been the most instrumental treatment that I have had to regain my quality of life.
    When done aggressively it HURTS, no it REALLY HURTS
    But even though the sessions are painful, the results have been very good for me
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Dilauro- When you mentioned disc problems from T1-T8 is
    C7-T1 included in those areas? Or is from T1-T2 on down? I know that is a very technical question. The reason I ask is that I have a bulge at C7-T1. Recently my throat has begun to hurt as if I am getting a sore throat on and off. I also have been getting really bad burnig pains in below my scapulas. I have a Drs. appt Oct 31 and I am going to address this to my Dr. But I have become really scared and nervous. I am actually hoping it is my gallbladder but I doubt it.

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 10,311
    evaluation of that. From my personal experiences and the research I have done, each disc has a specific impact on a part of your body. There are some overlaps. So that the bottom of the cervical discs could in fact have similar symptoms as the top of the Thoracic discs.
    But that is from what I have read and experienced. I can not say if that is absolute truth
    When I have had cervical disc problems (C5/C6 and C6/C7) the symptoms were different from what I have seen with T2,3,4 and 7 and 8. But it just makes sense that discs so close to another level could share something in common.
    The upper Tdiscs all have some impacts on the upper back, shoulder blades, etc. So it seems that what you are experiencing could be the burning/stabbing pain associated with Thoracic problems.
    I have zero knowledge of gallbladder situations, so I cant even comment on that.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • with my biggest problem being c6-7 compressed doc's tell me i should feel it more in thumb and index finger, and i don't.
    I either get my whole hand numb-tingly or most the time my pinky and index finger both hands sometimes one hand at a time some times both, when I tell doctor they say that shouldn't be happening (like i would fib about sumthin like that)with all your experience do you think c6-7 could be causing pinky and ring finger symptoms or do you think it could be something going on farther down like in T areas?
    Im also confused is c7 the last in the cervical area ?
    thanks Patsy
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 10,311

    Cervical Discs are C1-C8
    Thoracic Discs are T1-T12
    Lumbar Discs are L1-L5
    Sacral Discs are S1-S5

    While each disc area has specific areas of the body that it can effect there are some overlaps:

    C6, C7, C8 Elbow/Wrist
    C7, C8, Tl Flexes wrist
    C8, Tl Supply small muscles of the hand

    At one time, I was able to recite which cervical disc effected which fingers on your hand. But, I haven't got into that much recently and I think my brain is just a little slower.

    I can understand your situation about one hand or the other. I have had that myself. And the pure textbooks would say that should not be the case.

    I've always held on to one main stream of thought:

    Textbook information and Theory is so valuable to mankind,
    Reality and what actually happens means so much more!
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • thankyou Ron your always very helpful. patsy
  • Dilauro- Thank you for the information. That is what my fear is right now, thoracic problems. I started getting muscle pains in my mid back when I started PT. The therapist said that it was just my muscles getting in shape or facet joint pains. Of coursce it went away with the exercise. When I stop exercising the pain comes back. Right now my PM Dr. said no more exercises until my muscles relaxed a bit. I think I am going to start up again due to the fact I had more relief when I was exercising. I am going to ask for another MRI.

    Thanks again for the information. I really appreciate it.
  • I just recently started going to the gym and I am currently only doing cardio exercise such as the tredmill,etc. Now everytime I bend foward I get a burning pain in my upper back. I've never had any back problems prior to this and I'm only 22yrs old. What could it be?
  • You discribe my pain perfectly. And the thoracic is such a difficult area for doctors to investigate. It is great to know I am not alone in the way I feel. I wish there was a permanent answer for all of us. The trouble is now years later, my muscles have become chronic - i have some very large knots and very, very intense spasms - like i have never felt before. My left side is worse than right -

    I feel your pain and hope better health for all of us in the future.

  • I have the exact same burning and knife in my mid back.
    I went to PT and knew I had to adjust my posture and do the PT exercises I was shown.

    I cant take any pain pills or nsaids because they cause my retinas to bleed so thats out o the picture for pain relief.

    I did buy the book Trigger Point recently so trying the things it says to do, Seems to help so far but everyday its the same stabbing burning pain in pone area.

    I also have fibro or myofascial pain and this doesnt help problems either,

    One thing that I found is to take a back of frozen peas and place its against my thoraic area and a corner of a wall and massage that area.

    But yet that just helps for a few minutes, I am back to numbness, pain going around myu chest, my arms. coschondritis, chin numbness as it moves up my spin.

    Everytime I go to the ortho they blame it on my fibro but something is going on, I know it.

    I just feel lost and dont know where to turn, Reg dr t hows me pain pills I cant take, cant take coritsone shot they cause problems.

    My goal is to lose some weight and work again on posture and not holding my head forward. But something is going on in there I know my cat scan showed facet atropathy I assume that is some arthritis.

    I babbled enough and still dont have a clue what to do,
  • I finally had to call an ambulance, thought at first that I was having a heart attack, spend 3 days with major heartburn, turns out it was an anxiety attack and it affected my herniated thoracic disc, had never experienced that, and the more I got worked out about the pain, the worse it got, so my herniated disc + anxiety + heartburn were all related.
  • aj_slraaj_slr Posts: 1
    edited 07/15/2015 - 1:17 AM
    Its good to read the post here, lets me feel human again. I have had on going knots close to my right shoulder blade for a couple of years. I get a lot of cracking sounds in my chest and my neck feels like it has rocks grinding. The knots burn like a fire and when it starts the pulling feelings start to run up my neck and i then get a little unsteadyness. Some times my wife can manipulate the knot and i feel the unsteadyness go away, the chest and rib tightness goes and in 10 minuits or so its all back. Just so sick of it all, it never seems to go away. I am a 57 year old ex builter, tall and not ov weight. Will these knots ever stop?

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  • soooozssooooz Posts: 1
    edited 07/23/2015 - 4:38 AM
    I have had a deep cold burning pain in my back. It's been like this for 4 years. It doesn't ever go away, it will go into my arms & hands. My arms & hands always have the numbing, pinprick, tingling feeling.
    It's hard to sleep anymore at all, I've been up now for close to 3 days with very little off/on sleep. The pain wakes me up. It feels like it's deep in the bone more than the joints.
    My low back pain is just as bad, that pain radiates all the way into my legs& feet. Once again the pain is deep with shooting stabbing pain. Most nights when I lay down it feels as if my arms & legs weigh 100 lbs. They feel extremely heavy
    Has anyone else had this problem?

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  • JP0305JJP0305 Delaware Posts: 2
    I know it's been a while since this thread was updated,  but am wondering if anyone ever got a diagnosis or relief??  
    I am going through agony now with similar burning, pressure,  and knife like stabbing in my upper back,.lower neck.

    I have history of L5 - S1 fusion surgery and have had a few stimulators implanted and removed for the limbar.  They did have to grind some bone down at T11-T12 to place the unit and now my Dr said there is a lot of arthritis on that area.

    MRI showed an issue at C6 and some stenosis, but inconclusive on everything else there.  Will be getting an injection soon there, but not hopeful it will work.

    This is hard to live with...
  • I have had this pain for 10 years now.I was sent for an MRI several times but it was neck and low back.Finally my pain doctor ordered a thoracic MRI that showed a large bone spur in the spinal canal that was pressing on the cord.Saw 4 neurosurgeons that will not touch it.They say it would be too dangerous to do surgery so am left taking pain killers daily.It causes the large muscles to hurt and burn also.Right now I am a 7 on pain scale and have taken my meds.What really helps me are the lidocaine patches but are very expensive.They do work!

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