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back pain right side just below the waist

baddeck09bbaddeck09 Posts: 17
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
I've just joined this forum and was wondering is there anyone else out there who experiences what I seem to have.
I'm 53 and have been diagnosed with sciatica and osteoporosis. Vertebrea 4 and 5 have fused. For the past 6 months or so have had a lot of pain in my side, just above waist. Have checked out all internal organs and they say they're fine, so it must be connected to spinal nerve. Would be grateful to chat to anyone with similar problem
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  • Sounds like you might need a mri of the t-spine to me. I have a lot of pain that radiates to the waist area and was checked for everything like you were and until I had the mri of the t-spine they could not find any problems. Now I am facing a serious back surgery because they found I have spinal cord compression from a disc herniation on t8-9 that causes major pain. Good luck Robin Renee
  • Sounds like you might need a mri of the t-spine to me. I have a lot of pain that radiates to the waist area and was checked for everything like you were and until I had the mri of the t-spine they could not find any problems. Now I am facing a serious back surgery because they found I have spinal cord compression from a disc herniation on t8-9 that causes major pain. Good luck Robin Renee
  • Are you seeing a pain management Dr? I have pain below my waist and it took my 2nd pain management Dr to diagnois but he saw it in the MRI. I also agree if you have problems in one part of the spine it's tugging somewhere on the rest of your spine. I agree to get a thoraic also. We're not Drs though. Hope they find out what's going on. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Hi to all

    It started a few week ago started from the lower back to the upper to the neck & know full back along with the neck pain. Its terrible in the bed. I can't stand for long time.

    Any suggestions will appriciate
    Thanks

    John
  • You are describing what I went through before surgery. I have degenerative disc disease affecting T3-4, T5-6, T8-9 and L5-S1 discs. The most pronounced of all was T8-9 which was cmpressing the spinal cord slightly, it also was pressing on the nerve root that exits the spinal cord.
    I had many sleepless nights over my back and sometimes still am because surgery was only two weeks ago. But I can say the "kind" of pain I experience now is surgical pain and very different from before.
    My pain used to sometimes stab right through my chest, it was constantly throbbing and more on the right side up to my neck. When the weather was bad it was definately worse!
    I tried injections in the discs, PT, chiropractic care, disc decompression (DRX-9000, which btw only buys you time, don't waste the money!) and exercise, all to no avail. For me surgery was the best option.
    If you haven't had an MRI of your 3 spinal areas, cervical, thoracic, and lumbar, I suggest you do so ASAP if the pain is that bothersome. Early intervention is always best before further damage occurs.
    I am only 32 and very limited because I waited too long and didn't speak up to my doctors. By the time I did switch doctors and speak up there was more damage than I could imagine!
    I wish you the best of luck with your back and really understand what the pain is like to live with. I hope you find some answers soon!
  • Hi, I read that you had surgery on your thoracic spine. My doctor also wants me to have the same kind of surgery, but I have read really horror stories on how the surgery is done.

    Did they go in from the back or front to do your surgery?
    How are you doing since you had it?
    Hope you are feeling better now.
    Thanks
    Slowpoke60
  • I have back pain on the right side. I had surgery in 2007 and february and august of 2009.
  • I also have severe pain in mid back area all pain is on right side, also severe pain in sacral area, and right hip and leg, If I sit for more than 20 min pain become inbearable, and get tingling and pins and needle feeling. Had surgery 1999, anterior release fusion, bone graft, rods t11-S1, have osteoarthisis, and had bone scan with increased dye in thorasic area non specific, also mri noted operative changes what ever than means, ortho said surgery won't improve qual of life, did water pt, chiropractor, inject cervical, and sacro, pain med, don't knw what else to do. I think nerve damage but havn't been tested, gonna ask primary dr, to send me. I feel your pain good luck
  • I have back problems, degenerative disc, congenital cervical problem. Lower back problems, but my worst problems are in the thoracic area. I have a calcified disc and a synovial cyst. My docs at the charity hospital I go to says they dont cause pain. I know better. When I do the physical therapy exercises it causes my right side to hurt worse. Burning pain, and I think it's from the cyst being iritated. I quit trying to get them to listen. Got terrible treatment. I think one reason is because I complained about one dr, they switched me to another and he doesn't like me because I complained about his co-worker. I recently got disability, as soon as I can get Medicaid I will look for a doctor that will treat me, not mistreat me.
  • Hi, I also have pain in my side that goes from just in the front to the back almost to the middle of my back just about where my waist is. It is on the left side. I will be having surgery either end of May or 1st. of June on my Thoracic area. I will be seeing my doctor on 4-15 and plan to ask him if this side pain is coming from my thoracic disk or my lower back where I had surgery last July on L5 S1. I do still have a lot of trouble with my lower back.


    Will post on what he tells me after I return home.

    Joyce
  • I also have a lot of pain in my back - pretty much my whole back but mostly the middle. It hurts to walk, my legs feel like lead and my feet hurt and tingle. Also, my shoulders and arms feel like lead and hurt. I went to a rhumatlogist who said I have Fibro brought on my my back problem (but didn't say what the problem with my back is) I had xrays and MRI done last year (no contrast). They said nothng major showed up that would cause all the pain. I went to the Mayo Clinic thinking they could help me but the back Dr told me it's Fibro that is causing the back pain (just the opposite of the other Dr). I'm now doing PT but it's so painful. I can hardly move at times. I can't sit back in a chair of lay on my back. And I can't bend of reach without getting pain. Should I get another oppinion and get an MRI done with contrast this time? The back Dr was going by some old xrays and MRI I had done over a year ago. I wonder if PT will help me at all when they don't even know what the cause of the pain is.
  • I would suggest if u get another MRI with contrast u make sure u dont have any kidney problems, I think the contrast medium they gave me caused problems, havent found a way to verify because as I said b4 those docs I'm dealing with wont help. Just get bunn and creatine checked 1st if u arent sure about kidney function and b sure to drink lots of water before and after to flush dye from system. I have problems after sitting 2 long and cant walk much. Dont know if its spinal compression from cyst or not, or if it's from the calcified disc. Goodluck
  • Thank you for replying, I also had mri, and my dr. also dont knw what is causing the pain. Im gonna see if they can send me for nerve study, not sure what else to do. I wish I could find out why, Good luck to both of you
  • Thank you for replying, I also had mri, and my dr. also dont knw what is causing the pain. Im gonna see if they can send me for nerve study, not sure what else to do. I wish I could find out why, Good luck to both of you
  • Have you tried Feldenkrais? It's a fantastic technique that often brings remarkable results. Just Google for a practitioner in your area.
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