Thoracic pain referring to back and legs after ACDF of c5-c7
Im going to make this quick -
I had 4 yrs of neck/arm/shoulder pain bilateral before electing to have ACDF of the c5-c7. Spinal stenosis is what was the culprit after a weightlifting accident herniated the two discs.
surgery was in may of 2006.
post surgery, my neck and all the other symptoms still existed, but now it introduced a thoracic variable. My T1 T2 and T3 which are now overloaded were in pain. With neglegence I continued on a path to stay active and play basketball which lead to more tightness which now goes down thru my lower back, buttocks, legs, to the feet. Recently i got MRIs of my neck and back with contrast and nothing, they found absolutely nothing neurologically wrong.
I am deathly scared of chiropractor, but after no relief from PT, pain meds, pain procedures, I decided to give it a shot. He believes the overloaded vertebras (T1-T3) are locked up and reason for discomfort and tightness which was exacerbated/ by continuing to play bball and refered down to my back.
As anyone heard of such a thing? Logically, yes it makes sense, but you would think there would be some warning of this side effect from the surgeon? ( believe me, i read ample amount online too, didnt see anything remotely about this).
So now, the formula is, TPI's in the thoracic and continue to crack and pop (which does bring some relief, but not sure about longterm).
Not so quick, was it?