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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
Hi, I am a 32 yr old mother of 7 year old twins and a three year old. 3 years ago I presented with weird neurological symptoms that they thought may have been a stroke and were thankfully not. But during the course of testing and my hospitialization we did find multiple herniations in my cervical and thoracic and even in my lumbar spine. They ended up diagnosing me at that time with hempilegic migraines though because of the left sided paralysis/weakness. I guess i have always had back issues but I have a high tolerance for pain and I grew up doing manual labor...not to mention the twin pregnancy kicked my butt. I never really paid much attention to the chronic burning or the sciatic pain. I do notice my left sided weakness and the numbness that goes down my entire body from head to toe though. I would pop more aleve and get through the day. A few months ago my numbness started getting worse and a few weeks ago it progressed into both legs and bowel and bladder problems. I did an over night stint at Thomas Jefferson and spent 5 hours in the MRI tube only to find out that my t10 herniation is really pressing on my spinal cord. If you pin prick me all the way down I am desensitized but still know the diff between hot and cold or finger tip/ pin. I feel like someone who is just coming off an epidural or spinal after giving birth. to make matters worse my left side is so much weaker than my right due to the intermittent weakness over the past three years. I have started in home PT and OT. I will see a spine Specialist for Rehab on monday but I cannot get in to see the neurosurgeon until after I have an EMG. I am an Event/ Wedding planner and wedding floral designer and this time of year is hopping so not exactly a great time for this. I do not seem to have muscle spasms...but I have rediculous cramping in the legs...I am so frustrated that getting in anywhere takes so much time...and that my Neuro just thinks that majically with time I am poof going to get better....It takes every ounce of energy I have to walk around the house and do normal things for my kids or shower myself...any suggestions?


  • Welcome to Spine-Health!

    I hope your visit with the specialist goes well for you on Monday.

    I can understand your frustrations and hope your Neurosurgeon can offer you more help. Is he/she thinking that the PT and OT might help your situation? If I were you, I would get the EMG done as soon as you can... so you can get in to see your Neurosurgeon.

    I have found that heating wraps work wonders on my back. I also do a lot of stretching throughout the day, which helps tremendously.

    You certainly have a full schedule with your children and work. If you can take an hour out each night and do some deep breathing in a quiet, comfortable place in your house... it might help to ease your stress. Try to breathe in and out as slowly as possible. (Doing this by candlelight creates a very welcoming environment for me). This will be a special time-out for YOU... a time to relax.... and just concentrate on the areas that hurt you. I always have a heating wrap around the areas that hurt, when I do this.

    Just a few suggestions that might be worth a try.

    I sincerely wish you the best and hope you find relief soon. Thoracic pain is miserable!

  • I have only one small far right herniated disc and anular tear and it's kept me home bound and off work except for PM Dr. and GP Dr. appts. for 16 months. I can't imagine how you're feeling. I can't understand why they're not moving faster with your cauda equine symptoms? Go to the ER if it gets worse. It may speed up the process. Otherwise best tip I got from my first PM Dr. was to purchase an infrared platinum heating pad which goes deeper into the muscles by 2-1/2 inches as opposed to a regular heating pad which only goes 1/2 inch into your skin. Take care and hope they get the EMG done soon. 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
  • Welcome to Spine Health. The only thing that I could suggest that really helped and saved me was a positive attitute (I gots a puppy) and exercise. As much as it was hard and as much as it hurt, after 6 months of strenious activities from my spinal strengthening program, I have went from a thoracic disk herniation patient that could barely walk, to now working 40 hours + as a designer and doing all of the old activities that I used to! I also changed the way that I ate, and boy did that help out A LOT! WIsh you luck and keep us posted!
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