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Back Pain

F150STXFF150STX Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in Chronic Pain
I am hoping I can get a greater understanding of my situation and advice from those with more experience. I am 27 years old and have been enduring pain in my thoracic region of my back for close to 4 years and pain in my lumbar for 1 year. After 3 MRI's the results were:

L5/S1 minimal circumferential buldge without indentation of the thecal sac. No cancal or foraminal stenosis is seen.

Thorasic: (primary source of pain)
Desiccation of the T10-11 disc. Schmorl's node in this inferior endplate of T10 with reactive fatty marrow signal change in the adjacent T10 vertebral body and also in the superior endplate of T11.

I am presently in the process of having Epidural Steroid Injections to help my Lumbar. It has slightly helped my lumbar, but they are not having any affect on my thorasic area.

The pain in my thorasic area feels like a constant deep aching between my shoulder blades that some times radiates to the right side of my neck, but stops at my shoulder line. Some times I have stabbing pain to the right on the back of my rib cage.

I am presently taking 7.5 x 325 mg Hydrocodone and 4 mg of Zanaflex which makes the pain more manageable (prescribed by my primary care physician, but I feel like my Neurologist does not think I should hurt this bad. At night there are times where I have to lay on our stained concrete floors because it acts as a over-sized ice pack.

Any words of advice would be appreciateable!


  • Sorry that you are having to battle this type of pain at such a young age. Unfortunately those of us on this forum are not qualified to interpret radiology reports. That is something that your doctor needs to do for you. Maybe you can get him to refer you to a spine specialist for evaluation.

    Most neurologists won't be too concerned unless you have obvious nerve damage or loss of strength and function. They aren't as hands on as a neurosurgeon or ortho surgeon would be and will interpret the MRI based on their view of neurophysiology.

    It's great that the Zanaflex and ice help. I hope the ESI's provide you more relief as time goes on.

    Sorry I can't be of more help.


    PS I like your member name. I have an F150 Lariat and love it.
  • The first ESI has helped, it has changed my lumbar pain from a sharp stabbing pain in my hips that travels down my left thigh into my knee and down to my ankle to a constant deep aching in my hips and random sensation of pain in my knees.

    I am just worried that they will dismiss the pain that I am having in my thorasic area and be back at square one. I average between 3-4 hydrocodone in a 24 hour period depending on my pain level.

    Thanks for the reply!
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