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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
I am a 49 year old male. Since I was very small I have had pain in the chest stomach and around the back of my ribs.I had a bad car crash 30 years ago no broken bones but back and leg injurys. I have had acid feeling just behind my sternum, that can radiate left or right, and when I gat very tense, it feels like an electric shock in the middle of my spine. This almost makes me black out. The pain at the moment is unbearable, and i have difficulty breathing sometimes. It causeas cramps in my sides and legs, and tugs on the sciatic nerves. If i lift heavy things it can pinch a nerve so bad, that i cant walk. and i can get tingling and weakness in the arm and leg of the side that is affected at the time.Doctors say that two thoraic vertabrae are mishapen due to trauma, but cant see the reason for my pain. I think they are refusing to take me seriously. Any ideas please.


  • Ask your Dr for an MRI and a referral to an Ortho or NeuroSurgeon. You should be seeing a pain amnagement Dr to help and you shouldn't be lifting anything too heavy until you know what's going on. If your Primary doesn't order MRI ask. If they don't, get another Dr. You need to be taken seriously. I worked for 3 months with a supposed muscle strain and finally when I could barely walk I told my Dr it's not a muscle strain! I knew it was more and told her I need an MRI. I said how long do I have to wait for an MRI when I'm working treating patients when one patient said Our Nurse looks sicker than me! I'm an RN and had to tell the Dr to order an MRI. Usually you don't tell a Dr what to do unless they ask. But in certain cases you need to ask to order it. 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
  • Thanks Charry, I will take the bull by the horns. Regards, Reg.
  • i definitely agree with cherry you should be looking for someone else who will take your complaints seriously.You shouldn't have to put up with that pain.maybe you need an mri with contrast to see what the problem is,there are alot more tests that he could do to find out what the problem is.It makes me mad when doctors only rely on the mri and then if they don't see anything they think there isn't anything wrong.
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