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AnonymousUserAnonymousUser Posts: 51,513
edited 06/11/2012 - 1:35 PM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
For five years now. Has anyone gone down this path. Interested desperately in people who have this or similar positional injuries. Fractured Rib Heads, Nerve damage, hairline rib fractures after five years perm. nerve damage.
Love to hear from someone.


  • Dear Deeg,

    Hi there and welcome to Spine-Health. :H

    I don't know if I can be of much help yet, regarding your fractures. I had around 8 fractures in my thoracic spine, however, I do not know what kind they were and the exact locations. I was confined to the TLSO brace for 3 1/2 months to help stablize my spine while my fractures healed. I even had to shower in thing. Once I am mentally ready to read my surgery report, I will gladly share the details. I'm just not ready to read it quite yet, but eventually I will.

    Dealing with thoracic pain is quite the challenge. It sounds like you have tried several different things to help alleviate your pain. I wish I could offer you more advice, but I am only 9 months into my thoracic problems. You've been dealing with yours much longer than I have. (By the way, I am very glad you got out of the abusive relationship you were in and are happily married now with children).

    One thing I can say, is that you are not alone and I am very glad you found Spine-Health. There are so many smart and caring people here. We will share our experiences with you, give you support and will do our best to help you in any way we can.

    You certainly have been through a lot and I wish you luck during your SCS trial. Several members have these implanted and you can read through the various posts about this implant and feel free to ask questions to Haglandc, BionicWoman, etc. We have many on here. :)

    Again, welcome to Spine-Health and hope you find additional information when reading through the site.

    Take good care, Deeg.

    Tammy :)
  • OMG! That says enough right there. I've worn (and still do from time to time) a Spinal Med Brace. Sortof a backpack design that covers my entire spine from top to bottom to stabelize it too. It helps at times. But when I take it off I have hell to pay. They have so many theories of what is wrong. Compressed,torn disc, that causes spinal cord compression, yet nothing shows. T-discogram has been considered but not recommended bc IF I do have a torn disc, they'd have to go through the chest to get to it. They begged me not to consider this and for now try the SCS. But I ache for you, deeply. This is something that unfortunately stays with you and over time takes its emotional toll. I hope you are stronger than I. I was at first, but test after test and not showing what they wanted, I've been worn down. I did have the EMG that showed nerve degeneration. Who'd have known how painful little nerves are? Thank you again for your kind words. And I am going to look the other ladies up that you provided with the scs.
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