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Thoracic cord Compression

MomofthreeboysMMomofthreeboys Posts: 73
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:39 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Well, I was all scheduled to have my lumbar hardware removed on December 2nd and my new pain doc. decided to order MRI's of my T-spine and hip because she thought something was up. Well, something is up, I have Thoracic cord compression and myelopathy at T7-T8 (and buldges everywhere). I have been complaining about pain there for a year and a half and finally someone listened!! I also have a labral tear in my hip, but that didn't show up on MRI. So, I canceled the surgery and they are setting me up to go to Thomas Jefferson University to see some big specialist. I'm really scared. I see someone about my hip Dec 10th , not as scared about that. I know that Thoracic can be very complicated. Back surgery in general is horrible. I know I'm getting ahead of myself! Anyway, anyone have Thoracic issues, advice, comfort?I'm so afraid I'm doing the wrong things.
Wife to Roy
Mom to Tony 13, Gavin 9, and Donovan 7
Surgery 1/07/2009:
1. L3-4 decompression laminectomy and foraminotomy
2. Left complete L3-4 discectomy with decompression of L4 root.
3. Posterior lumbar interbody fusion, L3-4 with 10-mm Capstone cage and autograph.
4. Posterior spinal fusion L3-L5 with iliac bone graph and BMP
5. Legacy instrumentation, L3 to L5


  • got the call I'm going to Jefferson of Thursday! Didn't think they would make it so soon!!! Now I'm really freaked!!
  • Glad they're getting you in so fast! I don't any experience, though I do have some thoracic issues. They did an MRI a couple months after my ACDF and found that I have significant swelling in there. Sadly I can't take anti-inflammatories, as it hinders fusion.

    I know them moving on this so fast is scary, but try to be reassured that they're on top of the problem and you will be on the road to recovery a lot sooner! Got my fingers crossed for you, keep us posted!
  • Sounds like you're finally going to get this thing sorted. It's a good thing.

    Best wishes.
  • I'm sorry they found some new, difficult problems, but be happy that someone caught it when they did. And the medical school is one of the tops schools in the nation. Are you going to the Rothman Institute?

    Try not to be frightened. You are in very good hands.

    Please let us know what you learn at your appointment. I will be thinking about you.

    Take good care,

  • many words of wisdom for you, as I haven't had any thoracic problems that I know of anyway, but I wanted to just pop in and say I wish you the very best. You are fortunate they are sending you to a qualified specialist and they are getting you in soon. I'm with Gwennie - try not to be frightened. Imagine how frightening it would be if no one caught the problems and you continued on in pain for so long. Perhaps now you can get the help you need.

    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • How was your appointment? Did the doc have any good options for you? I came looking for your post because I remembered that you were going to the specialist Thursday (yesterday) and because Sarah is now here with Thoracic problems and I thought if I bumped up your post, you two might hob-nob together about the things you have both learned and help each other out. I'm hoping you got a few good options.

    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
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