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Flat Thoracic Vertebrae??? Help!

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:39 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
Ever since I can remember, I have had a flat spot in the upper-middle region of my spine (about where the thoracic region begins). It looks and feels as if one or two of my thoracic vertebrae are missing. You can see/feel the rest of my spine perfectly fine and then there's an obvious flat spot. It's never been associated with any pain or anything until recently; for the past month or so, I've had bruise-like pain on and around the flat area. It only hurts when I stand or sit straight up or if I'm laying on my stomach and attempt to roll over or get up. I don't know if the flat area is the cause of this pain seeing as I'm 20 and this is the first time it's ever been in pain, but what I am really concerned about is why do I have a flat spot? Does anyone else have this or know anything about it? Your help is appreciated.


  • Hi and welcome to Spine Health. Sorry you are having problems at such a young age. Have you seen a Dr. or had an MRI? Why do you think you are missing vertebrae? Please give us a little more info. and background. Thoracic spine problems can be somewhat tricky. Take care.


  • I have a dimple in my lumbar spine, which I have had for many years.
    When I was having an examination of my spine, because of pain, the dimple raised suspicion, and an x-ray proved this correct when a spondylolisthesis was found.
    This means that one of my vertebra has slipped forward, so my spine is out of alignment.
    I think this would be very unusual in your thoracic spine. You should get it checked out.
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