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Thoracic problems caused by lumbar problems???

jellyhalljjellyhall Posts: 4,373
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:39 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic

I have learnt that thoracic spine problems are rare.
As my signature shows, I have some thoracic disc problems and was wondering if they could have been caused by my lumbar spine, and particularly my spondylolisthesis problems. Perhaps the change in the architecture of my spine changed the loading and caused the discs to degenerate.

What you you think, could this be the case?


  • I would also be interested in peoples opinion, Ive had three major spinal ops for my Lumbar region (L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1) and I think now that I have a disc prolapse at C4 or C5, I had a revision fusion this march,and its taken me a long time and alot of hard work to recover, my pain has improved so much and I am returning to work in 3 weeks after 18months off, and for the past two days ive had thoracic and arm pain, feels the same as ive experienced before with all of the herniations ive had, I just dont believe it.
    Sorry for rambling, its been a bad day and I feel stunned.

  • Hope you are having better days now, and that the thoracic and arm pains have gone.
    You'll be back to work soon; hope that goes well too. It will be hard, after 18 months off, but it will be good to get back into it, if you are ready.

    Perhaps, if this goes to the top of the list again, someone will give their opinion.

    Take care, and keep healing.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    This is so very true. When one spinal area has problems, has been operated on, has been fused, can cause strain in another spinal area.

    In my situation, I first had lumbar surgeries (but back then 1978-1984, fusion was the option for blue collar workers). Then I had my ACDF surgeries.

    So from the scar tissue building up and limited my motion both in the lumbar and cervical areas.

    That placed strain elsewhere and that would be the Thoracic area. Eventually, I had 4 Tx herniations.

    This was also the theory my Neurosurgeon remarked about. So lower spine and upper spine had limited movements. That then put strain in my Thoracic area.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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