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Ended up in ER on Monday

hisbeauty4asheshhisbeauty4ashes Posts: 182
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:40 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
Hi my precious friends.

What a journey it has been. Last August I ended up in the Hospital do to massive chest pains and could not breath the pain was so bad. Well they found that a disc in the thoracic spine was severely herniated. My surgeon retired and I could not get into see anyone so I had to take it easy anything set it off. Well I moved to another state.I finally had an appointment to see a Nero surgeon and a vascular surgeon. The pain had gotten worse to where I felt my chest was being crushed. Well on Monday I went to the YMCA and got on the treadmill something I would do everyday and all of a sudden boom my chest felt as if someone crushed it so bad I could not breathe and the pain in my chest felt like I was having a heart attack, I thought I was going to pass out I rush to the hospital they check my heart and everything and give me a shoot of pain meds. I knew my thoracic got worse and I was sent home and the next day I was to get an emergency MRI. So I go and get the MRI and sure enough less then six months from being diagnosed with one herniated disc I now have two herniated disc.I have to wait now and meet with the surgeon next week to see what steps we take now. I can hardly breath most of the time cause I feel my chest is being crushed and I feel allot pain in the center of my chest. I am dizzy all the time. On top of all that I have TOS. I do not know what to day I have been down the road of injections and physical therapy nothing helps.i have had a total of five spinal surgeries and am just tired. I am on a pain patch right now and I am on prednizone for inflammation. Have any of you experienced this? Do you always with a slight move feel like you can not breathe and feel as if you chest is crushed? So have pain in the center of your chest continually? What would you suggest? What do you think may be happening and have any of you had surgery on your thoracic spine? If you did what is your outcome?

Thanks so much.


  • Hello beautiful... O:)

    My heart goes out to you. Having to constantly suffer with the intense chest pain, is just terrible to hear. I've been saying a lot of prayers for you and will continue to do so.

    What vertebrae are herniated in your thoracic area?

    I experience exactly what you describe... the deep crushing pain in the middle of my breast bone area. Mine is not as frequent as yours. It sometimes will start at my ear and radiate down to my jaw... which forewarns me that a chest pain attack is coming on. Sometimes I get no warning whatsoever. This chest pain is the WORST of all of the thoracic pains I have experienced. The intensity and sharpness absolutely takes my breath away. There were a couple of times when my Dad was watching me (early on during my recovery), to where he almost called 911. I was still in my brace at the time and it always felt like I was having a heart attack (although I have no idea what that actually feels like).

    Sweety, I feel so bad for you. To have these constant chest pains must be absolutely exhausting for you. I can't imagine living like that. I pray that someone can help take care of this for you. I get these pains about three times a week and they last about 2 minutes... but those two minutes feel like a lifetime. I then get some pain waves afterwards in my chest and I try to walk, sit or lay down to get them to stop. The only position that works seems to help is sitting very still, while I'm hunched over.

    Please keep us posted with how you are doing. Is there any way you could have your pain medication increased? Do you take any kind of nerve medication? I have been taking Neurontin for about 2 months and I've been advised to take two of my Neurontin, as soon as I feel these chest pains coming on.

    You're in my prayers and I really wish I had some good advice to help take these chest pains away. I haven't found anything yet, other than having to sit and endure them.

    Take good care and many, many hugs are sent your way...

    Tammy >:D<
  • I'm sorry you're having all this pain. I know a member Griff had thoracic surgery. You could send a friend request so she can see your post. I hope your Surgeon appointment goes well next week but if you continue shortness of breath and chest pain please go back to the ER. Take care and God bless. 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
  • Hi thanks for all your support emails I sure need them. The doctor called yesterday and he said the disc's are not pressing on my spinal cord. I could not believe it because then why am I always feeling pain in between my shoulder blades and why do I feel like my chest is being crushed all the time and feeling allot of chest pain and feel like I can not breathe. All this does not make sense to me. The doctors in California told me it was pressing on my spinal cord and this doctor says it is not and not to worry about the herniated disc's???? I am really frustrated he told me to see the Vascular surgeon it could all be the TOS related. I have been in tears this last week going gee is there any more tests that can truly rule out it is not the herniated disc's. I called the doctor back to ask him and he never returned my call. Any ideas on what other tests out there to really rule out that it is not the disc's?

    We did tests and it sure it not my heart that is the problem.

    Thanks in tears
  • Tonight I started to feel as if my shoulders were bruised. It felt as if someone had just punched both of my shoulders a few times and I thought wow this is weird and it hurts. Well then after a little while it felt as if someone had punched my arms several times and now my shoulder and arms feel bruised and they hurt real bad. These are strange things happening as if my body is beaten up. I do not get it Lord Jesus... Can not hardly move my arms and before it was bad enough just with nerve and aching pain. Something is really messed up in my cords or something. I am still awake and here it is 3:30am.

    Is this apart of the TOS? helpppppppppppp ugh!
  • I had a herniation at t1/2 which through miscommunication was ignored. I had all these symptoms so I started looking. I found TOS and the symptoms match. Basically TOS is a herniation that occurs as the nerves move out to the body around the bones in the upper body. The vertebra isnt the pinch point.

    I can feel your frustration as you try to find answers. Try the vascular surgeon and make sure he has experience with this.

    Good Luck
  • When you were having the MRI, did you by chance lay your arms over your head on the table?

    I had a CAT scan recently. Half way through the scan, one of the technicians came out and asked me to put my arms above my head and touch (hang on to) the circular tube. They slowly moved me in, in this position, but my arms were above my head for about 15 minutes. The following morning, I felt like I had been punched in my upper arms and back. There was no visible bruising, but I was in a lot of pain for about 1 week after that CAT scan.

    If you didn't have your arms above your head during the MRI, it could be what Kris is referencing or something else.

    Hang in there sweety... when is your next appointment to see someone? I was also wondering what discs were showing herniated? I have some issues going on in my T6, T7, T8 area and was wondering if the crushing pain we experience is from these areas.

    I'm saying prayers for you and I hope you can find a comfortable position, so you can get some rest...

    Tammy >:D<
  • Hi friends,

    Umm no I did not put my arms above my head for the test. The herniation was in the T7 T8 T9 and T10 levels

    So woke up as if I were beaten up this morning.

    Thanks friends hugs to all of you for your support.
  • I haven't had a thoracic mri because I was talked out of it. (Doc says it's rare for issues there.)

    BUT...realized if I don't keep my poor neck on two pillows at night, I wake gasping in thoracic/rib pain. I think the pillows for my neck (which aren't good for neck) keep the right curve in my thoracic area while I'm sleeping. (Sort of bent forward instead of straight.)

    Maybe you could consider two pillows for your head
    at night.

  • It sounds like nerve related pain to me. I used to feel like i'd been kicked in the back and beaten up constantly.It was all spinal cord related. Once they released my cord that feeling went away. I really hope you find a doctor who will give you some sense of whats happening with you. I know not knowing sometimes is worse then knowing exactly whats happening. It sounds like one of your doctors is lying to you because there is no way that you could get two completely different answers like that. Have you seen your test results for yourself? I had more then one doc. lie to me when i was trying to find the truth about my spine.It really made an impact on whether or not i was going to trust the next doc. i saw. Good luck!
  • I have two herniated discs in the thoracic spine. I am being sent to a spinal specialist collage.So I am hoping for a netter understanding ding of it all soon.
  • That is what they told me and here is my mri
    This is my MRI report
    A very minimal conave deformity of the inderior endplate of T7 which ia chronic and benign. There are disc degenerative changes noted at T7-T8 where there is loss of disc space height and disc desiccation observed. Disc degenerative changes anteriorly at T8-T9 with marrow endplate changes are notedas well.A posterior desiccated disc extrusion centrally is noted at T7-T8 with mild dural sac compression and no direct cord impingement. a small left paracentral extrusion is present at T10-T11 without cord impingement. At T11-T12 a right paracentral extrusion is noted. This desiccated extrusion extend slightly above the disc space measuring 2 to 3 mm in size with mild right dural sac compression and mild anterior right cord flattening without canal stenosis
  • I sure wish you luck. Hopefully they can find out why your feeling like that. I still think its from the nerve pain.I had a similar feeling for a very long time ,no one could touch me i just felt like i was beat up all the time.Good luck to you and i hope you get the answers that you need. Make sure you come on and let us know what they have to say
  • call it Fibromyalgia.

  • How are you doing?

    Just wanted to check-in and see how thing are going with you.

    Hope you have been having better days.

  • I feel so bad that you are having these chest pains all the time, they sound like the pain that brought me to the ER too, the breathlessness, and not being able to breath is exhuasing and scarey but being dizzy on top of this is horrible. Just because your discs are not compressing the spine doesn't mean they aren't pressing on a nerve. Do you see a PM doctor, have you asked him if there is anything he can do? I just started accupuncture, but the verdict is still out weather he can help me,even though he is sure he can.

    My thoughts are with you,

  • I remembered reading recently something about the differences of MRI's and CT scans for the use on the spine and thought it may be of interest to you. Don't worry that your arms were not raised above your head during a MRI, this is not done, it is only done with a CT scan.

    When comparing the two diagnostic modalities relative to spine imaging, MRI provides better contrast resolution and is capable of multiplanar imaging (in transverse, sagittal and coronal orientations). In addition to improved assessment or degenerative disc pathology, osteomyelitis/disciitis and often vertebral bone marrow abnormalities, MRI is the preferred technique to evaluate the internal structure of the spinal cord. In general, advantages of standard CT include better evaluation of fractures, certain destructive vertebral lesions, and some spondlyoarthritic processes.

    Hope you find this interesting,
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