Firstly, after my double ACDF in February, I'm doing pretty well. A few ups and downs, but mainly doing preety good.(history is below signature)
Unfortunately though, in the last couple of weeks i've began to have a new problem in my thoracic area :''( , which from what i've read is pretty rare. The problem is affecting my upper right back area, below the shoulder blade. pain starts from about 4 inches from my spine and goes towards my side in that region - which i think is in the T4 or T5 area based on a dermatome map. I'm wondering now if it started about 2 months ago, when i had persistent itching in the 4 inches nearest the spine but i don't know if that has anything to do with it or not... :??
Anyway, about 2 weeks ago the pain i described started... then about 5 days ago, i happened to be rubbing at the pained area under my top... when i realized that i could feel absolutely nothing in that 4 inch area closest to my spine! I even tried poking at it with a straight pin and nothing!! No sensation in that area (bout the size of my hand). The pain isn't there in the morning, but is excruciating ~X( by mid morning... and that has me back on tylex 1 to 2 doses a day... So here I am....
I've googled to try and figure this out... and found that it might be the DDD, a new thoracic problem, multiple sclerosis... or nothing at all! I just can't take this up and down nonsense anymore, feel like its one step forward and two steps back! thus... the freaking out part of this post!! Plus, last night.. at dinner with friends, and my C7 nerve started acting up (yet another new trick!!) had electric tingles shooting from my neck, down my arm into the last 2 fingers.... Jeeeeeezzz, does it ever end??!!??!
Sooo, thanks for listening to me vent a little
!! I'd love to hear from anyone who's had similar problems, thoughts, etc.... and btw... I know... back to the neuro i need to go lol!! O:)
Best wishes for you all,
L4-L5 fusion 1998; ACDF C4-6 2008; DDD