I am new here after a friend sent me a link to this forum.
I am very sorry for everyones troubles but i am also so glad i am not alone. I could not find a great deal of information related to the Thoracic area of the spine.
So essentially from about midnight-1am until i crack it (generally 4-5am) my whole rib cage is broken. I have gone 10 rounds with Mike Tyson and not come out on top. Intense stabbing pain between the shoulder blades that doesn't let up for a while. On the worst mornings i cant breath. I can't move, the whole truck of my body spasm's. I get my BF to heat a wheat pack for me, and put it on my back for at least 15mins before i can bear to crawl out of bed.
Most days it will relieve as the day go's on and my body wamrs up, unless i sit or lie down for too long then it comes back.
This has been ongoing for near 2 years. I put up with it for 18months before seeing someone about it, because it was only at night i could deal with it. But now it is during the day and i have now lost my job because i physically could not do it anymore. My last day working, the following 2 days i had numbness and tingling in one hand, as well as immense back pain
Report from Xray/CT scan shows that i am bent to the right (knew that), mild disc space narrowing through the mid to uppeer Thoracic region and mild degenerative disease.
I also have arthritis between my last Lumber disk and tail bone (the name escapes me) Which plays havoc with my Sciatica.
And i also have severe whiplash of the next, it is tilted, straitened out and slightly concave in the opposite direction. But that does not annoy me to much.
I'm sorry this is becoming a very long read, i am just so relieved to find somewhere to talk about it and people not say, Thoracic back? No body hurts that, it must be something else. One doctor said i had reflux and gave me meds. I called him a not very lady like name and left.
Oh, the 3 T vert's that are out of whack are the result of my horse having a bucking fit, me flying through the air and landing on my upper back fair and square on a gutter. It just took 3 years for it to show itself. Always suffered numbness and tingling at the site but didn't think anything of it. Never scanned before now.
So i am waiting for a specialist to call me back with an appointment and go from there.
And pray i can find some work ASAP right now because i have a house to pay for. A job with no leaning over a bench, no sitting and no lifting? Do they exist? lol
Again, Sorry so long winded but i hope to become involved in this forum if i can.
Even if i am from 'down under' Australia, Our backs are all universal i believe.
Oh and i'm 23 too so the above really gets me down at times, again why i am so glad to of found this place.
Ok i'm typed out not. Need to find some relief, i am been sitting too long...lol