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weeapherwweeapher Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
June 4, 2010 - 8:17pm #14 .weeapher
Hi Everyone,

I had a 2-level ACDF in '08 and had to have a revision surgery also in '08 because the first surgery wasn't performed correctly (long story). My neck is now fused from C/3-C/7. I now have a mild central disc protrusion at T/1. Although I have been in pain since the operations, I am now experiencing an increase in my pain level. It feels different than the pain I'm normally in. In fact, it feels just like it did before my surgery when I had my herniations. I'm also having pain wrapping around my left side over my ribs into my chest. Does anyone know if the T/1 protrusion could be causing this increase in pain?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!



  • Sounds like me. I had a micro D in January for a right side herniation that was pressing on the T1 nerve root as it exited. The pain before that was right arm and right side of my head.

    A month later my neurologist ordered an mri & ct because I had nerve impairment to my right eye because of the surgery. Then they discovered that I also had a pedicle fracture. APparently the pressure used to get into the area and remove the piece of disk and the surrounding bone was too much.

    Then at about 3 months out I started to have a return of pain mostly in my lower arm and across the top of my back. I also had shoulder saddle pain over the right side that would reach down into my breast and around my side.

    They did another CT and discovered that I have a boney ridge that is pressing against the nerve.

    So the answer is yes the T1 nerve root can definately be causing the pain you are talking about. The good news is that they might be able to do the surgery from the back. Otherwise it's a tough place to get into.

    Good Luck and let me know if you have any other questions./
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