Hi everyone posted some replies before & asked questions but never really introduced myself.So here goes...I am now 40 years old dealing with pain for 3 years since car accident.At first just thought it was whiplash neck pain.then it seemed everything flared up..had problems with jaw,shoulders,arms,between shoulder blades was the worst.Could go on & on but too keep it short..went through pt,chiro,pm,lots of meds,lots of injections,lots of just trying to ignore the pain ..thinking just get over it.having people say u look fine whats wrong.then started problems with lower back..after finally getting mri of thoracic & lumbar found T4-5 T6-7 T7-8 hern.disc& problems with sac. joints & L5-S1 hern disc.
It took awhile & lots of docs who would not touch T spine, found pm dr who did esi in t spine area..didnt give much relief so ending up just taking lots of meds.
Lots more all in between there & here but wanted to let others dealing with T spine problems no there are some drs who can help.
My thoracic pain was always the worst so I pushed for something more then meds & shots...my pm dr sent me to neurosurgeon who wasnt even convinced my pain which would radiate around rib area ,esp under bra band,sometimes fells like someone sitting on my chest,just a crushing feeling was even from the disc. but said if they did surg would be such major surg going thru chest,involving lungs & all as long as i could walk & wasnt losing control of bladder & bowels..deal with it but he then said maybe u should get an other opinion in Philadelphia where they would see Tspine injuries more.
Well I am so glad he sent me to Philly..neurosurgeon I seen ..said def the problems I was having was from disc in tpine & he could help me!
I am wrtiting a book here but have so much to say esp to all dealing with thoracic issues.I think I will post the rest under thoracic & surgery..I did have surg on 7/7/10.I am doing pretty good but like I said will start posting under those topics.
I am so glad I found this site & for awhile would just read everything & think about writing but am hoping I can help someone dealing with some of the same problems know they do not have to just live with the pain or let u think there is nothing they can do.
Thanks to anyone who reads my long story here...hope I can give someone hope for some relief with thoracic issues.