I am trying to see if my symptoms have been shared by any other thoracic sufferers.
For a long time now (over a year) I have been suffering with pain and tightening at my thoracic levels. I have often felt that a band is being pulled tight around me.
A couple of weeks ago, I was sent home from work (less than a week after returning after 5 1/2 months off due to my lumbar fusion), with horrible pain at my T8/9 level, from the back wrapping around, under my right arm to the front.
On Friday, I had been feeling the now very familiar tightening pain over the top of my stomach, right across my abdomen (but not in the back). It was just under my bra. During the day, the pain got worse and worse and I had the feeling of having eaten far too much almost like indigestion. I even took some indigestion tablets to see if that would help.
By 9.00 pm, I went to lie down on the bed to see if that would help. By 11.00pm I was in terrible pain and didn't know what to do with myself. I would liken it to being in childbirth! My hubby was very concerned about me so phoned the doctor for an out of hours visit. 2 hours later, the doctor arrived. I was still in horrible pain. He was puzzled as my abdomen wasn't tender in any area, so he discounted problems with my appendix, stomach or gall bladder. He said if it didn't subside within a couple of hours to call again. I took some more pain killers.
At about 3.30am we called again. :''(
I was told to go to the hospital emergency department, and that going in our car would be much quicker than an ambulance. I was thoroughly examined and no diagnosis was made, although they said that this would need to be investigated further. They gave me some Tramadol to help with the pain and antibiotics for a UTI that they identified.
Has anyone had this level of pain and symptoms from their thoracic problems? The pain was at the same level as a protruding disc slightly pressing on my cord that was seen on an MRI scan taken 16 months ago.
This pain was far worse than anything I have ever felt before. :S