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What does my future look like?

KimD592KKimD592 Posts: 435
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:53 AM in Chronic Pain
As my signature states, my MRI of the t-spine showed several herniations throughout my t-spine, but T8-9 and T9-10 are the worst. I'm having surgery on June 8th, but I guess I'm wondering how likely it is that those other smaller herniations will get worse? Is there any chance of them just staying the same and not causing me problems. Also, if I have several herniations in the thoracic spine, does this most likely mean I have others in other areas of my spine? I'm only 29 and the thought of surgery scares the crap out of me. I guess I'm just afraid of what this means for my future. I do have a lot of lower back and sometimes neck pain, but I've just assumed it's all related to my t-spine and perhaps I'm carrying myself differently.


  • What does your surgeon say?
    Is he proposing to do surgery on just one level, or more than that?
    Have you discussed with him the risk of the other discs going once you are fused? As the thoracic spine is stabilised by the ribs, perhaps that is not as likely as in other parts of the spine. I don't know, and am interested to know as I have problems in my thoracic spine too. My T8/T9 is compressing my cord too.

    Now I had lumbar decompression and fusion on L4/L5 only, even though the level above and below were already degenerated. My surgeon didn't seem to think that there would be a problem with that (or if he did, he wasn't letting me know that). I trusted that a single level fusion would be enough, and it is only since my surgery, and after reading lots about spinal problems, that I am more aware that there is a risk of adjacent disc syndrome. Time will tell!

    Do let us know more about the surgery you will be having. We will be here to support you through this challenging time. :-)

  • According to my surgeon, T8-9 and T9-10 are both pressing on my spinal cord, so what he plans to do is make two small incisions on my back in the area of those discs, and basically cut away at the disc to remove the pressure. No fusion involved as far as I know. He made it sound like it's a relatively simple operation.

    I'm hoping that I'll be one of the lucky ones that doesn't have any other problems after the surgery. I guess I'll just have to take it one day at a time and see what happens with this.
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