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Excruciating back pain -- really need advice/Suggestions please

birdgrl11bbirdgrl11 Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
Hi all. I'm 23 yr old female. Not very active but I do have a very active job 40 hrs a week as a veterinary technician. 5 ft tall and about 140lbs (just to give you all an idea of me) I've had terrible back pain for years now. Went to a back dr who did xrays which showed mild scoliosis. He sent me for an MRI which showed a few mild bulging discs in lumbar spine. I do have lumbar pain but I also have sever thoracic pain. My back doctor constantly told ms the thoracic pain is caused by the lumbar pain even though I can pinpoint certain areas exactally where in my thoracic back it hurts. I've had to lumbar facet joint injections and one lumbar facet joint rhizotomy and I am sooo done with this guessing game! I'm desperate for answers! My thoracic back pain is sooooo bad half the time I can't walk at all and when I can I'm doing the old person shuffle. I want to go for a secon opinion somewhere else but I need suggestions of what else could be going on first. I'm in so much pain in my back I'll just start tearing up in public because it hurts so bad!

Thanks all.


  • If you are still having lots of pain but you don't find that your back doctor is helping you much, perhaps a second opinion would help. It may be that the combination of your problems is causing the pain, especially in a physically demanding job such as yours. A surgeon or other specialist may well recommend putting off surgery, as the scoliosis and bulges are mild at this point, but it's possible some sort of intervention could help.
    There are other issues too, like posture, your biomechanics etc., that could be helped by an ergonomic assessment and physical therapy.
    Just a few random thoughts, probably ones you've already had, but maybe seeing another doctor for an initial consultation could help.
    Best of luck with everything!
  • Well what are they going to do about it?What are they suggesting.What medication are you on for the pain?

  • Have you had a thoracic MRI?

    A lot of surgeons will try to avoid the thoracic spine. They don't want to do surgery at that level because it is very hard on the surgeon and also on the patient. I wonder sometimes if they don't even want to investigate if it is that level that is causing the pain, because then they would need to decide what to do!

    I had 4 of my thoracic discs happen to show up on a lumbar MRI. 3 of them were protruding and one was mildly compressing my cord. That was over two years ago. Nothing more has been done to investigate that level.

    My neurosurgeon did say that he wanted to have a full spine MRI done before seeing me in October. That appointment has been brought forward to Tuesday next week. There doesn't seem to be a plan for a new MRI scan though. The one that he is using is 8 months old, so I would think that a new one, and preferably a full spine MRI would be a good idea.

    I have 2 discs compressing my cord in my neck.
    Also lots of neurological problems in my neck, arms, legs and abdomen. I would quite like to be sure that it is my neck that is causing all these symptoms before there is any plan to treat them.

    Jessica, welcome to our spiney clan. :H
    I hope that you manage to get a diagnosis and treatment plan soon.
    You are not alone. >:D<

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