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Hello, new with T-Spine troubles

missygtmmissygt Posts: 6
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:55 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
Hello, I am Melissa. I am glad I found this board! I would really appreciate any help, advice or answers about symptoms anyone could give me. I have ruptured T-spine discs @ T-7 & T-8. I also have some in the lumbar spine, degenerative arthritis throughout my spine, and spurs. My problem is that I have been told that it is rare to have ruptures in the T-spine, and that surgery is not an option because of the location. I am living in a lot of pain in the middle of my back and now my legs and arms are going to sleep.Even when I wake up in the morning my legs are asleep and feel very heavy.Starting around 2 months ago my shoulder started hurting constantly and burning like its on fire. Has anyone ever experienced any of this? I feel like I am at the end of my rope because I don't know what to do.


  • Hi! Welcome to spine health. I had a herniated cervical disc and experienced the burning/stabbing pain in my shoulder.

    Have you gotten a second opinion?
    ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011

    Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.

    Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg
  • Welcome to Spine Health Missy. I have a similar location torn herniated disc.

    I have similar issues but at multiple levels. My NS told me about a year ago that surgery (thoracic fusion) was on the table when I can't take it any longer. I am getting closer. Pain levels high and new neurolodgical developments.

    My PM thinks I should consider getting a micro discectomy (have to fly out of state to do that) but they are not surgeons.

    My left leg from the hip to the knee is going numb or is terribly itchy or painful 24/7. Both of my feet feel like I am wearing shoes that are too small & tight (light numbness) and then I get the shooting pain around my upper body (include the upper arms/chest/breast/ribs/back) and still have the 24/7 raidiating pain in the middle of my back.

    I suggest that you get a second opinion. I have asked for one. I see my regular NS tomorrow am at 8:30 (they moved me up due to all of the new issues).

    Feel Better,

  • It's great to meet you, however, I'm sorry for the circumstances. I also have a disc herniation at T7-8, among others. I have herniations of various sizes from T5 down to T11, and I just had a thoracic discectomy on T8-9 and T9-10. My surgeon is affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania and specializes in the thoracic spine. My initial surgery was done completely posteriorly. He said if it comes down to surgery on T7-8, he can try to do it posteriorly, but it's likely he'd have to convert to an anterior approach. So, I have an appt to see him on Tuesday to discuss my options, but I'm thinking I'll likely have to go through all of the conservative measures again.

    The pain I have is located to the left side of my mid-back and it wraps around my ribcage and to the front. As the pain intensifies, it typically shoots down my left leg, but I've also had left arm pain as well. I have a constant pins and needles sensation in both legs, and I have patchy areas of numbness as well.

    What treatments have you tried so far? Are you on any medications? My surgeon recently started me on Neurontin, however the verdict is still out on that one. It's supposed to be good for nerve pain. I've been on it for a week now, and I'm still no better than I was.
  • Thank you for replying!!..I did get a second opinion and was told the same thing. I was told a few years ago that I had arthritis in my neck also. I know this may sound strange but I have a lot of pain where the base of my skull meets with my neck.
  • Thank you! I feel like I am at the end of my rope trying to get across to Dr's how this affects me!
    I also have pain that goes into my chest and what feels like horrible bee stings right over the T7/8.
  • Thank you so much! I have had spinal injections which only made me feel like I had the flu! As far as meds I tried Neurontin and it didn't help. I was given morphine and hated it, it did little for my pain, made me very sick to my stomach and I felt like my heart was fluttering. I am currently not taking anything and at times I feel like I can't take the pain any longer. I hesitate to ask for anything from my Doctor, afraid of how he might take it, instead I suffer in silence and this makes the quality of life very poor. I only have my General Physician I see, because the specialists said there was nothing they could do.I also have the pain traveling to my ribs and what feels like awful bee stings right over the T7/8.
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