Hi everyone, thanks for a great site with lots of good info. I have been reading the posts on this site for a couple of months and this is my first post. Well, I have been suffering from a T8-T9 Disc protrusion for about 2.5-3 years now. MRI scans show "A huge disc protrusion at T8-T9 centrally and to the right with marked flattening and deformity of the cord". I am in constant excruciating pain. Any movement, bending forward causes a lot of pain. I do have the pain radiating to my ribs left and right. It does also radiate up to my neck and causes massive headaches. I also have had it radiate to the low back and sometimes down to my legs, either left/right or sometimes both. Taking Deep breathes aggravates it. The radiation pattern and referred pain does change constantly. Some days are better than others. I also have difficulty sleeping due to pain.
Over the years I have tried everything (PT, massage, chiro, acupuncture, etc.) and did not have any measurable relief from the pain. I have been to 4-5 NS now, they all have told me to try everything and hold off surgery as much as possible. They all discussed a posterior approach as far as surgery. The only relief I had is from a recent steroid shot that gave me somewhat of a relief for only a month.
Well, recently the pain has been getting worse and more constant. I am at the point that can't handle it anymore and have thought about surgery. I need to do have this done as soon as possible as I can't handle the pain anymore.
I would appreciate any responses as far as anyone that had a similar condition/surgery and post operation experiences/results. What is the best surgical approach? I am also looking for the best NS that specializes in Thoracic surgeries. As you know finding a surgeon that has done a lot of Thoracic spine disc surgeries is difficult. I know we can't post any Doctor's info on this site. I would greatly appreciate any suggestions, you can PM me any names. I am looking for someone in San Diego region, however would go anywhere if the Surgeon is highly recommended and has a lot of experience on Thoracic spine surgeries with good results.
I am very nervous about having the surgery and know it is very involved. However, I am a point that I can't handle the pain any more. It effects every aspect of my life. I would greatly appreciate any responses. Thank you.