Hi kids! I have been following this website for years and have appreciated reading the stories that you all have shared. It is nice to be in a place where others really understand what you are going thru.
I noticed that there has been an increase in the thoracic traffic lately, so I wanted to post since my thorcic is causing me lots of grief lately.
I entire spine is in quite bad shape and I have been in pain management treatment for 7 years. I am trying to avoid surgery. My thoracic has been leaving me bed boung for several months and I have been trying to get my PM doc to zero in on the right location for the injections.
It is so frustrating sometimes because (I love my doc) I don't feel like the staff is really listening to me sometimes. When I told the PA my pain was lower in the Thoracic she said that that was just pain radiating from the upper. Grrrr. Right now my worst pain is at T11,12 and T1,2,3.
After weeks of saying this was emergency status, I recently got IntraSpinal injection at T6-7-8 levels. They did not go low enough. And yesterday, I was injected at C5-6 instead of T1-2-3.
I asked to forgo that injection and address the Thoracic levels but the answer was no. I have an appt next week to address the levels that are keeping me bed bound. The pain is so excrutiating, it feels like my spine has snapped. My ribs hurt and burn with pain. Upper T makes my shoulders and neck ache and give me incapacitating headaches.
For the first time I am starting to believe I might start looking into surgery. (in 2008 I saw a surgeon who said "I can't help you, I'd have to replace your entire spine" - he was a real *@%$).
Now I am seeing here that people are actually getting surgery to help them with the Thoracic level. It is encouraging and I hopw that those of you undergoin these procedures will continue to post and keep us informed.
I really, really appreciate this forum.
Scoliosis and other problems at every level.
2013: C-5 to C-6 ADR
2014: C-5 to C-6 fusion/revision of failed ADR
2014: Total hip replacement, right
Cancelled multi-level fusion - fear being more crippled and in more pain.