This started about 12 months ago. I started to have burning pain right in the middle of my chest ranging from my sternum to the middle of my nipples when I drank water. It started to get worse a couple of months past where I was just constant. Over the last 9 months I went for every GI test (24 ph test, Endoscope, Manometry), blood test, vitamin tests, allergy tests, heart work up in the book and while I have minimal reflux it would not cause this constant burning. I am on PPI’s anyway. The only thing that helped the burning was rubbing my chest or a hot bath but as soon as I stopped rubbing it or got out of bath burning came back.
Then about 3 months ago the burning pain began in my back as well, but just so slightly. I began between my shoulder blades and could radiate to the back base of my neck where it connects to my back and also at times to my triceps. I don’t have any weakness, difficulty breathing, or pins and needles. As weeks went by it got gradually worse. So now I had both chest and back burning. Pain is always symmetrical (bi lateral) and never just on one side.
We thought it was hypersensitivity in my esophagus. There are people out there that can become sensitive to changes in PH or pressure in there esophagus. So I tried a few different SSRI’s as they seem to help this condition. Lexapro seems to make the burning in my chest go away but the burning in my back got worse.
I went for MRI’s in my cervical, thoracic, and lumbar back and got an EMG. The lumbar and cervical was pretty much normal and the EMG. The thoracic was abnormal.
Since its in the T6-7 area the pain management doctor doing the Epidural says that the pain is not coming from there as its too low for the pain to radiate that high on my back based on a dermatome chart. My neurologist says it’s possible it could radiate and wants me to get shot.
When the burning was in my chest I could at least rub a biofreeze type cream on it which would help block the burning feeling but now that it’s on my back I can’t relieve it as my back feels so sensitive like its sunburned, so putting any cream, ice or heat only makes it feel worse. If I sit down too long it burns more. The only thing the helps are going for walks. I can sleep at night but as soon as I wake up my back is burning. I sleep on my back and I tried to sleep on my side but burning is either the same or worse.
Can anyone with this type of herniation confirm if they experienced this type of burning pain in the area is described?
Here is my MRI results:
At T6-7 moderate sized left paracentral disc herniation which moderately idenents the left ventral hemicord causing mile to moderate focal cord compression but without significant central spinal canal stenosis. There is no abnormal signal with cord
At T7-8 a small left paracentral disc herniation contacting and only slightly impinging the left ventral cord without central spinal canal stenosis.
MRI of my cervical:
Mild reversal of the normal cervical lordosis centered at C5-6. Marrow signal normal or without fracture or lesion. Spincord normal in signal and caliber. Visualized posterior fossa is unremarkable.
At C5-6 there is a broad-based paracentral disk herniation and uncovertebral arthroapthy resulting in mild bilateral foraminal narrowing without central stenosis.
I got an update after writing this. I got first epidural in T6 and I really couldn’t tell if it made a difference, if it did it was like 10-15% better. 2 weeks went by and I got a second shot. First 2 days nothing but then next 3 days pain seems to be better in my back but my chest seems to be burning a little more.
This is driving me crazy. Its defiantly a nerve, the question is it T6?