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Success with Acupuncture for thoracic pain???

jellyhalljjellyhall Posts: 4,373
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic

Hi one and all,
I was wondering if anyone has got relief for thoracic pain by having acupuncture.

My neurosurgeon has told me that I now have 2 discs that are compressing my cord, but that he is not suggesting surgery as it is very difficult to recover from. I'll go along with that.

He did say that we could try ESIs, but I was wondering if it would be better to try acupuncture first.

Unfortunately, he did suggest surgery for my neck.

What is it with my spine?
I've already had surgery on my lumbar spine.
I do wonder what the future holds for me.
I'd better make the most of how I am now.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,839
    acupuncture treatments for my Thoracic condition (4 herniated, but as of now, mild-medium) and I did get some relief, but not long term.

    Over the course of about 2 years, I had 4 ESI's for my Thoracic condition, some helped, some didnt but still had the problem.

    What gave me the best relief and as of now has kept me away from Thoracic surgery is Thai Deep Tissue Massage.
    This specialist worked on my major/deep Rhomboid muscle for about 6 months straight of weekly visits.

    Finally, he was able to get some flexibility in that muscle, which in turn took pressure of my thoracic area.

    Everyone has different make up, so some treatments will work for some and not for others.

    Jelly, one of the hardest things to swallow, was that after having the 4 lumbar surgeries, then the 3 cervical, my surgeon told me that the thoracic disc will go, just not sure when. He explained that it was all about the pressure and strain one part of the spine can take after having surgery.

    Dont despair, try all the conservative methods you can think of, and then some.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    I tried the acupunture and also injections for thoracic area.

    For me all was ineffective. In fact, and I have no idea why..but the acupuncture and epidurals to thorcic area made me feel worse pain and added nausea and vomiting to it.

    We are all different so may be better for you. I am glad I tried it, as I would and still do, try most anything doc recommends.

    Wish you best of luck with whatever you decide!
    Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • I had some great results with ESI on thoracic, but it took a few to find the sweet spot. Not sitting 12 + hours a day in hard college desks prob. helped the most. But alas, when one part got better two parts got worse so did not really get to enjoy the relief.
    Herniated T6-7, multiple herniations in cervical, tears in T5-T8. Stenois at levels and smorls nodes from thoracic thru lumbar
  • It sounds like the neurosurgeon's idea of trying the ESIs maybe be the most likely chance of helping. I may give acupuncture a try first, just to see.

    At the moment, I am managing with the pain and symptoms, but am aware that things seem to be getting worse and more frequent. Mind you, it may just be a flare and things may settle down again. That has happened in the past.

    Ron, I had problems in my thoracic before my first spinal surgery - a lumbar decompression and fusion. Back in 2008, my chiropractor did an x-ray because I wasn't responding as he had hoped. He found that I had osteophytes on my thoracis as well as all the lumbar problems and spondylolisthesis. At the time, when he told me, I said that they weren't causing me any problems. He looked serious and said, 'no, not at the moment'. I guess he had an inkling of what may come in the future.

    I do wonder how I will fare if and when I have my cervical fusion. The neurosurgeon did say that as I already have a lot of degeneration on the levels below those that he would fuse, that I may need more surgery in the future due to adjacent disc disease.

    Strange that I have so much degeneration throughout my spine. I haven't been in any car accidents, but I did have a fall from high up in a tree when I was 7 (knocked myself unconcious). That seems too long ago though. Mind you I was, and am still, very double jointed and have been told that may be part of the reason why.

    I get a lot of inspiration from all you guys when I read of all you deal with. Spine Health has been an amazing help to cope with all of this on an emotional level, and gives my family a break from all my questions and talking about my spine, as I come here to chat about it instead.

    Thank you one and all >:D<

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