Okay..quick background, in 2007 I had a 2 level ACIF for spondylosis and degenerative disc disease.
In 2010 I had a 2 level PLIF for MVA caused spondylolisthesis. Was pain free until approximately
October of 2011. Return of increasingly severe symptoms lead to an MRI which showed some fluid around one level. A ESI was done with absolutely no relief. That led to a cervical and thoracic MRI with contrast. The theroy being that i might have another spondylosis that is creating pressure to my lumbar region.
MRI showed a moderate herniation at T9-T10, with the disk being dried out and blackened. In the meantime my lumbar symptoms have kept increasing and the nerve pain has gone down to my left knee and ocasionaly my foot.
Next round was a thin slice CT which revealed 2 loose sacral screws and possible pseudoarthrosis.
Friday I had the nuclear bone scan to see what else may be going on that the CT/MRI did not pick up. Lying on that hard table for so long did a major job on my back. I had been in severe lower back, hip and radiating leg pain all Friday night and all day yesterday.
Well, today, without warning, among everything else, I have started to get thoracic symptoms. The severe pain just to one side of my spine (at that level), pain radiating around my ribs, some abdominal pain.
Thanks for listening. I can deal with the lumbar surgery, and even the cervical if it comes to that again. But the idea of thoracic has me terrified. I tried a course of PT to strengthen the muscles around that level when it was first discovered but it set off a wave of cervical radiculapathy symptoms so they stopped.