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T6/T7 central disk protrusion - contacts the cord

sophia petrillossophia petrillo Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
Hi everyone... I'm new here and found this site when I was researching neurostimulators. That was something my doctor mentioned when we were going over my history & symptoms.

I'm 35 with chronic neck pain and issues. I went to see my doctor last week because I started having some tingling in my upper back, which was a completely new symptom for me. He did some standard neuro tests and sent me for a cervical and thoracic MRI. I am scheduled to go back in 2 weeks for the results & an EMG.

I received a copy of the MRI report and I am freaking out a bit. In addition to my neck stuff (which I was aware of), it states that I have a central disc protrusion at T6/T7 that is contacting the cord without cord signal abnormality. Of course, everything I read about has me concerned. I have a 4 year old and an 8 month old so I'm a bit worried about what this means.

I'm going to call my doc in the morning to see if it's ok to wait the 2 weeks or if I should get in sooner. I never expected anything to show up on the thoracic MRI.

I guess I'm not sure what I'm asking... just looking for some support or advice or thoughts. Thanks if you made it this far, LOL!



  • I am also new to forum and am so grateful to know I am not alone. I had herniation at T-6-7 level. I was having severe chest pain and upper left abdominal pain and went through stress test and heart cath. After heart cath I had to lay on table flat on back with my heaf at 30 degree angle and started having severe mid back pain. I went to my primary who did x-ray and sent to MRI. I got a call that she was referring me to my neurosurgeon and I knew after 3 former back surgeries that this was not a good sign. MRI showed herniation which was pressing on spinal cord and was causing the pain. He said I needed surgery but since they are rare and damgerous his practice does not do surgery on thoracic spine. I was referred to Duke University spine clinic to a Dr. Robert Isaacs who is the only practice in NC who operate on thoracic. I had surgery May 24 and after surgery he informed me that they had found a tendon that wrapped around spine and had to be moved before they could operate. I am still having the same chest and abdominal pain on left side that I had before I had surgey but now I have new symptoms and complications. I have severe muscle and nerve pain in both legs but right is worse and sharp stabbing pains that shoot through my back. I seen him 2 weeks ago for the increased pain and he said I may have reherniated the disk but did not feel it was appropriate to do another MRI at this time. I am living off pain meds and muscle relaxers as well as neurontin and nothing seems to help for long. I have to wait until I go back July 18th so see if I can begin PT. I have had lower back pain for 20 yrs. and first surgery was 1994. Never experienced pain like I have had in thoracic region. It is so much worse than lumbar pain for me. I am now debating on whether I want to go on disability because I have missed so much work and it will just be a matter of time before they let me go:( I hope everything went well with your MRI and you get the answers you need. Please feel free to message me anytime...I would love to have someone who understands what I am going through:)
  • I too have herniated disc in my thoracic, t56 t67 t78 and t89, I am trying to make an appointment with a neurosurgeon in Tampa at USF, I don't live far from there, so we shall see, the pain is the worst pain I have Everett felt! Good luck hope you get answers, pm me anytime, also at th2 levels is indenting the cord!
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