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Chest pain, breathing difficulty from bulging disc!?

I have been having severe upper back pain which spreads to my chest for the past one year and a half. Initially I was concerned my heart was causing these pains and went through the gauntlet of chest examinations which revealed everything to be fine. After each incident the pain starts in my back and spreads to my chest, eventually causing me pain when I breathe in deeply or bend over. As a result of my pain I had an MRI done on my upper thoracic spine. The MRI revealed that I had a minor bulging disc at my C10. I believe this has been caused by heavy weightlifting over the years. I am at 32-year-old male in good shape. I have a stressful job and spend a lot of time seated in car, I believe this could also contribute to my problems. These problems seem to be exasperated upon being stressed out. Wondering if anyone else has had similar problems with the chest pain related to upper thoracic bulging disc? I do not take any pain meds only the locational Advil. I smoke occasionally and socially however I find that these problems become worse when I have smoked for a period of time. All checks of my lungs have been met with negative results. This included CAT scan and numerous x-rays. I most recently had a flareup last week Friday and Saturday while bass fishing. The pain started mid day and move to my chest and lungs almost immediately from my back. I am still having pain today although it has subsided in my chest and lungs and is mainly in my back now.
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  • I still get plenty of pain in uper back any time i go fishing and casting jigs for bass as i have lower back issues and multiple surgery just made it worse as muscles get tight in all parts of my spine,

    Slight disc buldge might heal in time if you are lucky with the right stretching and life changes to keep stress off it posibly even chiro adjustments and whatever else helps,

    Alternative treatments are far safer then any surgery, Surgery is always last option, Good luck,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • I have issues at T3-T4-T5, exacerbated by a fall last week. It hurts every time I breathe. I stopped smoking a month ago, had been a pack a day. I also have cervical spine issues, which extends through my right shoulder. I've had a lot of pain that seems to be associated with my rib cage, circles all the way around. I guess it's from the nerves being compromised causes problems with the muscles, so it's almost like having a charley-horse-type cramp 24/7 in my chest/back. Hoping for more answers next week.
    Lori
    C5-C6-C7, T3-T4-T5: disc protrusions, spinal cord & C6 nerve root involvement, tear at T3-T4
    C6 nerve root injection 10/12/12 and at-home traction
  • PinkSh00z said:
    I have issues at T3-T4-T5, exacerbated by a fall last week. It hurts every time I breathe. I stopped smoking a month ago, had been a pack a day. I also have cervical spine issues, which extends through my right shoulder. I've had a lot of pain that seems to be associated with my rib cage, circles all the way around. I guess it's from the nerves being compromised causes problems with the muscles, so it's almost like having a charley-horse-type cramp 24/7 in my chest/back. Hoping for more answers next week.
    I also get the same rib cage pain that circles all around after surgery. I'm fused T2-T8. It started about 2 months post op and continues to this day (6 months post op). I finally gave in and asked my doctor to let me try neurontin. In my case, it works very well. The rib cage pain is absent about 80% of the time now. However neurontin leaves me feeling heavily drugged the next morning. I can flex my work time so I have and will continue to take it. If I had to be at work at 8am, it might not have been an option for me.
  • Glad you've found something that works for you, and you can flex your work time to accommodate known periods of distress. That is wonderful! I'm in a bad place with work right now, they're pretty much at the end of their rope with being flexible & accommodating. BUT, it is what it is and I'll push through just like everything else. ;)
    Lori
    C5-C6-C7, T3-T4-T5: disc protrusions, spinal cord & C6 nerve root involvement, tear at T3-T4
    C6 nerve root injection 10/12/12 and at-home traction
  • I wish you the best of luck for both your spine and your job. I still require norco, valium and a used zero gravity recliner I bought to make it through the work day. I guess I should be grateful I can make it through the day. I'm slowly getting there.

  • I am in a nasty flare-up of all kinds of symptoms right now, one of which is that horrible 'pressure' on the sternum that radiates around and into the mid T-spine. I have found that acupuncture-type treatments will sometimes relieve at least a little of that pain, as it almost feels as though the small muscles in the T-spine are in spasm. I make an extra effort to do deep breathing exercises. I have tried massage, though it can sometimes aggravate it. While it isn't long lasting, I was also told to lay in a hot, hot bath for a while, to relax some of the muscles. I try to avoid activities that involve working with my hands out in front, i.e. peeling vegetables at the kitchen counter, as it is a very aggravating position for me. If you have some sort of connective tissue problem, it could be related.

    Hope you get some relief from that miserable pain; let us know if you find the magic solution!

    Tracy
  • I can't sleep at night due to my ribs hurting so bad that it actually causes shortness of breath, chest pains, and it makes me feel like I'm having a heart attack. Couldnt get any relief. I have disc rupture in my cervical, thoracic and lumbar. I have spinal stenosis, etc. I bought a home medics shiatsu quad roller chair and I can't believe the difference it's made. I sit in it for 30 mins to I hour before bed every night. It really gets deep into the muscles and I wake up feeling tremendously better! It really works the muscles around the rib cage. It cost around $150 dollars but well worth it. I've been able to sleep much better and can actually sleep on my sides again, Yae !!!!!! Finally a little relief!!!!! I highly highly recommend it!!! If anyone tries it let me know what you think!!!!!
    Kristy
  • I feel so sorry for all of you going thru this. I also get chest pain/shoulder pain that feels like a heart attack. Although it is hard to cope with it is nice to read about other people that are going through the same ordeal. They think this comes from the C-6 disc. I just hope in time these herniations will flare up less often as I prefer conservative treatment. It seems like surgery just opens a can of worms and is never ending.
  • Nd said:
    I have been having severe upper back pain which spreads to my chest for the past one year and a half. Initially I was concerned my heart was causing these pains and went through the gauntlet of chest examinations which revealed everything to be fine. After each incident the pain starts in my back and spreads to my chest, eventually causing me pain when I breathe in deeply or bend over. As a result of my pain I had an MRI done on my upper thoracic spine. The MRI revealed that I had a minor bulging disc at my C10. I believe this has been caused by heavy weightlifting over the years. I am at 32-year-old male in good shape. I have a stressful job and spend a lot of time seated in car, I believe this could also contribute to my problems. These problems seem to be exasperated upon being stressed out. Wondering if anyone else has had similar problems with the chest pain related to upper thoracic bulging disc? I do not take any pain meds only the locational Advil. I smoke occasionally and socially however I find that these problems become worse when I have smoked for a period of time. All checks of my lungs have been met with negative results. This included CAT scan and numerous x-rays. I most recently had a flareup last week Friday and Saturday while bass fishing. The pain started mid day and move to my chest and lungs almost immediately from my back. I am still having pain today although it has subsided in my chest and lungs and is mainly in my back now.
    Thanks
  • alexhurting said:
    I still get plenty of pain in uper back any time i go fishing and casting jigs for bass as i have lower back issues and multiple surgery just made it worse as muscles get tight in all parts of my spine,

    Slight disc buldge might heal in time if you are lucky with the right stretching and life changes to keep stress off it posibly even chiro adjustments and whatever else helps,

    Alternative treatments are far safer then any surgery, Surgery is always last option, Good luck,
    I went through the ringer with stomach/chest pain caused by a herniated T disk.
    Endoscpoy/ass scope. No fun. Finally got an MRI of back which revealed a herniated disc in the
    Thoracic area of my spine. Get chest pains too, feels like its in my heart area.

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