In 1979 shortly after being in a car accident (rear ended at a stoplight by a car eluding police at an estimated 43 mph) which caused subluxation injuries at C5-6 and L4-5 at age 26, I suffered a crushing injury on a construction job but did not seek medical attention due to not having medical insurance and thinking at the time that it was mostly torn muscles. Although I had an awareness that something was not right with my spine I resumed normal duties and was generally pain free until 2003 when lifting a box of books I herniated the T8-9 disc. Since then things have gradually deteriorated where I had another MRI in 2010 which showed anteriorly compressed discs from T6-T9 showing scarring and evidence of an old injury, with the T8-9 disc herniation still present. Also they noted the presence of a large hemangioma at T6. In 2011 additional symptoms became radiating pain around my left ribs and intense muscle spasms in my left chest up under my rib cage. The feeling akin to being electrocuted periodically. Needless to say I have been finding it very difficult to sleep and now am having a burning sensation down my spine and tingling down both legs and feelings of numbness in my feet (more so laying down than upright). The other odd feeling is intense pain in the area of the hemangioma while eating frozen yogurt (that is like a brain freeze in the back). My physician at a top Seattle hospital says that hemangioma's do not cause pain and that it is so intricately involved with the vertebrae that there is nothing to be done except for pain management, he says the MRI and CT scans in 2011 do not show the level of pain I am experiencing, and says surgery is a last resort. I am still able to walk for about 45 minutes before the pain requires that I unload my spine. I had to give up my job as I could no longer stand for more than about 3 hours at a time. Also very sensitive to vibrations while driving and feel every bump in the road. Wonder if anyone has tried the ethanol injections which may shrink the hemangioma, and what pain medications work best with the least side effects. I have been taking codeine and vicodin which are about 50% effective.