I have had pain radiating around my ribs and into the center of my chest for several years, I spoke with my FP and told him that I thought it was coming from my back! And he said there was no way that my back could cause my ribs and chest to hurt. So I have lived with the pain for over 4 years, In april of 2012 I went for an MRI because my lower back pain was getting servere also, I have had back probs since 1984 was my first surgery, Anyway the MRI showed L4 &5 disc was no longer there and I was bone to bone and the scar tissue was very bad! My Dr wanted to try injections and meds for my lower back! Which all failed! But the MRI also showed a herniation of T9&10! So after injections and pain management I went to a Neuro-surgeon and Dec 17th 2012 I had a lubar fusion, and a new disc with cage put in at L4 & 5 with screws and rodsand bone graft, so Im 7 wks post surgery!
But here is the question on T9 & 10 My Neuro-surgeon said he did not want to do surgery there because of the risk and complications. He said he would have to go through the front and remove a rib and a lot of other stuff to get to the area! He suggest a SCS but said they could'nt do that until my lumbar healed. I am to the point if I sit over 30 mins or stand over 20 mins the pain is unbearable, I was wondering if anyone has had any luck with SCS in this area? and if so, did it help?