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t8-t9 herniation

so....i've just got the results of an mri i have a "small left paracentral disc protrusion at t8-t9" any one had a thoracic disc herniation here? advice on getting back to full strength? at the moment im not lifting weights, a major annoyance for me as i'm an avid lifter, i understand time is the best healer. i'm taking glucosamine, chondroitin, msm, fish oil and have an inversion table that i am doing two 5 minute inversions, once am and once pm. any other advice? it has been injured since nov 2012 but until recently i was still lifting and probably not giving it the best chance to heal. i get no numbness, tingling etc, just stiffness and pain with certain movements, particularly upon waking. people's experiences would be greatly appreciated.


  • I have no answers but i am in the same boat as you. I have tried prednisone and prescription NSAIDS so far to no avail. If i get any good answers I'll let you know. The good news is your injury doesn't sound so bad. usually given time and reduction in stress inducing activity on the discs (i.e. weight lifting) it should heal on its own. The bad news is you are going to have to alter how you lift and the way you think about it. I have found that once this happens it can happen again more easily.
  • any other peoples advice? its the muscle that runs down the side of my spine that is painful, the erector spinae, it just seems like its constantly contracting.
  • I have 3 herniated thoracic discs and the worst is at T8/9.
    I get a tightening band and spasm pain often. This spasming happens especially if I twist or sometimes if I lift my arms above my head to do something. Even turning my head to the right causes a tightening feeling on the left side of my abdomen. My neurosurgeon has said that this is almost certainly being caused by the thoracic herniations.

    I have had a lumbar and cervical fusions and do know that I have various problems with my spine.
    At the moment I have weekly physio to try to work on and get rid of tight knots in my neck, shoulders and down my spine. I get pain in that muscle that runs down the side of my spine on the left side of my thoracic level. I also get an occasional pricking there, almost like an electric shock.

    I have been given an exercise by my physio to gently work my thoracic muscles. I would imagine that you may need to rest your muscles to allow them to relax and heal, but think it would be a good idea to get some proper advice. Have you seen a physiotherapist? Mine is a spinal specialist and I think he really helps me. (Mind you I have still needed two spinal fusions, but he could only do so much!!)

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