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can thoracic back sprain lead to mediastinal cyst?

Just over two month ago I was a pain-free 35 year old glass blower.
I've been a production glass blower for 17 years with some minor work related issues. A ganglion cyst in my wrist, some tendentious, carpal tunnel, but no major back problems.
My symptoms presented in my right shoulder like hyper-mobility/rotator cuff issues, not too bad. I managed with ice, stretching, anti-inflamitories and worked on having better posture. Two weeks later I had a pain in my left shoulder but this was in the T4-T5 area and it would jump around, still not too bad but I kept on working with the discomfort. Three more weeks, acupuncture, massage, and two chiropractic apps later and my whole upper body was spasmed. I had intense electrical pain radiating from my armpits down to my hands, had numbness and weakness in my arms, and had trouble moving my neck. Sounds like thoracic outlet syndrome right? I've been out of work/light duty for 6 weeks and the nerve pain and spasm is better but I can't really do anything physical. Last week an MRI showed that I have a fluid filled mass in the posterior mediastinal region, under my shoulder blade that abuts my T5, next to my ribs but not in my spinal column.
Other than the standard freak-out one would expect with something like this I can't help but stumble over how this whole thing came on.
Could this be due to the physicality of my job? My work quota went up 40% in the month prior to the pain and caused me to work harder and faster than I ever had before. Just a coincidence?
Also I have no idea what this thing is so any suggestions would help......
Raya Friday


  • Hi, I read your post. I was intriqued by your occupation. I collect "witch balls", I'm not sure how closely that's related to blown glass. As far as your back goes, I hope you are able to get in with a specialist soon and get everything sorted out. Best of luck to you, and Welcome!
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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