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Tenderness on mid-thoracic vertebra


I'm a 27 yo active female with good BMI and no history of back issues or trauma to my back. I work as a pediatric occupational therapist, which does however require some heavy pushing and lifting working with children with motor delays. A few months ago, I noticed some tenderness on one of my mid-thoracic vertebrae when it is palpated. I never noticed it any other time, so I thought nothing of it, but it hasn't gone away or even gotten better - but again I don't notice it unless it is pushed gently. Although the pain when it is palpated is only a 1 or 2 out of 10- just tender - I went to my PCP to find out more. She ordered an x-ray which showed very mild arthritis of the thoracic spine, which although surprising and disappointing, I'm learning how to manage it. However, my MD said this doesn't really explain the tenderness on the bone, and suggested maybe doing a bone scan or MRI to explore further. However, she called a spine specialist MD and he wasn't very concerned about it at all given the absence of any other symptoms. So I'm wondering if anyone else has known anyone to have anything similar? Does anyone have any advice or recommendations? The first available PT appt I was able to get was 2 weeks away so I'm trying to research in the meantime.

Thank you for any input!


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  • Your thoracic spine is part of your central nervous system. You need to take it seriously. Please get exercise that take into account your condition. Any examination of the thorascic spine must take into account the ribs joining your thoracic spine. Your body wants t o heal itself therefore somertimes the vertabtrae above try to compensate for the ones below. Take care of your body.
  • I have the same issue with mine. If a vertabrae is out of alignment, it will cause pain. My chiropractor was able to alleviate some of my pain and the before and after MRIs show the difference.

    Diagnosis: Thoracic facet syndrome & cervical and thoracic radiculopathy from car accident trauma.
  • stenosisRosesstenosisRose Posts: 489
    edited 07/15/2013 - 5:11 PM
    Could the thoracic pain be from costochronditis?
  • suzyrobssuzyrob ScotlandPosts: 1
    Hi, I have just read your post but have noticed that it is now 3 years later! I have the very same symptoms and wondered how you got on with your problems - did you get a diagnosis? Thank you.
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