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Burning tingling chronic pain around T6

KruggKKrugg Posts: 1
edited 06/14/2013 - 6:40 PM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
Greetings, the pain started when I was 15, the time around which I started using desktops. I would sit for hours with bad posture and things. Anyways, 3 years ago I went to a rheumatologist and he x-ray diagnosed me with a mild scoliosis and kyphosis and prescribed me a couple of strength exercises and stretches, which helped my kyphosis but not my scoliosis I think. But I'm no sure it's the scoliosis causing it. The pain is slowly getting worse over time. I cannot remain static in ANY position without pain around my T6 and T5, but especially positions that put a lot of load on my back, sitting for example. I like to sit with good posture now, but the pain, is still there. If I ignore the pain, it'll get worse and worse until it turns into tingling (which only started recently btw, about 3 months ago). Sometimes I do feel tingling, but not pain, around my left rotator cuff. I did a new x-ray recently on my SI joint and will get the results soon. But I think this doctor doesn't know what he's doing--"it's probably because of college"... hm. Thanks for all the help friends. Appreciated


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  • ceddinscceddins Posts: 3
    edited 06/25/2013 - 3:04 AM
    I would strongly suggest getting an MRI. I have been dealing with a burning, constant uncomfortable feeling in my upper back and neck for two years. I went to a rhuemotologist, who seemed to think it was autoimmune-related. I just got an MRI, and found out I have multiple disk protrusions, the largest of which is at T5-T6.
  • Have a look at a dermatone chart and it tells you where your thoracic pain radiates.I have a damaged by trauma T5 and I thought it was to do with my rotar cuff - really damaged my shoulders as well, so had lots of tests done. Total waste of time and money. It was actually radiating pain from my thoracic T4 and T5.

    If you have damaged thoracic your ribs need to be taken into account as well. The physio pushes my ribs back towards my spine and this help with the pain. She also puts my T4 back in as when you are hurt your body tries to protect itself and another disk can take over and try to compensate for the one below or above.

    The reason it is so painful is that it's your central nervous system. My ribs were broken so trauma injuries are a bit different. Twisting makes it worse so try not to twist. I sometimes wear a soft brace just to stop me twisting - just to notice how much I twist. If you haven't kept a pain diary do one for a week, every half an hour. Usually has activity - pain level 1 - 10 etc - you will probably be surprised by what causes you the most pain.

    Muscle relaxants help too - they were the only thing that worked for me as strong painkillers did not work by themselves. Sleeping with a pillow between your knees works for me. It takes the pressure off your spine. Hope this helps a bit - it is your central nervous system so be careful, try not to gung ho through it and do more damage like I did. Have a less pain day.
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