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Thoracic disc herniation

Hi everyone,
I've had a thoracic disc herniation, which occurred 4 months ago. Ironically, it was caused by an aggressive chiropractor who herniated the disc during her "exam". She raised my arms over my head, twisted my spine, and crunched down on both sides! I don't know what diagnostic value that could have possibly served, but I immediately developed excruciating burning and pinching at T6-T7. I have lived with the pain now every day of my life since it happened 4 months ago.
This chiropractor refused to go over my xrays with me and then told me she was "going to do an alignment". I immediately got up and left but not before she collected her copay. She later refused to release my records or xrays and contacted her medical malpractice attorneys the very next day!!
The real sad thing about all of this is that I went to her NOT for any back pain issues---I was actually doing quite well in all areas of my back. I went to her to check into an "alignment" hearing that it was healthy and good for female issues.
I am only 45, but neurosurgeon tells me that I will have to live with the pain the rest of my life, and it is in such an area that surgery is difficult due to the rib cage and injections are even rare in this area.
I am so depressed. I am unable to run or even paint or type, as it hurts terribly to hold my arms out in front of me. I have a child, so I still have to work and function, but there are some days that I don't even want to get up. The pain never goes away, despite exercises, stretching, ibuprofen, ice.
Is there any hope or any one else that has the similar issues?


  • For the problems you had. That is reason I dont and never have. Did the NS do any tests such as MRI, CT scan ....How does he know that it cant be fixed. Yes, very unusual to have thoracic herniations but as you can see on Spine Health there are many of us. I started having mid back pain in 2011 and worsened in Jan. Of 2012 and I thought I was having a heart attack. I had MRI and CT scan which showed severe herniation at T-7-8 with severe stenosis and since I had calcification my local NS would not operate and sent me 4 hrs to a specialist on thoracic surgeries at Duke. Had a microdiscectomy which failed to relieve pain so have lived with chronic pain.

    I have also had 5 ESIs in thoracic region as well as a RFA to no avail. Still having pain issues but would try surgery again if I thought it would help. Please dont give up until you find a doctor willing to help you. Thoracic spine issues are rare and more dangerous but can be operated on most times and may be able to help with pain with PT, injections and meds in meantime. Please PM me if you have any questions or would just like to vent.

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