I'm looking to connect with fellow sufferers of nerve damage to thoracic spine area. No one I know can understand what daily life is like for me now and we all need that from time to time. Here's my story. Late September of 2012 I bent over and felt a burning\stinging rip run through my left breast. for a couple of weeks the pain came and went so i let it go. after about 3 weeks i went to see my gp. he was clueless and fearing the C word, sent me to see a general surgeon who ruled that out but still didn't know what was going on so he sent me back to my gp who then sent me to a neurologist. the neuro did an mri and found an arachnoid cyst spanning T-3 through T-5 and since the compression lined up with my breast pain he sent me off to a neurosurgeon. he did a myelogram to confirm and said he was pretty confident he could help me. we set up surgery for jan 31st 2013. he warned me that it was a painful surgery, as major as removing a spinal tumor and that there were risks. there are risks with all surgeries. i had 3 c-sections and 3 foot surgeries prior, i understand recovery time and risks but i never expected to be in the boat i am now in. the breast pain only went away for a day and besides the pain of recovering from the surgery itself i now have nerve damage in my back, left breast and strangely a patch on my right forearm that began 3 weeks after the surgery. no one would tell me anything, just said i needed time to recoup so, after months of not getting any better i started searching on my own and came up with central pain syndrome, when i read the symptoms i literally cried!! it matched 100% so i printed the info and took it in to the doc. he said yes, that's it, i was wondering how i was going to explain it to you, now i guess i don't have to. he sent me off to his pain mgt doc who is not very nice and i spent months feeling like a faker or a nut job, even sought out psych help. i am currently waiting for my appt. with a new pain mgt doc elsewhere. i feel so alone in my pain. my family and husband try to understand but they dont get it. sometimes i think hubby thinks that if im not whining 24/7 im not in pain. i cant do much without god awful pain so i sit on my couch most of the time. travel is painful so i only venture out when needed. i would love to hear from others with similar pain issues. chronic pain is a lonely world. PS...i gave up on proper punctuation as i have a new keyboard and its not cooperating in that area.