Hey everyone! I'm new here and came across this place via google while trying to find info on bulging discs in the thoracic area. I'll try to explain...
I found out about 2 weeks ago that I have a bulging disc at T5 in my back along with torn muscles at T5, T6, and T7. Also, arthritis was found in the same spot. I had been having problems with shoulder pain for months, since last June. The pain only got worse the more I seen my chiropractor so I was sent for the MRI that revealed all of that. I had a nerve block done the 23rd and had a horrible reaction to it. That afternoon and next day my heart rate soared. I was hospitalized and watched overnight, then after 2 EKGs, tons of blood work, and an echo, I was sent home on beta blockers. They have helped keep the heart rate under control but my pain is absolutely no better. I was having chest pain before I had the block done as well and I had already gotten the all clear from a cardiologist at UAB saying my heart was fine.
My question is, can the problems I have in the thoracic area cause the chest pain I keep experiencing? Has anyone else here experienced it from that spot? I suffer from anxiety and regular panic attacks as well that have only gotten worse as my back got worse. I was told by my orthopedist that I had a bad reaction to the steroid block and that he recommended just trying pain management instead. It's hard to describe the pain on the left side (it's only on the left, never on the right) but the pain often just feels like it's tensed up. I have shooting, burning pains that go to my chest as well but it usually just feels like that whole side is swollen or something. Naproxen makes it worse. And so far everything I have tried has made it worse.
Sorry to write so much. I'm just desperate to talk to others that might understand. I appreciate any feedback. Thank you!!