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back pain with no answers!!

i have been dealing with back pain in my thoracic spine as well as lumbar also hip pain for over 3 years now. i have been through several doctors and tests. i have had multiple x rays, blood work, and recently undergone an MRI. the doctors every time come up with little things but nothing to make sense of the amount of pain i experience CONSTANTLY! i have scoliosis(and s curve) and minor arthritis in my thoracic spine. my doctor has sent me to 3 specialists and no one can give me answers for my pain. it has continued to grow worse and worse and now unbearable. i cant lie flat on my floor without being in tears from the pain to get back up. i have no clue what to do from here and i joined this site to hopefully find someone who can relate to these symptoms and help me. i know im not crazy but everyone makes me feel that way lately! please help!



  • thoracic spine painthoracic spine pain Posts: 566
    edited 05/06/2014 - 6:30 PM

    Damage to your thoracic spine is so rare - except for osteoporosis - that most specialists have not seen it before. Just ask them - that's why they can't work it out. Osteoporosis crushes your vertebrae to the front. It isn't supposed to be painful and is considered stable as your thoracic spine is attached to your ribs and protects all your vital organs. The space between your vertebrae and your spinal cord is also is also narrowest through your thoracic spine so it doesn't take much for your spinal cord to be touching your thoracic vertebrae or discs.

    I was incorrectly diagnosed for 8 years and in the sort of pain you described 24/7. This is what finally helped me. I went to a sports physiotherapist who has to get professional sports people back their sport. She felt my thoracic spine. I damaged mine through trauma and 80% crushed my T5.

    She felt my spine and my T4 wasn't in the correct mechanical position. Nor were my shoulders or my scapula. She gently pushed my T4 back into the correct alignment, in fact she put my shoulder into the correct alignment, my scapula and my thoracic spine so they were mechanically in the correct position. Then she TAPED it back into place - without the tape my muscles just spasmed it out again.

    Only my T5 showed up on my MRI when it was really my T4 impinging my nerves and spinal cord. It was unbelievable instant relief after 8 years of the type of pain you described. Lots of things don't show up on MRI's, especially if you have a prone MRI, as if lying down helps on a prone MRI your body seems to be in a more correct alignment.

    Try a weight bearing MRI - I don't think my T4 was picked up as it must have gone back into a better place when lying down. I will give you the link to the research if you PM me but you can look it up on You Tube, Also for vertebrae or bone a bone scan is better than an MRI.

    Please find a good sports physiotherapist, an experienced older person, before you book an appt ask them if they touch you, some physios leave you on a tens machine and that made mine much worse. Then get them to check if you thoracic spine is in correct alignment. Get them to put it back in and tape it or your muscles spasm it out again. Feel you hips - are they aligned correctly or is one higher than the other - this goes for your shoulders as well. Once you have you thoracic spine in alignment see if your hips are in alignment. I have my shoes built up 10 cms on one side to align my hips.

    I had 8 years of excruciating pain and no-one knew why, or I was given an incorrect diagnosis. Because damaging your thoracic spine is rare you have to do your own research - if the sports physio doesn't work it should at least help a bit. If it doesn't it could be referred pain from your vital organs.

    If you have been given painkillers they didn't work for me until they combined them with a muscle relaxant. Sleeping with a pillow between your knees helps. Heat should help as well.

    Feel free to Pm me if you have any questions.
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