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New member crying out for help to t3-t4 herniated disc, chest pain, strong pulse

Liam7rockyLLiam7rocky Posts: 1
edited 06/17/2014 - 12:36 PM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
Hope my saviour is out there somewhere.. I'm 29 yr old male,
I have been struggling with chronic pain for 2 years now..2 years ago I suddenly started experiencing bad upper bk pain dizzy spells and chest pain. Another symptom was the sensation of a strong pulse going all through my body.. Not fast just really strong that shakes my body with every beat to a point of making me nausea.. I have been rushed to a and e countless times and have had my heart checked with countless ecgs, 24hr ecg, 24 hr bpressure test,a stress test, 2 echos, bloods taken, urine samples, thyroid checked, MRI of arteries.. Basically I thought had to be related to heart,,, after all these tests only a slight enlarged part of my aorta to heart is enlarged and slight high blood pressure 145 over 90. .. Further to this the doctors thought anxiety related so seen 3 councillors, started meditating, relaxing more and yes believe I had anxiety but not causing these symptoms, started seeing a chloropractor and after MRI of spine I have a herniated t3 t4 disc.. I been seeing pt and chloropractor for months and still no better..

I am now thinking could this be related to my chest/stomach as I can point to the spot in my just lower than ribs and up 2 inches that is like a balloon pressure that I want to put a needle in to release. I wonder could the pressure be putting pressure on heart that makes me so aware of my heartbeat???
I can also point to spots on spine as are tender upper left muscles in back always sore..

Almost like if u put a sword through me the 2 points meet up front chest and spine..

Basically I'm begging for answers or suggestions of routes to try as I am 29 yr old with twin boys 2 years old and its not only affecting me but there lives with me not being the best dad I could be too them as I'm in constant pain..

I've spent thousands of pounds on tests and no answers as yet.. I see a gastrolgy specialist tomoz on Nhs so that's my current route..

Please help if anyone can...sorry for long MSG


  • Perhaps, you should consult with a board certified spine surgeon? With a herniation of T 3-4, the symptoms that you are experiencing may be related to the herniation. http://www.lumbarspinalstenosis.com/assets/images/dermatone-map-lg.jpg
    If you look at the dermatome map at the link above, you will see that the T3-4 area of the spine relates directly to where you are stating that the pain and other issues you are having are.

  • Hi Liam,

    I am a 33yr old female who suffers from a similar issue. My disc herniation's are lower T7-8 and T8-9 however I also have the back and front pain along with extreme muscle spasms of the diaphragm muscle. Spasm in the diaphragm could be caused by the herniation and could be causing the pain just below the ribs that you are feeling. I don't know in your case but that is the case with me. I have also spent 1000,s of dollars on this issue between trying every conceivable non invasive treatment and also flying out of country for tests that are either not available here (Canada) or have very long waiting lists.

    Like you, I also see a chiropractor on a regular basis. Not to treat the discs but to adjust my ribs that are continuously out of alignment. The rib alignment being out is what seems to drive the most pain for me. Recently I found a PM who felt strongly that the rib alignment issue (which may of may not be a result of the discs) is the issue causing most of the pain. He feels that the muscle spams over time pulled my ribs out of place for so long that the ligaments meant to hold them in palca are stretched. Currently I am having prolotherapy injections into those ligaments every four weeks. The end goal of this is to have my ribs staying in alignment with my spine on their own. This will likely not completely eliminate all pain however it may or should eliminate or greatly reduce the pain in the chest and side. I hate to speak to soon but after three treatments I am seeing results.

    This may be way off base and not at all the information you are looking for. If you would like to know anything else please feel free to ask.

  • Hi Liam
    I understand your pain very much. I also have a herniated disc at t3 and t4. It hurts like hell and the pain is unbearable most of the time. I feel like I'm having a heart attack when I get an episode from the herniated disc. Shortness of breath chest pain sweating which kicks in my anxiety and makes it worse. i am 48 years old. I see a cardiologist and chiropractor. The chiropractor helps me a lot but the pain comes back. Weight plays a big factor. I felt a little better by shedding some weight. Try and stay fit. I know how you feel about your kids, I had the same feelings. Don't worry about that because they will love you just the same. You also mentioned meditation. Look up a reiki practitioner in your neighborhood. Reiki will calm you down and ease the pain. I wish you the best. Eddie
  • Congratulation you and I have problem which makes us invisible drs do not wish to know. In UK system is that if they can not help you nothing is wrong.  After 14 years when I could not walk went to Germany and was diagnosed with 3 problems. Neck Thoracic and lower back .Have 3 ADR in 1 in lower back and 2 in  neck T3T4 causing real problems.

    I am still alive after 23 years as there is nothing wrong so I cannot get the right medicine. Morphine.
    There is a US DR website 1 in a million ie this is very rare I have had this for 23 years.It twists you spine causing neck and other thoraic problems pain is all over. It is very close to heart so if muscles are pushed against blood vessels this is amplified all over and in your head.I could stop noise by pressing on carotid artery.Cannot do this for too long though.
    Problem tends to make spine twist scoliosis.

    I have had MRI scans in uk nothing is reported as wrong.I have had private scan telling them what German Drs had found if not nothing would be found.The radiographer  did miss to document the problem at C3. My action when I have found out is to see where something can be done. Look at Woodirul hospital in South Korea I think they have branch in US. Look at website.You tube show UK DR going for 2 thoraic surgeries endoscopically.  up and walking day after surgery
    Acupunture is good need to pursue months before any response.
    Sort it before it get too bad not just pain how spine is affected.

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