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Can thoracic disc injury present heart attack symptoms?

Hi all.
Newbie here.

I have had a l4/l5 Microdiscectomy in May 2014 which cleared my sciatic pain.
I still have problems at l1/l2 which radiate pain into my sacrum and hip area.

I have recently been taken to hospital with central chest pain radiating into the jaw and arm. However, investigations including ECGs bloods and a ct angiogram have fully discounted any cardiac source of the pain.

I continue to have background chest pain at pectoral level front and back.

Bearing in mind I have spine problems in the lumbar area, is it possible that the heart attack symptoms could be being caused by something amiss with my thoracic vertebrae?

Thanks for any help / advice.
L5-S1 herniation. Both knee meniscus tear. L4-5 herniation - 2 x nerve block injections. L4-5 discectomy. L1-2 nerve block injection. L4-5 reherniation - TLIF fusion. 2016: L1-2 and L5-S1 retrolistheses and multiple facet joint degeneration.


  • Doug HellDoug Hell Posts: 335
    edited 04/09/2015 - 3:37 AM
    I'm no Doctor and this is just my opinion (as everyone has their own set of unique circumstances), but I do know that sometimes I yawn or breathe in hard and due to the increased joint pain in between my shoulder blades, it almost feels as though my heart is hurting as well. I even get shooting pains down my left arm at times (nerve damage). I had all the tests done and everything came back as OK. It is never a bad idea to investigate when in doubt. GET checked. The results speak volumes. On that note, I would recommend a referral to see a Cardiologist if something like this is happening to anyone. Better to be safe than sorry!

    Doug Hell
    Spine-Health Moderator
    Realize that FEAR is our worst enemy. Get up & get out in that stormy weather of the real world & kick fear in the teeth. Stare at it dead in the eyes & walk right through it into the storm; because once you're wet, you won’t fear the rain anymore
  • I have been feeling what I would think are heart attack symptoms as well. I have subluxations on the t5 and t8. I have had ekgs, ultrasound, and a nuclear stress test that showed no issues. From what I have seen and read, it seems the thoracic subluxations can cause these symptoms.
  • Yes, Thoracic issues can cause pain in your chest. I have had surgery at T7-8, a synthetic disk with a fusion in the center using bone graft from my rib broken to reach my spine for the surgery. Long story, but yes, I had pain in my rib cage a little lower than you, however the exact same things you're talking about!
    Sara H.
    *2008-Pain in left ribcage,Diagnosed w/Scheuerrmann's Disease
    *Surgery April 2013-Thorocotomy, Disk replacement at T7-8, synthetic spacer w/ bone graft from rib;Still weak/pain across back under shoulder blades;Occipital Headaches/Migraines
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,856
    medical term called the T4 Syndrome.

    That can produce almost the exact same symptoms as a heart attack. About 10 years ago, when I was having thoracic disc problems, one night I woke up, felt like my chest was caving in and had a lot of pressure. My arms felt weak,etc

    My wife brought me over to the ER, where they kept me overnight, work up a number of tests and concluded, there was not any problem with my heart.

    When I was going to PT, I told the therapist about this...She then put her finger around the T4 area and pressed hard and said

    Did it feel like that?

    Oh yes it did!
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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