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My name is Ebony (Newbie)

Hi, my name is Ebony. I am 29 years old. I have a diagnosis of a herniated t8 and t9, degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis and fibromaylgia. I am being sent to a neurosurgeon from my pain managment doctor. I had seen one previously but they wanted to try things like aquatic therapy and chiropractic care first. Lately I have been in quite a bit of pain and I am seeking support from others that deal with these things on a daily basis. I am very scared of getting surgery as I know it can be dangerous. I guess they want to take a piece of my rib and replace my t8andt9 with that. I don't really understand all the details. I am being sent to get a repeat MRI and CT next Thursday and they will put me under IV sedation because the tests are long and I have a lot of anxiety. Thank you for allowing me to join this group. I currently see a pain management doctor, a neurosurgeon, and a rheumatologist to handle my pain.
Ebony M Lowe


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 1,819
    I have herniated T6-7 disc with annular tears from T5-T8 so I am sorry to hear about your issues. Thats interesting that the doctor recommended chiropractic for thoracic issues, mine did the same and I found them helpful somewhat.
    Yes the larger thoracic surgury is removing the rib and deflating the lung to access, but there are other types of surgury for the thoracic that are much less invasive. VATS ( video assisted thoracic surgury) surgury, TMED ( thoracic micro endoscopic ) .
    I dont know your case or what type of surgury, but just be aware other options do exist. And above all if surgury is elected, make sure the surgeon has done many of the same type, it is the most difficult area of spine to have surgury on. Long rehab, recovery. I was able to avoid surgury on my thoracic with ESI injections.
    What do they think caused the fibro ?
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
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