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RobyJoGoRRobyJoGo Posts: 1
edited 03/11/2015 - 9:08 PM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
I am very pleased to have found this forum. I have been experiencing severe thoracic spinal pain for 6 years and have been confused by the lack of information and help. Reading these accounts from others is the first time I have heard anything that relates specifically to my condition. As a result I feel that I have joined the world again! After visiting so many medical professionals without any sense of recognition, it is so good to read others' accounts of the same experiences and symptoms.

My back pain is located from or in the area of T8, thoracic spine. It develops in relation to certain activities such as chopping food for too long, sitting in an unsupported seat, doing fine, detailed work such as embroidery. I can't cook a meal for my family now.
The pain is like having a knife in my back, just in one spot, but there must be nerve interference because as a result I feel weak and exhausted and find it hard to concentrate.
It started in 2009, without any obvious injury. I am 65, and wonder if a spur has developed.
I have had an MRI which didn't result in any obvious cause. Many visits to physios, Drs and Specialists, and tried various pain medications without any change.
I attended a Pain Management course which I found the most helpful. They emphasised, pacing, exercise and meditation. The course was full time for 3 weeks under the guidance of a psychologist, medical person and physiotherapist.
The program gave me management parameters and strategies which helped me to regain a sense of control over my life, and helped me to understand what I can do. Before this I was basically overwhelmed by the condition.
I am fortunate that I can do certain things without pain, and it goes away overnight, so clearly the relaxation of the muscles takes away the impaction on the nerve. If I do have to do something that I know will aggravate my spine I plan around this, making sure I have time to rest. Pacing is a great tool for me.
Anyway, many thanks for all your helpful information.


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  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 1,820
    I can only give you my situation and past with a thoracic issue, it could be many other things, but I had a herniation at T6-7 and and annular tears at T5--8, the most painful being at T5-6. Knifing in the back is exactly how I would describe it being, a knife that slowly pushed deeper and deeper as the day passes. I had a herniation luckily so they knew something had been damaged, but without that finding answer would have been much harder as they only found the tears with discogram and the tear turned out to be what was causing the knifing pain. It was always for the most part in just one spot also, and I always woke pain free for the most part until standup. Our things sound very similar in nature.
    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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