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Thoracic spine pain, extreme pain!!....

NotforusNNotforus Posts: 1
edited 04/21/2015 - 4:45 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
Hello everyone .I am new on here ,but I've been reading posts on this site for a few months ( ever since I've acquired extreme back pain ) and finally wanted to become a part of this site.
Anyways , about 3 months ago I started getting these gnawing pains in my right side . The pain wasn't too bad yet but it was in the rib area. It would radiate from the back right side, to the front of my rib just about to my sternum. As days would pass , the pain increased and I would start getting nauseous and vomit . Going to my doctor ,he ordered a lot of blood work as well as an ultrasound. All came back normal .
About a month and a half into it the pain started to become excruciating ....at times hours on end would go by and I would be on the floor writhing in pain . The doctor prescribed me nothing telling me he doesn't know what's causing it yet . Losing almost 35 pounds in the months and vomiting from the pain nightly , the doctor sends me to physio suspecting a spinal issue. At physio they poke and prod ( almost in tears at that point due to extreme pain ) and finally make their own speculative diagnoses. Telling me they believe it is a bulged disc. My ct scan is in a week ... And in the meantime the doc has prescribed me percosets 5mg ( which aren't working so well anymore ) .
My main question is .... Is this what a spinal injury can feel like ? The pain is incredible , it feels like my head will explode it's so bad ! My ribs will get spasmatic and then I can't even move . It feels as though someone has kicked me in the side causing the worst Charlie horses . Also the pain has been radiating from my mid to upper spine to my right side lately . I've had acute pancreatitis before and bad cellulitis in my knee and only the pancreatitis was on par with this pain . I'm at my wits end with this ... And not sure what caused it in the first place . But it is strange because I would have figured the pain would get better with time , not worse . Does anyone have anything similar that involves nausea due to pain? The doctors seem certain it's a thoracic spine problem .


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    ......issues first started, my primary doctor sent me to pain management.

    One of tests doc did was EMG.it didn't hurt and test told doc more issues of spine that was able to explain severity of pain.
    Initially, I had considerable weight lost also.

    One of issues is thoracic..mid upper back pain..unrelenting...and severe right rib cage area, front and back...terrible.
    I still have antiemetic for regular vomiting.....but it has so much lessened over the years.

    Presently, my thoracic area so painful and it's like the pressure builds to affect my throat....different than the nausea.

    PM doc immediately put me on meds daily with script for breakthrough pain .

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  • Wow you are describing exactly what I have been going through for almost 2 yrs after a bad midair fall on icy concrete. I have several disc problems but what you describe sounds like thoracic herniation w compression which is what I have been diagnosed with. Spine doc says nerves in thoracic are shared by abdomen and rib area. The pain in ribs can have you on the floor for sure. Possibly speak with your physician about gabapentin. After sleeping about 3 hours a night from this horrible pain shooting to ribs and stomach, this area has settled down some.. They did other tests on front area and all organs are clear so you may very well have this herniated disc problem going on as well. People do seem to feel like vomiting from this pain. Hoping you get some serious relief SOON!!!
    Unrelenting pain
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