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Chronic Thoracic Pain

katie77kkatie77 Posts: 16
edited 07/22/2015 - 2:48 AM in Chronic Pain
Any info would be appreciated. I have had severe muscle spasms every day for the last 9 years. I had them a few times a year before since I was very young. Name it and I have had it done. I have had facet injections, 3 epidural injections, trigger point injections, several physical therapists, chiropractors and massages. I have taken Percocet, and now Gabapentin and the muscle relaxer Baclofen. Some doctors think my pain pain is related to my minor scoliosis & others think it is degenerative disc disease. So few doctors are versed in the thoracic spine. Has anyone had success in finding answers? Thank you -Mary


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    edited 07/22/2015 - 3:19 AM
    Do you see a pain management specialist? I'm not sure where you get your epidural .? Or which doctor prescribes your meds.?

    My primary doctor tried to work with my chronic pain for about two years before referring me to pain management specialist.
    That was best thing for me!

    He did other testing. The EMG nerve conduction test was most revealing.
    Doctor saw areas of my spine effected that I have not even given voice to.
    My PM doctor is the only one managing my pain medications and does the testing and treatment for my spine.

    I, too, have thoracic issues and pain....along with other spinal issues and pain.
    Were your epidural injections beneficial? I had several for thoracic area and not too effective for me.
    But many others have found benefit. We are all so individual.

    Re treatments and or medications, I always call it ..trial and try again. It may take time to find correct treatment to lessen pain for each individual.

    When your doctor thought scoliosis and another doctor thinking it degenerative disc disease....did they say it was ok to see chiropractor? I would double check with spinal specialist before seeing another for treatment.

    There is a __search__ on this site, upper right on page. You may want to type your concerns and be led to older posts, articles, and or videos that may be helpful to you. I esp like the videos and the video library is huge!

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  • My pain management doctor did my epidural injections and writes my prescriptions. I saw an osteopath for trigger point injections. I have had a few MRI's and many x-Rays. I am not a fan of chiropractors but recently started seeing one my friend recommended. -you know everyone says they have the best chiropractor:). It is also frustrating because every doctor seems to get upset when I tell them their treatment is not or did not help. None of the numerous treatments I have had have helped at all. I am always looking for answers. It is exhausting always being in pain. I appreciate any suggestions.
    Thank you
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