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Possible Thoracic Herniated disc!!

LuvbnadadLLuvbnadad Posts: 3
edited 07/29/2015 - 7:20 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello, I have always had back problems. About a year ago I was at a river walking down a dock with an incline. I hit a slick spot, both feet flew out and I had no time to brace myself. I fell flat on my back left center. I have had terrible pain along my ribs since then. I have had X-rays that show no ribs fractures or any other fractures. I can't lean to the left, I can't twist, I can't sit up straight. If I am sitting I have to lean to my right side to take pressure off. Nothing makes it better. I have done therapy, pain meds, tens, trigger point injections. I am finally being sent for an MRI of that area. I know that thoracic problems are rare, but any ideas what by another cause of this pain?

Thanks for any help.

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  • Don't give up. It is tough to come on the site looking for others in your shoes only to be replied to with a list of forum rules. lol. Most of us come here to hear of fellow spiney experiences. Thoracic herniation with cord compression here and YES it causes nerve pain in the rib area every day! Ask your doc about a nerve med such as lyrica or gabapentin. The gabapentin calms the nerves for me to help with sleep. Best of luck to you!
    Unrelenting pain
  • unrelenting painuunrelenting pain Posts: 20
    edited 10/11/2015 - 5:07 AM
    Well as far as thoracic injuries, they are very tough to treat. After physical therapy, facet injections, water therapy (and being re-injured by a therapist who put 40 lbs of traction on me; i am tiny), trigger points, chiro, tens unit, I am now being offered epidural steroid injections. They know I had severe reaction to steroids so not sure about that unless it is the $$$$$$$$. Follow your gut and your heart and if something hurts worse, tell the therapist!!!! Good luck to thoracic sufferers!!
    Unrelenting pain
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