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Thoracic or Scapular issues causing more pain on one side?

I'm confused.... My MRI came back showing a bulge at C5 and herniated C6. The doctors say I may have a thoracic disc issue as well, but no scan has been ordered yet. (Work comp - need i say more...)

I have cervical DD nerve pain in both arms from shoulder to thumb. but the pain on my left is sometimes more than I can bear. I've been trying to figure out if the pain increase is due to my scapular winging on that side, or caused by a thoracic issue.

The left side pain usually follows a pattern: It begins with a sharp, deep pain on the left side of my upper thoracic spine, then creeps over and around the back of my shoulder blade. I can literally feel each individual nerve snaking it's way through as it travels. If I lay down flat on the bed for a long period of time, I can sometimes stop the pain from progressing to my shoulder and arm. If the nerves make it to my arms, they seem to irritate other nerves caused by my cervical problem, and then the muscle spasms begin. I'm in absolute and utter agony when this happens.

Has anyone out there experienced similar symptoms? What caused your symptoms, and have you found any relief?


  • I am so sorry. Yuck. I have not had an MRI yet, been dealing with the pain for about 6 months. It shoots down my neck, left side, severe pain under left shoulder blade and spasms around my upper arm. My shoulder is so painful. I can't lift my arm and Physical Therapist is afraid I am getting a "frozen shoulder" on top of the pain. You are not alone… The only thing that helps me is the damp heat, a bath or physical therapy helps very much. I am still being diagnosed as I have bad medical insurance..

    So you have a herniation? I am suspecting I do too. How are you treating the issue? I hope you are feeling better.

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  • SquidalineSSquidaline Posts: 3
    edited 02/17/2016 - 7:07 PM
    Just to update, the shoulder is frozen, it's very bad. Don't play with frozen shoulder, have an MRI and Cortisone shots ASAP.  Hope this isn't what you have too..

     There are no medical professionals on the forum side of this
       Therefore everything you read is
    based on the personal experiences and/or research done by the individual
    member.  By telling the member that the shoulder is frozen and that MRI and Cortisone shots are needed ASAP is providing medical advice.  Without actually examining the 
    patient, you have no way to know that that is the correct course of action  Comments should never be taken
    as pure medical facts.
      You need to
    discuss this with your doctor.
      They are
    the only ones that can provide you with detailed information about you, the

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,846
    When the doctor told you about your cervical disc issues, how did he present this?  Normally, disc situations always come in pairs, for example, it would be C4/C5 or C6/C7.   The cervical area contains  C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6, C7 .  Those are the vetebraes.  The disc are in between those pairs.  So a disc problem at C5 as you mentioned was it the disc between C4/C5?  Also, there really isnt much of a distinction between bulge, herniated and slip discs.   They all mean basically the same thing, its just the extend of the situation that slightly differs.  

    I understand, doctors do not always go into details about the details we should really know about.

    Since your doctor indicates you might also have thoracic problems, then having a thoracic MRI would seem in order.  Yes, workman compensation cases can be a whole.

    Some of what you describe, especially about while laying in bed, could almost been muscluar in nature or a pinched nerve.  Laying flat would reduce any muscular problems (especially if it was the deep inner rhomboid muscle) as well as a pinched nerve.  When you move, sometimes only slightly, that pain can come back in an instance.  If it was a disc, laying flat should not make that much of a difference.

    I've had 2 ACDFs (C4/C5 and C6/C7), plus I still have 4 herinated thoracic discs.  I also had to have both of my shoulders totally replaced with implants because of osteoarthritis.   It was very difficult to distinguish between the herniated discs and muscle problems.  I had a deep rhomboid muscle that was rigid.  Because of that, my Tdiscs had more stress and strain.  That all caused pain, very difficult to find a comfortable position.  I spent almost 2 years on and off at physical therapy with this, but they could not get to the problem. Finally, my physiatrist recommended a Thai Deep Tissue massage specialist.  I spent 6 months of weekly painful sessions working on that deep muscle.  When he was finally able to make it move, the stress was off my Tdiscs and having surgery on any Thoracic disc was ruled out.
    another doctor

    But that was my situation, hopefully in your Workmen Comp case, you will be able to see  the doctor again to view all the potential options

    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
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