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Seven Herniated Thoracic Discs??!!

greenbr3wggreenbr3w Posts: 1
edited 01/21/2016 - 11:08 PM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
Hi all,

First post here:

I'm 26 years old. In the past two years I've suffered ~6 episodes of severe muscle spasms in my thoracic back brought on by weight lifting. The episodes are typically 4 days long and are characterized by pain and crooked posture. On Christmas day I experienced another episode, however this one occurred while I was sitting on my couch! No lifting involved. That raised a red flag so I scheduled an appointment with an Orthopedist. I just received the results from my MRI and the conclusion is as follows:

" Multilevel disc herniations, most pronounced at T7-8. There is associated mass effect on the anterior thecae sac. Very mild left foramina narrowing only at T9-10. No significant central canal stenosis. No cord or definite nerve root compression."

In the text of the doc it mentions T1-2, T3-4, T4-5, T5-6, and T6-7 as having very small to small right and left parental disc hernations. Totaling them all up brings me to SEVEN herniated discs.

Long story short: I'm freaking out.

My doctor told me it was very abnormal to have so many herniations at my age, especially in the thoracic spine. He didn't, however tell me what to do/what to avoid to prevent this from getting worse/heal. I'm essentially asymptomatic, but I'm terrified to exercise at all and I refuse to sit on my couch!

Has anybody had a similar experience or can shed some light on this condition? Any pointers? Any idea who I could see in addition to my doctor?

Thank you all.


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