Th7-Th8 disc herniation

Th7-Th8 disc herniation

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Nonick
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Th7-Th8 disc herniation

Hi all!

Since im a newcomer here, ill introduce myself with few symptoms before i was diagnosed with t7-t8 disk herniation.
Its over 2 years now since i had pain in the middle of my back. It was difficult to sit and drive, and it got worse since the pain started to move in front of my ribs and chest. Ive been examined for a heart attack 6 times, aortal dissection, etc etc., but MRi of the spine showed different results that lead to final diagnosis:
multiple Schmorl hernia within lumbar part, degenerated disks
hemangioma C7-T1
disc herniation T7-T8
disc protrusion T10-T11
multiple disc degenration within t2-t11 level

Main symptoms that are bothering me all the time: middle back pain between shoulder blades, vertigo, constant neck stifness, inability to sit or drive cause the pain makes it impossible, after sitting and standing up i have severe pain in front of my chest and ribs. I also feel drifting while walking and weaker legs. Lately, the pain started to expand in my lumbar area, so im reducing it with pain killers.

Ive been through several physiotherapy cycles, swimming, reduced weight, ate a ton of pills, examined by various doctors, and none of these helped me. I had an appointment with a neurosurgent that expressed knowledge and ability to perform a surgery, but first he wants to perform a transforaminal block of Th7-Th9.

Any experiences with this?
P.S. i can post the mri images of the spine, if requested smiley

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here are a couple of MRi
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Thoracic spine is an

Thoracic spine is an anomaly, its not supposed to hurt but many here beg to differ. You absolutly must use a doctor exp. and very exp. with thoracic problems and surgury. If you dont you might be shooting yourself in foot.
I would definitly try the injections, and try ESI they helped in my case.
If you want to pursue surgury after exhuasting all conservative options PM me and Ill give you a list of names that took 8 yrs to find, all heavy hitters in thoracic.
Also I saw doc last year who was going to do TMED thoracic min. invasive endoscopic disectomy. Says he does alot and healing time minimal compared to fusion, no rib removal, go through chest etc. I believe in min. invasive first if its an option. But he is world renowned for sure and I would be glad to give you his name.
And by smorl hernia i guess that is another name for smorls node? Which is basically a herniation into the vertabra endplate.

Herniated T6-7, multiple herniations in cervical, tears in T5-T8. Stenois at levels and smorls nodes from thoracic thru lumbar

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Ive seen and consulted more

Ive seen and consulted more then a few doctors and passed all the examinations, mris and conservative therapy options. Also, i cant drink any more pills cause theyre affecting my neuro system (tramadol and zaracet pain killers).

Thank your for your help. I had an appointment with a doctor that can perform minimal invasive endoscopic disectomy here, but he wants to perform a transforaminal block first. I wanted to know more about this block, cause disectomy itself is perfectly clear :)
Schmorls hernia is the same as schmorls noddles.

What was your experience with transforaminal block?

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You are going to have a

You are going to have a transforminal nerve block? I just had one about two months ago t 4/5/6 they also injected a little steroid it is like an esi but the way they get the needle in is different.

My nerve block was excellent. The first time I felt pain free in the t spine in about 2 years. I think it is an excellent idea before having the discectomy so you identify your true pain generators.

We used mine to help me decide on where to place the SCS leads. I saw your films. Looks remarkably like mine smiley

Good luck,

Julie

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Here you go. I found them. I

Here you go. I found them. I hope it works. I am bad at computer stuff now. Julie

http://www.spine-health.com/forum/upper-back-pain-thoracic/t-spine-mri-pics