I found out in 1999 that I had herniated discs T7-T8 and T10-T11 this was found when they were running other tests on my lower back, I had no symptoms from these discs.
After having chest pain this summer and ruling out the heart they did MRI and CT scans that showed
T3-T4 tiny right parasagittal disc protrusion
T5-T6 tiny left Parasagittal protrusion
T7-T8 prominent central disc protrusion impinging on cord anterior aspect
T8-T9 right paracentral small disc protrusion with out cord impingment
T9-T10 Prominent right parasagittal disc protrusion, the cord is displaced and to the left has indentation of the anterior surface
T10-T11 Prominent central disc protrusion with moderate central canal narrowing with impingment on the cord.
They are unable to compare the current MRI's with the ones done in 1999 as the films from 1999 were destroyed.
One doctor scheduled Thoracic surgery for tomorrow (11-17) he would remove discs and bolt me together. My doctor also sent me for another opinion 11-16 at another major medical center and that doctor said do not have surgery until you have symptoms. He is sending me to another neurologist for another opinion and one who does minimally invasive surgeries.
They also looked at the lumbar spine and L1 to S1 where most had disc bulge, some bone spurs and severe spinal stenosis at L2-L3.
Knock on wood I am for the most part not in much pain, and the doctor today who recommended not having surgery said thoracic surgery could make the pain worse and should be reserved for someone who has symptoms (numbness, difficulty walking etc).
My question would be trying to find doctors who treat the Thoracic spine are not easy to find. I am lucky that I have both Henry Ford Hospital and UM Medical close by me-does anyone know of any other large spine medical centers (Cleveland?) that treat these special kind of cases?
I hope it is ok to mention hospital names.