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thoracic back pain



  • baffled- sorry to hear of severe thoracic pain. I had a herniated disc at T7-T8 that I guess has gotten a little smaller. But I have pain that seems to feel like a rubber band around my chest to back.
    Have you tried massage therapy as this does seem to help with the pain and the muscle knots that seem to form? I don't know if you still need to lift heavy weights, but I would ask the dr if this matters or not? Maybe a brace would help as gardening work can be so hard on the back..not sure?...jade
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,433
    has been helpful to many people. For about six months in 2006, my Physical Therapist taped up my back. It was special tape, two layers in it was basically crisscrossed starting from the top of my shoulder down to my lumbar area.
    It 'forced' my shoulders back into a better posture position and took some relief off of my thoracic discs.
    It was water proof and I could generally go up to 10 days before it had to be redone. Eventually, the constant use of tape started to irritate my skin.
    I purchased one of those support braces. Crisscrossed ,but wearing it was uncomfortable for me so I never continued using it.
    Having the best posture is so important for thoracic pain sufferers. It wont' correct the problem, but it can make dealing with it somewhat easier.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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  • yes, I agree with the posture and thoracic pain as far as myself. I made myself sit straight with my spine as still and straight as I could manage, and to never twist..It helped me with the pain....jade
  • I do understand that I need to make adjustments to how I treat my body to lessen injury to an already bad situation, but my life doesn't put me in a position to "lay down", "never twist" - I have two activite young children and run a small business that requires my body to behave like an athlete in training.

    I may have to reevalute this position of mine, but dang, can't I have my life back!

    My biggest problem is that they haven't found the problem in my thoracic - they keep pointing to my cervical as the problem, but all the work done in my cervical has NEVER touched the pain I have from b/w the shoulder blades to the sternum and the whole rib cage area. It seems like the minute you say the pain is in your thoracic, docs run in the other direction.

    I want to scream at the docs, 'Hey I have got better things to do with my money and time" Thank God for good health insurance, but I have a pile of bills that still need to be paid. If the pain went away they would NEVER hear from me again.

    thanks for letting me spout off!
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,433
    have you had any other diagnostic tests? The Thoracic section is a bit different that the Lumbar and Cervical areas in that it is the strongest (attached to rib cage), takes an awful lot to damage it, but when it is damaged, its a bear to take care of.
    When the T-discs themselves are not causing the problem, you might look deeper into muscular problems. The rhomboid muscle is a very deep muscle that when it has a problem, it puts a lot of strain on the thoracic area radiating pain from the middle of your back up to the base of your neck.
    I had been seeing multiple spinal surgeries, had countless MRI's, a good number of ESI and Trigger point injections. Standard Physical therapy did not help, in fact it was making the problem more intense.
    It was only after all these paths were taken and exhausted was the rhomboid looked into it. Not by normal therapist but by someone who specialize in Thai Deep Tissue Massage.
    Three months after having weekly sessions with this person, was I finally seeing any relief in my thoracic area. I still go every other week, because if I dont, it does not take much to get the rhomboid muscle to tighten up and cause more problems
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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  • I just got a 2nd opinion PM Dr. Have you considered a second opinion PM?
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • friend:

    i fully understand your situation, a few years ago, i have a very sharp pain in his back in the bottom right, that does not leave every day of bother, i've gone to different specialists, i have removed plates to see if they are kidney, but is not well, i indicated that i have a picture of low back pain, which is just a passenger and i take medication for the discomfort, started with quetorolaco, after a while and not toward any kind of effect, and now i take vicodin, more info here https://www.noway.com because that is the only i calm the pain, but so far not found a solution to this pain, as they do not really know what causes it.

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    ron dilauro, spine-health administrator 12/17/08

  • Has anyone had pain that goes throught the shoulder blade? Since this past monday, I have had such a gripping pain that goes from my spine 'under' my shoulder blade (lt). It feels like someone has my muscle wrapped around a pole and they are turning it tighter and tighter. The bottom of my shoulder blade to the spine is the absolute worse. My pm doc added a muscle relaxer to my ultram, but man it still is very, very painful. I get slight relief just after i take the muscle relaxer, but it doesn't last. I was assuming this was a muscle thing, but man, the cycle is not breaking....

    Any thoughts?
  • I changed my info, just wanted to see how it would appear.
  • now i think i made the changes
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