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Thoracic pain referring to back and legs after ACDF of c5-c7

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:31 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Im going to make this quick -

I had 4 yrs of neck/arm/shoulder pain bilateral before electing to have ACDF of the c5-c7. Spinal stenosis is what was the culprit after a weightlifting accident herniated the two discs.

surgery was in may of 2006.

post surgery, my neck and all the other symptoms still existed, but now it introduced a thoracic variable. My T1 T2 and T3 which are now overloaded were in pain. With neglegence I continued on a path to stay active and play basketball which lead to more tightness which now goes down thru my lower back, buttocks, legs, to the feet. Recently i got MRIs of my neck and back with contrast and nothing, they found absolutely nothing neurologically wrong.

I am deathly scared of chiropractor, but after no relief from PT, pain meds, pain procedures, I decided to give it a shot. He believes the overloaded vertebras (T1-T3) are locked up and reason for discomfort and tightness which was exacerbated/ by continuing to play bball and refered down to my back.

As anyone heard of such a thing? Logically, yes it makes sense, but you would think there would be some warning of this side effect from the surgeon? ( believe me, i read ample amount online too, didnt see anything remotely about this).

So now, the formula is, TPI's in the thoracic and continue to crack and pop (which does bring some relief, but not sure about longterm).

Not so quick, was it?


  • Hi Pratike,

    First let me say welcome to spine-health. There is a lot of information here in the articles as well as the forums. The theory you are talking about is very real. I very shocked your surgeon didn't explain that by fusing those levels, you would place additional pressure on the surrounding vertebra and disc. The good thing is that you don't have any bulges or herniations on those levels. If you think about your spine has had your whole life to think about how it works all together and you have now changed that relationship permanently. When I signed off the original release paper work one of the risk was need for future surgery.

    As far as chiro goes there are good and bad as there are in everything in life. I'm glad you have had test done before letting someone do those manipulations with your spine. Have you considered acupuncture? Of course your going to find good and bad in that as well.

    The pain you are speaking about in your buttocks and legs how are your reflexes? When you had your original surgery did you possibly have myelopathy? If so surgery will only stop the progression but not necessary stop what has already damaged. I recently had it where my legs just about seized up. But a return for more testing revealed some trapped nerves from my original surgeries and using my iliac bone, a long with a new herniation in the c-spine.

    Anyway I just wanted to say welcome to spine-health and if I can ever be of any help don't hesitate to pm me. Take care and look forward to reading more of your post.
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