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upper back pain and weird feeling, help?

KEKKE Posts: 21
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:31 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
I thought I would try this forum, and hope for some good experiencial advice. I have already posted in the part of these forums for my lower back. . .different issue! But I have another problem and wonder if others have had it, and what course of treatment they followed.

It's my upper back, the T4-5-6 area. Man, it hurts, and it's hurting more.Especially if my head tilts back at all or to the left. And then I have this really really weird creepy crawly sensation on the skin to the left of my spine, right next to that thoratic spine part that hurts. It's driving me nuts. First, just once in a while, now almost all the time.

I had an mri which showed a narrowing of disc space there, and a bulging disc. Of course my surgeon (for lumbar) said, "I can fix that. When do you want to have surgery?" No thanks. I have had two lumbar fusions, a midfoot fusion, and a hardware removal operation in the last two years. So, not if I can help it.

So I guess I am seeking advice on what I should do. And, I am wondering if other people have experienced that weird feeling along with the pain, in that area. Was it from the disc?

OK, I'm done. Thank you in advance!


  • KE,

    I have multi disc herniations between T2 and T8. I also have one at C5/6. It is difficult to tell sometimes "what causes what" , especially when dr's tell you one thing, and physiotherapists have other opinions. I can tell you from my personal experience that if I move my head back in a certain direction, I feel like someone pouring icewater down my spine....it is horribly creepy.
    I guess it can be some form of neuropathy.....or even referred pain of a nerve misfiring.

    The other day I had finished brushing my teeth and the pinky finger in my left hand (where the c5/c6 nerve root exits to the left, is where they saw damage in the MRI) started moving back and forth on its on, almost twitching.
    Somedays, I dont know how people tell the difference whetther it IS the discs causing trouble, or something more severe like MS?

    I hope you find some relief in whatever you try to do. Have you ever tried stretching out your spine on a stability ball? I know it sounds simple, compared to surgery, but it does seem to "reset" my spine.
  • Adie, I was starting to get a complex because nobody responded! thank you very much. I have one of those balls and I might try it, because it is getting much worse. Good grief. Now I have pain down my arms first it was just down to my elbows, now it is going down to my hands. It hurts. And as I am typing this that creepy buzzy feeling is back.

    But I will try that. (ball thing) Have you heard of that back machine thing that's advertised? It kind of makes a space between verts and sucks the disk back in by way of like a vaccuum? I just wonder about stuff like that.

    anyway, thank you so much for taking the time to write to me with your thoughts. It meant a lot. KE
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  • KE,

    Do you mean the vax-d machine they advertise that is like a "Traction" machine"? We have two dr's here in Toronto that administer it, but both of them have told me that I am "not a candidate' because of the thoracic hernations. It is only for those who have cervical and lumbar herniations.
    If they do it on you when you have thoracic herniations or disease, they can separate your rib cage from your spine....which indeed doesn't sound pleasant, and causes more problems than the original issue.

    I was really "reluctant" at the beginning to hang upside down across my stability ball. I used it before only to sit on. This $30 piece of rubber is a godsend. If I am having days where I have "unbearable pain attacks", I can't even sit, stand or lie down comfortably, I sit on the ball. It is something to do with the posture, that your hips are higher than your knees, and it is "pressure" free on your spine.
    The bonus of the stretch that the PT showed me actually allows me to realign somewhat. Whatever it is, I feel better. I do that, use my little shiatsu massaging thing...then apply some heat, and it takes the edge off.

    Good luck...let me know if you decide on the ball!:)
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