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Thoracic disc protrusionsT-7 to T-11

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,550
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:39 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
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.



  • HI!
    I have been told little of my condition so all I know is that I have a herniated disc at T12 (I think), and a bone spur that is compressing the cord at T9 (I think). Have had epidural injection which did not releive pain and loss of sensation in my calves and feet. Now the neurosurgeon has me in a TLSO brace to "gain knowledge". As a last resort I would have a fusion. I have not even been told the results of my CT Myelogram except that there is some cord compression. The neurosurgeon said that my problems are in an odd spot and my symptoms are odd. My stmptoms were left sided pain right under my ribs, spasms throughout my abdomen,and pain and tingeling with loss of sensation in my feet and calves. I felt like I was 90! The brace has alleviated most of my symptoms but I have cheated for potty and showering sake. I will see the neurosurgeon on Dec 9th and will demand more information.

    I'm wondering if anyone else has had the same type of symptoms as I have and if surgery helped them.
  • University of Penn has a great spine center with a lot of doctors there.
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  • on 9th December. Do let us know how you get on.
  • Hi,

    I wanted to chime in as I am looking for answers as well. I ended up in the ER for the second time in six months do to feeling like my chest is crushed and I can not breathe with back and chest pain which made me feel like I was having a heart attack.It turned out that six months ago I had a herniated disc that protruded my spinal cord at the T8 and T9 level. Then last Tuesday I end up in the ER from almost passing out because I could not breathe my chest felt like it was being crushed with massive chest and back pain this time I find out I have a second disc that herniated below the T8 and T9 level which is the T10 T11. Since the first episode I constantly have had a hard time breathing with back and chest pain feeling like my chest is being crushed with nerve pain shooting down my arms and back.Now it is more severe then ever. I ma wondering why my disc's are herniating so quickly.I will meet with my doctor next week to figure out what procedures can be done. I could use any help anyone can give also.

  • but I can sympathise. I hope that the doctor next week will have wisdom and be able to help you.

    Have you had problems with other areas of your spine? I get similar but much less severe symptoms to you. I am having trouble with my lumbar spine, and have wondered if the change in the loading of my spine has caused my problems in the thoracic discs.

    Do let us know how you get on. I'll be thinking of you.

    Take care.
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  • Yes I have had a total of five spinal surgeries. two lower back fusions and three neck fusions. This all so frustrating and crazy. I hope you feel better soon and that your turns out better then what I am dealing with.

    Hugs to you.
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