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severe abdominal pain from t9??

Does anyone else get severe upper stomach pains? Right below rib cage in center then sometimes off to sides. Sometimes starts from t9 and shoots through, sometimes creeps around ribs, sometimes it just hits full on in abdomen without starting in back, sometimes feels in upper intestine.. I also have c4-5, 5-6 hern with arthritis, T9-10, L4-5 with stenosis. Thoracic area seems to be getting worse with stabbing pain in back, under shoulder blades and stomach Kills to point I am gonna get gall bladder checked. Just want to know how many have had stomach issues. Its scarey.


  • I also have abdominal pain from herniation at T 7-8 even though I had microdiscectomy over a year ago. Mine is upper left abdomen under the diaphragm and can still be severe. My Neurosurgeon said it was from nerve irritation and now the scar tissue from surgery. I actually went through a complete work up on my heart last yr. Because I thought chest pain was my heart but was actually my back. I also have the pain and knots under both shoulder blades which did improve with surgery.

    I hope you find the answers to your pain problems. Please keep in touch and let us know how things go with tests. Just hang in there. It took awhile to find my issues and even though I still have pain....I know where it is coming from and it is not heart or stomach related.

  • t9crushedtt9crushed Posts: 130
    edited 06/20/2013 - 3:57 AM
    Yes. Many of the doctors I have seen thought it was from something else (had many tests) but a few have said they have seen problems. I have had a long problem with nausea where I just couldn't eat. Years ago I finally had to quit working because when I got up in the morning I had the dry heaves every day.

    My theory has been that is from the constant muscle spasms that i have in the whole mid body area but who knows, I have all kinds of strange symptoms.
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  • Let's see if I can make this short.... Spring 2012 (before my recent major surgeries) My co workers and I went to Zaxby's... needless to say I was in sooo much pain (similar to some described, basically it felt like someone with huge hands had them wrapped around me and were squeezing as hard as possible) They ended up rushing me to the ER... where the nurse put in an IV immediately, I think she could tell I was in true pain, Doctor came in, asked a few questions and then said, Let's get her pain under control and then go from there (by this time my husband had arrived), they gave me dilaudid (allergic to morphine) so then I was just kind of out.... two hours later they came in and dismissed me... just DISMISSED ME... zero tests, and I know I should have said... no, I want to be checked out, or demanded a "surgical consult" but I was so "drugged up" that I just signed the papers, went home, crawled into bed.... and stayed there a few days. Forward pass my major spine surgeries in June 2012... I was on a cruise... A CRUISE... MY FIRST CRUISE and this pain attacked again. It literally put me on the floor (and that's saying something). My husband and I spend the million dollars per minute to call my sister (a general surgeon) to ask for advice, she basically said if it wasn't heart (and I've never had heart issues) then all the Cruise doctor could do was give me pain meds, and would probably consider helocoptering me out since I had just had all of this major surgery. She gave me.... I'm not sure how to say this... but the "true" amounts of the pain meds I could take safely (above the prescribed dose) and which ones I could safely mix.... so that's what we did, I spent most of the cruise in bed... and obviously went STRAIGHT to the doctor when we got home...we did several tests, one of which the tech did wrong and had to be "redone" and everyone was "marginal" on a gallbladder issue. Thankfully my insurance would approve gallbladder removal if you had two more more "marginal" test results. I saw the surgeon on an afternoon (knowing via sister who I sent all my tests too that the recommendation would be to remove the gall bladder)... he walked in, I basically said, "can you do it tomorrow?" He was a little stunned, but he added me to the end of his surgeries for the following day.... I thought that solved the problem... But after my last spinal surgery March 2013 I had a CSF leak... long story short I chose not to get it repaired since they do often heal by themselves.... and I ended up in the ER with severe dehydration... and I had all the classic "signs" of CSF plus this abdomen squeeze. They did a CT of my spine plus additional CT imaging of all of my soft tissue areas (intestines, stomach, etc) and found nothing...NOTHING to explain the abdominal squeeze... but I wonder if it might not be something going on with one of my thoracic discs now.... I'm hoping to never have this pain EVER EVER again.... but if I do, I'm going to certainly ask about this. Thanks for sharing.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • One of the posters here referred me to a dermatone chart that tells you about where your pain is referred due of your spinal injury. T9 looks like it links straight to your stomach area.

    Your ribs are important in the diagnosis with thoracic. I have a T5 80% crushed thoracic - the pain is crazy - my T4 is trying to protect my missing just about T5 and I have looked at mine.

    The dermatone chart makes sense. if you want to look it up, it's all over the internet.
  • I'm familiar with the dermatone charts. When I asked if this could be related my spine surgeon (who I do trust) said probably not (though I didn't get into specifics about anything dermatone related). He said the pain would radiate from the back forward and that area of my spine had been "stable" for years, and it would be more steadily reoccurring, but after seeing these comments, if I ever get that again, I'm going to ask for this to be further explored for sure. Nothing showed on the CT, but lots of things don't show on the CT....
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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  • doobiedoo68ddoobiedoo68 Posts: 5
    edited 06/21/2013 - 2:41 AM
    Oh my gosh, thank you soooo much, guys! I was ready to go have upper abdomen scan, but I think I will wait until my Epidural in July to see if it helps. Dr said they dont like surgery in that area but injections usually help some. I am just glad this validates my symptoms. If the injection doesn't help, I will get abdomen checked, but knowing thoracic is an issue, Dr and I are both betting this is where symptoms are coming from.
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