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Thoracic pain at multiple discs

so I'm 34, male, active duty army for the last 14.5 years. I've been having a lot of pain in my t spine and went to my doc about it. The MRI results showed protrusions at t3-4,t4-5,t6-7,t8-9 and a bulge at t10-11. He recommended 3 months of physical therapy the. Go from there. Well 3 months is almost up and my pain is still there if not worse my range of motion has decreased and. NOw my lower back is killing me as well. I'm afraid to go back to him because of how quick the have been putting soldiers in front of a medical evaluation board because I'm so close to retirement, but I need help. I stay active and workout 5-6 days a week 


  • I also have those same protrusions and extrusions at the same levels the pain is unreal at time it's a burning stabbing throbbing pain. I had spinal injections that only lasted for so long and now back to chronic pain my range of motion in my upper limbs is very limited I have had several cortisone shots in my shoulders and they didn't help. I also have some bulging discs in my cervical spine and in my lumbar.
  • I'm not sure what you think but this thoracic injury has been the worst experience I have ever had. The pain never goes away or even drops below a 7 for me. I've been in this crappy pain for 1 1/2 years now. I agree with the pain symtoms but one I would add is the PRESSURE it feels like 100psi in my cheat and I feel like I have a 80lb bag of concrete on my back all the time. I opt for the surgery but damn that can cause more problems and it may still not make the pain go away. So has this been an option for anyone? Does surgery work to get us out of pain? I can't find a WC surgeon willing to do it and I went to a surgeon outside of WC  they all tell me the risks don't out weigh the benefits unless I'm paralyzed then they would go after it. Does anyone know how to get us out of this without  surgical intervention? I also would like to know if your meds knock down the pain for you?? If you have something that works really well please let me know!!! 

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