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Pinched Nerve In Thoracic Spine Symptoms
Can pinched nerve in upper thoracic spine cause headaches and more during seasonal changes back of heard to cheeks to face? Symptoms and where?
Possibly: The common denominator being muscle tightness. Most helpful strategy towards improvement involve healthy living (yoga, reduce stress, healthy eating and sleeping habits, heating pads). Seasonal changes may contribute to stress or exertion (have you shoveled your driveway lately?). ...Read more
The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more
What are the symptoms of injury of the nerves exiting the neck and thoracic spine? Difficulty breathing? Loss of tone causing poor posture? Burning?
Thoracic spine: This may be caused from a pinched nerve in the t spine which may cause burning pain. Or, it may also be unrelated to the spine. A thorough work up, including exam, imaging and review of your entire history is critical to get down to the bottom of the root cause. You should speak to your regular doc first - he/she should begin the work up. A disc herniation pinching the nerve should be ruled out. ...Read more
Syrinx: A syrinx generally results from an area of prior trauma or at a site in which the normal flow of spinal fluid is altered. If you do not have spinal cord symptoms and have nerve pain, a concern would be for a disc herniation. Review of your MRI scan would be needed to answer your question. ...Read more
I am getting a nerve test done 3/30, shoulders but what if spasms start in thoracic? Should they check thoracic spine too?
Fluid sacks: The outer lining of each nerve as it leaves the spinal canal and passes thru the spinal column may occasionally separate from close adherence to the nerve & that space may fill up with spinal fluid. These cysts are often present at birth but may enlarge later (tarlov cysts). They are always noncancerous & almost always asymptomatic. Usually they are "an incidental" finding unrelated to the problem. ...Read more
MRi shows slight trapped nerve endings in lumber, thoracic spine, also showed a fifth ventricle, what is it and why do I have it?
Slight trapped nerve: If the radiologist read the report as "slight trapped nerve endings" then, he probably means that there is imaging evidence of nerve root s being slightly or mildly trapped at the lumbothoracic junction....I'm not sure whether that's like being a "slightly PREGNANT"--- whoever's reading that report has probably been engaged for 18 years. They hate commitment. You may feel some irritation, low back ...Read more
I have been diagnosed with a cyst on my lower lumbar/thoracic spine. Its hitting nerves in my lower back. Do I need to worry about getting surgery?
Maybe: There are different kinds of "cysts" but the most common "cyst" in the lumbar spine that causes is a pinched nerve is a synovial cyst. This is and inflammatory cyst that causes symptoms of a pinched nerve. Surgery is sometimes indicated for large, painful cysts that are unresponsive to nonsurgical treatments like pt and injections. ...Read more
How do you figure out if tingling in my left hand is coming from the ulnar/median nerve, neck, or thoracic spine? How do you figure out what nerve?
Exam, studies: Each nerve has a specific distribution and so a detailed physical exam goes a long way in determining the likely diagnosis. We then will often use a test called a nerve conduction test which then tests each specific nerve and this can tell specifically which nerve is affected and where as well. ...Read more
Can facet joint nerve ablation mask potentially serious thoracic spine conditions? Does facet joint disease continue to progress even after procedure.
Yes and No: Compression of the spinal cord in the thoracic spine can cause bowel incontinence and is a medical emergency. Compressed nerves will not cause incontinence but can result in back pain or pain traveling into the ribs, abdomen or upper leg. Bowel incontinence is the most concerning symptom. Go see you doc. ...Read more
Mid back and rib cage pain. Flares up with wearing bra, certain movement. Had Shingles in July. Also have scoliosis. Is this thoracic spine or nerves?
Nerve pain: After a shingles outbreak, it can be very common to develop something called Post-herpetic neuralgia which is nerve pain after shingles. It can take several months to resolve and can be very painful and limiting of your activities. Try to avoid anything that causes an increase in your pain, including use of a bra. Once this syndrome resolves you can go back to normal activities. ...Read more
Thoracic pain: This is a very nonspecific complaint. However, it is rare to have a significant problem that requires treatment in the thoracic spine. Thoracic pain is usually muscular in young patients and can be managed with pilates, yoga, piyo for core. Ice/heat, nsaid's, and salonpas hot patches. Mckenzie pt if pain continues (doc's rx needed), further studies if pain no better. ...Read more
Arthritis: Wear and tear of the joints about the spine. ...Read more
Spinal cyst: Spinal cyst is a collection of cerebrospinal fluid and it can be characterized as either extradural (outside the dura) or intradural (inside the dura). Most of the spinal cysts are idiopathic, but they can be developed from congenital defect; arachnoid adhesion secondary to infection; trauma from lumbar puncture; or iatrogenic cause from injected contrast dye. ...Read more
Incorrect term: The epiphysis refers to the area of bones above the growth plate and closer to the end of the bone. An apohysitis refers to an inflammation and injury of the growth plate. Apophysitis in the thoracic spine would be a condition in children with open growth plates (still growing.) it would involve an injury to the growth plate. ...Read more
I am a 46 year old female. What causes levoscoliosis of the thoracic spine with associated degenerative changes?
Scoliosis: Scoliosis is a descriptive term meaning curvature of the spine. Some people have it as a youth and it can progress as you age. The most common cause in your is idiopathic, we don't know. As we age and develope degenerative changes we can also develop curving. Great informative web site: www. Isoliosis. Com. Explains process, amounts, causes, and treatments. ...Read more
Only if scoliosis is: Flexible & due to another reason that is forcing the spine to bend, ie spasm being generated by another issue like a kidney stone. If it is a type of scoliosis known as congenital or idiopathic, the answer is surgery if indicated but curve may not be fully corrected. Bracing for idiopathic scoliosis during growth may control curve progression and if curve over 50 degrees in adult then surgery. ...Read more
See below: Sharp neck/upper back pain with with or without muscle spasms usually comes from a degenerative joint or disc in the neck. Sometimes it's from a muscle strain or sprain. Early treatment options include a short course of nsaids (advil, aleve), gentle massage, moist heat, and focusing on posture. If pain lasts greater than 2 weeks see your physician. ...Read more
Crushing or cracking: The most common is a crushing of the part of the bone in front. The bone partially collapses, and height is lost. Occasionally bone is pushed up against the spinal cord; if there is numbness, tingling, weakness in the legs should be evaluated by a specialist. There can also be minor breaks in other parts of the bone that usually heal without problem. ...Read more
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Ered by your spinal surgeon, who knows you and your condition. Anyone else giving you options might not be the right thing to do, for you, except confusing the issue further. Google it and you'll get all options, but what's best for you, has to be from your surgeon, and no one else.
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Thoracic Spine: Pain at the level of the bra-strap is a very common pain location in middle aged (sorry...) women... We have a hard time determining the cause usually, but poor posture is a common reason. Otherwise, the cervical spine can radiate pain down to that area and deserves a workup. Injections in the T-spine facet joints may help. Good luck! ... avoid rushing into surgery for this. ...Read more
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