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I have constant thoracic spinal pain it never goes away can anyone help?

I have constant thoracic spinal pain it never goes away can anyone help?

Yes: There are many reasons that could cause thoracic spinal pain. It is difficult to answer without a formal examination and workup. I would recommend you see your family doctor and if need be see an orthopedic spinal specialist. ...Read more

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Can you return to running marathons after a single level thoracic spinal fusion?

Can you return to running marathons after a single level thoracic spinal fusion?

Ask your surgeon!: Thoracic spinal fusions are rare unless done for scoliosis ( one level- disc?).Marathon training is obviously stressful to weight - bearing joints including the discs( although the stress born by each lower extremity joint... Hip, knee, ankle , discs etc. Is controversial ). Do not know the condition of your other adjacent discs as they are most @ risk for wear... Ask your spine surgeon! gl! ...Read more

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I have thoracic spinal spurs and my upper back is killing me after first time using weed whacker yesterday. What home pain relievers are recommended?

I have thoracic spinal spurs and my upper back is killing me after first time using weed whacker yesterday. What home pain relievers are recommended?

Pinched Nerve: The only OTC meds that you could try include ibuprofen, naproxen or tylenol. Sounds like you have a pinched nerve in your back. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether. ...Read more

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I've had many tests down. Burning left upper back..no one knows what happening, going another test thoracic spinal stenosis. . What could it be?

I've had many tests down. Burning left upper back..no one knows what happening, going another test thoracic spinal stenosis. . What could it be?

Hard to say: Certainly hard to say without benefit of your records. A thoracic radiculopathy can cause upper back burning, as can a peri scapular problem such as a sub scapular bursitis, or something deeper inside such as a lung , stomach, or pancreas problem for the left side. A real detailed exam and appropriate studies can usually determine the cause. ...Read more

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How fast will a thoracic spinal cord tumor grow?

How fast will a thoracic spinal cord tumor grow?

Usually slow, but...: Ependymomas, astrocytomas, and peripheral nerve sheath tumors all tend to grow relatively slowly, but the impact of a tumor here is great and if detected, generally surgery should be considered at once. I have one case of an ependymoma that produced symptoms for over ten years before it finallyi wish you good luck. ...Read more

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Thoracic spinal cord tumor growing, will it require removal?

Thoracic spinal cord tumor growing, will it require removal?

May be: Is the tumor in the spinal cord or in the tissue around the spinal cord? Depending on the location and type of tumor surgery may be needed. See this site for info. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001403.htm. ...Read more

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Thoracic spinal pain no herniated disks what could this be? Feels like a vise grip with burning pain

Thoracic spinal pain no herniated disks what could this be? Feels like a vise grip with burning pain

Could be referred: Pain from acid reflux, gastritis, ulcer or gallbladder issue. It could also be back pain as most back problems do not arise from a disc herniation. See your doctor to get evaluated. ...Read more

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In my right arm, BP is 121/73. In left arm, it's 105/68. Took it at home. No symptoms other than thoracic spinal pain x1 MO. Why 2 different BPs?

In my right arm, BP is 121/73. In left arm, it's 105/68. Took it at home. No symptoms other than thoracic spinal pain x1 MO.  Why 2 different BPs?

Unequal BP: If you have severe pain like 10/10 and have this difference in BP, it would be worrisome but your symptoms are for a month and you are too young for this problem like aortic dissection. If this persists, its good to see a doctor to decrease anxiety. ...Read more

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What amount force directed at the spinal region does it take to break the 10th thoracic vertebra?

What amount force directed at the spinal region does it take to break the 10th thoracic vertebra?

Thoracic vertebra: The 10th thoracic vertebra is well protected by the rib cage and spine so it would take a good deal of force to break or fracture at this level. The actual amount of force is determined by multiple variables such as age, body condition, muscle bulk among other things. ...Read more