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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 (acetaminophen). 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?

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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MRI meaning? Stable severe myelomalacia in the thoracic spinal cord @ T4/T6 & mild diffuse volume loss above & below this level.

MRI meaning?
Stable severe myelomalacia in the thoracic spinal cord @ T4/T6 & mild diffuse volume loss above & below this level.

Meaning of scan: Myelomalacia is injury to the spinal cord. It can be caused by Trauma, infection, inflammation, pressure from a disc or bone fragment. Atrophy is shrinkage of the spinal cord as an after effect of old injury ...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

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3mm herniated in both T6-T7 and T7-T8 with mild spinal cord compression . Also some of my thoracic disks are degenerated. Is this serious?

3mm herniated in both T6-T7 and T7-T8 with mild spinal cord compression . Also some of my thoracic disks are degenerated. Is this serious?

Risks: If the spinal cord is being threatened or actually compressed, this could eventually result in damage called myelomalacia. The extent of the threat will determine whether surgery is probable. Need to discuss with a neurosurgeon, ASAP. ...Read more

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I have several issues with my lower and thoracic regions of my back. My knee feels like its broke. Is this serious? My ortho doc says spinal inj?

I have several issues with my lower and thoracic regions of my back.  My knee feels like its broke. Is this serious? My ortho doc says spinal inj?

Can be difficult: AT your age this can be difficult. Does your doctor feel you have arthritis. Have you had back surgery in the past. Do you have osteoporosis.? And how has your doctor made the dx of spinal injury. Do you have prior dx of any type of arthritis of joints. This may be osteoarthritis. This is the most common disorder involving all of these areas. Please see a rheumatologist or your primary care doc. ...Read more

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I have had numerous spinal steriod injections in my thoracic spin this summer i had a fever of 104for four days i'm kind of afraid of the meningitis thing and i live in ohio where they are contacting patients should I be worried?

I have had numerous spinal steriod injections in my thoracic spin this summer i had a fever of 104for four days i'm kind of afraid of the meningitis thing and i live in ohio where they are contacting patients should I be worried?

Darn right: Get checked now! evidence suggests that lots of steroid cases were contaminated with fungus or other agents that could produce inflammation of the brain. Early detection and treatment is essential. Go to your primary doctor and get fully evaluated - now! ...Read more

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I would like to know is; what does ''a significant thoracic disc prolapse at t4/t5 with effacement of the spinal cord mean?

I would like to know is; what does ''a significant thoracic disc prolapse at t4/t5 with effacement of the spinal cord mean?

It means that the : Disc at the spine level chest region known as thoracic between the vertebral bones thoracic 4 and 5 has herniated into the spinal canal and is touching or effacing the spinal cord but not compressing it so even though it is significant or large there is still room enough within the spinal canal to accommodate both the spinal cord and disc herniation. ...Read more

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Why is a fracture of the spinal cord at the cervical region worse than one in the thoracic region?

Arms : Because a injury to the cervical spinal cord would risk loss of respiration and cause paralysis of the arms and legs. A thoracic cord injury would only cause paralysis of the legs. Obviously still catastrophic. ...Read more

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Informed via lumbar MRI report that my spinal canal is congenitally stenotic. Is it safe to assume that my thoracic and cervical is too? TY

Informed via lumbar MRI report that my spinal canal is congenitally stenotic. Is it safe to assume that my thoracic and cervical is too? TY

Never assume: Your condition is one where your lumbar spinal canal is tight. That does not mean the rest of the spine is that way.If your doc thinks it worthwhile they can study those ares but without any physical findings they are unlikely to find a problem. ...Read more

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ECG comparison changes inverted T-wave. I had spinal injury before the 1st ECG cervical thoracic Lumbosacral neuritis. Is it Related to spine or CNS?

ECG comparison changes inverted T-wave. I had spinal injury before the 1st ECG cervical thoracic Lumbosacral neuritis. Is it Related to spine or CNS?

Yes possibly: It is well documented that there is a whole gamut of ST/T changes that can occur in the setting of CNS injury, ranging from subtle ST Changes, sinus arrhythmia/sinus tachycardia, etc. IF you have risk factors for CAD, and are having chest pain/pressure, then see a cradiologist sooner than later. ...Read more

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