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Stretches And Exercises For A Herniated Disc Of The Thoracic Spine
What does an individual's pain feel like with a herniated disc in the thoracic spine, thoracic herniation?
Usually no symptoms: Most thoracic disc herniations are not symptomatic. However if the disc is pushing any thoracic nerve, you will experience some pain around the rib cage at the level where the nerve is being pinching. If the disc is large and compress the spinal cord, then it may affect your balance/gait while you walk, and it may result in lower extremity weakness. ...Read more
Wear and tear can cause degeneration in the vertebral column, and cause discs to deteriorate. The supportive basket, nucleus fibrosis develops small tears. A bulge is minimal perhaps a few millimeters, and is clinically insignificant, but additional disc displacement such as protrusion or herniation may compress ...Read more
I am dealing with a herniated disc in the thoracic spine, which may be compressing my spine, I have definite slight walking weakness, what should I do?
Myofascial release: Treatments include myofascial release and targeted injections to temporarily relieve any pain and muscle spasms you may have. Stretches are tough to do as the thoracic spine is a fairly rigid structure. ...Read more
Hi are piriformis stretches safe? Or can they cause herniated disk lower in the spine? I do the lieing on floor and bringing legs to chest.
No: There should not be any pain your thoracic spine from a lumbar herniated disc. If you have degenerative changes at lumbar levels, you may have them at your thoracic as well. One caveat, and a very rare one, is if you had enough of a herniation in upper lumbar areas to damage the cord and cause a syrinx. However, this would have been seen on MRI and you'd have more symptoms. Incontinence? Yes=er. ...Read more
Depends if they are: Causing problems. A study of asymptomatic patients (no pain or other issues) showed that roughly 40% have bulging or mildly herniated discs and no issues. You may want to be more careful and work on core strengthening to help support those discs. Exercise, hydrate, and keep in shape and as long as you don't notice symptoms, you may just be part of that 40%! ...Read more
Chest CT thoracic sp: A CT of the chest does show some of the thoracic spine and disc spaces, but not the lumbar spine where most symptomatic herniated discs are ...Read more
Thoracic. Herniated disc in t5t6 is I have no pain in my back only in left shoulder area and the from above nipel under arm pit under scapula pain?
That is a typical: Distribution for a disc herniation at that level. That nerve follows the rib around to the front of the chest just like a disc herniation in the neck can pinch a nerve that goes into the arm or a lower back disc herniation pinches a nerve that goes into the leg. The nerves in the thoracic or chest region can pinch the nerves found there which travel with the rib at that level causing the pain. ...Read more
I have 3 herneated discs in the thoracic spine. The result is excruciating pain just to the left of my sternum. Esi has not worked. What's next?
MRI/CT myelogram: Herniated discs in the thoracic spine is unusual, outside trauma, you need further investigations and orthopedic or neurosurgical advice. ...Read more
How do I know if I have chest pain? I have a herniated disc, and GERD and I can't ever tell if its actual chest pain or symptoms from my back/gerd.
Herniated th disca. And gerd both can cause chest pain. It often is adeep pain, inside your. Bidy. Muscle pains are often more superficial. You did not say how you got the herniated disc, many are caused by trama causing other soft tissue injury which also can cause chest pain.
If your conditions are treated properly those pains should be contolled. ...Read more
I have a herniated disc in my neck and mid back, I sometimes get brief pain in my shoulder blade and chest area. Is that my back or maybe my heart?
The past 2 weeks I've had on/off pain on my left chest by my 1-2nd rib and under my breast. Quick stabbing/pressure pain. I have pain in my upper back same spot. Could this be from a herniated disk?
What does this mean? Disc height loss is seen in the mid-thoracic spine with small endplate osteophytes in keeping with spondylosis.
It means: That the findings are consistent with minimal arthritic changes. It means nothing else and doesn't indicate that there is a serious issue or even that the individual in question has pain, It is solely a radiographic finding. ...Read more
Degenerative changes seen throughout the thoracic spine w disc space narrowing & osteophyte formation. + compression deformity of T12. In pain! Help!
It means nothing: Bulging discs in the thoracic spine have no meaning. The thoracic spine is not mobile and much less likely to have a significant herniated disc. The presence of a herniated disc anywhere in the spine is most commonly simply part of living and nothing to worry about. The rate at which disc changes occur is largely genetic in origin. Bottom line: don't worry. ...Read more
Disc degenerative changes in the lower thoracic spine beginning t7-t8 tiny left paracentral disc protrusion at b t7-t8. Can this cause chest pain?
Not really: If symptomatic it might cause a band of burning/squeezing sensation about 2" below the left nipple (no where else) around to the back. ...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.
Good luck. ...Read more
Pain under left boob & left rib cage, can this be from thoracic spine? Mri shows a lot of bugled disc in thoracic area!
Yes: Thoracic spine areas will allow nerves to exit out of the spine and wrap around into the chest wall and abdomen. So herniated discs there can cause pain into these areas as well. I would consider seeing a pain specialist for treatment options like epidural steroid injection or even facet joint treatments. ...Read more
Nonop v surgery: Like a lot of disc herniations, they are found frequently in people with no pain & when the cause of symptoms they are treated non surgically with time, medication, activity modification, guided exercise & life style changes. Epidural steroid injections are an option. When pain does not get better & severe enough &/or creating neurologic issues then surgery which can be done several ways. ...Read more
Ok, had facet joint injections-thoaracic, after epidurals failed...What is next pain mang 4 thoracic spine 6 bulgd disc, help, sugg?
Bulging discs: The fact that there are bulging discs, might have nothing to do with your pain. There are lots of people with bulging discs (a normal phenomenon of aging) and no pain at all, and having an image finding with bulging should not lead to you becoming a pin-cushion. There is probably another reason that makes you hurt, and maybe a second opinion with a good physical exam might help. ...Read more
Thoracic spine ache when bend for 7mths (getting better). However, there's still rib sensitivity. (not constant). Could disc/facet cause rib sore?
Strain: 7 months of upper back pain on bending sounds like a strain syndrome or arthritis. Do you lift weights or performing exercises that could strain that area? If so try avoiding these activities to see if all the discomfort subsides. If discomfort persists, see an orthopedic specialist. ...Read more
Ok, had facet joint injections-thoaracic, after epidurals failed...What is next pain management 4 thoracic spine 6 bulgd disc, help?
Could an untreated compression fracture in the mid-thoracic spine ultimately lead to degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine?
No: No way to conmect the two.Get a more detailed answer ›
I’m 27 f recently diagnosed with mild dextroscoliosis of thoracic spine, have back pain somtimes. Is it related? Any exercise to follow? If so, please suggest
Hi they did a ct scan and told me that incidentally they saw a hemangioma on my lower thoracic spine, can I still exercise and is it dangerous. Help?
Hemangiomas: Are common incidental findings when imaging the spine. They are benign, and generally of no concern. Some radiologists don't bother mentioning them in their reports. They are only a potential problem if they are very large (causing the vertebral body to be weaker and more prone to fracture) or expansile. But that is very unusual, and highly unlikely if yours was only mentioned as "incidental" ...Read more
I have 4 herniated disks in cervical spine, 4 herniated disks in the lumbar spine, DDD and now sclerosis in thoracic spine, will this get worse?
Degenerative disks: Yes unfortunately it usually gets worse as time passes on. ...Read more
Depends: It's possible. Usually one would expect pain on more one side versus the other. However if it persists you should see your orthopedic specialist. ...Read more
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