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Dr. William Byars
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Can multilevel, severe thoracic disc desiccation result in upper left back pain after eating? Thanks.

Can multilevel, severe thoracic disc desiccation result in upper left back pain after eating?  Thanks.

Look at GI tract: If this connection between eating and pain continues to hold true, look for a source within the gastrointestinal tract. Esophagitis and gallbladder disease are two possibilities. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnon Rubin
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Dr. Robert Binford
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
32 years in practice
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I have severe thoracic degenerative disc disease and desiccation. I have started having trouble breathing, chest pain, rib pain, and heart palpitation?

I have severe thoracic degenerative disc disease and desiccation. I have started having trouble breathing, chest pain, rib pain, and heart palpitation?

See doctor: Degenerative disc disease of the thoracic spine can cause rib pain, chest pain, and shortness of breath ( from pain) but it shouldn't cause palpitations. Palpitations, chest pain and sob can also be heart problems. Go see doctor right away. Make sure your heart is ok. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnon Rubin
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Dr. Prem Gupta
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Can stretching irritate a slipped thoracic disc?

Can stretching irritate a slipped thoracic disc?

Usually no: In rare instances it is feasible that an already diseased thoracic disc may slip with over stretching. ...Read more

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Dr. Tal David
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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Are exercises for thoracic disc herniation extension based?

Are exercises for thoracic disc herniation extension based?

Thoracic disc: Yes. Generally extension exercises can help with a thoracic disc due to the fact that the native thoracic spine is in flexion (which compresses the disc). ...Read more

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Dr. Arnon Rubin
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Dr. John Michalski
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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Which thoracic disc causes stabbing pain in left ribcage?

Which thoracic disc causes stabbing pain in left ribcage?

Thoracic disk: If indeed it is a herniated thoracic disk, which is somewhat rare, it could be t1 through t12. T11 and 12 would refer to the "floating" lower ribs. ...Read more

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Dr. Shuriz Hishmeh
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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Is a thoracic disc herniation usually more painful than of cervical or lumbar spine? Any harder 2 remove?

Is a thoracic disc herniation usually more painful than of cervical or lumbar spine? Any harder 2 remove?

Thoracic Disk: Pain is too subjective to answer, but to answer the second part of your questions, yes. Unlike the cervical spine, where the disk is pretty close to the skin, we can't easily remove a thoracic disk from the front, the heart and lungs are in the way. Unlike the lumbar spine, where the spinal cord has ended, the thoracic spine still contains the spinal cord. More risky and more difficult to remove. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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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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Dr. Frederick Singer
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Can you tell me what ''a significant thoracic disc prolapse at t4/t5 with effacement of the spinal cord mean?

Can you tell me what ''a significant thoracic disc prolapse at t4/t5 with effacement of the spinal cord mean?

Pain.: Protrusion of a disc which is in between 2 vertebrae can irritate the spinal cord or nerves. This can produce severe back pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Killian
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Dr. Kelly Condefer
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Can thoracic disc protrusions and extrusions cause neck pain or tingling in arms and hands, or tremors?

Can thoracic disc protrusions and extrusions cause neck pain or tingling in arms and hands, or tremors?

Thoracic disk sxs: No, because the nerves that supply all skin and muscles in your arms come from up above, in the c-spine, thoracic disks don't affect the arms. Typically a thoracic disk will either cause pain in the mid back, a tingling or burning radiating around the rib area, or no symptoms at all. If the disk is pressing on the spinal cord, it can result in bladder changes, trouble walking or with balance too ...Read more

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