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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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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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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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Why would I have back pain only when I do prolonged bending? I have a history of lower and thoracic disc issues.

Why would I have back pain only when I do prolonged bending? I have a history of lower and thoracic disc issues.

Disc problems: cause pain depending on what related nerves are affected. Please see your doc. He/she may prescribe exercises, PT, or medicine. The doc may also OK massage therapy or other complementary or alternative treatments. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Which thoracic disc causes stabbing pain in left ribcage?

Which thoracic disc causes stabbing pain in left ribcage?

Varies: It depends on the specific area. Each if the twelve thoracic discs can cause pain that radiates into rib area. ...Read more

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I have a rare condition involving a calcified thoracic disc herniation. How do I find neurosurgeons in the US who have the most experience with this?

I have a rare condition involving a calcified thoracic disc herniation. How do I find neurosurgeons in the US who have the most experience with this?

Neurosurgeons: unknown person notes and then asks: I have a rare condition involving a calcified thoracic disc herniation. How do I find neurosurgeons in the US who have the most experience with this? ANS: 1. Call your local medical society. 2. do a pubmed search for this and see who has published the most. 3. Ask your local medical team. 4. Contact a University Hospital in your area for referral. Good luck. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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Being a 31 y/o male, what does it mean when my report says mild multilevel degenerative disc disease and slight scoliosis in the thoracic and lumbar?

Being a 31 y/o male, what does it mean when my report says mild multilevel degenerative disc disease and slight scoliosis in the thoracic and lumbar?

Disc disease: Being male and 31 years old mild disc disease is a common finding and if not associated with any pain or weakness there are no surgical indications for treatment. ...Read more

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Is there any hope on the horizon for adult scheuermann's disease of the thoracic back? I have 11 discs that have totally degenerated (t3 (liothyronine) - t12), pain

Is there any hope on the horizon for adult scheuermann's disease of the thoracic back?  I have 11 discs that have totally degenerated (t3 (liothyronine) - t12), pain

Scheuermann's Diseas: If you have multiple schmorl's nodes (pits in the discs), wedging of at least 3 vertebrae, elongated vertebrae, then you have scheuermann's and not degeneration. Your discs simply did not form properly. Likely, your spinal canal did not either. Many people also have a degree of congenital spinal stenosis associated with this when lumbar. Spinal fusion is an excellent treatment with good results. ...Read more

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Is it unusual for an active person in the mid-30s to have mild thoracic degenerative disk disease?No known trauma.Xray also showed old fractured ribs?

Is it unusual for an active person in the mid-30s to have mild thoracic degenerative disk disease?No known trauma.Xray also showed old fractured ribs?

No worries: The appearance of the thoracic spine on an MRI may be much different than how you actually feel. There are many published studies that have shown that 20-40% of subjects without symptoms may have positive findings on MRI studies in your age category. Stay active and don't worry. ...Read more

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What is best to treat thoracic spine hernicate disc pain?

What is best to treat thoracic spine hernicate disc pain?

This should be answ-: 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

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Bulging disc in mid-backlower thoracic, what to do?

Bulging disc in mid-backlower thoracic, what to do?

Back pain: Initially tried conservative treatment can try heating pad whirlpool does not work then possibly steroid injections for the next step. ...Read more