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After Thoracic Back Surgery
Doubledfou4 posted:
I'm post operative for almost 2 years and I'm still in pain from my surgery. Has anyone else ever had Thoracic back surgery?
bj1208 responded:
hi and welcome to the support group -

it would help us to know a little more about yourself - what type of surgery and what disc(s) were involved -

I had fusion L5-S1 done in 2/2008 and am permanently disabled - my surgery was a success but nothing could be done for the chronic pains or the nerve damage in both legs.(click on my name or pic and read my story).

please let us know more about yourself - the more we know the more we can help you -

take care - Joy
Doubledfou4 responded:
I had a discectomy and laminectomy of my T7-T8 vertebrae and still have nerve pain around and under my breast. When I move my arm I feel a pulling sensation and pain in the area under the arm pit. and up in my scapula muscle area on the same side of the surgery. No one seems to really care.
davedsel57 replied to Doubledfou4's response:
Hello and welcome. Sorry to read of your troubles but I fully understand.

Please read through this Tip at the top of this WebMD Back Pain Community that lists the recommended steps for diagnosing and treating back pain:
This applies even to those that have had surgery. Please do not give up - continue seeking a spine specialist that will help you. Consider also seeing a pain management specialist for help.

Keep doing your research. Keep moving as much as possible. Keep a positive attitude.

I pray you can get answers and relief soon.
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trs1960 replied to davedsel57's response:
My first surgery fused T4-T12 I'll post more later
trs1960 replied to trs1960's response:
If you're going to have back surgery the thoracic region is the best place to do it. Your thoracic is really just the back of your rib cage which is a big boc surrounding your inernal organs. Your thoracic vertabraedo no not bend much and you can fuse them with very little loss of mobility as compared to fusing your cervical or lumbar reqions.

That being said, that doesn't mean you won't have pain issues that are common to all degenerative disk prolems. Pain is unique to each injury and each individual, but your body can endure structurally fusing much aof the thoracic region with very little negative side effects.
I'm fused from T4-L3. Originally I was fused from T4-T12 and other than the chronic pain from the cruching injury. I had very little physical limitations.
I had some loss of lung volume, but everything else workedd fine. I just had chonic pain as many of the vertabrae were crushed on to each other and their are no disc left at all.

Hope that helps.

Good luck

Doubledfou4 replied to trs1960's response:
I am still in pain from my Thoracic surgery 2 years ago with the symptoms listed above.This was my second opinion surgeon that I decided to go with. The other surgeon wanted to do more surgery and I now feel like I should have went with him. You never know. You would think two surgeons from the same field would see the same things wrong. I have went to pain management, had several injections, epidurals and have taken medications. I also tried acupuncture. I'm now having troubles with epigastric pain. I'm wondering whats next. I wish I never would have had this surgery at all..!!! I was wondering if chiropractic care is a good idea after this type of surgery?
davedsel57 replied to Doubledfou4's response:
Hello. Glad to see you back.

I'm not Tim and I know you replied to him, but I can share a bit about the chiropractor.

A very controversial treatment, but if it were not for my chiro I would be in a wheelchair today. I have never had any type of spinal surgery, though, and probably never will. I can tell you that my wife is going through various treatments for a lower back work injury, chiropractic adjustments being one. A possible solutions in the near future for my wife may be a fusion surgery. The chiropractor told her that he will not adjust any area of a patient's spine that has been fused. There is too much risk to damaging the fusion or affecting the areas of the spine above and below the fusion. Our chiropractor practices what is called 'straight chiropracty' - no gadgets or gimmicks like decompression or traction, just adjustments and good advice on spinal and overall health.

I pray you do find the pain relief you need soon.
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trs1960 replied to davedsel57's response:
Perfect answer Dave. Thank you.
From what I've read I agree with Dave and I would add that a good massage therapist can be even more helpful if you are having muscle spasm type problems.
trs1960 replied to trs1960's response:
Also, I get a pain that falls under that same description. It only happens a few times a year, but when it does it takes me down for a 10-15 minutes. I radiates out from the center of my spine right about were my heart is. The first time it happened I thought I was having a heart attack!

Each time we have a major surgery it takes longer to heal. They told me 18 - 24 months on my last major and it took every bit of the 18 months.

Now I'm going in for an RF ablation to help with the lumbar pain I'm constantly having.
Doubledfou4 replied to davedsel57's response:
Thank You. I've also heard this about chiro care after fusion surgery. I'm seeing an acupuncturist and he says they do chiro care differently and it would probably help me. I don't trust any one doctor at this point.I believe that word of mouth by experiences have just as many results.For now, I believe I will not be having chiro care any time soon.

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