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Thoracic Herniated Disc
mamaof8 posted:
I am curious as to how many of you have problems with your t- spine. From what I have found it is rare, although I have lots of problems in mine, including herniations, stenosis, desiccation, nerve encroacment, disc protrusion, disc fragment extrusion, displacement of the spinal cord etc. I only have 5 out of 12 areas that are normal.
trs1960 responded:
Yes, thoracic injuries are less common. The simple reason is the thoracic is attached to your rib cage making a big strong box to protect your internal organs. A thoracic disc flexes a fraction of the amount of its brothers and sisters in the cervical or lumbar region.

I too have significant thoracic damage. My back was crushed and broken. Cervical and lumbar regions often succumb to wear and tear known as degenerative disc disease from the decades of use and abuse. Many times DDD is caused from a genetic issue or years of bad posture.

bj1208 responded:
Hi mamaof8 - welcome to the support group -

I am having T spine issues and also C spine. Mine, unfortunately is a domino effect from the injuries on my L spine when I was younger and fell off or was bucked off horses.

It just seems my T-Spine and C-Spine has been affected by the surgery of my L5-S1 and not understanding why they didn't do anything to stabilize my L4 thru L2 as they have mild disc herniation and now the mid and upper spine are showing problems as the left side of the facet joints at T11 & T12 are blown, T9 has a blood vessel tumor and my C-spine has DDD - seems it didn't matter what types of physical therapy, injections etc that I had the rest of my back is falling apart! LOL

Hope this helps some~~
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Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

~~ Joy ~~
Anon_176914 replied to bj1208's response:
Dear Mamof8,

Very sorry to hear. Back pain is one of the most difficult things to endure. Few spine specialists (neurosurg, ortho, physiatry, etc.) have any type of keen experience in it as it's rare for things to go awry with Tspine.

From what you explained, it is very similar to my tspine issues, all but 2 discs are herniated, 7 of which are significant, 3 with morderate cord compression. While I have pain, weakness, decreased sensation, I am able to get around (minimally but still) without help. Doctors have been surprised to see i walk and without a cane.


I would be very interested in talking with you as I never had tspine issues either until after having lumbar surgery. Did a doctor tell you that or, like me, is it just what sense based on your chronology of symptoms?
bj1208 replied to Anon_176914's response:
Hi Anon_176914 -

you wanted to know more info regarding my T-spine issues and if I thought this was affected by the lumbar surgery I had.

Yes it was and is~~ LOL

Even when I had the lumbar surgery I asked the surgeon numerous questions as I had heard that once you disturb any disc(s) that a domino effect happens. He laid it on the line for me and said that it could either be yes or no. Just depends on a lot of factors.

Those being past injuries to the back (lumbar, thoracic, cervical), medical history (bad spines on both sides of family) just to name a couple.

So in my case, yes I believe the domino effect is happening. I did have some slight bulges in L4, L3,L2 and L1 but the bulges were not enough to do a multi-level fusion. At this time, they should have also done MRI on thoracic spine and probably would have found issues there.

I was very hard on my back when I was younger and also medical history on my mom's side are against me.

Hope this helps - let me know if you have other questions~~
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Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

~~ Joy ~~
jls826 replied to bj1208's response:
It does help. Thanks!

As much as scanning is overused, I do think (Based on my experience, which is similar to yours) that when something is done to the spine it is justified to scan the entire thing as it is soooo intertwined - especially if if the patient has ANY other issues - pain in other areas of the spine, scoliosis (even if very mild), etc.

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