lived with chronic thoracic pain for years, managed with physio/chiro/massage. Had MRI done and results are: mild multi level degenerative disc disease (ok), hemangioma and osteophytes on T5 T6 with "impression" on spinal cord. I have localized pain, also pain through the chest to the sternum area, muscle spasm in back, pain under or in ribs, weak /heavy shoulder. Using a U shaped pillow to keep my back off the mattress , pressure on spot creates pain but still waking up several times a night, no comfortable positions.. Very few neurological symptoms, hard to say as I have carpal tunnel. Right leg feels tingling sometimes. Right shoulder neck feels weak, heavy right shoulder, arm. neurosurgeon's says if surgery, would be done through ribcage and not unless major neurological symptoms.
How do you all manage? I’ve been living with this for many years, but it’s getting worst. Somedays, laying, sitting, walking, nothing works. I can’t sit comfortably at a table or stool, anything that involves using arms, hands forward is aggravating. Heat/ice helps. The nature of the pain changes from localized in neck or mid back, or muscle spasm, or knots, or between ribs, or center of the chest, pain can be dull or sharp.
I have good mattress.