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I'm new this forum and was wondering if anyone is currently or has had trouble getting thoracic back pain diagnosed. I'm a two time breast cancer survivor and have been suffering with mid back muscle and nerve pain that wraps around my left side for over 3 years now. I've been diagnosed with radiation fibrosis and adhesions from reconstruction surgery which contribute to my ongoing pain. I have had a recent bone scan to rule out any cancer concerns which came back clean. I have been to two pain doctors and am also being seen by a cancer rehab specialist. Physical therapy keeps me from not being able to move as freely as I do. I am a researcher and have found that intercostal neuralgia causes many of the symptoms that I have but no one has suggested it except my physical therapist. I find doctors are very quick to suggest nerve meds of various sorts (a couple of which I tried with awful side effects) without really doing a through physical exam. Before I agree to take something else that alters my brain chemistry I would like to know what is causing my pain. Has anyone had or heard of using a MR Neurography to examine peripheral nerves. I would like to suggest this to my pain doctor but one doctor already has said she never heard of it. I'm honestly looking for any suggestions. This so tiring and I'm sick of being in pain every day of my life with no one offering any real insight. Thanks for listening>



  • Welcome CLmom we’re glad you’re here!

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    Here’s a great article about back pain on Spine-health that you might want to check out: Back Pain Overview: A Guide for Understanding Back Pain. It’s a very comprehensive article. I hope you find this information helpful.

    Thoracic pain can be hard to diagnose, I dealt with it for quite a while before it was finally found, I had a T12 discetomy in 2018, it has since re-herniated and causing pain again, the rib pain is what bothers me the most. A lot of doctors will not operate on the thoracic area because they have not been trained at those levels according to my surgeon.

    Again, welcome to the Veritas Health Forum.


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