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The pain in my thoracic is absolutely horrible...suggestions?

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  • I suffered with debilitating thoracic and neck pain. I also suffer with fibromyalgia and much of the neck pain was from whiplash/car accidents. One morning I woke up and could not move my arms. For years I went to chiropractors, massage and physical therapy (PT). I got mild relief from the pain from those appointments and I exercised a lot to strengthen my back - but still pain. The PT would tape my shoulders to get me to try to have better posture and I would try to stay in alignment but (working at the computer) I would always discover I was slouching! I was desperate to sit up straight so I invented something that would comfortably hold my shoulders and spine correctly. It was difficult, which is why it did not exist before! I call it Posture Wings and my first product is a bra and a brace combined. I hope to free people of pain and enhance their life! Check out my site to see if you think I can help. Posturewings.com
  • As rare as we all know Thoracic Radicular Chronic Pain is it was so very nice to hear that I'm not suffering this extreme pain alone. So many I read about here suffer in the same way I do. This is what I was looking for, and am so happy I found this. My story began five yrs ago when I was assaulted and nearly killed by an X-boyfriend, he broke three of my rib heads T5-T7 along my spine and two hairline fracture on two of those ribs. I started with three years worth of Chiropractic treatment, messages etc. trying to avoid the Medical medication avenue. Nothing ever provided relief by any substantial manner, in fact the Chiro. told me I needed to just accept that I would be in pain for the rest of my life. I thought I could handle that for a while as I had no choice being a single parent of two boys. The pain only got worse after wearing rib belts after the ribs healed, Well, it changed its pain symptoms more specifically. I ended up two years ago going to the medical field, got on pain meds, (Vicodine)and muscle relaxers. And sent to a Spinal Pain Specialist. We started by intercostal injections, the first one lasted almost two days. Then we did pressure point injections and nerve blocks, then spinal nerve root blocks, and two spinal catheter proceedures. Scan after scan after scan, PET, MRI, EMG, X-rays,and Motion Imaging Scans, they say I mirror the effects of a torn disc, but NOTHING shows that in all of these scans. A dislocated rib is another idea...hell I've heard them all, and I've exhausted even the avenues of the Specialists. I went to a Surgeon last week for a second opinion..not what I wanted to hear, that after five years this will probably NEVER heal. I asked for surgery (exploratory) anything to just stop the pain. We know I've got chronic degenerative nerve damage, burning and hypersentivity, and unmentionable indescribable as we all know pain during a flareup. I've got lesions at the T6 level. Radicular pain around to sternum, and down my arm. At my age of 31, my Specialist offered to send me to Cleveland or Virg. Mason to see them, but advised it wouldn't be minimal at ALL. I've gone from trying to cope with this, to being on Cymbalta, Skelactone, Xanax, Vicodine, because I can no longer emotionally handle the pain. I've slipped into this depression, and then when the pain is so high and unbearable I panic, what good could a hospital do when I'm seeing and have seen their surgeons already?? They give me a lot of Vicodine and expect you to take a limit of five a day...I won't go any higher than what I'm on now. They've tried putting me on Morphine, I HATED IT, and it took me forever to finish that, I refused and went back to the Vicodine. But, now the doctor tells me that I'm taking too many, then when I see her and explain, she understands and knows I take them because I can't cope and have no other place to go. I'm up to 10-12 a day, trying to cope, plus the Xanax to calm me down when I start to panic. Then now I panic because they say they can't prescribe pain meds when I take them as I need to. How do I explain and stop this pain? Its insane to say "only a max limit of five a day" when the pain level is at a constant 9-10. So we are now on Sept. 15th going to try a Spinal Cord Stimulator.
    I've got a great job that I love at a Law Firm that is most understanding, its taken is toll there though too. One of our practice areas is med-mal defense for the Dr's, so in one aspect its nice bc a lot of the doctors are familiar with where and who I work for. But to be honest, I'm done completely done with this debilitating lifestyle. I'm married to an amazing man, have a beautiful home and two great children. If this Stim. doesn't work, I've found lately that I've gotten to the point that I'm so deeply depressed no matter what meds they give to help, that bad bad thoughts have started surfacing. And thats not good. Has anyone ever gone through all of this emotional trauma? These thoughts?
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  • VanightVVanight Posts: 2
    edited 03/12/2015 - 3:32 PM
    I've been battle DDD in my neck causing shoulder blade knot pain for 15+ years. Been on every pain med out except for Demerol. I broke my ankle severely and now left with screws that have worked their way out and are poking against the skin causing a visible bump. It's also where the edge of most shoes are, which is awesome ! The surgeon won't remove because my A1C is too high. I guess he considers it optional surgery? My t2 diabetes is a whole other issue. I have too little of curve in my neck,I guess it's too straight. Disk bulging and bone spurs at c4-c5 area..... All of that is nothing, next to what started about 2.5 years ago. I had gone to a resort that summer and went down a body slide. As I slid down I could not help but rotate to where I was sliding directly on my right rear, lower rib cage. The connecting seams for the tube slide seemed to have ridges, on the way down, thunk, thunk, thunk for every 10 ft. Section or so. If hurt like hell but I was having fun. Finally after 3 or so times down I had my wife look and that whole section was bright red like a sunburn. So I stopped. Fast forward a couple months and I noticed this pain in my kidney area. I drank cranberry juice and convinced myself it was a kidney infection. Since I was already getting meds for other issues I kind of ignored it. Until I couldn't. It's so bad that some how it's fixed the other pain I used to have. Not sure how that works. I've had MRI, X-rays, ct, kidney tests... I'm so sick of appt. after appt. to come back with no answers. Now it's like all the muscles on my ribs are tight and make noise when I try to stretch and flex. I just don't know what to do... It's right flank, around the side of rib cage. I can make it shoot thru the roof by twisting a certain way. One of the ribs feels like it has a knob on the end the other side doesn't have.... I'm so worn out. I've lost a lot of weight but I'm also taking 60mg of adderall a day too which makes me not eat nearly as much. I'm scared of what it might be to the point I'm not insisting the dr. Look deeper.
  • VanightVVanight Posts: 2
    edited 03/12/2015 - 3:38 PM
    Deeg said:
    As rare as we all know Thoracic Radicular Chronic Pain is it was so very nice to hear that I'm not suffering this extreme pain alone. So many I read about here suffer in the same way I do. This is what I was looking for, and am so happy I found this. My story began five yrs ago when I was assaulted and nearly killed by an X-boyfriend, he broke three of my rib heads T5-T7 along my spine and two hairline fracture on two of those ribs. I started with three years worth of Chiropractic treatment, messages etc. trying to avoid the Medical medication avenue. Nothing ever provided relief by any substantial manner, in fact the Chiro. told me I needed to just accept that I would be in pain for the rest of my life. I thought I could handle that for a while as I had no choice being a single parent of two boys. The pain only got worse after wearing rib belts after the ribs healed, Well, it changed its pain symptoms more specifically. I ended up two years ago going to the medical field, got on pain meds, (Vicodine)and muscle relaxers. And sent to a Spinal Pain Specialist. We started by intercostal injections, the first one lasted almost two days. Then we did pressure point injections and nerve blocks, then spinal nerve root blocks, and two spinal catheter proceedures. Scan after scan after scan, PET, MRI, EMG, X-rays,and Motion Imaging Scans, they say I mirror the effects of a torn disc, but NOTHING shows that in all of these scans. A dislocated rib is another idea...hell I've heard them all, and I've exhausted even the avenues of the Specialists. I went to a Surgeon last week for a second opinion..not what I wanted to hear, that after five years this will probably NEVER heal. I asked for surgery (exploratory) anything to just stop the pain. We know I've got chronic degenerative nerve damage, burning and hypersentivity, and unmentionable indescribable as we all know pain during a flareup. I've got lesions at the T6 level. Radicular pain around to sternum, and down my arm. At my age of 31, my Specialist offered to send me to Cleveland or Virg. Mason to see them, but advised it wouldn't be minimal at ALL. I've gone from trying to cope with this, to being on Cymbalta, Skelactone, Xanax, Vicodine, because I can no longer emotionally handle the pain. I've slipped into this depression, and then when the pain is so high and unbearable I panic, what good could a hospital do when I'm seeing and have seen their surgeons already?? They give me a lot of Vicodine and expect you to take a limit of five a day...I won't go any higher than what I'm on now. They've tried putting me on Morphine, I HATED IT, and it took me forever to finish that, I refused and went back to the Vicodine. But, now the doctor tells me that I'm taking too many, then when I see her and explain, she understands and knows I take them because I can't cope and have no other place to go. I'm up to 10-12 a day, trying to cope, plus the Xanax to calm me down when I start to panic. Then now I panic because they say they can't prescribe pain meds when I take them as I need to. How do I explain and stop this pain? Its insane to say "only a max limit of five a day" when the pain level is at a constant 9-10. So we are now on Sept. 15th going to try a Spinal Cord Stimulator.
    I've got a great job that I love at a Law Firm that is most understanding, its taken is toll there though too. One of our practice areas is med-mal defense for the Dr's, so in one aspect its nice bc a lot of the doctors are familiar with where and who I work for. But to be honest, I'm done completely done with this debilitating lifestyle. I'm married to an amazing man, have a beautiful home and two great children. If this Stim. doesn't work, I've found lately that I've gotten to the point that I'm so deeply depressed no matter what meds they give to help, that bad bad thoughts have started surfacing. And thats not good. Has anyone ever gone through all of this emotional trauma? These thoughts?
    Since Vicodin is now as much a hassle administratively for everyone as oxycodone, fentanyl or methadone.... I would ask your pain dr. To switch you to oxycodone or a ext. release med and oxycodone for break thru pain. It sounds to me that you may be co treating both depression and pain with opiates. I apologize if I'm totally off base, but I've been there. You might consider trying an SSRI in addition. It's can also help with the pain as well so doctors have told me. One thing for sure, that's enough Vicodin I'm surprised your dr. hasn't insisted you go to something without Tylenol. I've been stable for a couple years on fentanyl 50mcg 48 hours, and I get 90 of the 15mg oxycodone a month for break thru. I've been on meds for over 15 years so I've built a bit of tolerance I suppose. Yes, I've gone thru every phase of cp more than once. At this point even at the level of meds I'm on, the pain is getting to where I'm having trouble coping. I'm still hanging on to my full time job and supporting my wife who's in school, an ex-wife, and one child still at home. Sometimes I feel so stressed out over the amount of pain I'm in and having all this pressure, but I think it's better to still have that if that makes sense. I work from home full time or I doubt I'd be able to work. You're not alone, that is for sure!
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