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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,002
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
I have been having alot of pain in my upper back. Also alot of pain under my right rib cage. I can hardly stand the pain at work.....somedays in tears. The pain in my rib cage area mostly hurts when sitting down.
I am getting desperate here does anyone have any ideas for me??
Thanks in advance


  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,741
    to your primary Dr. and ask for a referral to a specialist. I suspect you think it may be a spinal condition seeing how your on that forum.
    A orthopedic or neurosurgeon that specialises in spinal care would be best. And hopefully he will get an M.R.I. or other imaging done. Don't give up till you have an acceptable answer.
    Good luck,Jim
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • I am no stranger to the neck, shoulder, and mid-back pain. I have broken 7 thoracic vertebrae with massive disc degeneration, and just had my 2nd spinal fusion (T2-T10) 3 1/2 weeks ago. In my experience, an X-Ray does not cut it! If nothing comes up on the X-ray, insist that your doctor order an MRI and a CT scan. I lived in excruciating pain for years because they did not do these tests, but when they were done- the doctors were stunned that I was still walking. Some doctors can be lazy- make sure be persistent and advocate for your health! I know I sure as heck do now.
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  • well saamsonite i had xrays and the same docs office first told me degenerative disc disease......then called a week later and said i have a bone spur on my spine and now they say i have curvature of the spine. i am due to go to the pain clinic tomorrow and am scared to death.
    i dont know what to ask.....i know they are saying injections but that really scares me.
    can i request an mri????
  • I am glad to hear you have an appointment tomorrow at the pain clinic. You are in a lot of pain and need relief.

    The pain you are experiencing in the neck and rib cage area, are pains I have as well.

    Please express the fears you have regarding injections and mention your interest in having an MRI done. Write down any questions you have and be sure to take the list with you. The more details you can provide will be helpful in getting your pain under control.

    We will be hoping for a positive outcome tomorrow for you.

    I believe this is a step in the right direction.

    Good luck tomorrow and let us know how your visit went.

  • I would ask for an MRI. I asked my Dr and she had said no 3 months before the worst pain in my life backpain brought me back to her and she thought it was all muscular. I said to her "How many times do I have to tell you I have backpain and I need an MRI?" She wrote the request for the MRI. I didn't want to ask but since I work with Drs and all told me I need an MRI but where I work the MRI machine wasn't up yet. 2 days after the MRI I stopped working because of the strain. I've also had injections but that was after the MRI. My xrays only showed DDD and bone spurs. It was the MRI that showed the herniated disc and annular tear with nerve compression as well as facet joint arthritis(arthropy). I'm not saying that yours is the same as me or the injection would help but the MRI shows much more than xrays. Good luck with your Dr appointment. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,741
    Without fail every time I go in to a Dr. I'm sure I'll remember to tell him of everything that's going on and all my questions.
    And without fail, I forget half of what I wanted to say!
    Good luck, Jim
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • I hope you get some answers today I have almost the same pain.I had a thoracic Laminotomy to have a cyst removed at T9.two years later still in pain. Lyrica helps the rib area a little but doesnt help with the back part. I am scheduled for Medial nerve injection on Wednesday will let you know how that goes and if it gives any relief.Thats if I dont chicken out, getting nervous now that Wednesday is getting closer.

    Good luck Margaret
  • dilauroddilauro ConnecticutPosts: 12,519
    I understand that it is very frustrating when you start to experience some back pain that does not go away. I think everyone has had a minor back ache in their lives, but when it lingers you start to worry.
    When the pain is prolonged and you have already seen your Primary Care doctor, they would probably recommend you seeing a spine specialist. Perhaps even before they do that they might order X-Rays and write a prescription for Physical Therapy. At this point, its just trying to put the puzzle together. With a spine specialist, they can narrow down the search. However, one thing I WOULD NEVER DO is INSISTING anything from your doctors. That is about the quickest way to alienate yourself from the doctor. The best approach is very simple, just tell them the pain you are in and that you ask THEM what options and what can we do next? It then puts the doctor in a react mode vs having them in a defense mode.
    I can tell for sure, you dont want to place a doctor or just about anyone in defense mode. It wont work.
    Lets say the doctors do schedule more diagnostic tests.
    That they have to justify to the insurance companies.
    They could also start you on one of the many conservative treatment plans. Spinal Injections is one of them. The actual injection is basically painfree.. You would be given a slight sedative so that you dont feel the needles.
    For some people the ESI (Epidural Spinal Injections) work the first time, for others it make take 3 injections.
    Many times, you dont feel any improvement for several days, and instead you could be very sore.
    When you do meet with your doctors discuss everything, pick their brains and make sure you have questions when you go in and pencil and paper, so that you can write down information. Do not rely on your memory.

    Good luck
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