i have herniated disc with mild to moderate spinal cord compression.has been there for at least 1 and a half yrs. symptoms over past 3 weeks intense. pain in kidney area around ribs,chest area, abdomen. severe most of time. had mri last friday. see pain dr next mon. dont know what he will say (probably that it doesnt look bad) thats what i get for answer all the time while i am in terrible pain. anyway, last yr i saw 2 surgeons. 1st said he would have to go thru chest,crack open ribs drop lung. 2nd said he could go thru side,take out pc of rib. both said i did not have enough symptoms so wait and see if it shrinks. so now about 1 yr later i am symptomatic. has anyone had this? or any thoughts if i should do it if drs. suggest? feels like i have a knife in my back.
Wow,and I was feeling sorry for myself.I feel really bad for you!That Surgery sounds horrible.I have 2 herniated discs,Degenerative Disc Disease,Spina Bifida,and severe Migraines.With other chronic health issues.I do know what it is like to be in constant pain.I myself will put off Surgery as long as possible.The research I have read,said only 4 to 5% of people get relief.This information I assume is correct.I wish I could help you.Right now I try to keep pain under control with medications and Physical Therapy.I did get a tens unit prescribed and that seems to help some.My Physician has made a suggestion of Epidural to block the pain.But,I am not sure of that either,Most people I have talked to said they did not get the releif they expected.Hopefully,Monday you will get some answers from your latest MRI.And this pain Doctor can give you suggestions on where to go from there.Just take your time on your decision ,if you do decide to have Surgey.
Don't let them rush you on a difficult situation.I really wish you all the best and hope you get the answers you are looking for.I know I did not help with your question,and I apologize for that.But,I will be hoping for you to feel better soon and at least some much needed pain relief soon!Kind regards,Angie
Hello again coldman. As with any surgery there are no guarantees to "fix" the problem or to help the pain. I haven't had thoracic surgery yet but, it was suggested. I have had lower back operations and I sincerely wish I would've waited a few more years. The problem with putting it off is possible nerve damage. Is your pain great enough to have the surgery? I understand what pain does to you. You can research it more to help you decide. I know this doesn't help you much. You are the one to make the decision. I, personally, wouldn't jump into it. I know you've been in pain but, think it over and weigh your options. I hope you find the answer to help you. Best of luck to you!
Hi Coldman. Ive been living with 4 herniated discs in the thoracic area (right behind my heart) for 11 years now. Ive been to all the top surgeons in my area, and they all say the same thing. It would be like open heart surgery,and they dont know if it would solve much pain. I was referred to a pain clinic to learn how to live with it, and they wanted to put a morphine pump in me, I declined. Ive tried just about anything anyone recommended, (chiropractic, physical therapy, nerve blocks ect..) and it only aggravates the pain. It took me a long time to understand that lower back problems are not the same as the thoracic area. Surgeries are very complicated in the thoracic area. I go from the burning and aching,to sometimes it feels like a knife in my spine and it never lets up.. First we tried Lyrica, I hated it... always tired, it messed with my head too much. Then they put me on oxycontin.
Very good pain relief ! It took about 2 years to get used to it , but I have learned to live on it. It makes you tired when you take it, but I lay down after lunch and sleep it off for an hour, then I can get up and get some work done. Sometimes I do things that really set off the pain, and it is unbearable, laying in the floor, and pulling my hair out it hurts so bad, but I have learned that a cold pack brings the pain back under control. Icy hot patches help with the milder pain days. My case may be more severe than yours because I continued to work, the last 10 years, and probably shouldnt have. I hope this helps you,and I would be glad to answer any questions you have.
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