Thoracic Disk problem

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18 years ago I herniated a thoracic disk in my back. The injury occurred from weightlifting.  I experienced breathing problems, pain in my abdomen and under my armpit.I also felt inflammation on the outside of my mid-back.  The doctors were not able to give me a diagnosis. I didn't know what the problem was so I kept on lifting weights and the symptoms worsened. One weird symptom I had was that my voice would change and become deeper after lifting weights.   I did a lot of research and found that the Merck Manual indicated that pain in the armpit was a symptom of a compromised Thoracic disk. The  Doctor agreed to an MRI and the result was 3 compromised Thoracic disks. One was herniated and the other 2 were bulging. I forget exactly which ones they were.

        I stopped weight lifting for 2 years. I started up after these 2 years and gradually was able to lift pain free.

Last week I was doing low rows in the gym with a heavy weight. When I got home my upper back muscles were in spasm. I also felt the inflammation in the same place to the very left of my mid back. Now,even if I lift a bagful of groceries my upper back muscles spasm and pain radiates to my chest.

       I went to the doctor and he gave me Prednisone and muscle relaxers.

I've been doing some research on the internet. There is much more information about Thoracic Disk problems now than when I looked in 1998. Should I wait this out and see how things go? Should I make and appointment with an Orthopedic or Neurologist. Should I go to a Chiropractor? Any input about this problem will be much appreciated. Thanks.

 

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    Hi I would see a good physio for an assessment and possible referral to a neurologist and/or orthopaedic surgeon
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      jj341

      ?Just sent u a msg but being moderated don't know why!  I just stated that I went to physio under the NHS for one ear. I got relief by exercises laid down by the physio, plus tens machine and did not need any painkillers. The exercises were designed to strengthen my muscles thus providing support to the neck and spine. A natural splintage mechanism. You may like to read up about the mechanism of pain I found it very interesting.

       

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    I think a physical therapist is a great idea and you need to understand that those disks did not heal all by themselves just because the pain went away. You may have just done some permanent pain to yourself. But let's hope not. This time assuming the therapist can get you back in shape don't go back to the heavy lifting. Stick to the little weights.

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           A good physical therapist is a great suggestion Amkoffee. I will take that advice. What are you referring to that the disks did not heal all by themselves? You are correct. No heavy weights.

         I was just maintaining with a regular amount of weight and all was fine. The injury incurred when I used a different low row machine with a poundage higher than my normal load.n

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      Many people live with bulging disks and don't even know it until the disk impinges on the nerve. So your disk apparently swelled and during your break reduced and got better and when you pushed it too far it swelled again and is pushing on that nerve again. If you do it too much it could be a permanent problem. And that's where the physical therapist can really help you. Assuming he/she is good (and unfortunately I had a really bad one once that really hurt me badly) they will work you up to where you can get to.

      This is not nearly to your level, but this is an exmple of what I'm referring to. I was totally unable to walk more than 2-3 minutes at a time when I started with my PT. I committed to work with him for 1 year. And he started me at just walking around the house 2-3 minutes several time a day, Of course i did other exercise too. But anyway I walked a 5K at the end of that year. So PT can really work wonders if you stay committed.

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    This is treatable please do not give up. Much can be done by exercising but under the guidance of a reputable physiotherapist.
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