I have bone spurs or (Osteophytes) at T8/9 on one side and T7/8 on the other, and couple in my neck Cervical area. They can cause pain and problems if they impinge upon a nerve, they are more common with arthritis. You might want to try googling " bone spurs" or "osteophytes" there are some pretty good explanations available. I can tell you first hand they can cause some problems!
I do hope you get to feeling better Laurie, and also your Husband!
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I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV