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   Posted 4/9/2010 10:28 PM (GMT -6)   
First of all I again want to thank all of you for the great support that you have given me since i joined.
I have the ddd in my thoracic spine and it seems there is more information on ddd either in the cervical spine or the lumbar spine.  I wonder why they haven't thought to put more info about the thoracic spine.  How many of you here have problems like this in your thoracic spine? 
I have used my oxycodone, Tylenol Arthritis, my tens unit, and my heating pad today and i'm still having quite a bit of pain in my back.  Any advice on anything else i could use at home?  I'm kinda lost at the moment.  It's so hard with the pain being so bad alot of the time.  I have such a bad memory that I haven't even called any drs today, i just had my mind on relieving the pain some.  I definitely need to get started on Monday. 
How do I puy my  signature at the bottom of my posts?
I hope everyone is having a low pain night.  Everyone take care.tongue
Loretta (9yrschronicpain)

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   Posted 4/9/2010 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, 9rs,
I apologize but I don't think I've welcomed you yet. Sometimes I miss some threads or just lose the energy to post.

I know WhiteBeard (one of our mods) has talked about problems with his thoracic spine. Have you ever heard of something called Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)? It's not that I know that much about it, but many years ago that's what one of my PT's thought I had. It has to do with pulling of the muscles attached to the thoracic spine. I know I had so many problems with my cervical spine it became difficult to distinguish.

Most all of us have DDD as we age, but I'm not sure of your age although you may have stated it.

I don't know why more seems to be focused on cervical or lumbar areas. WhiteBeard is a nurse and maybe he has more thoughts. Maybe it's because more can be done with the top and bottom of the spine, but tinkering with the middle would be riskier? That is merely a hunch I'm tossing out.

A website I used to use to learn a lot about my spine was
which was suggested to me by a pain management doctor who did injections for me years ago. They have a lot of diagrams, and answer a lot of questions about the spine and various treatments in language we can understand. There also may be some helpful resources in the CP101 thread.

Don't know if this helps, but I thought I'd toss it out. And sorry for the late welcome!


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   Posted 4/9/2010 11:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Loretta...

I'm sorry you are dealing with so much pain.... I'm glad to see you posting, though :)

Re: signature... Go to the upper left side of the board... where it says "Control Panel"... click on that... and I "think" it says something like Edit Profile... or Edit Signature... something. There's a place for you to put in whatever it is that you would like to share. I think we need to limit it to 10 lines... but, shoot, my memory's bad too and I can't remember :)

I sure hope you feel better!
Main Health Problems: Dysautonomia/POTS; CFS/Fibromyalgia; Severe Hypertension; Hypothyroidism; Hypoadrenalism; Mixed (Obstructive/Central) Sleep Apnea - on Auto BiPap; Depression/Anxiety; Severe Vitamin D Deficiency

Pain Issues: Cervical/Thoracic back pain; migraines; carpal tunnel syndrome; widespread joint/muscle pain, nerve pain in hands/arms/feet; Future Plans: Intrathecal Pain Pump; already completed trial (Sept, 2008); awaiting my decision for implantation

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   Posted 4/10/2010 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the info PaLady and also for the welcome.  It' s ok that it's late.  I understand.  I have a lot of fatigue everyday myself.  I looked at the thoracic outlet syndrome and it doesn't sound like what i have, but i'm still glad that you pointed it out to me.  I have been to the website that you listed.  I looked at it last night and it looks very helpful.  I plan to read more on it.
I hope you're having a lpn.  ((((((((hugs)))))))))
Dx:  ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, hypothyroidism, typeII diabetes, asthma, allergies, high blood pressure, polycystic ovary syndrome, PTSD, depression, anxiety

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   Posted 4/10/2010 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Tina
Thank you for the help with my signature.  I hope you're having a lpn also.
Dx:  ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, hypothyroidism, typeII diabetes, asthma, allergies, high blood pressure, polycystic ovary syndrome, PTSD, depression, anxiety

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   Posted 4/15/2011 12:21 PM (GMT -6)   
hi,thoracic outlet is so painful !!I'm only happy I'm going for surgery soon !the pain is so strong even on pain meds .Its changed me from a happy energetic person to someone who is so tired of the striking pains Ihardly want to do anything ,as Ican never tell when the pain will strike hard .I find alot Istart something then must rest and go back to it .Iknow there are 2 kinds of thoracic outlet syndrom ,all I know is it is painful,lucky for me the surgery is available ,take care

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   Posted 4/15/2011 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   
     Hello Sore42long.
         We started a new thread for you on the home page. did you see it. I will bump it to the top so you can find it.
 Here is the link
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