Welcome to Healing Well Chronic Pain Forum, I hope you stay around and post and become an active member of our family here! We might not be able to cure you, but we can definitely share in your frustrations and pain, and give you some advice and allot of compassion and support! At least you will know you are not alone in your suffering. As they say misery loves company, well when your here you will have all the company you would want! But this company will not only sympathize with you but also empathize, which is a whole lot better, because we know first hand what it is like to live and deal with chronic pain!
You doctor is right! Most if not all doctors and surgeons do not, and will not deal with surgery on the thoracic disk! and not to many Pain Management doctors will do the epidural injections in the thoracic area either! I know first hand what you are going through. I have a herniated and torn disk at T-12. It ended my nursiing career back in the late ninties and early 2000! I was told that they will not touch these disk, unless it was a life threatening situation, or severe paralysis. I was put on disability and started on pain management, they said as long as they could keep me realitively comfortable and I could function,( that is a very broad term! isn't it?) that is how things would be! So I take long acting pain meds to control my pain! In the years since allot of the other disk in my neck and back have went to pot, and I have had several fusions done on my cervical disk in my neck. I also have a very bad deteriation of the disk in my lumbar area, but I have refused to have the recommended surgery. In fact the last surgeon I seen about my lower back said the recommended I avoid surgery for as long as I could, even though the damage in the MRI is extreme! But they do want me to get my right hip replaced to ease the strain on my lower back, but I am not ready to do that quite yet either! So like you I "continue to continue!"
If you can find a spinal pain management doctor that is trained to give the Epidural Spinal Injections in the Thoracic area, you might be able to get some relief, if only temporary! I a have had them and I found them very very painful in the thoracic area, and the relief was only short lived and not worth the pain on having them! But every one is different, some I have talked to get several month of relief from having them, mine was never longer than three weeks and usually much much less!
Again I Welcome you to our Chronic Pain Family!
Moderator Chronic Pain
After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, 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 I am White Beard with a White Beard!