Chronic thorac pain???

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   Posted 10/30/2011 5:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had chronic lower back pain for several years on & off. I have been a keen walker which until recently helped with the lower back pain. I tried swimming and going to the Gym which also seemed to help. Unfortunately I developed slight pain in my upper back which also caused pain in my chest which is much worse.It all started after lifting wieghts in the GYM. I was sent into hospital for a suspected heart attack. Which  showed possitve & I am currently waiting for more tests and a possible angioplasty. I am also haveing a Gastroscopy to see if there is any problems with my Gulet. My own G.P. thinks even though I am having some problems with coronary heart desease. he thinks it might be refereed pain from my back as pain killers ( codiene & co-dydromol) eliviate the pain but do not take it away.When using my GTN spray for angina, this helps also but not without pain killers. I can still walk several miles even uphill and the pain in my chest does not get worse. If it does turn out to be refferred pain from my back, what next. Should I go for an MRI scan which I had on my lower back and showed a problem with a disc. However as I had no leg pain, the surgon said this would not cure the pain in my lower back.So is a MRI scan a waste of time. Sorry if it is a lot of questions

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   Posted 10/30/2011 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dave, sorry to hear of all the problems you have going on right now. I do hope that the drs are able to get all of your cardiac work-up done so they can tell what the next step will be soon. Nothing worse than having to wait around for testing to be scheduled.

What kind of a dr are you seeing for your back problems? How long ago was the MRI done that showed a disc problem? If it has been a year or more since having the MRI done, it may well be worth your time to have one repeated for comparison views to see if anything new has cropped up or to see if your problem has worsened. If you are not having any leg pain that is a good sign, means no nerve is being pinched or compressed which is good. If medication is controlling your pain that is great because you really do not want to go the surgery route if you can avoid it. I can appreciate your dr being honest with you.

If this were me I would wait until after all the cardiac stuff has been dealt with then look at asking the dr about repeating the MRI. Sorry that I am not really offering much help here, just some thoughts. Take care.
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   Posted 10/30/2011 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Straydog Thanks for the quick response.It is 6 months since my last MRI scan which was 5 years after teh first one. The problem with my lower back has somewhat improved sinse I have cut down on the walking. I sometimes get reffered pain into my groin area especially after walking any distance but is not too bad at the moment. I am more concerned with the continous pain in my chest than anything else. Hopefully I will eventually find out wether or not it is cardiac. Once I have been in hospital and had the tests done, both for coronary disease and/or my gulet I will ask my GP for another MRI scan, perhaps this time on my thorac spine region rather than my lower back where the last two MRI scans were.I forgot to mention that I origonally had a discogram on my lumber region which proved that the pain in my lowerback was not due to a herniated discs. I have also had a couple of injections in my lower back, which did not work

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   Posted 10/31/2011 11:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Ask your doctor about Costochondritis.
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