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Burning back pain and rib cage pain

Started by 1469259739@facebook on 02/12/2014 9:48pm

Been suffering with back pain since 2008 finally had my surgery in 2011. Replacement of the L4 L5 S1 with a cage. now my upper back is giving me the same fight. I had a new MRI on Monday my report reads as follows. Seeing my surgeon on the Feb 24th.

There is a mild upper thoracic levoconvex curvature. There is a mild kyphosis at the T11-12 level. The cord demonstrates normal size and signal characteristics. Mild acute, Modic type I endplate degeneration is seen about the anterosuperior endplate of T12. No suspicious marrow infiltration is seen. There is mild lower thoracic endplate degeneration including small Schmorl's nodes. Multilevel disc desiccation is seen within the thoracic spine with mild loss of height.
At T2-3, left greater than right facet arthropathy is seen without spinal canal narrowing. Mild left- sided foraminal stenosis is seen without nerve root impingement.
At T6-7, a tiny right central disc protrusion is seen which flattens the right paramedian thecal sac without cord compression or foraminal stenosis.
At T7-8, a tiny right central disc protrusion is seen which indents the thecal sac without cord compression. Facet arthropathy is seen without foraminal stenosis.
At T9-10, a central disc protrusion is seen with an annular disc fissure. This indents the thecal sac and gently contacts the ventral thoracic cord without compression. Facet arthropathy is seen without foraminal stenosis.
T11-12, a tiny disc bulge is seen with flattening of the thecal sac but no lower thoracic cord compression or foraminal stenosis.
Review of the remaining levels reveals less prominent discogenic and facet degeneration without significant spinal stenosis, cord compression or nerve root impingement. In comparison to the 2009 study, degeneration has progressed.

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The T9 level is probably the culprit. The annular tear will cause pain. If you are lucky this pain will be transient and ease with time. This could take a few months but I would think would not require surgery. Good luck and I hope you feel better soon.


Thank you for your reply I sure Hope this pain goes away. I've been dealing with this discomfort for a about a yr. Ive been in pain management with injections once a month with little to no relief. I'm just at a point that I can know longer deal with the burning pain I feel all day and night.