Thoracic Pain referred?
Looking for a bit of advice.
Had a long history of back pain.
I have had a double disc replacement at L5/L4 and L5/S1
It didn't work in that when I sit down nerves are being aggravated below L5
This has led to me using other parts of my back for things that I shouldn't, lying down too much for example.
I now have confirmed this year by MRI 2 thoracic discs bulging.
1 is just below the neck and the other is just below the heart.
In the last year I have started to experience pain under my ribs on the right hand side of my abdomen and at the back in the same are - exactly where the liver is.
I have had high ALT liver enzymes due to long term use of pain killers.
In June the pain started to get a lot worse, so I got a scan on my liver and also my bloods re-done. ALT enzymes are better than last year and the scan showed my liver looked ok (along with gall bladder etc)
Both my GP and Gastro doc are certain that this pain is due to referred pain from my back even though the pain is typically about 2 inch below the bulging disc and its mainly in the abdomen not the back.
I also cannot find cause and effect, with all my other back pain symptoms, I know what cause them to get worse, for example sitting too long increases the pain at L5, but with this pain I cannot figure out what makes it worse. If I do too much like gardening the thoracic disc bulge starts hurting at the back but not the abdomen. I do think a little that lying down while reading etc aggravates it at the abdomen but I am not sure.
My question is, can the upper mid of the thoracic spine cause referred pain to the rib area of the abdomen (the front where the liver is)? So sciatica for the mid thoracic area if you like?