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Posted in: Back pain, and Chronic pain.

Mid/upper backpain on the left side, weekness in left arm

Started by krudmin on 07/17/2021 7:46am

Hi all, looking for advise here... I've had this dull back pain on the left side of my mid/upper back (a bit below shoulder blade) for the last 6-7 months now. Started while I was undergoing physical therapy on a herniated disk in my lower back. Not sure if it's related or not...Lower back issue go way back.... So, anyway, I started waking up at night with this dull pain and it would go away in a few minutes if I stand up - very annoying since I'm a very light sleeper to begin with. Painkillers weren't much help, topical lotions did provide some relief but I would still wake up in the middle of the night every night. Since then I did lots of different imaging/labs (blood, MRIs of thoracic, cervical, CT of thoracic) as well as other stuff - physical therapy (very limited though), acupuncture, chiropractor. Nothing helped so far... The only thing that lets me sleep thru the night more or less is my adjustable bed - it really helps when I prop up my upper body.

Lately I've noticed that my left arm is feeling a little off, kind of weak, ad odd sensation. Also backpain doesn't go away completely when I'm vertical anymore, it's definitely getting worse. Keep seeing different specialists...trying to approach it from all angles...checking intestines also (since I heard they could cause backpain as well)

The only noticeable images finding were as follows:

Right central disc extrusion at T3-4 extending superiorly over approximately 3mm. Mild right eccentric disc bulge atT2-3. Spinal canal and neural foramina are patent throughout the thoracic spine. Mild uncovertebral and facet arthropathy at C6-7 resulting in mild left-sided neural foraminal stenosis at this level. Cervical spinal canal is also patent.

The first one would be a concern, but it's on the right side while my symptoms are on the left. The only thing on the left is the last one but it's very minor and I was told that I couldn't be the cause of my pain.

If anyone has any idea what this could be, I'd be very grateful. Maybe anything else I have to check that I'm not thinking of?

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