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    Dr. Corenman,

    In January 2018, my thoracic part of my back started hurting almost all day every day. Then on March 2,2019, my thoracic part of my back started hurting even worse and my abdomen started swelling and the muscle spasms started. These spasms felt like labor pains. For months, I laid in bed crying and always feeling like I was in labor. There was a band of pain from my thoracic part of my back around to the front of my abdomen around the bottom portion of my rib cage. I went through thirty doctors before I was helped. It took three surgeons to decide to have a thoracic Laminectomy and a microdiscectomy July of 2020. They had to decompress my spinal cord and a nerve root going to my abdomen. It is now March of 2021 and I’m still in extreme pain. I can hardly get out of bed due to the pain on some days. Other days I struggle to do a few things around the house and get dressed. I want my life back! Until I started smoking medical marijuana, I felt like my torso was on fire. My abdominal swelling hardly ever goes down completely. I usually look like I’m 6-9 months pregnant, when I’m actually a size 6 before all of the swelling and pain started. I have had numerous CTs, X-rays, ultrasounds, upper GI scope, blood test, and so much more. My doctors don’t know what else to do. Please help!

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    You need a new MRI of the thoracic spine with gadolinium and maybe a second opinion. Also, you should consider a general surgery consult as abdominal distention is normally not part of a thoracic disc herniation symptom complex.

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    Dr. Corenman,

    Thank you for replying to my questions. I have had MRIs with contrast many times. I have had 33 opinions. Most of the opinions have either been I don’t know, maybe you have an STD(I don’t), maybe you forgot you were pregnant(how the hell would I forget), or I’m accused of being a drug seeker. The 3 surgeons on my case now have ran so many test and the only thing that they can think of is the nerve damage is taking longer to heal because of the damage. I’m just so tired. I had to fight 30 doctors to find the 3 that are helping me now. I just can’t except that this is my new life.

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Have you seen a general surgeon for your belly? Why do you have 3 surgeons on your case?

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    Dr. Corenman,

    I have seen a few general surgeons, but they didn’t know what was causing my issues. A have 3 doctors because the first doctor referred me to a doctor that works with him. That doctor referred me to the final surgeon who preformed my surgery. They work together trying to find some sort of solution to my medical issues. Now, I stay in close contact with one of the doctors who then updates the other doctors.

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    Dr. Corenman,

    I messaged my doctor for a referral to a general surgeon at a different hospital. I pray this doctor will help me. Doctor number 34 could be the answer. I’m hopeful.

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