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  • Cat30188
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    I have progressive thoracic pain around the braline area. It’s gotten worse over the last few years and now it’s there constantly. It feels like a stabbing burning pain. I’ve had an ablation and an epidural with no pain relief at all. PT does not help, but I’ve started again. My MRI from 5/22 shows: Degenerative changes of the thoracic spine as detailed above. A few small disc bulges and protrusions are present but without contributing to significant spinal canal stenosis. I can’t get a doctor to tell me the source of my pain. I just want a proper diagnosis and help for the pain. Thank you

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Thoracic pain can occur from alignment (increased kyphosis), Scheuermann’s disease, degenerative disc or facet disease or radiculopathy (nerve compression from spur or herniation). It sounds like you have ruled out facet (no relief with ablation) and no nerve pain (no temporary relief with epidural). I would assume that either the injections were not placed accurately at the site of the pain generator or an alignment disorder was missed. Do you have films (X-rays and MRI)? If so, please look at my long distance consultation service.

    Dr. Corenman

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