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  • cindy2836
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    Hello Doctor, You have helped me in the past. What I’m dealing with now is constant burning pain about a level 2 in my upper thoracic area. I’m aprox 4 months post op of my added on to my S1-T10 fusion taking it up to T4. Done for lose screw at T10 and the kyphosis I developed as a complication. I’m very pleased with the results of that surgery that got rid of my constant rib pain and recovery had been pain free until the last month and I notice this burning pain aprox T4 under my shoulder blades and even radiates around to the front of my chest. I’ve mentioned it post op to the NP and I have a message in asking if I may have an oral steroid to see if it calms down inflamtion. I do PT and will be doing dry needling with them for pain. I’m going to copy past my June xrays a post op scoliosis views (I did not have it as a child) My question is could this burning pain be from this degenerative hypertrophic facet?? Thats new on my xray results. Is this something I just now have to live with?? Thank you!!
    FINDINGS:
    There is posterior fixation from the upper thoracic region to the sacrum.
    There is no hardware complication. The alignment is stable. There is no
    scoliotic curvature. There is a normal thoracic kyphosis and lumbar
    lordosis. The vertebral body heights are maintained. There is multilevel
    degenerative disc disease and multilevel degenerative facet hypertrophy.
    There is no spondylolisthesis.

    Visualized thoracic and abdominal soft tissues are unremarkable.

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    it is difficult to determine the findings regarding whether this is an MRI or x-ray reading. you’re only four months out from your T4 fusion so it still quite early to determine whether you have a solid fusion or not. I think your idea of using an oral steroid on a short-term basis makes good sense. If you still have the continued pain at six months, a CT of the thoracic spine would be in order.

    Dr. Corenman

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Post count: 8460

    it is difficult to determine the findings regarding whether this is an MRI or x-ray reading. you’re only four months out from your T4 fusion so it still quite early to determine whether you have a solid fusion or not. I think your idea of using an oral steroid on a short-term basis makes good sense. If you still have the continued pain at six months, a CT of the thoracic spine would be in order.

    Dr. Corenman

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