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19th November 2004, 05:46 PM
Its a while since Ive been here so hello again everyone. Id just like to ask those with curves in the old thoracic reagon just what kind of day to day pain can be caused. The reason that I ask is because as time has gone on I suffer from various aches and pains, especially in the chest area, and even though the doc says my heart is fine it is very scary to get chest pains even when you tell yourself they are coming from your back. Usually if I go for a walk these pains get worse, but I suppose that could be down to the bouncing effect of walking aggravating my curve, I just dont know. Do others like me get any of these symptoms. I sometimes get an aching sternum, most worrying (I know I,m a bit soft but there you go LOL) Other pains are aches from what feels like the inside of my shoulder blade on the curved side. Occasionally i could be moving around and can get a sudden, what can only be described as a thud in the chest as though something has moved. Other thingsare more like feelings than pain such as, a general unwell feeling that seems to eminate from the spine. Sometimes a feeling that something is about to 'give' as it were. But the worse one is a kind of all over feeling that some one just poked every nerve from the chest down. I got told these were panic attacks (this was before I knew I had scoliosis) they still happen and have been happening that long Ive got used to them. And because of this I dont get 'panicky about it' (ie. no rising heart beat etc). So the docs treated me for a symptom rather than the cause. Anyhow, any info would maybe help me sleep better.

19th November 2004, 05:48 PM
PS. Ive had to give up drumming because of my back. Personnely I am gutted over this. Just thought Id throw that whinge in. Still ya gotta laugh.

19th November 2004, 06:12 PM
I have a thoracic curve and fusion and I don't get a whole lot of pain on a day to day basis, but I do get really sharp chest pain occasionally, stiff neck and shoulder pain more often. The other day I strained my ribs cleaning the oven, that made me yell! And right now i have twinges in my shoulder (rib hump side), lower back and upper arm. I'm putting them down to the cold weather :-?

19th November 2004, 06:17 PM
Welcome back :-) I just wish the circumstances were a bit better :-? I can't really say a whole lot as I've never had much of a thoracic curve, and most of my pain has been lumbar. What I can tell you is that there were some damned odd symptoms along the way, and the sheer discomfort of things just not "sitting right" was really disturbing.

I can also relate to you on the thing of people picking on a symptom rather than the cause - I have intermittent bouts of atrial fibrillation, and have done since childhood. In fact, I can't remember back far enough to remember if it ever did scare me, but I do remember being about 6 or 7 and telling my uncle about it, finding out that he'd had it his whole life too, and by then I already knew my dad got it. So, it never really scared me, but as an adult I've been told it's panic attacks, and even told that it simply can't be happening because it would be very frightening if it did! Doesn't alter a thing of course.

I can't remember - have they checked to see if you have arthritis, or degenerated discs? Either thing can cause problems with odd symptoms due to variations in degree of inflammation, and higher inflammation of course pinches nerves.

Wish I had some useful advice for you :squeeze: We're always here to listen though, and hopefully someone will have some suggestions. I'm really sorry to hear about the drumming though :(

19th November 2004, 06:47 PM
Welcome back Ian,
I met a consulatnt about 18 months ago who felt that most of my pain was due to middle age and y'know maybe he's right.I have disc degeneration but mainly it's a tired aching feeling in my upper back that makes me want to stretch to get rid of it.I find myself constantly rotating my shoulders and stretching then upward.If you have a curve in your spine you could realistically expect the muscles to have to work harder to keep you balanced so some degree of pain would be normal enough.Chest pains(minor) go with it as well as does the stress of having to alter your lifestyle.Have you tried physiotherapy or swimming?
Both are very good for your back muscles.Any luck with getting a referral to a spine specialist?
It's good to see you on line again.

Amazed Jean
19th November 2004, 08:21 PM
Hello Boardstalker. I've not met you so I don't know your situation but mine is a bit shall we say intense. I have had middle of the chest pain and thought I was dying, having a heart attack or had been stabbed. Off to the ER several times. Finally someone discovered that its a GERD type problem and I now take Zantac -really strong Zantac every night before going to bed. Also my new doctor says that the chest pain could be Esophoghitis caused by chest configuration (thank you scoliosis) or that I have a bad habit of taking medicine without enough water and it would cause very similar pain. So I take all meds with a full glass of water and I don't lie down right after taking any pill (20-30min wait). I also have had anxiety attacks clear out of the blue - jeez they are scarey! Anyways the whole point was to tell you to try the lots of water with any meds and don't lie down for 20 -30 minutes. Can't hurt might help.

19th November 2004, 09:18 PM
Esophoghitis caused by chest configuration (thank you scoliosis)

Is this why I get such heartburn and tummy problems all the time? Cause it's really bad most of the time.

20th November 2004, 07:23 AM
Hi, welcome back Ian. I've got a thoracic curve (fused, though), and some rotation... I never really had pain growing up, but I've had occasional twinges of pain in my rib-hump side shoulder, like annie. But mostly, I've had problems with my ribs moving or pressing against each other... You might look at your xrays, or get your consultant to, and see if this might be causing some of your symptoms. amazed suggestion to check for GERD or acid-reflux or something might also be worth checking out. Also, when my mother had gallstones, her surgeon said that many patients mistake that pain for heart attack symptoms... another thing to look at.

Amazed Jean
20th November 2004, 07:33 AM
Yeah, I forgot the gallbladder thing. I had to have mine out about 15 years ago. But surprisingly they did it laproscopically. Just three little holes and they fish the darn thing out. I thought I had grown another one when the discovered the GERD and reflux problem. Do you ever feel like screaming "Yo, can someone else have the new thing ? I still got the scoliosis and not breathing thing. Give the Gerd to some politician or actor. They all like drama - I loathe it."

20th November 2004, 07:43 AM
There's amazed, being all greedy with the health problems again... save some for the rest of humanity, won't you? ;-)

24th November 2004, 10:29 PM
thanks for the replies. Very informative exept whats GERD? Ive never heard of it lol.

24th November 2004, 10:37 PM
Gastro Esophogeal Reflux Disease? Something like that anyway - I'll get back with a couple of links.....

24th November 2004, 10:45 PM
Here's (http://www.aboutgerd.org/) a link to get you started with. If I find some more decent ones, I'll add them to this post. Hope that helps a little anyway!