I have lots of c spine degeneration and disc degeneration. I have had c fusion of c4-c5 - c 6 and c7. I have chest pains that stop when TENS is applied. I have been evaluated for heart and gastric problems. There is nothing that could cause the chest pain from these areas. What cort spine could cause the chest pain?
Yes, typically most chest innervation comes from nerves in the mid and upper back. However, all flow of the nervous system flows down from the brain and therefore any block in communication higher up could, technically, cause problems lower down the the chain. Furthermore, alot more nervous system activity takes place in the neck (closer to the brain) and problems here can sometimes cause a neurological problem giving various symptoms. The TENS may be helping to stimulate the part of the nervous system that needs to be activated to help with your problem; so not necessarily the level you put it at but just the fact that it's stimulating communication to the brain.
Thank you for your response. I have asked my drs. about this and most of them said it was coming from somewhere else but my last ortho dr said that problems in the c5-c6 area could cause this. My last mri after the fusions says "prior ACD with fusion with chronic moderate to severe canal and bilateral foraminal stenosis." It says this for c 5-6 and c6-7 with myelomalacia at c 5-6. Does this mean that I still have canal stenosis even after the fusions? Would the stenosis from before the fusion cause the myelomalacia? Could it be from the surgery or the hardware itself? When I feel the pain in the chest begin it usually starts in the right jaw and mid thoracic(just below the shoulder blade). I have a place there that burns, looks slightly swollen, itches and there is a numb area in the middle of it all, about the size of a quarter. The MRI shows multi-level degenerative disc disease with mild bulging. A previous CT scan showed diffuse spondylosis. Looking at the CT, you can see the vertebra looking sqashed out both top and bottom, my primary care dr.said all those irregular squashed out areas are bone spurs. This area of my throracic back bothers me more intensly than the rest yet they continue to do neck surgery and don't seem to pay attention to the thoracic area. I guess because the main problem is the pain, chest and otherwise so that is not reason enough to do anything. I am in the process of trying to get a spinal cord stimulator. When I apply the TENS for the chest pain I put it in the area below the shoulder blades where it seems to originate so maybe the SPS will work. Any thoughts on that?
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