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Chest pain with cervical disc rupture
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Chest pain with cervical disc rupture

I have been diagnosed with herniated disc in C3-4, 4-5, 5-6 and degenerative disc disease in T4-7. I have left arm, usually below the elbow, tingling and pain into my hand and fingers. At times, my left shoulder hurts. I have constant pain in between my shoulder blades and chest pain at the exact spot as shoulder blade pain. I have had a normal ekg and stress thalium test on heart. Both normal. All blood work is normal. I just want to make sure that you can have chest pain with these kind of disc problems. I am so worried about my heart but the doctors do not want to do any further testing on my heart. This pain in my chest is so bothersome. Has anyone out there had this same type of pain with disc problems? I sometimes feel like I have indigestion too. I just don't feel well and with everything being on the left side, it scares me. I just started pt today and also had traction. I am really hurting tonight. Is that normal too? I thought that the physical therapy would make me feel better. Please help!!!
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Although unusual, spinal disc disease can cause referred pain to the chest. It sounds like you have had all heart testing short of a cardiac catheterization including a negative stress test. This should permit some reassurance that your discomfort is not cardiac in origin. Have you discussed with your doctors the symptoms. Adequate pain control is a cornerstone of any rehabilitative process. You cant be expected to rehabe aggressively if you are in pain and apprehensive

I would continue to inquire if your symptoms are related to reflux "heartburn" or some other system.

Give PT some time to work. Good luck
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