• Helen39 Helen39
    May 28, 2009
    How to treat thoracic pain
    Helen39 Helen39
    May 28, 2009

    I have been diagnosed with Thoracic degenerative disc disease and have a fracture at T3, T7, and a wedge fracture at T6. The pain is horrible and unreleaved by the oxycontin I take for lumbar pain. Is there any exercise or pain medication that would help. Lately it has been sending me to bed as I can't stand for long without the pain getting worse. Helen39

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  • Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    May 31, 2009
    Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    May 31, 2009

    Some things you could talk with your doctor about:

     

    •  Anti-inflammatory medication and/or anit-inflammatory injections to reduce any inflammation around the affected discs.

    •  Increasing the strength or changing the type of pain medication

    •  Physical therapy to teach you strengthening exercises

     

    You might also try applying ice packs to the painful area for a maximum of 15 - 20 minutes at a time.


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