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Thursday, May 28, 2009 Helen39, Community Member, asks

Q: How to treat thoracic pain

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
5/31/09 5:12am

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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By Helen39, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/25/10, First Published: 05/28/09