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Name diseases where the ability to change the size of the thoracic cavity is often less than normal?

what would be a harmful physiological consequence of not being able to change the size of the thoracic cavity and how would the body compensate for a decreased ability to change thoracic cavity size?

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What are five diseases/disorder associated with the thoracic/chest cavity?

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Has anyone ever heard of lumbar or thoracic spondylosis?

I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease in my early 20s. I have had lower back pain on and off for years but last year it became severe and chronic. I am now 43. I have been on disabilty and on meds but nothing seems to help. Physical therapy seemed to make it worse. Yesterday I was told I have lumbar and thoracic spondylosis and bone spurs, and they have refered me for spinal injections. I'm wondering if anyone else has been thru this? Did it help at all? Will I ever be able to return to work or a normal lifestyle??? I try to stay active but I hurt so bad and often have numbness and weakness in my legs. I am so discouraged. If anyone knows anything about this please tell me what you know. Thanks.

OMG, I have something very very close.. I am in pain all the time, done the meds, the shots and therapy i am at my last resort which is FUSION..
I have had 3 shots in my back..What i have is a budgled disk and spongylostheis L4-L5, pain goes down my left leg , to my hip all the way to my foot.. horrible pain...
I don't know what kind of spinal injections you are gonna have but I had epidural, and nerve block shots down. They are both ONLY temporary , the first one I had done they never botherd to numb the area at all, i felt the needle go all the way in. Wanted to die. That one was a JOKE! I felt okay for a week, if that.. the second one was down a little better, but didn't really do much either, pain was gone for about maybe 2-3 wks.. that one didnt hurt as bad as the one before...
the last one... was what they called a nerve block shot and more was involved..I ended up with a migraine for a week.. i was miserable.. BUT it did make me feel alot better for longer time..... it was great... my leg didn't hurt, etc etc... BUT soon after a month maybe more, the pain came back and it was worse then B4!! Maybe its cuz when i start to feel better I start to do things i should not. I am only 31 been dealing with this for 2.5 years.. been in pain everyday... find out what kind of shot you are gonna have etc ..
after you have the shot you can not drive yourself home. you have to sit and try please try not to move around to much.. or you could make yourself very sick! best of luck to you!!!  (+ info)

Is there any infectious viruses/diseases that can cause thoracic upper back pain?

Hi, I have been having upper back pain for like nearly 2 months now, and my partner has just recently been experience the exact same thing, he describes my pain to a " T ". The pain feels like is muscular. I don't have aids or tuberculosis, so what else could cause this? I know (viral) meningitis could cause this, but i have had it for like 2 months and viral meningitis usually last like a week or 2 and it normally presents low back pain, and my pain in upper back in the muscular area???? Any ideas?

nerve impingement, menigitis you would be very ill very fast. any viruses in chest/lungs or cold sx can cause body aches, that are localized, see pain clinic doc, or get tens unit, or sports creams, get labs done, or xray. need doc eval, esp if both of you have it.  (+ info)

I was just diagnosed with thoracic scoliosis convex right?

convex right. I am adult and did not have this as a child. I have other back problems (spinal stenosis and degenerative disease) what has caused this scoliosis? Is there some underlying disease or medical condition that I have, which is not being treated?

Ask your doctor to be sure if you are concerned about any other underlying conditions but I doubt there are.

Odds are, your spinal stenosis/degenerative disease ARE the culprits. There is more than one type of scoliosis but the one that appears to be apparent in you is, "Adult-Degenerative Scoliosis." This type becomes apparent later in life and is usually the result of degenerative disease/disorders.

Osteoporosis, degenerative diseases of the spine/disc degeneration, spinal compressions/fractures or any combination of these problems can contribute to the gradual development of adult scoliosis.  (+ info)

What exactly is a thoracic surgeon and what do they do?

I have a mass located under my diaphram close to my heart my family doctor has made an appointment with this therastic or thoracic ( how ever it is spelled) surgeonbut i do not know what type of specalist he is. If anyone knows i would be so grateful.

A thoracic surgeon is one specialised in diseases iof organs inside the thoracic cavity.
There is a dome shaped muscle called the diaphragm between the chest and the tummy.This separates the organs in the chest from those inside the tummy. The organs in the chest are the Lungs and the heart and some major blood vessels.

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What would a person with thoracic scoliosis look like if it occurs around the neck?

Just wanted to know what it would look like to have thoracic scoliosis in a photo?

Thoracic Scoliosis is more in the upper back, cervical Scoliosis is more in the neck area. It could look like it is in the neck area since it is very close, or it could also be a high thoracic curve.

Here is a picture of all the sections of the spine including the thoracic Spine I hope it helps.
http://www.eorthopod.com/images/ContentImages/spine/spine_general/adult_scoliosis/adult_scoliosis_anatomy02.jpg  (+ info)

What type of settlement amount can I expect from BWC in ohio for thoracic sprain and wrist sprain-?

I have been injured for over two years now and they have decided that I had thoracic sprain,wrist sprain and nerve damage in my back. They are wanting to settle for the pain and suffering portion. Anyone have any idea about how much this should be?

GET a LAWYER!!! bwc is looking out for themselves. Dont sign or settle until you consult a legal professional. Ohio BWC is notorius for quick settlements that are usually in their favor.  (+ info)

I have Ankylosing Spondylitis What can I do to relieve the thoracic and rib contractions?

My pain is so bad in my thoracic area I just can't bare the pain. The contractions won't stop. The doctors won't do anything. It is the weekend and I don't know what to do. Is this fusion? Please help

You may need to go to the ER and get some pain relief and make sure your condition hasn't gotten worse.  (+ info)

Anyone know the cost of surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome?

I am trying to get an idea of the cost for surgery to fix thoracic outley syndrome. Any ideas from a patient that has had this surgery?
I am not looking for insurance...I do not have insurance and am trying to get an idea of the cost. Please do not send me sites to go to to get insured!

You can easily check your minimal health care rates in internet, for example here - health-quotes.isgreat.org  (+ info)

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