Thoracic Neuritis

Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

Thoracic or Upper Back Pain– This is a painful condition of the spine in which the thoracic spine is affected resulting in upper back or thoracic pain. There may be many reasons for this pain and one such condition is Thoracic Neuritis which is as a result of inflammation of the nerve in the thoracic spine. In this article, we will go in detain about the causes, symptoms, and, management of Thoracic Neuritis.

How Do We Define Thoracic Neuritis?

How Do We Define Thoracic Neuritis?

Thoracic Neuritis is the name given to a medical condition where an individual experiences thoracic pain as a result of an inflammation of the nerve in the thoracic spine. Thoracic neuritis affects the thorax. Individuals with Thoracic Neuritis may experience pain in the upper abdominal area, back, neck, or shoulders. There may also be a numb and tingling feeling with Thoracic Neuritis. Some of the main symptoms of Thoracic Neuritis are a tight feeling around abdomen or chest. The pain experienced due to Thoracic Neuritis has a tendency to spread throughout all of the aforementioned areas depending on the location of nerve which is inflamed. Thoracic Neuritis generally is caused as a result of an injury to nerves in the thorax like a sprain or strain.

Thoracic Neuritis

Causes of Thoracic Neuritis

As stated, Thoracic Neuritis is generally caused as a result of an injury to the nerves present in the thoracic spine. This may be as a result of a simple sprain or strain or due to external injuries like a direct blow to the thoracic area. Some of the other causes of Thoracic Neuritis are similar to the causes of neuritis in other parts of the spine like increased acidic content in the blood and the other fluids present in the body as a result of an unhealthy lifestyle.

Symptoms of Thoracic Neuritis

As Stated Above The Main Symptoms Of Thoracic Neuritis Are:

  • Upper abdominal pain
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Pain between shoulders
  • Chest tightness
  • Numbness and tingling in the upper abdominal and chest area

Treatment for Thoracic Neuritis

Painkillers can give short term for relief of pain but it comes with inherent risks to other parts of the body. Adequate rest and plenty of nutrition is imperative for treatment of Thoracic Neuritis. NSAIDs can be used to calm down the inflammation.

Home Remedies for Thoracic Neuritis

Some home remedies have also been suggested in the literature which can help with neuritis. They are:

  • Soya-bean milk mixed with water.
  • Barley Brew mixed with lime juice
  • Raw carrot
  • Use of Epsom-salt baths
Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: August 8, 2017

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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