Back and Neck Injury/Spinal tumor?


Dear Dr. Ornstein,

Thank you so much, you are so nice and helpful.

I just want to give you the extra information i forgot to mention in my other questions.
As for the level of the spinal thoracic pain/paresthesia: its pretty much located in the mid, radiating more to the left (area diectly under the shoulder blade) . I also just noticed than upon physical dermal stimulation of this area the pressure feeling intensifies.

As for the symptoms suggestive of SVC: i have been experiencing facial/neck/upper body swelling, which considerably worsens when bending foward as well as prominently visble tiny veins on chest, rarely shortness of breath (when swelling is worst) .
I have never dealt with anxiety and panic attacks so far. Mentally, i am quite strong (despite or maybe because i have already been though much )


Hi Sarah,

Well, lets see the results and take it from there. Hopefully, I can discuss a musculoskeletal problem and perhaps give some advice. I am glad to hear you are handling this so well. Perhaps better than I at this point. It does sound like there is a problem, but we will have to wait and see. I am not so strong. I remember studying in school all the various diseases and would panic if I had any symptom remotely close. Over the years, my hypochondriac tendencies have not abated much. I salute you for your courage. It is possible that the mid back pain is musculoskeletal and I hope that is all that it is. Perhaps a pinched nerve or an active trigger point. It is also possible the SVC symptoms are not related to any tumor. Things like this tend to grasp my mind in an unrelenting way. I will be very interested to hear how things go, please keep in touch. My thoughts and best wishes are with you.

Dr. Steve

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Dr. Steve Ornstein


I can answer questions regarding neck and back pain treatment and general musculoskeletal conditions. Acute, chronic and degenerative conditions using various methods; exercise, rehabilitation, traction. Pain relief methods and professional quality products via website at which can be used at home.


Graduated Chiropractic College in 1987, working in numerous clinics within two states using a variety of manual and physiological therapies. Involved in martial arts for 20 years.

Chiropractor Sherman College, Certified in Physiological Therapeutics from National Chiropractic College, Certified Peer Review Consultant from New York Chiropractic College, Studied with Dr. Cox using Flexion Distraction Technique, Studied with Dr. Leahy using Active Release Technique. Myofascial Release with Dr. Rockwell - Parker Chiropractic College. Certified in Modic Antibiotic Spinal Therapy.

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