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Thoracic outlet syndrone Q. Chest pain/numbness

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  • Posted By: thunder92
  • June 18, 2007
  • 10:18 PM

Has anyone else been diagnosed with this. My chest and arm go numb at times. Tons of chest pain. Nice knowing its not my heart etc.... but it still hurts. I can look to the right and I get a shooting pain in my chest. Also painful cold twinges on top of my head. I'm doing rehab, but it has not changed yet. Only thing that helps is hot baths and muscle relaxers.

Anyone else??

FYI: it mimics a heart attack and can push on blood vessels, nerves and arteries.

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  • Hi, Thunder. You gave great clues when you said hot baths and muscle relaxers were the only things helping. TOS is, in many cases, happening due to tight muscles. I have worked on many patients with this condition, as I have done massage and chiropractic together. The scalene muscles in the neck and the pectoralis minor muscle in the upper chest get really tight and reduce the blood flow to the nerves and reduce the nerve signal flow to the chest and arm and possibly hand. Find a really good massage therapist in your area that has worked on this type of problems with others and see how you do after a few treatments on the specific area and muscles. You may also need a good chiropractor, too.
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