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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

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  • Posted By: hockeymom
  • December 24, 2006
  • 06:19 PM

I have just been diagnosed with TOS. Left arm pain and numbness, pain across back of shoulder and left side of neck. Has anyone else had this and received proper treatment? What is the treatment?

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  • My friends wife had this and they did surgery to fix it. Her symptoms returned though after her pregnancy. They are not sure if the return of the symptoms was due to her pregnancy or a bulit up of scar tissue after the surgery. They did the surgery at University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.
    Brandy30 8 Replies
    • January 15, 2007
    • 05:55 PM
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  • cut out your top rib.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 22, 2007
    • 09:34 PM
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  • Not all people who suffer from TOS have an extra rib that needs to be cut out. I have it and do not have an extra rib. Mine was believed to be caused by the two surgeries that I had on my shoulder, thus causing nerve irritation.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 24, 2007
    • 11:30 PM
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  • I have just been diagnosed with TOS. Left arm pain and numbness, pain across back of shoulder and left side of neck. Has anyone else had this and received proper treatment? What is the treatment?Dear Hockey Mom,There is no silver bullet for TOS. However, I was diagnosed with it in 2000 and after doing some physical therapy (to improve strength and mobility) I saw improvement. The more lasting solution is multi-faceted:- Good posture (this requires retraining your muscles; I tended to scrunch my shoulders at the computer when reading email)-Good ergonomics (relates to above; check out your work station by a professional) - Ask your doctor to put you on Singulair, yes, it's used typically for seasonal allergies or asthma but it worked wonders on me. It involves dealing with the de-sensitization of the nerve endings which is the same treatment to avoid asthma attacks. This is something my innovative doc discovered when treating his bad elbow (and he happened to have asthma too) Try it.-I have not heard great things about surgery. I would avoid it, unless it's a last resort. Good luck. Pray about it too. There is hope but it requires a combination of things and some experimentation over time.Oh, and get a memory foam pillow that is shaped to keep your neck in the right position -- that's 8 hours of the problem covered!I am in Wisconsin, Badger hockey fan
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 14, 2007
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  • I've had Thoracic outlet syndrome also for almost 2 years. I had surgery 6 weeks ago with Dr Richard Sanders in Denver Colorado. My arteries, veins, nerves were trapped in the pec minor area. I am so much better!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 13, 2007
    • 09:46 PM
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  • have any of you heard of elevations in blood pressure in chronic TOS due to the compression of the vagal nerve. incase you are not pruvy to the vagal nerve situation - it is a cranial nerve that passes through the medial scalenes and anterior scalenes (which are major components of TOS) on its way to innervating the diaphragm, heart, GI, and other anatomical structure. it plays a major role in heart rate and BP. well i have had severe TOS for the last couple of years and about a year ago my BP has gotten pretty high at times, just curious.-Thanks ahead of time
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 21, 2007
    • 05:31 PM
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  • -have any of you heard of elevations in blood pressure in chronic TOS due to the compression of the vagal nerve. incase you are not pruvy to the vagal nerve situation - it is a cranial nerve that passes through the medial scalenes and anterior scalenes (which are major components of TOS) on its way to innervating the diaphragm, heart, GI, and other anatomical structure. it plays a major role in heart rate and BP. well i have had severe TOS for the last couple of years and about a year ago my BP has gotten pretty high at times, just curious.-Thanks ahead of time
    payton 2 Replies
    • December 21, 2007
    • 06:09 PM
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  • Hi, I havent heard of that but I do know blood pressure in arms can vary depending on compression of veins arteries. I had pec minor tenotomy in Aug of 2007. This has helped my pain tremedously. There is now an actual website for people with TOS. atosa.org. It has alot of info.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 22, 2007
    • 04:45 PM
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