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If untreated, how much bodily nerve damage can thoracic outlet syndrome cause?

If untreated, how much bodily nerve damage can thoracic outlet syndrome cause?

Significant: Thoracic outlet syndrome can be frustrating as the nerve compression can lead to weakness and/or muscle wasting into the arm/upper extremity. Fortunately, it can be treated with some simple manual medicine techniques(i know because i had the unfortunate circumstance to suffer from it)...So if you can find a reputable osteopath he/she can help you recover. ...Read more

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Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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Can peripheral neuropathy cause chest pain? What is treatmt when all else fails? Or what causes CNS inflammation?

Can peripheral neuropathy cause chest pain? What is treatmt when all else fails? Or what causes CNS inflammation?

No but: Peripheral neuropathy doesn't cause chest pain but cervical spondylitis and herpes zoster are 2 examples of neurogenic chest pain. CNS stands for "central nervous system" and, by definition, is not related to peripheral neuropathy. ...Read more

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Diagnosed peripheral neuropathy unknown cause.tingling fatigue frequent urination sob blurred vision but eyes fine chest tight light head.anxiety or ms?

Diagnosed peripheral neuropathy unknown cause.tingling fatigue frequent urination sob blurred vision but eyes fine chest tight light head.anxiety or ms?

Anxiety, most likely: MS is easy to rule out by history, exam and MRI. Anxiety is state of tension, apprehension, worry, uneasiness or fear. It may be related to anticipated danger or arise for no apparent reason. While mild episodes of anxiety are common and do not usually require treatment, more severe forms can be chronic and debilitating. Some times no treatment is the best treatment. See your PCP for evaluation. ...Read more

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What is the most common cause of thoracic outlet syndrome?

Narrow space: The most common cause is a narrow space between the first rib and a muscle tendon from the anterior scalene muscle. Other causes included an aberrent cervical rib. ...Read more

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Symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome and how can you help?

Symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome and how can you help?

Depends: Thoracic outlet syndrome is compression of the nerve, artery, and vein at the thoracic outlet at the base of the neck. This can occur because of an extra rib, thickened muscles, or a previous collar bone fracture. The classic symptoms are neurologic, with the classic finding a decrease in arterial pressure with arm elevation. If there is no swelling or discoloration, venous obstruction is unlikely. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome and how can I address them?

What are the symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome and how can I address them?

Depends: Thoracic outlet syndrome is compression of the nerve, artery, and vein at the thoracic outlet at the base of the neck. This can occur because of an extra rib, thickened muscles, or a previous collar bone fracture. The classic symptoms are neurologic, with the classic finding a decrease in arterial pressure with arm elevation. If there is no swelling or discoloration, venous obstruction is unlikely. ...Read more

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I am a weight lifter, am I possibly at more risk for thoracic outlet syndrome?

I am a weight lifter, am I possibly at more risk for thoracic outlet syndrome?

Possibly!: Compression of nerves and blood vessels can be caused by an extra cervical rib (above the first rib) or an abnormal tight band of tissue connecting the spinal vertebra to the rib. Many patients have injured the area in the past or overused the shoulder. Increased muscle mass can increase the chances of thoracic outlet syndrome. On the other hand, appropriate physical therapy may help relieve it. ...Read more

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Can thoracic outlet syndrome wrap around to ribcage?

Can thoracic outlet syndrome wrap around to ribcage?

NO: Thoracic outlet is part in the lower part of your neck where the nerves and blood vessels from the neck travels to the arms underneath the collar bone. The first rib frequently contributes to the problem besides the muscles and occasionally an abnormal rib known as cervical rib. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (Definition)

A condition were the first rib or an extra rib causes compression between the clavicle and the rib of any one of the following three subclavian artery, ...Read more


Dr. Adam Lewis
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Peripheral Neuropathy (Definition)

Peripheral neuropathy is a generic medical term for dysfunction of the nerves that carry information to and from the central nervous system (the ...Read more