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Doctor insights on: Peripheral Neuropathy Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

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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.

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Dr. Olav Jaren
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How risky is surgery to treat thoracic outlet syndrome?

How risky is surgery to treat thoracic outlet syndrome?

Somewhat: Risks include: injury to arteries and veins injury to the nerve failure to accomplish goals of therapy pain.

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Is thoracic outlet syndrome and pinched nerves the same?

Is thoracic outlet syndrome and pinched nerves the same?

Related: The thoracic outlet contains both a collection of nerves like the brachial plexus and blood vessels serving the arms. Any compromise of the to can cause symptoms affecting both the nerves and circulation by compression of either or both causing similar sensations of cold, numbness and tingling. Simple exercises such as wall push-ups can sometimes yield some relief. See a physical therapist or dr.

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What is recovery like after surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome?

Piece of cake --: It will be ok -- if your doctor told you you needed the surgery then get it done and you will find relief of symptoms pain and numbness of your upper limb immediately

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Will I need to have surgery to correct my thoracic outlet syndrome?

Possibly: As mentioned, surgery may be needed if conservative approaches fail. However, in my former rehab group, about 85% of tos pts responded fully to conservative measures, and never even saw a surgeon. Surgery would be critical if you have blood vessel compression especially associated with a cervical rib, and is often considered if pain is unremitting and associated with prog. Numb and weak hand.

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Is thoracic outlet syndrome permanent? What if you get the surgery?

Is thoracic outlet syndrome permanent? What if you get the surgery?

If the symptoms: Were caused entirely by compression and damage is still reversible, surgery should be curative. Consult with a thoracic surgeon or vascular surgeon.

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How can snapping scapula syndrome and thoracic outlet syndrome be related?

How can snapping scapula syndrome and thoracic outlet syndrome be related?

Muscle imbalances: Imo tos results from superior trapezius (st) weak & collar bone droops toward first rib closing costoclavicular space (between these bones) clipping artery & nerves to arm. Weak st conscripts neighbor levator scapulae (ls) to burden lifting scapula (sc) & 20 lb. Arm. Long & narrow, ls incurs chronic spasm, tendonitis at insertion on superior sc spine (pick-like), & snapping as shoulder rotates.

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How are moderns results for surgery for neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome?

TSO is caused by-: -pressure from outside of the nerves, it is not a neurological disease. Just like CTS is caused from pressure from outside of the nerve, not a neurological disease intrinsic to the median nerve.

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Does thoracic outlet syndrome always effect the hand?

Does thoracic outlet syndrome always effect the hand?

Not Always: Thoracic outlet syndrome may involve both nerves and or vascular structures so the symptoms vary. Most people do experience some symptoms in the hand or fingers but some only get symptoms in the arm at times. Best to have an evaluation as early on physical therapy may be helpful an prevent the need for surgery.

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Thoracic outlet syndrome causes arm/neck pain how?

Thoracic outlet syndrome causes arm/neck pain how?

Crowding: Pressure on brachial plexus the nerves from the spinal cord to arm become a group of nerves called the brachial plexus it is compressed by a crowding from an extra rib on top of the rib cage 1st rib or extra cervical rib the working theory goes adfitionally vascular compression of brachial artery or vein can produce arm symptoms nerve pain can extend proximal to neck or distal to arm and hand.

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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