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Cervical Rib Syndrome

Also known as Extra Rib, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

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  • First Rib Resection - understanding side effects after surgery

    In October 2015, I underwent a first rib resection after being diagnosed with Venous Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (Subclavian Compression v. Nueral Compression). My case was fairly urgent as the blood flow was limited to roughly 10% thru my subclavian vein. I was very lucky as I did not experience any typical...

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  • My Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Experiance

    Hi everyone, I was diagnosed with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome a couple of weeks ago so I thought I would share my experience since I was looking for other's experiences once I learned I had this. I am a 35 year old healthy and fit police officer. I worked out on a regular basis and actually increased...

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  • TOS injection treatment??

    I was diagnosed with TOS almost a year ago. my symptoms are only getting worse. I am seventeen years old and for the past two months my doctors changed the diagnosis to cubital tunnel syndrome but have now gone back to tos. my doctor is suggesting an injection to help with the pain. has anyone done this/...

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  • TOS Cervical Rib Removal and First Rib removal

    I (have) had Thoracic outlet syndrome. It took approx 8 years to figure out what I had. Finally found a doctor I could agree with. He found cervical ribs both right and left. Only had symptoms on my right side. Pretty sure symptoms were brought on by a car accident (whiplash). Anyway.. Had the...

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  • Physical therapy?

    I found out about 3 months ago that I had cervical ribs. I was going to my family Dr several times because my left hand is turning blue and my blood pressure on that side is extremely low.  Also severe  neck and shoulder pain.  Everyone says Thoracic outlet syndrome, and I agree. In a...

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  • post Thoracic Outlet Syndrome decompression surgery.

    Hi. I'm 2 weeks post op. It took me 3 years to get the diagnosis from an amazing Plastic Surgeon in Salisbury Hospital. UK. After 2 years of physio, scans, xrays and appointments with pretty much every specialist in Dorset I finally was told I could have the op. I was advised that recovery was hard...

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  • Post thoracic outlet surgery

    I am 6 months post TOS surgery on the left and four months on the right. Also had a pec minor tenotomy both sides. Between first and second surgery things went okay until resistance band therapy started. it went downhill from there. Pain across chests, sides of each breasts extremely painful to touch,...

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  • Post Op Thoracic outlet surgery-nerve damage

    Anyone had brachial plexus nerve palsy after their TOS surgery? I had surgery Wednesday and now have barely any feeling and movement in my right arm and hand due to swelling/fluid in around my nerves. Wondering if I’m alone in this, if not how long did it take to get function back if you even did get...

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  • TOS rib resection

    Just wondering about any one who has had a rib resection and how they feel years afterwards. I had my first rib on the left side done in 1986 ( at 16) and the second rib on the left side done in 1995 ( age 25). I also had a nerve sympathectomy done at that time also.  While I believe it cured my...

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  • Long thoracic nerve palsy post-op

    Hi, Did anyone of you had a long thoracic nerve injury post-op which causes a winged scapula (shoulder blade going out when you lit up the arm)? I do, and I would really like someone else's experience. Thanks!

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  • After thoracic outlet surgery

    Hello, new here. My 27 year old daughter is just home from hospital after having her first rib removed 4 days ago. My question is, when should she be starting to do small exercises. Her neck is stiff and she is lifting her shoulder, to in some way keep her incision area from moving. I want her to relax...

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  • Cervical Rib Removal

    I'm booked in on the 30th October for my cervical rib to be removed. I'll be off work for a few weeks, is there financial help you can get as I'll only get SSP ? And also how was recovery ? 

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  • Advice please

    Recently DIAGNOSED with Tos.. I am due for an operation soon. IS this condition covered under Dda. I have taken my allocated sick days from work and I am worried that I will be unable to take the opportunity as I won't be able to support myself with half pay. I know very little about DDA. Any advice...

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  • THORACIC OUTLET SYNDROME for A-TOS - my surgery Vlog begins

    Hi All, I am having my first surgery to relieve my severe ARTERIAL and true neurogenic TOS due to rather large bilateral cervical ribs next Wednesday 6th Sept in London. I uploaded my first vlog on youtube yesterday and plan to do them as often as possible running up to and after surgery.  My...

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  • Bilateral Cervical Ribs TOS & Contact Sports

    Hello, I'm a girl 19 years old, I have cervical ribs on both sides and artery compression on one side. I play flag football and I'm a dancer as well. When I was first diagnosed I was told to drop all sports for a year, which I did, and then he gave me the okay to do what I wanted as long as...

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  • Bilateral cervical ribs

    I have bilateral cervical ribs, diagnosed two years back. When exposed to direct and severe heat (such as direct sunlight during summer) it happens to be extreme migraine and neck pain. In normal day to day life it does not create any problem.  Is it still necessary to remove these ribs through...

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  • pain under front right rib chage

    Hi, In case of my blood results count of MCHC is 31,8 while MPV is 10,1. I've seen that this parameters are in relation with hemoglobin and hematocrit. In my case hemoglobin is 16 while hematocrit is 50,3. I had blood test done because I had some pain under my front right rib cage in last 2-3 months....

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  • 1st rib exicion surgery has done

    I faced the 1st rib excision surgery last February 9th.it has done in my right side...now it is ok.but the problem is now there's a pain in my left side shoulder like last time in right side shoulder...I don't know why is this...doctors said me to do a nerve conduction again and they said the...

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  • Bilateral cervical ribs causing migraines

    I was diagnosed with cervical ribs in 2015 and before that I never really noticed any issues just that my collar bone on the left side stick out awkwardly far. After a car accident in 2016 I began experiencing symptoms on TOS on the left side. I saw a chiropractor for a while and now the tingling just...

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  • Thoracic outlet syndrome surgery post op resultd

    Hello, I had my first rib removed because I was diagnosed with,"Thoracic Outlet Syndrome". I had some problems with my right side. My right peck chest muscle, and weakness in my right muscles were going down really bad. Long story short after I had the procedure done. My upper areas recovered...

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  • Numbness in fingers after TOS surgery

    Hello, My fourteen year old daughter was diagnosed with TOS in late December 2016 after a year and half of seeing numerous specialists. She had surgery to remove her first rib on the right side 2 1/2 weeks ago and still has numbness in her fingers (she also had this before the surgery). For anyone...

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  • Rib

    I have bilateral cervical ribs, after 6 years the surgeon has finally diagnosed me with thoracic outlet syndrome. The trapped nerves on the right side are causing no end of problems. I recently had 3 injections of anesthetic 2 in my neck and 1 by my collar bone. The surgeon is now saying its way to high...

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  • Cervical Rib Surgery

    So I went to Southampton Hospital today for a meeting with the consultant and my Cervical rib. She told me that there were only two options they can give me, to have surgery big risk having nerve damage, blood clots, not loosing my symptoms and the rib growing back. Or to have physiotherapy, I'm...

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  • Symptoms of TOS

    What were your symptoms of TOS? Did you get audible sounds from shoulders, clicking, ripping, shoulder getting stuck like a bone catching? Did you have any facial pain, headaches, jaw or teeth pain. Was the pain sharp or dull achey, did it travel down your arms? Did your neck ache? Did you have...

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  • Numbness

    I have been diagnosed with TOS a few years ago. I normally have a lot of numbness and pain in my hands and arms. However a while ago my face started to also become numb. Then as of recent my jaw, face, and nose have gone numb as well as my hands and arms. Is it normal for TOS numbness to spread to the...

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  • Hi all, I'm nearly 3 weeks post rib resection surgery for TOS

    I wish I'd been given info on post op recovery to better deal with this. Since the op on my left side (first) my arm, hand and fingers are numb but highly sensitive at the same time. Slightly cool water feels like ice! The strength is returning but very slowly and the pain is better but flares up...

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  • GP suspects TOS

    Never heard of it. Have had pain in my neck/shoulder/arm and weakness for a few months now.  Its strange I can pick things up etc with no problems. The pain occurs when I turn my head or move my arm in a certain way. Sleeping can be difficult because its difficult to move arm to a position that...

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  • Total arm numbness after surgery for TOS. Is this normal?

    I've had thoracic outlet syndrome for 4 plus years. & did two round of PT in which got no relief but only made matters worse. Th last resort was surgery. I had surgery a week ago in which they removed on just one, but two ribs on my left side as well as my scalene muscle. My surgeon was only...

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  • Still in pain!

    I'm at a week and a half past my 2nd surgery with thoracic decompression surgery. This time the nerve pain is insane. Usually gets very bad in the evenings and its like lightning bolts shooting from my jaw, my neck, under my armpit, down my forearm and into my hand. Nothing seems to help it. Tried...

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  • First rib resection post surgical pain

    I was diagnosed with TOS about three months ago after years of going from doctor to doctor to figure out where the severe shoulder and neck pain was coming from. On May 3rd (almost 6 weeks ago) I had first rib resection on my right side, along with a scalenectomy and brachial plexus neurolysis. I am...

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