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Cervical Rib Syndrome

Also known as Extra Rib, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

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  • Oh my god, I have an extra rib (cervical rib!)

    Hi there, I am one of the 1 in 200 people who have an extra rib. I just found out about, how do doctors and chiropractors miss something like this... I have been suffering for 5 years with neck and back pain.. yesterday I had a back scan for the first time when the chiro discovered the nasty rib! …

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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 …

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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' …

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  • Thoracic outlet syndrome

    I am at my depths of despair..i have 2 extra cervical ribs and although i have been diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome in October 2017.. 2 vascular surgeons say its not. I have seen a neurosurgeon and had spect ct and spine specialist and all excellent.. My current symptoms are tight/stiff …

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  • Post Op - How long will muscle stiffness last?

    My first rib resection was done on November 20th, 2017.  The surgeon believes that it is at 80% and may remain at 80%.  The operative side was injured for 14 years before I was diagnosed and operated on.  My question is: Will the stiffness and weakness that I feel in my neck and down …

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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 …

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  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Cure

    I have been battling TOS for 3 years and I have tried every thing, from nutritional treatments, chiropractic, injections, 13 doctors and 4 alternative doctors and was finally given the name of Lawrence Bellew a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in Delaware.  I am in no way affiliated with him, …

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  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

    I’ve been diagnosed with TOC just a week ago. My left arm goes numb, my right arm goes numb. Sometimes they’re cold and sometimes they change color. My dr said when my arms are lifted I have no pulse and when they’re lowered it comes back. When I had the tests done one position had only a 3mm …

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  • Forget perfect now I,ll settle for normal

    I have bilateral TOS pinching the subclavian and jugular veins on both sides. Been diagnosed with DISH (thoracic vertebra growing together), cervical discs compressing spinal cord (two levels removed ACDF), uni torn rotator cuff, bi tendinitis, bi carpal tunnel, headaches, fatigue, neck pain when …

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  • TOS Surgery in 10 days - what to expect?

    I am scheduled for TOS surgery in 10 days. Just wondering what to expect post op? Wondering if there are things I should get/do preop to help (front close bra/certain pillows etc) but also how much mobility to expect. Any advice would help.  Doc is going in near the clavicle, removing first …

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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 …

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  • Is this TOS?

    I first started off years ago with tingling and numbness in my arms and feet and was diagnosed to having Raynaud's phenomena. I found weakness in my arm grip and intentional hand tremor occasionally. Initially, I suspected Multiple Sclerosis (MS) due to my weakened balance in leg strength and …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.  …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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