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Cervical Rib Syndrome

Also known as Extra Rib, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • TOS surgery

    I'm due to have a first rib resection next week and I'm really looking forward to getting better but I don't know much about the surgery. I havent really been told risks or what will happen afterwards. ​Any information would be a massive help.

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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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  • Cervical rib removed 2009... Pains are now back 10x worse!!

    I had the cervical rib removed in July 2009 (I only had one on my left side)... i had all the usual symptoms, muscle wastage, twitching, aching, cramps, pins and needles. It took almost a year after my operation to finally feel normal-ish again. But for the last 9 months all of the symptoms have come...

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  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

    Dr Hugh Gelabert This vascular surgeon at UCLA is the first second and third choice of surgeon I would recommend for this condition. Well worth travelling for from anywhere Best at diagnosis.  Best at explaining.  Best surgeon in the world.   Meticulous to the extreme.  High volume...

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  • TOS- Cervical Rib

    My 12 year old daughter has congenital scoliosis with an extra cervical rib. She has had right handed numbness for a year now, getting worse. We went in for her follow up spinal fusion appt today. He thinks she has TOS and is sending her for an EMG test. Just wondering if this is the best course of action....

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  • first rib resection in UK?

    so i've got TOS and i've been told that i'm having a transaxillary first rib resection done at some point because i had a DVT in my subclavian vein. ​has anyone had this done in the UK? ​

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  • TOS hand cramp

    Hi, I had first rib resections and scalenotomy spring last year and although my pain is 80% better I still get terrible hand and elbow cramp when I write or type. I'm lying down typing this now and within a few seconds it becomes almost impossible to type much more. Has anyone else had this problem?

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  • Tos

    Had tos on right side and had surgery to remove it over 10 years ago. They called it dead arm due to having blood cut off when i moved it or raised it at all. Had migraines, numbing, and needle pain. That rib grue all the way to the front of my rib caige. I just had the same surgery at the end of December....

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  • Over 12 years of suffering...now they say wrong advice!

    Hi... So, I was told over 12 years ago that I had an "extra rib" in my neck. They really had no clue what it was at first. For over a year, they pushed and poked, and probed me. I was suffering from migraines on a continuous basis. I had constant neck, should, and back pain. My doctor finally...

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  • cheer up TOS is not life threatening i hope!!!

    just diagnosed with cervical ribs as the cause of blood clots,cold hands and shoulder pain. told my husband   who now makes jokes re spare ribs for dinner etc!! A sense of humour can help no matter what symtoms you have.Was at a Billy Connolly concert last night and he could joke  about his...

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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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