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Severe, sharp pains behind clavicle at base of neck

sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
I'm having these super sharp pains on the left side that feel like they're right behind my clavicle maybe three inches from my esophagus. It's been hurting for a few months on and off but has been much more constant the past couple of weeks. These are very piercing pains and I just wanted to know if any of you have had similar and if you have any ideas what it could be?? I was reading about TOS and have seen symptoms similar but I don't know.

Any help will be appreciated.
Hope everyone is as well as can be.

Debbie
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  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,728
    You know all of my issues are lumbar. but I hope you can figure it out. And get a handle on that pain.
    Jim
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    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
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  • sunny1966 said:
    I'm having these super sharp pains on the left side that feel like they're right behind my clavicle maybe three inches from my esophagus. It's been hurting for a few months on and off but has been much more constant the past couple of weeks. These are very piercing pains and I just wanted to know if any of you have had similar and if you have any ideas what it could be?? I was reading about TOS and have seen symptoms similar but I don't know.

    Any help will be appreciated.
    Hope everyone is as well as can be.

    Debbie
    your sharp pains behind right "behind my clavicle maybe three inches from your esophagus". I'm wondering if you are describing the location to be still in the front anterior of your neck (spine) and not posterior in the back of your spine.

    If it is anterior, there are three areas that can contribute to nerve pain = (1) the brachial plexus, the main branch of nerves that comes directly from the spine, going left and right anterior of your spine, feeding into your shoulder and in the underarm area, then further feeds into the distinct branches of the arm nerves, median, radial and ulnar, down your arm and into your hand.

    (2) clavicle and and extra rib issues causing impingement of the brachial plexus branch

    (3) thoracic outlet syndrome can be primarily a vascular impingement problem in the clavicle/rib/to shoulder area, but at times others may use thoracic outlet nerve problems in describing the branch of nerves brachial plexus being involved in the same area as can be involved in thoracic outlet syndrome.

    In you describing your pain as "very piercing" my immediate impression is it is neural involving the nerve(s) but that not eliminate vascular, the arterial, arteries that branch alongside and in the same areas of the nerve branches and bone anatomy.

    It would take a series of diagnostic test, your symptoms, patterns, injury or movement in relation to this pain. Diagnostics would/could include: MRI of cervical, thoracic spine, x-ray of cervical, thoracic spine, swimmer's profile x-ray to show extra rib or normal rib formation; mri of brachial plexus, contrast ct or mri for vascular study all of which are commonly done. There are more advanced neuro-radiology diagnostics that can be done depending on what is found in all of the above diagnostics.

    All of the above is from my own experience and research required because of my nerve root compression on multiple levels in my cervical spine and symptoms possibly within the brachial plexus and the double-crush of severe neuropathy nerve and muscle damage in the median, radial and ulnar nerve. It is not meant to be a medical professional's textbook, but my understanding of research, reading and having diagnostics done.

    Hope this helps you determine and more clearly define what you may need to have checked by a dr. If you have any further ?'s re: which dr./specialist to see depending on the above, I can give your some info too.

    Joy

    p.s. I have some links / main medical sites & most experienced drs/neurologists/vascular surgeons who are the leading drs treating thoracic outlet syndrome, still very misunderstood by many medical drs. who do not know the variables in misdiagnosing.

  • TOS,Cervical stenosis,anxiety,menieres..just some of the diagnoses I have been given. Can it all be related? Also what is best for treatment if so? I am considering a chiropractor. I also have this sharp pain you are speaking of Sunny1966. I also feel like I will pass out or get dizzy when they are happening.
    I'm just another one of them numbers.
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