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gsdrexggsdrex Posts: 1
edited 01/29/2016 - 9:44 PM in New Member Introductions
I'm 30 YO and have suffered from pain for the past 6 years. It began with shoulder surgery (SLAP repair) which didn't help. Fast forward 5 years later and I finally manned up to get the second SLAP repair; this time from a better Dr. however, by the time I got to this there were concerns about the radiculopathy in the arm, hand, neck, back and chest in addition to the shoulder pain. After the SLAP repair and capsular shift (to stop the subluxation of the shoulder) the pain in the neck increased 10 fold. MRI's, EMG's, facet injections all ensued as I continued with PT, traction. etc. MRI's and EMG's all came back negative for any severe nerve compression and the injections and nerve blocks were not helping. I was referred to a thoracic surgeon and I'm lucky enough to work for Temple University where I found a qualified DR that that specialized in Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. 1 year after the last shoulder surgery, I had my 1st rib removed along with portions of the scalene muscles. I am 2 months into the recovery and the pain has not gotten any better (although this MAY be normal per the Dr.) At times, the pain and weekness is worse plus now my upper chest and neck are completely numb. Since TOS is a clinical diagnosis I have some doubts this is my only problem. I find very little information on the web of peoples experience with TOS. Most case studies I have read have varying degrees of statistical study but the consensus is that a successful outcome is less than 50%. Hoping to meet others here dealing with TOS and find ways to manage the unpredictable pain and muscle weakness.

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