Post Edited (kimliz59) : 3/30/2012 7:55:14 AM (GMT-6)
Post Edited (trallyn) : 12/2/2012 6:52:39 PM (GMT-7)
You are experiencing EXACTLY what
we have tried to get to the bottom of for months. My first complaint was it felt like I was
wearing a strapless bra that was much too tight and tighter yet where it would
fit into the armpit area. I woke up one
morning last winter with a huge swelling in the fleshy area right in front of
the pit going towards the breast and unable to move my arm from elbow to
shoulder. ER, Neuro, Ortho........no one could come up with an answer. Fast forward a few months to now it feels as
though there are 3 violin or guitar strings in that area, both sides of the
chest, and someone is reaching in and either plucking them or trying to just
pull them out through the skin. They (all doctors) look at me as though I am
making all of this up.
Another morning I woke up to the
pain and my right bicep swollen to the size of a personal watermelon. I ignored
it for 5 days because I was tired of the "crazy look" from the
doctors. I finally took a photo of the arm and sent it to the doctor and received
a phone call in a few hours with a "GET IN HERE NOW". He was shocked when I told him it had been
days, still couldn't move the arm well.
Next thing, I am off having an MRI, took the films immediately over to
the Ortho. He does hands on test for TOS (Thoracic Outlet Syndrome) and freaks
when he can't find a pulse on the left side. Told him no one had ever found one
my entire life.....now sent back ASAP to imaging to have Ultrasound of that
side only to find the Brachial artery is damaged, more than likely since birth.
STILL NO ANSWER.
Next move it to send me to a
teaching hospital (USC) and to see the chief of Thoracic Surgery. He examines me, looks at all the tests,
admires my Popeyeish bicep and states, "I have no idea what you have but
it's not TOS". Great, another doctor who doesn't know. Now off to the Neurosurgeon for my cervical
spine issues and he goes, "Oh it's probably from your neck". I do not know about you, but
"Probably" doesn't cut it with me. If we can land men on the moon
when I was a child, this should not be rocket science!
To this date, between
neurosurgeon, neurologist, internist, orthopedist, rheumatologist, chiropractor,
PT and anyone else who will listen……..there is no answer. What I have learned to do is ice when the
pain begins; for me this short circuits the length and strength of the pain’s
duration. I also have learned to humble
myself and ask for help in lifting and reaching. Good luck on your journey to an answer and
please do share with us when they find one for you.
Post Edited (kimliz59) : 12/3/2012 8:05:40 PM (GMT-7)