I was just curious if anyone on these boards has ever been diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome?? If so, when was the "ah-ha" moment, test, etc. that led the doctor to diagnose you with this?
I've posted before about the pain from the back of my head, down my neck (with terrible neck spasms that get worse with cold), shoulder pain, arm pain and numbness in my pinky and ring finger. I went and saw an orthopedic doctor and then a neurologist. They were thinking it was ulnar nerve entrapment..but the EMG/Nerve conduction testing came back normal. My nerve transmittion through my elbow was slightly slow, but otherwise normal. I was so hoping we had finally found the problem...but again, nothing. I am following up with the orthopedic doctor in a couple of weeks to discuss any other options.
What is interesting is the orthopedic doctor did some in office tests and told me it was not TOS. Then I saw a naturopath who told me it was TOS. So now I'm totally confused. I've read that plain films of the chest and c-spine might possibly be able to diagnose TOS?? Anyone heard of or had other tests that helped to diagnose this problem? I just don't want anything overlooked. I don't want to get sent to a pain center prior to finding the real diagnosis. It sure would be nice to have a name to go with all these symptoms.
Also, the naturopath has offered to do prolotherapy injections. I've done a lot of research on it since he suggested it. He will use ultrasound guidance to inject a combination of sucrose, B vitamins and some sort of "caine" for numbness.
Has anyone had these injections and did they help? He told me that once you damage a tendon it never completely heals and the injections help the healing process.
If anyone has information regarding TOS or prolotherapy that they'd like to share, I'd love to hear it.
Thanks!! Hope everyone is having a low pain day today.