I have been diagnosed with TOS after I broke my collarbone and the thing is that I'm a weight lifter too. When I went to 2 different Dr.'s they told me that I need to lose muscle mass and not to add anymore. When I do lift heavy or really anything lately my arm turns red and sometimes blue. Just my assumption that it's all the blood in the arm.
My arm is a little swollen and light red when I'm not doing anything at all. Vascular Surgeon has me on 1 baby aspirin a day but it seems to be the same.
I also noticed bumps in my veins as well. I can't go the rest of my life not lifting. I mean if the blood could pump back out fast enough then I should be fine.
Can lowering my body fat percentage reduce my symptoms? I'm 5'8" 193 and 22% bf.
Hello Dean, It's very frustrating when your favourite sport / hobby is threatened by some misadventure.
You probably don't want to hear it, but a personal tale. I had to give up playing squash at a high level because of my back. Eventually, I had to decide: would I give up before the back operation, and perhaps there wouldn't be one (twenty years later I'm still ok), or a couple months later, after the operation?
I was very grumpy for six months, and then... I discovered a sport even more exciting than squash. Flying gliders. Gliding - for those who dare … I'm not saying you must give up weightlifting but, if you have to... there's another sport waiting.
Would you know by any chance if the arterial pulse in your wrist has been effected? Did anyone ever test the pulse, whilst you turned your head, looked up and simultaneously took in a deep breath? Adson's test.
In your case it seems that the vein bringing blood back to the heart has been effected, hence the swelling and discolouration of your arm. If you go to this page on thoracic outlet syndrome …scroll down to the graphic of the first rib. You'll see the indentation made by the subclavian vein. Obviously the fracture injured the vein.
If that's the case, and I fear it is, then it's not likely that Chiropractic can help you. The vein doesn't actually go through the thoracic outlet, between the scalene muscles.
But back to the pulse in your wrist. It is of course possible that the artery and brachial plexus also to have been effected, and there chiropractic may be able to help. But... if that vein has been contused, there would be some risk.
Frankly, this is a complex case. It's not for me to make recommendations.
The artery and nerves pass under the Pec minor tendon, and perhaps tests suggest they are being pinched there, hence advocacy to lose muscle mass.
I can't see lowering your fat % helping.
Sorry not to be more positive and helpful. Give us an update in a couple months.
1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.
2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.
3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost painfree.
Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.
4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.
He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.
5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.
6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.
7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.
8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.
9. This 88 year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done.
10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.
11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.
12. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.
13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback
since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he
has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments
he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?
And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.
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