sternum problem

by BEN

my rigth collar bone is bigger than the other i get this in exessive using of my arm. I had slight pain in the shoulder blade, arm and neck. I don't know to right has been 3 months already. 3 weeks that i feel the pain i consult to a doctor and he said that this is a muscle damage he give a oral medication for 2 weeks but until now i been feeling the pain.

Hello Ben,
The photo is very small, only 6kb, could you send me the big pic to CONTACT.
But this looks very like Tietze's syndrome to me. Is that lump warm and swollen? It looks it. Is the lump tender?
When Tietze affects the sterno-clavicular joint it often affects the brachial plexus, hence the radiation down your arm. Ask your doctor to do Adson's test on you.
It certainly doesn't look like a muscular problem, though the scalene muscles may be affected.
Start by icing the joint twice a day, and see if you can find a chiropractor who knows something about Tietze's syndrome. The treatment is very specific - it happens to be something I'm interested in, but you may have to look around to find a chiro who knows how to treat it. Medication is not likely to help.
I hope this has contributed.

Dr B

NB. Send me the full size pic.

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Feb 17, 2014
lump on clavicle
by: Anonymous

I have an identical lump. I am quite slim but have quite large breasts. 32gg. I carry quite a weight on my shoulders and have dents where my bra sits which can be painful at times; could this cause an injury and be the cause of the lump on my clavicle where it joins the sternum?

It's hard to be sure, but I think that your breast size is incidental.

Is that lump over the sterno clavicular joint tender? And do you have pain there? Then it's likely to be Tietzes syndrome.

I'm not crazy about plastic surgery, but a breast reduction sometimes can do wonders for you if you have neck and upper back pain.

One alternative is a bra that doesn't hook over your trapezius muscles.

Dr B

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