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I Have a sore arm, is it related to my Cervical Rib?

i had an x ray ages ago and the doc said i had cervical rib and that it wasnt a problem and is quite uncommon. i read up about it but i read that it can put pressure on a vein in ur arm and my arms get sore from time to time like maybe once or twice a month. does anyone else have this. do u think it is related to my cervical rib???

Certainly a cervical rib can produce the so called "thoracic outlet syndrome" with symptoms like pain, numbness or tingling of the upper limb. Symptoms are often vague and general and may affect the whole arm. There may be a painful neck and headache too. In general is the result of compression of the neurovascular structures to your upper arm at the root of the neck or the upper thorax. The best thing to do is to see a neurologist to perform a good physical exam and evaluate any neurologic deficits. There are many other reasons to have a sore arm once a month and thoracic outlet syndrome is probably very low in that differential. If your symptoms are from time to time you may get away with keeping and eye in position related symptoms and avoid such positions.   (+ info)

Does ANYBODY have any info on Thoracic Outlet Syndrome? Specifically 1st rib resection?

My friend has this, had his rib removed a year ago, and is now in constant pain. His local doctor here doesn't really have much experience with this, and his surgeon (out of state) pretty much told him that his case wasn't severe enough to do anything more (which boggles me, because if you're suffering, then it should be cause for concern) It's just frustrating, I can't seem to find any information that is helpful...

This is why chiropractors do everything possible to avoid surgery - it doesn't always work as advertised and can often make people much worse!
And a chiropractor is about the only person who can help him at this point - they have caused a trapped nerve with their surgery!
Get one off an insurance list near you, and they will give him a discount if he's not insured.
It takes about 8-12 times to make a big difference but it WILL help.  (+ info)

Can a CT scan or MRI confirm slipping rib syndrome?

A stationary CT or MRI is unlikely to confirm the diagnosis. A more meaningful imaging is either a motion MRI or motion xray where you bent forward, backwards, and sideways. This will demonstrate whether your ribs are moving properly or not.  (+ info)

Does anyone know of a doctor in the UK who is familiar with slipping rib syndrome, aka rib tip pain?

aka clicking rib, etc.


Slipping rib syndrome, also known as Tietze's Syndrome, occurs when one of the ribs intermittently slips out of place, causing a stretching of the ligaments that support the front and back of the rib. The tenth rib is usually the culprit because, unlike ribs one through seven, which attach to the sternum, the eighth, ninth and tenth ribs are attached anteriorly to each other by loose, fibrous tissue. Although this arrangement provides increased mobility of the lower rib cage, it also results in a greater susceptibility to trauma in this area.
While these symptoms usually improve within a few weeks, and resolve completely within a few months, there are patients in whom this problem persists for some time. See your doctor to ensure nothing more serious is going on. Occasionally, costochondritis will be treated with cortisone injections, but this must be discussed with your doctor..

There are a lot of questions and answers on the link shown below...  (+ info)

what is second rib syndrome?

i went to my physical therapist today for left shoulder pain, and he told me that i have second rib syndrome. But i can't find any information on it. Does anyone know what it is?

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I have had 2 lumbar and 4 cervical surgeries and now i have tremendous restless leg syndrome, why?

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what are the consequences of not treating cervical rib problem.?

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Anyone know of a doctor in the UK who is familiar with slipping rib syndrome, aka clicking rib?

aka rib tip pain

All doctors should be familiar with Tietze's syndrome which can present at any age but is most common in those aged 20 to 30 years. It is is twice as frequent in men as in women. It can be exacerbated by stress, anxiety.
* Reassurance once the diagnosis is confirmed.
* Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
* Local injection of long-acting corticosteroids may help.
* Intercostal nerve block may also help but is rarely required.
* The pain usually subsides within a few weeks, with some residual swelling persisting for longer periods of time.
* However the course of the disease varies from spontaneous remission to persistent symptoms over years.

Tietze's syndrome and costochondritis are not identical, as the Tietze syndrome is associated with swelling, whereas costochondritis is not.
The cause(s) of costochondritis is(are) not known and may involve several factors. Possible causes include heredity (genetic predisposition), viruses, and trauma (injury).
Both conditions are well known and well documented.

If you are not happy with your GP ask for a second opinion  (+ info)

how safe is it to remove a cervical rib by surgery?

Surgery (the only way I know of to remove any rib) is relatively safe. Complications can arise based on location of arteries and major nerve bundles, but then that is frequently the motivation for the surgery in the first place (e.g., to relieve partial paralysis due to compression).  (+ info)

what is cervical myofascial pain syndrome?

OUCH. Do you have that? You have a very severe muscle spasm in your neck. Cervical is neck. Myofascial is muscle pain.

Severe neck pain from your neck muscles. If you need more information, log on to WebMD and type this.

I hope you are getting treatment for this. I have had this as well. OUCH again. Muscle relaxants prescribed by your doctor will help a great deal unless you also have spur formation on your cervical disks in which case an anti-inflammatory would also be helpful; such as ibuprofen, naproxen.  (+ info)

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