I am experiencing Thoracic Outlet Sydrome symptoms after I have broken my collarbone. There is a little bit of history and it goes something like this:
April 28/08: Broke left collarbone, went to emergency, got a sling and went home.
Healing process seemed fine and I started riding again about 2 months later. Around 3 months into it, I was doing a " Seated High Row" excercise at the gym, and felt something get triggered, not painful at the time but I knew something had happened. After that workout is when the TOS symptoms started to appear: trouble keeping arm elevated (elbows up on the bike), loss of hand strength, pain and tingling down my arm, poor circulation (my arm would fill with blood).
Sept 2008: Went to the doctor about it, and he said give it time. So I did massage therapy and tried various excercises over the following 18 months or so and it improved a bit but not much.
April 2010: I went to another doctor and was referred to an Ortho Surgeon who said it was a non-union and needed to have surgery and a plate put in.
June 2011: Had the surgery and all went well. Was in a sling for almost 6 weeks, felt great. Started using the arm a bit, and still felt great; no sign of any problem
Sept 6/11: Went for a swim, did not push very hard and took lots of breaks. Felt fine. The next day I reached out to tie my shoes and triggered a charlie horse in my left shoulder, which was extremely painful. The symptoms of TOS instantly reappeared, only worse than ever before and I had a bruise in my left armpit area that no one has explained. I am wondering if I tore a muscle that no one has looked at, but I can't seem to get anywhere with the doctors. They just want to take my top rib out.
Sorry for the novel, I did shorten it, but I am hoping that someone out there might understand what I am going through. With all the shoulder injuries that occur in MX I can't believe that someone out there hasn't had something like this happen. Any input or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I am very fearful to get more surgery as the last one only made things worse, but I realize it might have to happen.
Thanks for any help on this topic, I do have CT scan reports and x-rays if anyone would care to see them.