Finally, a possible explanation of what’s been causing the numbness and pain in my right arm, hand and shoulder. After more than a year of seeing different specialists and doing what seems like a million tests , it turns that I have something called Thoracic Outlet Syndrome…or TOS for short.
In a nutshell , because of my anatomy I have a lot over developed muscles in my neck and shoulders that are pinching some nerves and arteries that run through the area, making my right arm and hand numb and making my neck muscles hurt all the time. Lifting weights at the gym was actually making it worse, which would explain why I always felt crappy after working out.
A really cool Sports Medicine doctor at UCSF made the diagnosis last week. Kind of a relief to finally know whats been going on. For a while there I didn’t think they’d ever get to the bottom of this.
The plan for now , is to treat it conservatively with Physical Therapy . They want me to go to PT twice a week for 6 weeks , then they’ll re-evaluate. If it doesn’t get better, there are other options, including surgery to cut away some of the muscle( yea..right )
Hopefully the Physical therapy will help and I’ll be able to resume some upper body strengthening in the future, but for now it looks like the only exercising I’ll be doing is walking and stretching…..It’s always something huh.