|Shoulder and neck pain|
Listed above are the conditions medical doctors often link to TOS. Listed below are symptoms, based on my personal experience, I believe are often overlooked symptoms of TOS. Because TOS involves pressure on the nerves, muscles and the blood vessel to the head, eye and nose, I suspect there are more facial conditions caused by TOS than are often diagnosed by most doctors. In my case, and I suspect others, TOS caused a domino effect of imbalances on the whole left side of my head. And in turn I think I had some overall body alignment issues which caused the TOS.
For years I went to opthamologists
and optometrists for eye floaters and pain in my left eye, but they never
found anything wrong. It wasn't until I was diagnosed with thoracic outlet
syndrome and found a physical therapist who was able to treat the condition
that I understood the cause of my eye problems. My physical therapist
explained to me that my TOS was putting pressure on the nerves around
my head and neck as well as restricting blood flow to my eye and nose
on my left side. This pressure is what caused my eye to hemorrhage and
my nose to bleed just on one side. Eventually, I was able to clear up
many of the following conditions with physical therapy, trigger point
therapy and yoga poses designed especially for TOS.
The conditions I experienced along with my TOS included:
I'm also much more nearsighted in my left eye than in my right. I suspect it may be at least in part from the TOS restricting blood flow, and the nutrients that blood carries, to that eye.
In my own experience my TOS was most likely mainly caused caused by my scoliosis. My spinal curvature caused my left shoulder to be higher than my right. However, saying my TOS was caused by my scoliosis is a somewhat oversimplified, short answer. The long answer is that in turn my scoliosis was caused by a combination of tight muscles, weak bone structure and poor posture which in turn were probably caused by a combination of genetic factors and a very nutritionally poor, sugar laden diet as a child.
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